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The first in a new spinoff series of Karen White's New York Times bestselling Tradd Street novels. After a difficult hiccup on her road to adulthood, Nola Trenholm is looking to begin anew in New Orleans, and what better way to start her future than with her first house? But the historic fixer-upper she buys comes with even more work than she anticipated when the house's pr The first in a new spinoff series of Karen White's New York Times bestselling Tradd Street novels. After a difficult hiccup on her road to adulthood, Nola Trenholm is looking to begin anew in New Orleans, and what better way to start her future than with her first house? But the historic fixer-upper she buys comes with even more work than she anticipated when the house's previous occupants don't seem to be ready to depart. Although she can't communicate with ghosts like her stepmother, luckily Nola knows someone in New Orleans who can--even if he's the last person on earth she wants anything to do with, ever again. Because Beau Ryan comes with his own dark past, a past that involves the disappearance of his sister and parents during Hurricane Katrina, and the unsolved murder of a woman who once lived in the old Creole Cottage Nola is determined to make her own whether or not the resident restless spirits agree...


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The first in a new spinoff series of Karen White's New York Times bestselling Tradd Street novels. After a difficult hiccup on her road to adulthood, Nola Trenholm is looking to begin anew in New Orleans, and what better way to start her future than with her first house? But the historic fixer-upper she buys comes with even more work than she anticipated when the house's pr The first in a new spinoff series of Karen White's New York Times bestselling Tradd Street novels. After a difficult hiccup on her road to adulthood, Nola Trenholm is looking to begin anew in New Orleans, and what better way to start her future than with her first house? But the historic fixer-upper she buys comes with even more work than she anticipated when the house's previous occupants don't seem to be ready to depart. Although she can't communicate with ghosts like her stepmother, luckily Nola knows someone in New Orleans who can--even if he's the last person on earth she wants anything to do with, ever again. Because Beau Ryan comes with his own dark past, a past that involves the disappearance of his sister and parents during Hurricane Katrina, and the unsolved murder of a woman who once lived in the old Creole Cottage Nola is determined to make her own whether or not the resident restless spirits agree...

30 review for The Shop on Royal Street

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White is a 2022 Berkley publication. Seven years have passed since Nola first set off for New Orleans. Times have been hard, but she’s gotten herself together and is ready to buy her first house. Naturally, she chooses one in dire need of either a complete gutting or a bulldozer. Melanie is highly skeptical- not just because of the massive work that needs doing, but because of the spirits she senses in the house. Nola meets even more resistance from Beau, but ev The Shop on Royal Street by Karen White is a 2022 Berkley publication. Seven years have passed since Nola first set off for New Orleans. Times have been hard, but she’s gotten herself together and is ready to buy her first house. Naturally, she chooses one in dire need of either a complete gutting or a bulldozer. Melanie is highly skeptical- not just because of the massive work that needs doing, but because of the spirits she senses in the house. Nola meets even more resistance from Beau, but eventually Nola gets her wish... But not before she learns the house is a ‘Murder’ house. As it becomes clear that the unsolved mystery is connected to the house’s restless spirits, and could have a connection to Beau, Nola sets out to solve the cold case mystery… I’ve been super excited about this series. I wasn’t expecting so much time to have elapsed between the ‘Tradd Street’ mystery and this new one, nor was I expecting Nola to fall prey to her family’s predisposition to addiction. What did not surprise me, though, was Nola's complicated relationship, with Beau- and I'm looking forward to seeing how this relationship develops. I also loved Jolene, Nola’s friend and roommate, and quirky southern sayings, and of course, I LOVED the setting!! New Orleans is the perfect location for Nola and her paranormal adventures. The mystery is very curious and some of the loose ends will carry over to the next installment. While we experienced some chills and thrills, in the Tradd Street series, this spinoff has come real spine tingling moments that gave me the shivers! Overall, as you can tell, I was able to easily drop into this spinoff series and enjoyed touching base with some of my favorite ABBA loving characters, but also loved how easily the torch was passed to Nola- which was seamless and natural. I think the new series is off to a great start and I can’t wait to read the next installment!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    I admit it. I was sad when the Tradd Street series by Karen White ended. There’s really no other series like it, the perfect mix of mystery, charming southern atmosphere, with a touch of paranormal (just a sprinkle!), and I looked forward to each installment. Enter Karen White’s shiny new spin-off series, Royal Street, and we have the first installment, The Shop on Royal Street, featuring Nola Trenholm in atmospheric New Orleans. Years ago I went to New Orleans for the first time, and my very fav I admit it. I was sad when the Tradd Street series by Karen White ended. There’s really no other series like it, the perfect mix of mystery, charming southern atmosphere, with a touch of paranormal (just a sprinkle!), and I looked forward to each installment. Enter Karen White’s shiny new spin-off series, Royal Street, and we have the first installment, The Shop on Royal Street, featuring Nola Trenholm in atmospheric New Orleans. Years ago I went to New Orleans for the first time, and my very favorite building is on Royal Street and its likeness is on this stunning cover. So super excited about this series and the journey ahead for dear Nola. In this story, she’s starting over with her first house; a fixer-upper, of course. And, likewise, of course there are previous “tenants” who don’t want to leave. Beau Ryan comes along to help Nola fix up her house, but it’s not quite straightforward. On top of that, a woman was murdered in Nola’s new home, and the mystery was never solved. Talk about a possibly haunted house. So good. So atmospheric. Love the characters. Love love love the new setting. So grateful to have a new series from Karen White to look forward to! I received a gifted copy. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    Wow, what a fantastic start to the new Royal Street series. It’s set in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Pub. 3/29/22 Where main character/psychic medium Melanie Trenholm’s Tradd Street series left off, her step-daughter Nola Trenholm’s life continues in Karen White’s brand new series. It was fun, surprising, has a great mystery, is a little dark with the ghosts and all.. it checked a lot of boxes for me. So good! Would definitely recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danielle B

