The Girl on Legare Street (Tradd Street Series #2)

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Acclaimed author Karen White returns with the sequel to the national bestseller The House on Tradd Street.

Melanie has grown accustomed to renovating old houses, but she never imagined she'd have to renovate her own life to include her estranged mother. Ginnette Prioleau Middleton left Charleston thirty-five years ago. She's returned wanting to protect the daughter she's never really known after receiving an ominous premonition.

Melanie never ...

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Overview

Acclaimed author Karen White returns with the sequel to the national bestseller The House on Tradd Street.

Melanie has grown accustomed to renovating old houses, but she never imagined she'd have to renovate her own life to include her estranged mother. Ginnette Prioleau Middleton left Charleston thirty-five years ago. She's returned wanting to protect the daughter she's never really known after receiving an ominous premonition.

Melanie never wanted to see her mother again, but with some prodding from her partner, Jack Trenholm, she agrees-and begins to rebuild their relationship. Together Melanie and Ginnette buy back their old home. With their combined psychic abilities they expect to unearth some ghosts. But what they find is a vengeful dark spirit whose strength has been growing for decades. It will take unearthing long buried secrets to beat this demon and save what's left of Melanie's family?

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Editorial Reviews

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In White's less than exciting sequel to The House on Tradd Street, Melanie Middleton reprises her role as the Lowcountry realtor with psychic powers. This time out, she's enlisted to help her estranged mother, opera star Ginnette Prioleau Middleton, buy back her family's ancestral home. Ginnette fears Melanie's in danger from a supernatural force, and she plans to keep her daughter close, even though Melanie's long since written Ginnette off. Meanwhile, local hunk author Jack Trenholm again offers his investigative services to determine and neutralize the threat, and a nosy local reporter is intent on writing a story about Ginnette's return. Jack's attempts at intimacy with Melanie are generally rebuffed, and their “relationship” comes off as annoying background noise compared to the better-handled relationship between Melanie and Ginnette. It doesn't help that the ghostly doings develop at an excruciatingly slow pace, and the reporter's role (of course much more important than it first appears) takes too long to gel. Hopefully, White's next installment will regain the snap of her first outing. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451227997
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Series: Tradd Street Series , #2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 49,845
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen White

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.

Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.

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  • Posted November 4, 2009

    A Wonderful Sequel to a Great First Book

    The House on Tradd Street had me mesmerized right from the beginning, so I was extremely anxious to get my hand on the sequel, The Girl On Leagre Street. I am very happy to report that I was not dissapointed.

    The characters of Jack and Melanie seem to closer to real people than those in any other book that I have read. Yes they have flaws, but they are not flawed characters. It is greatifying to watch them grow and develop along with their relationship with each other. They seem to be real life people - not just names in a book.

    As in the past, White tells a wonderful story that keeps you wanting to read on. I couldn't be happier to know that there are more book in this series on the way.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    an entertaining tale

    Her opera star mom Ginnette Prioleau Middleton pleads with her Charleston, South Carolina realtor daughter Melanie Middleton to help her buy back the family home on Legare Street that just came on the market. Melanie wants nothing to do with her mom whom she has not seen in decades; although as an expert on historical house restoration, she is the right person for the job.

    A psychic like her daughter Ginnette hides from her daughter that she fears for Melanie's life from paranormal elements. Melanie's friend Jack Trenholm nudges her to allow her mom back into her life. He even agrees to investigate the supernatural to eliminate the threat from beyond while a reporter pushes to tell the story of the return of the great diva.

    The sequel to The House on Tradd Street returns Lowcountry's top realtor Melanie in an entertaining tale of a mother-daughter dysfunctional relationship amidst ghosts and other spirits. Though intended as humor Jack's seduction efforts detract from the prime plot of Ginnette trying to reconnect with Melanie as she fears for her offspring due to visions that the spirits are coming to haunt her. Still fans will enjoy the return to Charleston.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    The Girl on Legare Street is Karen White's second novel in the &

    The Girl on Legare Street is Karen White's second novel in the "The House on Tradd Street" series. I enjoyed this book even more so than the first. I think it is because you become even more familiar with the characters. I'm not usually a ghost story fan but I love this series; mystery, suspense, romance, redemption, friendship, history and it all takes place in the South. God love you Karen White!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    I'm still savoring it~

    I thoroughly enjoyed The House on Tradd Street and looked forward to the sequel. I am over half way through the The Girl on Legare Street and enjoying it every bit as much. It's a fast and easy read but I am taking my time as I do with all books I especially like. It's a bit off beat as it deals with the supernatural in historical Charleston SC where Melanie is restoring two grand old homes but is presented in an interesting and exciting style. Highly recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2009

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    Karen White at her best in her new read

