Wednesday, December 9, 2009

190 - The Girl on Legare Street; Karen White - Blog Tour

Having enjoyed The House on Tradd Street, by Karen White, I was thrilled to be asked to participate in the TLC Blog Tour for Karen White's second book in the Tradd Street series. You can follow other blog tour stops along the TLC Tour here.


In The Girl on Legare Street, the sequel to The House On Tradd Street,  Melanie Middleton, a successful real estate broker returns, as does Jack Treholm, the handsome writer who is obsessed with unsolved mysteries. To Melanie's surprise, her mother Ginnette, who left Melanie and her husband when Melanie was just seven years old has arrived on the scene as well.  Ginnette has returned to Charleston, South Carolina, to confront her past and make amends with the daughter she left behind, but Melanie is not as interested in rekindling their relationship.  Ginnette asks for Melanie's help in buying back the family home. Before Melanie has a chance to refuse her and send her on her way, Ginnette share a terrifying premonition she has had involving Melanie and the old house.  Since mother and daughter both share physic abilities, and the spirits seem to be testing Melanie, she soon finds herself facing the ghosts of both the past and the present.

My Thoughts - The Girl on Legare Street could be read as a stand alone novel even though it is book #2, in a planned series of 4 (the final 2 books are due out in 2011 and 2013).  Personally, I was glad I read the first book when it came out last year as it really got me hooked on the series.  Creepy, suspenseful, and page turning, this book should appeal to most paranormal, mystery romance lovers.  If there was one aspect of the book I was not thrilled about, it would probably be Melanie's relationship with Jack. Melanie is was too whiny for my tastes when it comes to her feelings for Jack. However, that being said, if you enjoy books about long buried family secrets, betrayal and ghostly apparitions, then this might be just the type of book for you. This book is RECOMMENDED.

(You can read my 2008 review for The House on Tradd Street HERE).

About the Author
  
Karen White, author of ten award-winning novels, is a graduate of Tulane University and the American School in London. She currently lives in Georgia with her husband and two children. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, scrapbooking, carpooling children and avoiding cooking.



(A copy of this book was provided to me free of charge by the Penguin Publishers / TLC Tours).

26 comments:

  1. I SO want to read this series! It sounds so good!

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  2. I could tell at the ending of this on there would be another book but I hadn't known there would be four. That's good to know. :-) Maybe Melanie and Jack will finally get together by that final book. Haha

    There's so much I like about these books, but Melanie's relationship with Jack--particularly her resistance and whining--grate on my nerves. My husband got an earful as I read, poor guy. Still, it's a fun series and I do enjoy it for the most part.

    Thanks for your great review, Diane!

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  3. I've got The Girl on Legare Street and I haven't read The House on Tradd Street so I'm glad to see it can stand alone.

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  4. I will definitely look into getting this one after and the first one after Christmas. I like the idea of it, especially the main character being able to see ghosts. That is right up my street.

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  5. I'll be back to read this after I read the book. I really enjoyed the first one. So neat that you are part of the blog tour!

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  6. This series sounds absolutely wonderful. Thanks for a sharp and concise review.

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  7. I'm so loving your thoughts on this one and it makes me want to put the first one on top of tbr list right now....I did get the first one from the library!!

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  8. I have a weakness for mysteries, and this sounds like a good series.

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  9. This one looks good, but I am a stickler for reading books in order...

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  10. I just ran into this book somewhere else recently too. I haven't read The House on Tradd Street yet, but I'm thinking I'll have to fix that soon.

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  11. I never knew that "paranormal, mystery romance" was a genre!

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  12. I enjoyed this second book as well. I agree though on Melanie with regards to Jack. She needs to get with the program and give the guy a chance.

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  13. This book sounds good. I want to read these. Thanks for a good review!

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  14. I still want to read The House on Tradd Street first. Sounds wonderful.

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  15. I hadn't heard much about this book, but I recently read Dar's very positive review and now, after reading yours, I think this is something I would really like to read. It's not my typical genre, but I am willing to take a chance since the story sounds so good! Awesome review!

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  16. I have not read these before but this one sounds interesting. I feel like reading a good mystery.

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  17. I have read Karen White's books ever since the very first and they just keep geting better and better. I have this on Mt. TBR. Only deadlines have kept me from reading it.

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  18. I am happy to read that you enjoyed and recommend this book and the series. I love the covers which is what first attracted me to these novels. I then read some reviews and added the books to my tbr list. But now I am pretty sure I will like them as I seem to like similar mystery-type books as you!(I'm specifically thinking about Louise Penny's books!)

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  19. I haven't read anything by this author yet. I'm definitely going to check this series out!

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  20. I don't want to read your view because I want to read Tradd Street first. But thanks for posting it!
    Alayne
    The Crowded Leaf

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  21. I feel bad that I still haven't read The House on Tradd Street even though it's on my shelf.

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  22. I am a part of an online reading group where you are sent a 5 minute portion of book every day for 5 days. By the end of the week you have usually finished at least the first chapter of the book and can decide if you like it and want to try it or not.... I just did the first chapter of the Tradd Street book... loved it... can't wait to read both books in the series.

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  23. I'm reading The House On Tradd Street right now and this one's next up. Looking forward to it!

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  24. I'm glad you liked it! Like I told Literary Feline, I think creepy is totally perfect for dark winter days. Hopefully Melanie will come to her senses in book 3!! Thanks for a great review and for being on this tour!

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  25. I agree that Melanie is whiny, and she drives me crazy, but by the end, she's grown on me again. I loved this book even more than the first.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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