    Nola Trenholm is looking for a fresh start in New Orleans. Things are falling in place as she successfully purchases her first home. However, this historical home needs quite some work. Is Nola up to the task? Also the house has some previous residents still “inhabiting” the home. Nola is not capable to communicate with them and needs some help fast. Will she be able to manage all of this? THE SHOP ON ROYAL STREET is the first book in the new “Royal Street” series by Karen White. Although it is Nola Trenholm is looking for a fresh start in New Orleans. Things are falling in place as she successfully purchases her first home. However, this historical home needs quite some work. Is Nola up to the task? Also the house has some previous residents still “inhabiting” the home. Nola is not capable to communicate with them and needs some help fast. Will she be able to manage all of this? THE SHOP ON ROYAL STREET is the first book in the new “Royal Street” series by Karen White. Although it is a new series, some of the “Tradd Street” characters are carried over. If you enjoyed Karen White’s previous books, you likely won’t be disappointed here. I loved the setting in New Orleans and the creepy old house, this stuff is right up my alley. As always, Karen White spins an excellent mystery and keeps you guessing throughout the story. I am already looking forward to the next “Royal Street” book! Many thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Books for my ARC in exchange for my honest review. This review will be posted to my Instagram Blog (@coffee.break.book.reviews) in the near future.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carlymor

