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

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

by Karen White


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Acclaimed author Karen White returns to Charleston, South Carolina, with the second novel in the New York Times bestselling Tradd Street series.

Melanie Middleton 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451227997
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Series: Tradd Street Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 35,980
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels, including the Tradd Street series, The Night the Lights Went OutFlight PatternsThe Sound of GlassA Long Time Gone, and The Time Between. She is the coauthor of The Forgotton Room with New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.

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The Girl on Legare Street 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 107 reviews.
Scanjet More than 1 year ago
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.
VirtuousWomanKF More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
snowshoe27 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series of three books! Can't wait for #4...K. White has created some fascinating characters...I'm hooked!
dbrams More than 1 year ago
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.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 2 days ago
I’m not into ghost stories, but this book was recommended, so I thought I’d give it a try. I couldn’t put it down! A great story, loved the characters, and can’t wait for the next book in the series!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Absolutely wonderful but I had a hard time keeping the characters straight.
Anonymous 7 months ago
It was great!
Anonymous 10 months ago
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this second book in the Tradd Street series. I love a good ghost story and this one was good chilly fun. Melanie's mother has returned to Charleston after many years and Melanie has her feelings of desertion to deal with as well as an evil ghost who is out to do in her and her mother. Melanie continues to deny her attraction to the hunky Jack Trenholm although the current mystery in her life, the identity of a body recently found in a shipwreck, keeps pushing them together. All together great fun set in one of my all-time favorite cities. Enjoy!
lauriebrown54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m conflicted about this book. On the one hand, it¿s a ghost story with a pretty decent plot-an evil ghost trying to get back what she feels is hers, a good ghost protecting people, a mother and daughter trying to establish a relationship after the mother abandoned the daughter 30 years before, a reporter who isn¿t just what she says she is. On the other hand, there are some very slow moving parts, and the main character, 39 year old Melanie, is bent on denying her attraction to Jack, the man who helps her solve the mystery- typical romance novel stuff that drives me insane. Not only is it a ghost story and a romance, it¿s a mystery. Who is the female ghost that has haunted the house Melanie grew up in- sold years ago and now back in her estranged mother¿s hands? Why does she hate Melanie and her mother? And is she connected to the skeleton found on a boat raised from the ocean after over 100 years underwater- a boat that belonged to Melanie¿s ancestors? And who is the male ghost who protects the women of the family? The story slowly gets solved through hidden rooms, genealogical research, old newspapers and talks with ghosts. My final opinion? It¿s a good story if you like- or can manage to ignore- the typical romance novel I-hate-you-but-I-really-love-you stuff.
LiteraryFeline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rainy days seem to be particularly perfect for a ghost story, and so what better time to dive into The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White than a stormy evening? I first met Melanie Middleton a year ago, when I read The House on Tradd Street, when she inherited an old house and met true crime author Jack Trenholm. A realist and practical minded person, Melanie tried her hardest for years to ignore the voices of the dead who were speaking to her, but events in her life have made that impossible.Melanie finds herself in the middle of another mystery, this one involving her own family. After 33 years, the mother that abandoned her as a child has returned and is seeking to re-buy the family home. That is not all Melanie's mother is after, however. A vengeful ghost is growing more powerful and is targeting Melanie and her family. Neither Melanie nor her mother could stand up to the ghost alone, but perhaps together they might be able to. The search to uncover the identity of the ghost and the ghost's rage reveal family secrets long kept buried.The Girl on Legare Street is the kind of book I enjoy curling up with when I am looking for something light and suspenseful. There is a lot I like about the book. The author's writing style flows smoothly and I just love the Southern setting, especially being able to step inside these grand old houses, rich in history--not to mention the ghosts. The mystery itself intrigued me as family secrets and history often do. I've long been interested in genealogy, tracing my family tree and learning about the lives of my ancestors. Melanie's ancestry is rich in the area's history and I looked forward to uncovering each clue to the family's past as the story unfolded.Melanie is as infuriating as ever. She's extremely stubborn and there were times in the book when I wanted to shake her and tell her to get over it, especially when it came to Jack. As she did in the previous book, she continues to fight her attraction to Jack Trenholm who is finishing up his book on the mystery surrounding the house on Tradd Street and helping her with her current predicament. Melanie's had to deal with a lot in her life, having been abandoned by her mother at a young age and then living with an alcoholic father. Trust does not come easy for her nor does relinquishing control. She's worked hard to be successful in her career as a realtor and to reach the point she is at currently in her life. Underneath her tough exterior, lies a more vulnerable, softer side to Melanie. Even for the times that Melanie may