    In her new novel The Girl on Legare Street Karen White brings us back to Charleston to revisit the wonderful characters we first met in The House on Tradd Street and have the pleasure of meeting a few more. Where we find Melanie Middleton reunited with her mother who abandoned her when she was six, but if she thinks that's her biggest problem she's whistling Dixie.
    Karen's love for the south, especially Charleston and it's wonderful historic homes really shines through in this her second of four books in her House on Tradd Street series. It's a haunting tale of fear and fearlessness of loss and love and redemption. Her story line/plot is not unique to anyone who's ever walked through an old building and felt the temperature drop or saw a hint of something that couldn't be explained, but she makes it uniquely her own with her twist of a classic ghost story. Her characters are endearing and funny and quirky and she knows them so intimately that you can feel the anal attentive qualities of Melanie and the sexual tension between her and her co-star, co-conspirator Jack Trenholm sexy author and amateur historic sleuth, you can feel the apprehension and tension she feels toward her mother and her feeling of abandonment. Her supporting characters are equally interesting from her best friend Sophie to her recovering alcoholic father, to her ghostly apparitions and all the rest. And they are all constantly breathing life into her story. Her amazing descriptive dialogue paints her words into pictures in our minds as she tells her tale. She will make you laugh and cry, empathize and sympathize with the various characters. She gives us the continuing non-relationship that our heroine Melanie and our hero Jack are too afraid to pursue and the sexual tension between them just about kills me. Knowing there are two more installments before completion makes me impatient for the next one, to not only see what lies ahead with the ghosts and hauntings, but also finding out what's in store for Melanie and Jack.
    So be prepared to expel many emotions through this exciting and sometimes terrifying wonderful new novel. Be prepared to laugh and cry, hold your breath, bite your nails, to be haunted and sit on the edge of your seat as you turn the pages. And most of all be prepared to fall in love with the grand olde dame of the south, Charleston and with Karen's wonderful characters in her new book "The Girl on Legare Street". A must read for 2009. As mentioned this is the second book in a series, but holds up very well as a stand-a-lone read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Excellent!

    It isn't often I stay up late reading a book because I have to know what happens next, but for this book I did. Karen White has surpassed "The House in Tradd Street" with this one. The characters are becoming nicely developed and feeling like friends. I can't wait to start the next one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2012

    Southern Mystery and Ghostly Interventions

    This is a book to pick up for light quick reading. This is #2 in the Tradd Street Series. I would suggest that you read, #1 The House on Tradd Street, first to get full enjoyment from the series. Karen White makes Charleston, SC come alive with the vivid scenes of the city's old homes and the society of the south. If you like books that take place in the south,blend history,mystery, and ghosts you will enjoy this series. Do not let the mention of ghosts be a turn off if you do not like the supernatural. This series has a good story line with wonderful characters and the ghosts actually add to the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    I loved it....active ghosts,interesting characters, puzzle to solve...

    I love this series of three books! Can't wait for #4...K. White has created some fascinating characters...I'm hooked!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Highly recommended

    I have read several of Karen White's books, and they are all excellent. The characters in The Girl on Legare Street are the same ones as in The House on Tradd Street. It's nice to carry on with them and get deeper into their backgrounds and personalities and learn some of the history of Charleston SC. I am now reading The Stranger on Montagu Street, and so far it is as good as her others. I also recommend Beach Trees by Karen White.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 12, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great Series

    This sequel to The House on Tradd Street was equally as entertaining as the first book. This series is not only fun, it is full of adventure, mystery, ghosts, romance, humor, history and creative characters that come seem to come to life. Melanie and Jack are complete opposites which makes them great together. I found Rebecca annoying and a bit disappointing, exp. since Jack became entralled with her, but I have a feeling we're going to find out her real intention in the following books and probably be as surprised as Mellie and Jack. Marc was also back and I don't think we have seen the last of him and his sneaky motives either. It seems everyone is working to improve their relationships except Melanie. Hopefully she comes to terms with whatever it was that made her so uptight and afraid to fall in love that she pushes Jack away even though she knows they belong together. I don't think her parents are totally the blame. This is a great series, wish the 3rd and 4th sequels would come sooner.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Continuing Saga

    I enjoyed the historical tidbits but found the story repetitive from the first book I read. I liked the play between her Mother and her, but the Jack interaction got old. I also enjoy reading about restoring the older home.

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    Posted January 29, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly recommend!

    I really enjoyed this book and the series. Can't wait for the next one to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    These had to be the most annoying characters I've ever come acro

    These had to be the most annoying characters I've ever come across in all the books I've ever read, which is a lot. The heroine is wishy washy with no clear characteristics except needy. The hero just needs to be slapped and told to mind his own business along with the rest of that cast. The Melanie person just allowed everybody else to tell her what to do with only token resistance on her part to the point it was to offensive to read. The plot line could have been excellent but I'll never know cause I couldn't make it past the characters

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    2nd of 3.

    Haven't read the 3rd one yet but can't wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2012

    Very good, but . . .

    I was still left expecting Jack to tell Mellie "Frankly my dear,"

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  • Posted February 2, 2012

    Outstanding.

    Karen White has found a subject that we all wish we could believe in and want to know more about. This second book in the series did not disappoint.

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Read! (After the first two)

    The only thing bad about this book is that I have to wait almost two years for the final (?) book. I'm almost 64 and who knows--I could be dead by then and I'll have to come back and haunt the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT!!!!!

    i read all!!!! of karen white books, loved them all, bought them in paperback, would loved to buy them for my nook, but expensive, i have to buy the 3rd tradd street series but have to wait to buy the first two books. LOVE THEM ALL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    A bit confusing

    Loved tradd street but found this one hard to follow

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