    Nola Trenholm has had a difficult last few years due to some self destructive behavior. This is the first in a new series spinoff of the Tradd Street series. I loved the Tradd Street books and was really sorry to see that series end. Melanie and Jack are still around peripherally but this time the focus is on daughter Nola. The location change to New Orleans is great. I’ve never been but definitely want to visit there. The spooky atmosphere is great and the ghosts come out when Nola buys a “murd Nola Trenholm has had a difficult last few years due to some self destructive behavior. This is the first in a new series spinoff of the Tradd Street series. I loved the Tradd Street books and was really sorry to see that series end. Melanie and Jack are still around peripherally but this time the focus is on daughter Nola. The location change to New Orleans is great. I’ve never been but definitely want to visit there. The spooky atmosphere is great and the ghosts come out when Nola buys a “murder house” from the grandmother of Beau, a former acquaintance and reluctant psychic. There is a lot going on with the haunting, a murder mystery, a bit of romance, and an adorable stray dog. Karen White is a wonderful writer and manages to keep everything interesting. I really couldn’t put this down. The end doesn’t quite resolve all of the mysteries so I’m eagerly looking forward to the next one!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love the Tradd Street series, so was really excited about this spinoff. While I really enjoyed reading it, now that I am finished I am more confused and frustrated than anything else. There are so many loose ends that were left unresolved, and it seems like the Jeanne/Charles storyline was concluded. Here are my issues: 1) Jeanne was supposedly Mimi's best friend. She was set to move in with her, and she stated that Jeanne introduced her to Charles. Yet, Jeanne keeps turning up the heat and com I love the Tradd Street series, so was really excited about this spinoff. While I really enjoyed reading it, now that I am finished I am more confused and frustrated than anything else. There are so many loose ends that were left unresolved, and it seems like the Jeanne/Charles storyline was concluded. Here are my issues: 1) Jeanne was supposedly Mimi's best friend. She was set to move in with her, and she stated that Jeanne introduced her to Charles. Yet, Jeanne keeps turning up the heat and coming onto her best friend's fiancé? 2) Speaking of Charles, how old is he anyway? We have some contradictory information. When Nola and Jolene are looking through Jeanne's client book and start speculating on the relationship between Jeanne and Charles, Nola mentions that he was "a young man" at that time. But he was a doctor by then, and Mimi states that although Jeanne was engaged to someone else, she didn't really love him that way because she "liked older men". So which is it? 3) A major omission was the explanation for why Charles was buying pajamas and/or gloves every week for months. At first, Nola and Jolene think it was an excuse to see Jeanne, but as we find out, that is not the case, as he is not interested in Jeanne that way. So what the heck is up with the repetitious weekly purchases? 4) How did Jeanne's client book end up in the closet with the other items? How would the family have had access to it in the first place? Supposedly, Mimi's son Buddy took the door and other items to hide in the house to get keep them away from Mimi, who wanted nothing to do with them, and that was in 1997. But Sunny wasn't even born yet then, so how did her hair ribbon and the photo negative end up with the book in the hat box? Another thing, and I didn't recognize it while I was reading the book, but upon reflecting on it afterward, it's so obvious that this book follows basically the same formula as the Tradd Street series. Main female character with an attitude and chip on her shoulder, side-kick best friend, guy with whom she has an antagonistic relationship but secretly has the hots for, and a "distraction" guy. Nola=Melanie, Jolene= Sophie (and maybe a little bit of Rebecca), Beau=Jack, and Michael=Marc Longo. I get that some conflict is necessary, I just wish it was not so close to the series from which it spun off. All of that said, I did enjoy reading the book. I just wish I had some answers to the above questions. Karen White remains one of my favorite authors and I am eager to read the next in the series. I just can't give it more than 3 stars due to the all the plot holes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dallas Strawn

    Karen White is launching a new series and injecting some new life into her Tradd Street characters, who have been with us for 7 books now... It is now Nola Trenholm at the center of the books, her stepmother Melanie is mostly out of the picture in this novel, and doesn’t really show any signs of coming back front and center anytime soon...and to be honest, I kind of liked that? It’s fresh, and Nola is so different from Melanie that it really gives a new vibe to the feel of the books, coupled with Karen White is launching a new series and injecting some new life into her Tradd Street characters, who have been with us for 7 books now... It is now Nola Trenholm at the center of the books, her stepmother Melanie is mostly out of the picture in this novel, and doesn’t really show any signs of coming back front and center anytime soon...and to be honest, I kind of liked that? It’s fresh, and Nola is so different from Melanie that it really gives a new vibe to the feel of the books, coupled with the fact that the setting of the novels changes in this new series from Charleston, SC to New Orleans, LA. I think Karen White’s legions of loyal fans are going to follow her (and Nola) right to New Orleans happily and embrace The Shop On Royal Street; it was a fun read, and sets up naturally for a book 2 in 2023!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrea | andrea.c.lowry.reads

