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Product Details

  • Series: Tradd Street (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 335 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; Original edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451227999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451227997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In White's less than exciting sequel to The House on Tradd Street, Melanie Middleton reprises her role as the Lowcountry realtor with psychic powers. This time out, she's enlisted to help her estranged mother, opera star Ginnette Prioleau Middleton, buy back her family's ancestral home. Ginnette fears Melanie's in danger from a supernatural force, and she plans to keep her daughter close, even though Melanie's long since written Ginnette off. Meanwhile, local hunk author Jack Trenholm again offers his investigative services to determine and neutralize the threat, and a nosy local reporter is intent on writing a story about Ginnette's return. Jack's attempts at intimacy with Melanie are generally rebuffed, and their relationship comes off as annoying background noise compared to the better-handled relationship between Melanie and Ginnette. It doesn't help that the ghostly doings develop at an excruciatingly slow pace, and the reporter's role (of course much more important than it first appears) takes too long to gel. Hopefully, White's next installment will regain the snap of her first outing. (Nov.)
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About the Author

After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including another RITA, the Georgia Author of the Year Award and in 2008 won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe.

Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has recently expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston. Her tenth novel, The Lost Hours, will be released in trade paperback by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, in April 2009.

Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two teenaged children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, playing piano, chauffeuring children and avoiding cooking.

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I grew up being a voracious reader and it was a natural step to turn my interest to writing. I have published 18 award-winning and bestselling novels including my January 2014 release, RETURN TO TRADD STREET, which debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number 6.

I write what others have termed "grit-lit"--southern women's fiction, as well as a contemporary paranormal mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. All of my books are set in the US South, and feature a female protagonist at a crossroads in her life.

I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband, two children, and the cutest Havanese dog, Quincy, whom readers may recognize as General Lee in the Tradd Street series.

My upcoming book, A LONG TIME GONE, will be released by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing, on June 3, 2014. It's set in the Mississippi Delta where my mother was born and raised and where I spent many happy childhood summers.

Up next: the re-release of my first two books IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON and WHISPERS OF GOODBYE in 2015!

For more about me and my books, please visit my website at or follow me on Facebook at and Twitter @KarenWhiteWrite.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Vido VINE VOICE on November 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
Melanie Middleton's life has been turned upside down. First, she inherited a historic home on Tradd Street in Charleston. Then, she met a most handsome rogue named Jack Trenholm who has a devilish way of getting under her skin. Now Ginnette Prioleau, the mother who abandoned her over thirty years ago, has come back into her life. If only she could turn back the clock to the simpler days when being Charleston's best real estate agent was her only concern.

Being a top-notch broker like Melanie has its advantages. She knows how to spot a true diamond in the rough, and she'll do whatever it takes to seal the deal. So naturally when her historic childhood home on Legare Street comes on the market, it's no surprise that the interested party wants her for representation. Unfortunately, the client just happens to be her estranged mother.

Putting her feelings of betrayal aside, Melanie chooses to help her mom buy the property back and even goes one step further by agreeing to spearhead the home's restoration project. As the walls start coming down, Melanie comes to realize that there is more to this project than meets the eye.

With the help of Jack and her mother, she soon discovers a menacing ghost seeking revenge against her family. With no other choice than to combine their sixth senses, Melanie and Ginnette prepare to fight the haunting figure that has threatened the Prioleau women for centuries. With Jack by their side, they dare to cross the forbidden boundary in an attempt to save their lives.

THE GIRL ON LEGARE STREET is the highly anticipated sequel to THE HOUSE ON TRADD STREET. Once again, White masterfully captures the essence of Charlestonian life in a haunting tale of betrayal, lust, and most importantly family honor. Through her vivid descriptions and spell-binding prose, she brings together the past with the present in a supernatural tale definitely worth the read.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Caepw on December 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
Both this book and The House on Tradd Street are phenomenal - just the books I've been waiting for, about historic houses, hidden treasures, ghosts, and historical mysteries. The one thing that keeps these books from being utterly delightful is that the main character is an insufferable b****. I get it that she had a rough childhood, but come on, she's almost 40 years old and she still acts like a spoiled child around everyone in her life. It's a wonder that the hunky love interest is still even interested in her considering what a shrew she is to him. And in this book she's unnecessarily mean to her estraged mother, too.

Despite this drawback, I continue to be a huge fan of the series and am looking forward to the next book. I just hope Melanie mellows out a little bit.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reads Alot on November 30, 2009
Format: Paperback
There are many reviews that tell lots about the story. My short review is this.....if you enjoyed the House on Tradd Street you will also enjoy the latest adventure, The Girl on Legare Street. If you are new to this series you will enjoy it! Since there are some references in Legare Street to the first in the series it is probably to your benefit to start with The House on Tradd Street. Also, there are other books written by Karen White that are great. I highly recommend all of them! Also, if you have the opportunity to go to one of her book signings--GO---we really had a good time meeting her. She is funny and friendly!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tina on November 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
I received a copy of this book and was instantly intrigued by the premise. While I am not a huge fan of contemporary fiction (I much prefer chick lit), this book sounded very interesting. The Girl on Legare Street is actually a follow up to another book entitled The House on Tradd Street - which I have never read and frankly, I think would have helped me understand the backstory of Melanie - the main character of both books.

Nonetheless, I meet Melanie who has gone through some difficult times in The House on Tradd Street. As Melanie enters the second book in the series, she is trying to get her act together as well as her career as a real estate broker. Just as she thinks her life is back on track, she will come face to face with her long lost mother, who is back in town and wants to meet her as well as make a bid on their old "family" home a three story Georgian double-house. Although Melanie does not want to meet her mother, nor help her restore the house, her mother prevails - by telling Melanie that she has been having deadly visions of Melanie and they involve the house.

Working together, although reluctantly, mother and daughter will get to know each other despite each other and may have to come face to face with an evil spirit - who lives on the supernatural side (or maybe not?).

This book is a tad slow moving - kind of gets bogged down with too many details at one point, however, the book pace seriously picks up once we get into the house and our main characters end up face to face with a dark force.

The writing is good, but again, a little too detailed in some places. It also took me a while to connect with Ginette or Melanie - never quite certain about Ginette's true intentions and trusting nobody.

This book was good because of the paranormal aspect of it, which is weird, because usually that is the aspect that turns me off - but this was sufficiently creepy enough to keep me engaged.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. E. BAKER on January 26, 2010
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This book was such a let down after the first, The House on Tradd Street. This latest had too many characters, and previous characters were "out of character"! Talk about an open ending..... very poorly done. The plot was contrived,and the so called mature main character and her love interest had me feeling I was reading an adolescent love story. Wouldn't recommend it nor do I plan to purchase the next in the series.
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