grate on my nerves, I do like her. She has spunk and a good head on her shoulders--at least when it comes to things other than men. And, in the end, she does the right thing.Melanie has all her defenses up when her mother returns to her life, but as the ghost of her grandmother has tried to tell her, "we are not what we seem", so her mother's reason for leaving all those years ago may not be as cut and dry as Melanie believes. Her mother has her own secrets. Melanie and her mother have a lot of healing to do if they are to have any sort of relationship. While Melanie's relationship with Jack never seems to go anywhere, her relationship with her mother does in fact evolve over the course of the book. I could see the subtle changes in Melanie's relationship with her mother, as well as in her mother and father's relationship, the two of them having been estranged for a number of years as well.I enjoyed my time with The Girl on Legare Street overall, even if I quickly grew tired of the back and forth between Melanie and Jack. My interest in ghost stories has increased in the last year or so and the world Karen White has created is good for a quick fix.
sagustocox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White pits Melanie Middleton, a Realtor who guards her emotions like most would protect buried treasure, against Jack Trenholm, a confident author and potential suitor, and elements of the supernatural. Melanie must face her fears about her abilities and the truth behind the break-up of her family when her famous mother and opera singer returns to Charleston, South Carolina."We stood gaping at the marble-tiled floor with the faux-zebra shag area rug galloping down the middle of the hall. The elegant egg-and-dart carved cornices had been painted black to offset the fuchsia hue of the walls. Lime green beanbag chairs with legs offered seating to anybody with enough taste to make their knees go weak upon viewing the psychedelic colors of the hallway. (Page 44-45)White creates an intricate mystery that Melanie must unravel for herself without relying heavily on Jack, as she did in the previous book, The House on Tradd Street. White's characters are vivid; so much so, that readers may want to smack Melanie through the pages and tell her to get a grip. The beginning chapters spend a bit of time with Melanie as she attempts to sort out her feelings for Jack, her mother, and her abilities. In some cases, Melanie's whining may be a bit much for readers, but the action picks up and the knotted lives of Melanie's ancestors will hook readers until the very last pages."I didn't wait for a response, and was glad he didn't show any resistance as I dragged him toward the back door. . . . I gave a brief wave and had pulled Jack through the door and closed it before my mother made it into the kitchen.'I think I like it when you're rough,' Jack said." (Page 143)White introduces new characters, like Rebecca Eggerton, and resurrects some of the older characters, like Sophie and Chad, from the first book. This provides readers with new relationship triangles to navigate, while trying to work through the paranormal mystery. If readers have read and enjoyed The House on Tradd Street, they will enjoy this tale.The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White is an entertaining and a good second book in this paranormal-gothic romance-mystery series. At times, readers could find the repetitive elements in Melanie's narration distracting, as she repeats her grudge against her mother and her indecision about letting go of her self control where Jack is concerned. It is clear that this is a second book and that there is more to come given the final lines of the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whites second book in the Tradd street series was full of surprises! I love a good ghost story and the unexpected turn of events kept me guessing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series was introduced to me by my daughters who are huge fans!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it, but we all knew where it was going. Would've liked to get into the current characters more. Going to read the next one in hopes that we get there.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Book two in the series and let me start by saying that I absolutely recommend you start at book one with this series. The characters build from book to book and although the mystery is self contained in each book, you will absolutely miss out on the relationships of the characters if you don't start at square one. At the same time, if you put some distance between reading each book, unlike me where I have read them back to back, the first few chapters kindly remind you what happened in the previous book that you may need for this read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to finish this book!!! But Melanie's immaturity (she is supposed to be 40) combined with the inconsistancies in the story are starting to wear on me. I just can't figure her out! Her behavior towards Jack is just....childish. Her anger towards her mother seems....forced. None of the characters seem well defined to me. In one scene Jack arrives in his truck to help bring some items to the house on Legare street (we are reminded of the house being on this street frequently) he gives some silly reason why he owns the truck....that sounded completely out of place and then when they decide to go to the cemetary to look at her grandmothers grave stone (with Rebecca) they just happen to pile up in his car. He didn't drive over to the house in his car. Another inconsistancy involves Jack removing some jewelry from Melanie's neck, not returning it, and then somehow that same piece of jewelry is removed from Melanie's neck a few minutes later by someone else. Seriously!!!!! Sadly, I bought the rest of the books in the series based on my like of the previous book. Maybe the other ones are better. At least I hope so.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, just didn't think that book #2 would be as good as the first one. Well it was.....mystery till the end, love this budding romance, of course the ghosts and the twists that are thrown in, especially at the end are exciting. Keep it coming Karen White and I'll keep reading. Its the type of book that you think about during the day at work, and can't wait to get home to read. Just a super book.