    I was so sad when I found out that Karen White’s Tradd series was coming to an end, but thankfully she then announced a new spinoff, The Royal Street series…Huge sigh of relief. I was a little nervous picking up The Shop on Royal Street, since we were leaving some characters behind, but as soon as I started reading, I was already in love with the new cast and excited for Nola’s new start in life! Now, I’m going to do my best not to gush like an over eager teenager as I write this review, but OMG I was so sad when I found out that Karen White’s Tradd series was coming to an end, but thankfully she then announced a new spinoff, The Royal Street series…Huge sigh of relief. I was a little nervous picking up The Shop on Royal Street, since we were leaving some characters behind, but as soon as I started reading, I was already in love with the new cast and excited for Nola’s new start in life! Now, I’m going to do my best not to gush like an over eager teenager as I write this review, but OMG this first book is amazing! ✨What appealed to you the most in this story? Just getting to dive into a brand-new series with a cast of new (one return) characters was the best! I’ve already fallen in love with Nola’s close friends and the humor and levity they bring to the story. Seriously, Jolene is the absolute best friend any girl could ask for, and her one-liners are the perfect for some laugh out loud moments. Now add in some move characters that you will love, and you have the makings for an excellent support system to help Nola tackle the renovations on her new home and the mysteries that surround it. ✨How was the setting? Karen White is the master of pulling you into a story and making you feel like you are standing right there with the characters with lush and detailed atmosphere. I loved getting to explore the streets (potholes), restaurants, customs and Parishes in New Orleans through Nola’s eyes. ✨Do I need to have read The Tradd Street series in order to understand this new spinoff series? No! You can start with this book and begin a whole new adventure and life with Nola and not feel like you have missed a thing. Now I do have to say that the Tradd Street series is one of my favorites and I’ve reread it several times, so if you haven’t read it yet I HIGHLY recommend you dive into it now! ✨How was the pace? This story held a steady pace as it introduced new characters, settings, and background for the series to build from. ✨Do you recommend this book? Heck yes, I do!! This book is both funny, sad, and suspenseful at times; the multiple mysteries are all interesting and suspenseful; and the ghosts run the gamut from being heartwarming to exceedingly creepy and dangerous. It is truly a great book to begin a series with, and I’m so excited to see where this series and Nola’s life will go from here! Thank you Berkley Publishing and Uplit for this gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    TITLE: The Shop on Royal Street AUTHOR: Karen White PUB DATE: 03.29.2022 Now Available Reading Karen White’s The Shop on Royal Street had me longing for New Orleans again as we follow Nola Trenholm who is looking for a fresh start when she buys a fixer upper whose previous owners refuse to depart. The writing is so fun to read, I love the wonderful characters, the immersive storyline with a mystery element, that has a dash of romance and the supernatural. I am so excited for this new series - a sp TITLE: The Shop on Royal Street AUTHOR: Karen White PUB DATE: 03.29.2022 Now Available Reading Karen White’s The Shop on Royal Street had me longing for New Orleans again as we follow Nola Trenholm who is looking for a fresh start when she buys a fixer upper whose previous owners refuse to depart. The writing is so fun to read, I love the wonderful characters, the immersive storyline with a mystery element, that has a dash of romance and the supernatural. I am so excited for this new series - a spin off! I am definitely going back to all of Karen White’s backlists. Don’t miss this first book in a series, it’s really phenomenal.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bloomswest

    I wanted to love this book. I adore Karen White books including The Tradd Street series. I didn't enjoy the direction that Nola has been taken (AA). I hated the extremely pukey southern colloqualisms. Didn't find romance in the New Orleans setting rather it felt dank. Mostly disappointed. 2 stars is gracious. I wanted to love this book. I adore Karen White books including The Tradd Street series. I didn't enjoy the direction that Nola has been taken (AA). I hated the extremely pukey southern colloqualisms. Didn't find romance in the New Orleans setting rather it felt dank. Mostly disappointed. 2 stars is gracious.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Susan Z

    Nola just bought an old house in well NOLA, how fitting. It's a historic home in disrepair but with a whole lot of potential. Unfortunately it has a bit of a negative history, and the spirits are quite restless trying to tell their story. Nola cannot communicate with ghosts but her step mom can. And so can Beau, who can best be described as her frenemy, his true role depends on the day and circumstances. Jolene, who became fast friends with Nola oozes southern charm with wonderful fun quotes and Nola just bought an old house in well NOLA, how fitting. It's a historic home in disrepair but with a whole lot of potential. Unfortunately it has a bit of a negative history, and the spirits are quite restless trying to tell their story. Nola cannot communicate with ghosts but her step mom can. And so can Beau, who can best be described as her frenemy, his true role depends on the day and circumstances. Jolene, who became fast friends with Nola oozes southern charm with wonderful fun quotes and antidotes from her family in Mississippi. I absolutely adored her character, she is definitely one my most favorite characters EVER. When you think of southern charm, you think of Jolene. I will truly miss her. This book is full of southern character, mysteries (yes more than one) and of course ghosts plus a little romance. What more could you ask for? This is my first book by Karen White (I know, I know, where have I been?) but it certainly won't be my last.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura • lauralovestoread

    I devoured The House on Tradd Street series by author Karen White, loving the mix of southern charm with a side of supernatural, and was so excited for this brand new spinoff series, featuring Nola Trenholm, ready to begin her new life in New Orleans. Once again, I loved the writing, the southern setting, the robust characters, and the mysterious storyline that gave me just enough of those ghostly chills to satisfy my craving. *many thanks to Berkley for the gifted copy for review

