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The Girl On Legare Street

(Tradd Street #2)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  10,941 ratings  ·  858 reviews
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 ne
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Paperback, 335 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by NAL
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Kris Irvin
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Either I'm a supergenius, or Karen White severely underestimates her readers. The mystery in this book is a pretty poor excuse for a puzzle - I had the main part of it figured out less than 100 pages in. After that, it became tedious as the characters keep questioning this great mystery! it's such a puzzle! what does it mean?! And I am sitting here, rolling my eyes and banging my head against the wall and calling them idiots.

I am also not impressed with Melanie. In the first book, she had her o
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Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
I'm really enjoying this series! Looking forward to the next one
Cheryl
Nov 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-edition
Okay -- as the second in what appears to be a new mystery series this is a very good story. I love the setting (Charleston, SC), the old house element and best of all the ghost story. I am a sucker for a good ghost story and Karen White has this wonderful (and, I think very difficult) ability to build a really, really spooky environment.

But ... while I really liked the characters in the first of the series, the whole relationship between real estate agent extraordinaire and reluctant "medium" M
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Emily
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I'm not okay with this book.

It's the sequel to The House on Tradd Street. Melanie Middleton and Jack Treholm need to solve another ghost-related mystery. Plus this time Melanie's mother has come back from a 30+ year absence to help them as well.

This is a good story. I like the ghost story aspect(that isn't too scary). I especially like that Melanie's ability is a given-a lot of books spend time focusing on the main character not knowing she had this ability, realizing, coming to terms with it, e
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Julie
The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White is a 2009 NAL publication.

Karen White’s name has been popping up in various Goodreads threads recently, so I decided to check out a few of her books.

Going by what was available in my Overdrive library, I started with the Tradd Street series. This book is the second installment in a four part series.

Melanie’s life should have returned to her nice orderly routine after she accepted her inheritance of a fabled old home on Tradd Street. She, along with Jack
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C.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are the easiest five stars I have given. I can never stop a "Tradd Street" story; weaving the very best elements that I seek every time I consult any novel! These magnetic plots are propelled purely by mysteriousness, whether or not Melanie uncovers misdeeds at some end. They are about secrets: exhilarating riddles inside architectural clues, testing Charleston history and family lore, and communing with spirits! One is dangerous, whom Melanie and her Mother avoided all their lives. The re ...more
Holly
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
*4.5 stars ✨
Donna
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is the second book in the Tradd Street series by Karen White. I liked the first one better. This one was still a light easy read, but maybe a little too much so, for my liking.

I still enjoyed the writing of Karen White. She created a wonderful setting in the south, complete with ghosts, family history, and a certain quaintness that I've come to expect from her. I also like the MC, Melanie (for the most part). But she did a fair amount of whining in this. And for being a 40 year old woman, s
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Karyn Niedert
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent follow up to "The House on Tradd Street", book one in the Tradd Street series from Karen White. Once again, White has excelled in character development. Main character Melanie reunites with the mother who abandoned her over thirty years earlier. Her mother's reappearance and purchase of their family home on Legare Street opens old wounds, with the promise of healing mysteries of the past can be solved and old ghosts put to rest.

I love that Melanie has her own self-protectin
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Sondra
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A beautifully crafted historical southern mystery which picks up with our characters from the first book in the series. These books remind me of the original Nancy Drew series-- but for adults-- with houses that hold secrets, puzzles and clues. There is an element of paranormal yet I love how it weaves into the historical aspects of the mystery, and the city, and is for me, believable paranormal.

I admit I have trouble with Melanie-- the protagonist-- at times but she became more endearing by th
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Karen
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Ok, the first book in this series captivated and spooked me and had me turning the pages quickly to see what happens next. I was so curious to see what happens, that I bought the next book.

Ok, the main character is a whiney, stick up her ass anal-over organized 38 yr. old (spreadsheets, organizing her closet every morning by different standards, color, alphabet etc). For someone who can handle mean and kind ghosts, her naive ways of being a woman annoy me. I'm yelling at her in the pages for be
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Alicia
Jun 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: southern-women
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Cristina
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of bad reviews before starting this book. The first one was so good so I figured I'd try this one despite the reviews...while I'll agree the issues and characteristics of Melanie and Jack don't match their ages..and some romance is a bit much (Melanie hating jack on and off, and them hooking up with other people) it was still a great read. I guess the mystery (not difficult but still creative) kept me interested and I looked over the repetitive anger towards jack, or the mother issu ...more
Laura G (lauralovestoread)
Well this second novel in the series was just as delightful as the first book! I don’t know what it is about Melanie and her dysfunctional family, sweet southern mannerisms, out of luck romances, and paranormal antics but I love it all!

There’s just enough ghost encounters to keep me in suspense without giving me all the night terrors!
Sarah
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Angie
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The second Charleston ghost story featuring Melanie, Jack, Sophie and all the crew. I enjoyed this one, maybe even more than the first. Melanie's relationship with her Mom grows as she helps to restore their ancestral home and solve a mystery that needs their psychic powers.

