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).