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    This book is mediocre by any metric, but oh, it made me homesick for New Orleans! In the book, a young woman who is an expert on home restoration buys a derelict Creole collage to repair--over the seller's strenuous objections. You see, decades ago, there was a murder there. What are the odds the house is haunted?? Throw in a cliched romance and a deeply annoying cliff-hanger of an ending, and there you have it. So, what did I like? The house she was restoring was 2 or 3 blocks from my house in N This book is mediocre by any metric, but oh, it made me homesick for New Orleans! In the book, a young woman who is an expert on home restoration buys a derelict Creole collage to repair--over the seller's strenuous objections. You see, decades ago, there was a murder there. What are the odds the house is haunted?? Throw in a cliched romance and a deeply annoying cliff-hanger of an ending, and there you have it. So, what did I like? The house she was restoring was 2 or 3 blocks from my house in NOLA. And while there are no derelict houses in the neighborhood, in all other ways she got it right, with mentions of all our neighborhood places, and just getting a lot of the NOLA details right. And while this story's a dog, it's always nice to visit NOLA, even in the pages of a book. I just wish it was a better book to recommend to my NOLA friends and neighbors.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Nola is still the same obnoxious person that she was in all the previous Tradd Street series books. Hasn't changed even though she is ten years older. Still spoiled. Much prefer her southern room mate. Don't think I will read any additional books in this particular series. Nola is still the same obnoxious person that she was in all the previous Tradd Street series books. Hasn't changed even though she is ten years older. Still spoiled. Much prefer her southern room mate. Don't think I will read any additional books in this particular series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tam📖

    I wasn’t a huge fan of Nola in the Tradd series. I don’t think she was redeemed in this spin off.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This is a Paranormal Mystery. I like this author. This is the 17th book written by her that I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed her Tradd Street series...and even though I kinda miss the MC of that one, I think I'll settle right into this new series just fine. This author seamlessly adds a paranormal element to her stories. I like that this element doesn't invade and take over....everything. The author paints the picture in a way that keeps the characters in the limelight. I like this author, her cha This is a Paranormal Mystery. I like this author. This is the 17th book written by her that I've read. I thoroughly enjoyed her Tradd Street series...and even though I kinda miss the MC of that one, I think I'll settle right into this new series just fine. This author seamlessly adds a paranormal element to her stories. I like that this element doesn't invade and take over....everything. The author paints the picture in a way that keeps the characters in the limelight. I like this author, her characters, and her stories, so 4 stars.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Milena

    The Shop on Royal Steet by Karen White is a mix of Southern fiction and a paranormal murder mystery set in New Orleans. It's the first book in a spin-off of her very popular Tradd Street series. Nola Trenholm moves to New Orleans to start a new chapter in her life, after a distractive few years, where she purchases an old Creole Cottage that she plans to renovate. But she gets more than she bargained for as the house comes with ghosts and dark secrets. Enter Beau Ryan, a man from Nola's past wit The Shop on Royal Steet by Karen White is a mix of Southern fiction and a paranormal murder mystery set in New Orleans. It's the first book in a spin-off of her very popular Tradd Street series. Nola Trenholm moves to New Orleans to start a new chapter in her life, after a distractive few years, where she purchases an old Creole Cottage that she plans to renovate. But she gets more than she bargained for as the house comes with ghosts and dark secrets. Enter Beau Ryan, a man from Nola's past with whom she has a tumultuous relationship but who can help her with the ghost problem. The Shop on Royal Street is a very slow-burn mystery. It has a lot of elements that I enjoy, such as ghosts, old houses, quirky characters, and a touch of romance. I struggled with the first part of the book because of how slow it was. I enjoyed the second half of the book a lot more. I would recommend The Shop on Royal Street to fans of Southern fiction and mystery readers. *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    This spin-off series isn't near as good as the original. This spin-off series isn't near as good as the original.