If you liked the first one, definitely read this. If you were only ok with it, I'd still give this one a try. I've been drawn into their world, and really enjoy reading about them but it did take a bit in the first book for
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Taylor Metcalfe
This did not make me happy. The mystery was fairly easy to solve while the main characters ran around clueless. Melanie was absolutely terrible. Whining and mopping and whining and being just plain stupid about her love life. I swear if that women doesn’t get some glasses and actually wear them I may go berserk. I didn’t feel like she acted her age and that was the thing that made me hate this book. Bleh. I really wish I hadn’t read it. Definitely not continuing the series.
Tamara
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm still really enjoying the chemistry between Jack and Melanie, the mysteries in Charleston and most of the recurring characters.... but I wish that Melanie would chill about turning 40.

It's not a constant reference to her getting older- but it is there. So what? Use your damn glasses. Enjoy life.
Christine
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the 2nd book in this series, I like the main character, Melanie, I am also enjoying Jack. I like that there is some mystery, some ghostly figures, some family secrets. I also like that it's not a difficult read, it a good leisurely read....I enjoy Karen Whites writing style...onto the 3rd book in the series....
Rebecca
The romance in this series is like a soap opera, but I am completely addicted! Melanie is starting to win me over and Jack is so frustrating at times, but I still adore him. The mystery aspect is engaging, and the history/setting of Charleston makes the series even better.

The ending had me starting book 3 immediately.
Mary
Dec 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Well. I loved book #1 and was excited to read the second in the Tradd Street series. It was filled with the usual lovely old homes in Charleston, our sassy Melanie and her family dramas, her on again, off again relationship with Jack, her friends Sophie, Chad and don't forget about little General Lee, oh, and her ability to see ghosts...So what went wrong here? I hated Rebecca. And couldn't for the life of me understand why Mellie and her mother continued to fill her in, kept her in the loop, ev ...more
Melody
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading The House on Tradd Street by Karen White so much so that I read the next installment, The Girl on Legare Street right after I finished that book.

Well, where shall I begin? For starters, let's say I loved this book more than The House on Tradd Street. Don't get me wrong, I loved that book, but this book is better in my opinion. And also, I loved seeing Realtor Melanie Middleton and True historical crime writer Jack Trenholm are back together again working on another project - t
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Barbara
I really was impatient with the heroine of this series, Melanie Middleton, in the first book. Yes, her mother went away without her and abandoned her with no explanation or reason; her father raised her, but her childhood was anything but happy. Her father dissolved into alcoholism and Melanie had to be the stronger person and make sure he could get up, compose himself and go to work and uphold his responsibilities.

Yes, while I did not live this life; while I realize how painful, how debilitati
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Patty
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in a series. The first one is, "The House on Tradd Street," which you really do need to read before you read this one.

Melanie is a real estate agent in Charleston, SC and owner of a historical home, and her mother is returning to Charleston, after having deserted her daughter when she was just a small child. Melanie doesn't want to have anything to do with her mother, but her mother is persistent and they soon develop a relationship. Because Melanie must have all of her
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Lauren
The Girl on Legare Street
4 Stars

Its been six months since the events on Tradd Street and Melanie is in the midst of renovating her historic house when ghosts from her past, both living and dead, arrive to haunt her present.

Jack and Melanie’s push-pull relationship is both the highlight and downside of the book. Their banter is hysterical and their chemistry sizzles, but Melanie is as prickly and obstinate as ever with her refusal to see what is right in front of her. Jack is just as bad, and th
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Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Girl on Legare Street is the second book in a series by Karen White to feature Melanie, a realtor living in South Carolina who can see ghosts. The series began with The House on Tradd Street however this one can be read as a stand-alone.

Melanie is now restoring her historic (and inherited) home on Tradd Street with friends, when she is asked to purchase a home for her estranged mother. Melanie hasn't spoken to her mother since the opera singer left her as a child and the animosity is palpabl
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Anita
Aug 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Despite being part of a series (which I didn't realize till I started reading it) and despite the author's penchant for raised eyebrows (someone is always raising one eyebrow as a response in literally every conversation), this is a super enjoyable read. It's got everything- suspense, ghosts, at least 4 mysteries to try to figure out... and witty writing for the most part. The main character can be annoying, I mean how can anyone be 40 and also be too vain to wear eyeglasses?! To the point where ...more
Stacy
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
The historical home that her mother bought has been haunted since her mother was a child and the spirit is gaining strength and hatred. The two must come to terms with each other. And Jack has started dating a woman who rankles Melanie and much of the book is spent with the silent treatment being used by both of them. But the puzzle of the past and the details of who this evil spirit may be brings them together, if only to solve the riddle of Melanie’s heritage.

As with the first book, I really e
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Brandie
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Cyndi
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good ghost story. So many opinions on the characters, though. (I guess that's the sign of a good writer, when the reader has opinions on characters like they were real people). So, Melanie was deserted by her mother at 7. That's bad enough, but, she left her with an alcoholic father who she had to take care of. Then, over 30 years later, she's supposed to forgive and forget like that? (Snaps fingers) Of course Melanie is controlling and wary of love. Duh. And, Jack thinks she should a ...more
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With more than 1.8 million books in print in eight different languages, Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 23 novels, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series.

Raised in a house full of brothers, Karen’s love of books and strong female characters first began in the third grade when the local librarian issued her a library card and placed The
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Other books in the series

Tradd Street (6 books)
  • The House on Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #1)
  • The Strangers on Montagu Street (Tradd Street, #3)
  • Return to Tradd Street (Tradd Street, #4)
  • The Guests on South Battery (Tradd Street, #5)
  • The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street  (Tradd Street, #6)