The Girl on Legare Street

The Girl on Legare Street

eBook - 2009
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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 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 ...
Publisher: New York : New American Library, 2009
ISBN: 9781101155240
1101155248
9781101155646
1101155647
Characteristics: 1 online resource (335 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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kwylie04
Nov 26, 2019

Having enjoyed the first book in this series, I was eager to jump into the second one, and for the most part, I wasn't disappointed. Family secrets, a new house to renovate, and figuring out just where Jack Trenholm fits in everything - sounds like Melanie Middleton has her hands full!

I have to say, I very much enjoyed the mystery that White weaved into Melanie's family history. I figured it out about half-way through the book, but that didn't stop me from enjoying watching the characters work to figure out what had happened in the past to so stir up the malevolent presence that is permeating Melanie's mother's family home. I didn't much care for the new character, Rebecca, for most of the story, but the revelation about her in the final chapters of the book did leave me intrigued and I hope to see her in future books in a better light.

So overall, a good story, but it loses a star for Melanie's up-and-down, love-him-hate-him, roller coaster drama with Jack. I'm all for some romantic tension, but honestly, these are the games that twenty-year-olds play with one another, not people in their mid to late thirties. I get that Melanie's somewhat emotionally stunted, but this was really taking things a bit too far.

A pretty enjoyable read for the most part. Looking forward to the next book.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Oct 06, 2019

This is my third Karen White. I loved the Sound of Glass so much that I read and reviewed it twice.

The House on Tradd Street is the first in the author's paranormal series, and it is a breezy blend of history, mystery, romance, and ghosts ~ a transition from Lowcountry tale to the paranormal. I liked it well enough to launch into The Girl on Legare Street.

The author seems to have gotten carried away with her glee to be writing about haunted houses, and the plot of The Girl on Legare Street suffers from inconsistency. Chad, for example, is teaching music rather than art history.

Realtor Melanie Middleton is still restoring her home on Tradd Street which is hemorrhaging cash because Melanie's BFF Sophia (also a professor) is addicted to historical accuracy.

Melanie's mother Ginnette has retired from the Metropolitan Opera to return after a 33 year absence to Charleston, SC to buy back her ancestral, haunted home on Legare Street. Melanie's dad is still sober and ecstatic about his ex-wife's return. Melanie, however, is livid about her mother's abandonment and doesn't want to have anything to do with her.

While the floors of the Tradd Street home are sanded by hand, Melanie reluctantly camps out at her mother's house while it too is restored. Ghosts which have haunted the house for centuries are still in residence, and a pesky reporter has questionable motives for wanting an interview with the famous Ginnette.

Sophie and Chad are a couple. Jack can't make up his mind. Ditto for Melanie. The plot is a confusing, complicated mess which isn't all that interesting.

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