  19. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Nola Trenholm is looking for a fresh start and has purchased a fixer-upper in the Big Easy. But this historic fixer upper could spell trouble when its previous occupants don’t seem to want to depart. A little paranormal woo-woo, an unsolved murder and a missing persons case all weave together in this southern mystery. Narrated by Sophie Amoss, I slipped right into this intriguing tale. As I stated, I hadn’t listened to the Tradd Street novels, and we met some crossover characters, but I didn’t fe Nola Trenholm is looking for a fresh start and has purchased a fixer-upper in the Big Easy. But this historic fixer upper could spell trouble when its previous occupants don’t seem to want to depart. A little paranormal woo-woo, an unsolved murder and a missing persons case all weave together in this southern mystery. Narrated by Sophie Amoss, I slipped right into this intriguing tale. As I stated, I hadn’t listened to the Tradd Street novels, and we met some crossover characters, but I didn’t feel lost. It nudged me once more to add them to my TBR pile, though. The home Nola purchases has a tainted past. In particular, a murder occurred there. Family members with the sight aren’t sure she should make the purchase. While Nola doesn’t have the gift she can sense things, but the historic charm and price have her determined. Even her lifelong friend Beau is skeptical, but is the first to help her when she purchases the home and begins renovating. Nola is a little of an odd duck. She is a recovering alcoholic and doesn’t drive an automobile, but the girl has grit. Nola has a vulnerability to her, but she is also fearless. The secondary characters helped us understand Nola, her family background and her feelings for Beau. We also have his family, and other secondary characters who affect Nola’s life and the plot. I loved her friend Jolene with whom she is currently living with while her home is uninhabitable. The characters felt genuine, and the mystery pulled me in as White weaved their story and the outside world slipped away. I became engaged in the tale as I pieced together tidbits, wondered, and reacted to the character’s behavior and actions. The storyline hit on several topics, besides the mystery elements. They ranged from family to addiction. The paranormal aspects and those with gifts/site/abilities added to the tale. The setting was atmospheric and perfect for spirits and mischief. The mystery was clever from the unsolved murder to the disappearance of a young child to the spirits dwelling in the historical cottage. White wove her magic, giving listeners a well-paced satisfying tale that has me looking forward to more tales from Royal Street. Sophie Amoss did a stellar job with the narration. She captured Nola and Jolene wonderfully, from their personalities to their quirks. Her male voices sounded authentic, and she gave each their own tone. Karen White’s writing translates well to audio format, and I easily slipped into the telling. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    The Tradd Street series is one of my favorites so I was very excited to know that the story was continuing with Nola in New Orleans. All the elements of a great story were there, just like the Tradd Street series, but it felt like it was exactly like the Tradd Street series. Yes, obviously Melanie and Jack are going to be in the books because of their connection to Nola but the story was so similar, too. There's the love interest that she can't be with, the love interest that is there to take hi The Tradd Street series is one of my favorites so I was very excited to know that the story was continuing with Nola in New Orleans. All the elements of a great story were there, just like the Tradd Street series, but it felt like it was exactly like the Tradd Street series. Yes, obviously Melanie and Jack are going to be in the books because of their connection to Nola but the story was so similar, too. There's the love interest that she can't be with, the love interest that is there to take his place, the restoration of houses with Sophie in the background telling you exactly how to do it. Nola is somewhat bratty so that hasn't changed despite growing up. The ghosts are always the most fascinating part of the story and even this felt a little too similar. Still, I enjoyed the story and hope that the series grows into its own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Annissa Joy Armstrong

    Loved the Tradd Street series and this first book in this spin off series is fantastic!!! Can’t wait to read the next installment in this series!! It has been 10 years since we last spent time with Nola. She is now living in New Orleans and is searching for a house that needs work to buy for her first house. Her step-mom, Melanie, has come to town to help Nola. Nola’s roommate from her freshman year at Tulane, Jolene has come back into her life and wants to help her with the house. There will be Loved the Tradd Street series and this first book in this spin off series is fantastic!!! Can’t wait to read the next installment in this series!! It has been 10 years since we last spent time with Nola. She is now living in New Orleans and is searching for a house that needs work to buy for her first house. Her step-mom, Melanie, has come to town to help Nola. Nola’s roommate from her freshman year at Tulane, Jolene has come back into her life and wants to help her with the house. There will be ghosts, strange happenings, friendships, adventures, love interests and so much more in this book!! Jolene quickly became a favorite character for me!! I highly recommend this book to everyone who read the Tradd Street series and to all readers who live the writing of Karen White!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    ReneE

    Underwhelming is the word that comes to mind. After the wonderful Tradd Street series, this was pretty disappointing and, uh, boring. I finally stopped at 80%, couldn't even stick it out the last 20%. Just didn't care what the final outcome was. I found it slow moving. Too much description bogged it down a lot. I just didn't care about the people, nothing really was happening, too much time on uninteresting things. Maybe I'll try the next one, but this one just didn't do it for me. Underwhelming is the word that comes to mind. After the wonderful Tradd Street series, this was pretty disappointing and, uh, boring. I finally stopped at 80%, couldn't even stick it out the last 20%. Just didn't care what the final outcome was. I found it slow moving. Too much description bogged it down a lot. I just didn't care about the people, nothing really was happening, too much time on uninteresting things. Maybe I'll try the next one, but this one just didn't do it for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Nola Trenholm moves to New Orleans and decides to purchase and restore and old home there much to the chagrin of her parents. Although she cannot talk to spirits like her mother, Nola is sensitive to them and soon learns her house has many secrets. The start of a new series that continues from the Tradd Street books. Had a little trouble figuring out (remembering?) the character relationships, but once I did, this was hard to put down! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of th Nola Trenholm moves to New Orleans and decides to purchase and restore and old home there much to the chagrin of her parents. Although she cannot talk to spirits like her mother, Nola is sensitive to them and soon learns her house has many secrets. The start of a new series that continues from the Tradd Street books. Had a little trouble figuring out (remembering?) the character relationships, but once I did, this was hard to put down! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Faubourg Marigny, New Orleans. Present day. Karen White’s The Shop on Royal Street (Royal Street #1) is a winner in all aspects! Nola Trenholm has found her 1st home which she is viewing with her step-mom, Melanie Trenholm, a realtor from Charleston, NC. The author’s words describing Melanie as she sees Nola’s choice for her first home are priceless. “ Her face wore the expression of someone who’d just witnessed a train wreck.” Melanie inherited an historic house, and it was not the house itself Faubourg Marigny, New Orleans. Present day. Karen White’s The Shop on Royal Street (Royal Street #1) is a winner in all aspects! Nola Trenholm has found her 1st home which she is viewing with her step-mom, Melanie Trenholm, a realtor from Charleston, NC. The author’s words describing Melanie as she sees Nola’s choice for her first home are priceless. “ Her face wore the expression of someone who’d just witnessed a train wreck.” Melanie inherited an historic house, and it was not the house itself that Melanie did not like even though she referred to the “architectural relic” as “the goiter on her neck”, but the “restless spirits of past residents” that usually came with buying a historic house. The author has such a gift with words. All flowed beautifully in this first book of her spin-off series. Just in case you are unaware of Melanie's gift. She is able to communicate with ghosts as is her sister. Nola, now 26, has had a rough time, but now straight, she wants this ‘historic fixer-upper’ in MAR-I-née, Newawlins (phonetically presented). If her new home does come ready-made with spirit/s, Nola knows someone in New Orleans who can help her - Beau Ryan, but she desperately hopes that she will never need Beau’s intervention. Famous last words. The author’s writing truly makes the reader feel she/he is in New Orleans. She has the characters visiting The Who Dat Coffee Cafe. Nola’s former roommate at Tulane, Jolene, works for JR Properties which is owned by Beau Ryan’s family. Notice how the author begins to weave her magic! Nola’s Creole cottage - spirits and all - has a history. Discovering that history as well as Beau Ryan’s ‘dark’ past illustrates how excellently Karen White combines storytelling with a sene of humor. Nola refers to strange in reference to living with Melanie by mentioning terms such as ‘almost pregnant’ and ‘civil war’. Nola is thinking to herself about a man she sees when running on Tulane’s campus, and she thinks the ‘weird vibes’ she is getting from this man “wasn’t because he was odd-looking in that white-van-driving-predator kind of way”. And, of course, there must be a old phone whose cord is not in the outlet, that rings, and when answered, there is “a tinny, hollow noise that could have been a voice……”. It was! Highly recommended!! 5 stars.

  25. 5 out of 5

    LeighAnne (that.bookmom)

    Nola Trenholm has bought a falling apart home in historic New Orleans with the hopes of completely renovationg it into her drean home. The house comes with a few unwanted guests though - including the ghost of the previous owner who was murdered... I really loved this one! Royal Street is a new series which is a spin off of Karen White's previous series Tradd Street. I have not read any of the previous books, but I had no problem keeping up with this new series! I am definitely a fan now and want Nola Trenholm has bought a falling apart home in historic New Orleans with the hopes of completely renovationg it into her drean home. The house comes with a few unwanted guests though - including the ghost of the previous owner who was murdered... I really loved this one! Royal Street is a new series which is a spin off of Karen White's previous series Tradd Street. I have not read any of the previous books, but I had no problem keeping up with this new series! I am definitely a fan now and want to go back and read more books from Karen White. Nola was a relatable, real and flawed character who you just can't help but love and root for! I have always wanted to visit new Orleans, but I have not had the pleasure of doing so yet, so I loved hearing about all of the old stories, characters and the history (especially through the special antique shop... that holds more than a few secrets). Jolene! Oh how I loved this side character. Jolene and Nola were roommates briefly in college, and they rekindle their friendship when they both meet again in New Orleans! A perfect peach of a friend. Jolene had me laughing at all of her perfect southern idioms and her big car Bubba! I grew up in South Carolina, and spent many summers in Charleston and I just LOVED hearing all about Charleston through her. She was a great friend to Nola! Her kind heart, charmimg soul and southern hospitality made her extremely likable, and I hope there is a main story for her in the future! Beau Ryan, alo has a past with Nola. She really needs his help though she will do anything in her power not to admit it. I loved how he was always there for her no matter what, and that their friendship once again blossomed. The Shop on Royal Street is full of mystery, witty banter, charming friends, second chances, New Orleans history.... and a few ghosts. You definitely don't want to miss it! Thank you UpLit Reads and Berkley Publishing for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book is due for publication 3/29/22 and I definitely recommend it. This review will be posted to my blogs & Amazon on publication day! www.instagram.com/that.bookmom

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    This is the first book in the spin-off of the Triad Street stories. There are ghosts and mysteries galore. Our lovely Nola has overcome a lot of obstacles to get to where she is now. She has bought an old house in New Orleans and is rehabbing it. Now, I, myself am working on rehabbing an old house so I can relate to how much work is involved. You want to keep the original stuff as much as possible, but it is really hard. Luckily my house isn't haunted. (I think) This is an excellent beginning, This is the first book in the spin-off of the Triad Street stories. There are ghosts and mysteries galore. Our lovely Nola has overcome a lot of obstacles to get to where she is now. She has bought an old house in New Orleans and is rehabbing it. Now, I, myself am working on rehabbing an old house so I can relate to how much work is involved. You want to keep the original stuff as much as possible, but it is really hard. Luckily my house isn't haunted. (I think) This is an excellent beginning, and I can't wait for more. I especially love her friend, Jolene! She provides the much-needed comic relief.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shari Suarez

    This is a spinoff to the author's Tradd series and it features Melanie's stepdaughter, Nola who is living in New York and is determined to buy a complete mess of a house. Not only does it need major work but there are some spirits living in the house. The house is also connected to Beau Ryan, who has a past with Nola. I will say that I hadn't read the previous series and I don't think it's necessary. The author provides enough information about what's happened in the past. The story is intriguin This is a spinoff to the author's Tradd series and it features Melanie's stepdaughter, Nola who is living in New York and is determined to buy a complete mess of a house. Not only does it need major work but there are some spirits living in the house. The house is also connected to Beau Ryan, who has a past with Nola. I will say that I hadn't read the previous series and I don't think it's necessary. The author provides enough information about what's happened in the past. The story is intriguing and made me keep turning the pages long past my bedtime. Nola is a quirky personality and at times, can have her head in the sand. There were a few times when I wanted to shake her. The side characters, Jolene in particular are amazing and hilarious. The author clearly did their homework on New Orleans. It felt like being there. This isn't my typical read but I enjoyed it and will definitely pick up the next one in the series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Great start to the new spin off from the Tradd Street Series. Love Jolene, Nola's sidekick! Great start to the new spin off from the Tradd Street Series. Love Jolene, Nola's sidekick!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Guylou (Two Dogs and a Book)

    THE SHOP ON ROYAL STREET by Karen White is the first book in a new series entitled: Royal Street. It is also a spin-off of her very popular Tradd Street series. Because I have not read the previous series, I was not familiar with the characters, and it threw me off from the start. It was walking into a party where everyone knows each other, and you know no one. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the story and the beautiful New Orleans sceneries. However, I was not a fan of the yo-yo relationship THE SHOP ON ROYAL STREET by Karen White is the first book in a new series entitled: Royal Street. It is also a spin-off of her very popular Tradd Street series. Because I have not read the previous series, I was not familiar with the characters, and it threw me off from the start. It was walking into a party where everyone knows each other, and you know no one. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect of the story and the beautiful New Orleans sceneries. However, I was not a fan of the yo-yo relationship between Nola and Beau, and the one between Jolene and Jaxton. This “I love you, but I am dating someone else” was a put off. On the other hand, I liked the double mysteries and the link between them. Now that I know the characters, I would like to see where this series will go. Let’s hope that the love aspect will sort itself out. #bookstadog #poodles #poodlestagram #poodlesofinstagram #furbabies #dogsofinstagram #bookstagram #dogsandbooks #bookishlife #bookishlove #bookstagrammer #books #booklover #bookish #bookaholic #reading #readersofinstagram #instaread #ilovebooks #bookishcanadians #canadianbookstagram #bookreviewer #bookcommunity #bibliophile #theshoponroyalstreet #karenwhite #berkleybooks #penguincanada #bookreview

  30. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    4.5 ⭐ Looking forward to the next book in this series!

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