Monday, June 21, 2010

Review #71: The Girl on Legare Street by Karen White

Title: The Girl on Legare Street
Author: Karen White
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: New American Library (Penguin)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-451-22799-7
Price/Pages: $15.00/335

My Description:

The Girl on Legare Street starts off shortly after The House on Tradd Street leaves off. Melanie, a 39 year old realtor living in Charleston is adjusting to having her parents back in her life and owning a giant historic estate in need of a lot of repair. She is still going around and around in circles with Jack, a former bestselling mystery author using her estate and family history as basis for his next book. It's a headstrong love/hate affair and oh so much fun to read.

Melanie's mother, who deserted her when she was seven, is not leaving her alone. She needs help restoring their old family home on Legare Street and Melanie is the best in the business. But her mother knows the house needs more than a new coat of paint. It needs the power of their combined sixth sense to rid the house of the terrible spirits that inhabit it.

Just when she thinks she might get some quiet, she is pulled into yet another paranormal mystery (see my review for The House on Tradd Street).

Only this time, the spirits are coming just for her.

My Review:

Let me just say, I absolutely ADORE Karen White now. I am hooked. I was told this was going to be a four part book series and from the ending of this one, I could definitely tell there was going to be atleast a third. Talk about cliffhanger!

First, I want to now move to Charleston, South Carolina. From how White describes the community, it sounds so cozy and quaint; rich with history of the war battles, the old money, and the ghosts that roam the streets. I could not get enough!

Melanie continues to shine as the sassy main character but in this novel you really get to see the side characters come out. Jack is smart, wickedly handsome, stubborn and obviously in love with Melanie. Her mother, Ginnette, is a strong force with incredibly powerful sixth sense.
In order to unravel the mystery of the spirit that is after Melanie, everyone is forced to dig deep into their pasts and face some horrible truths about their family line.

This one was a bit darker and had much more paranormal activity in it. There were more talking to ghosts, cold spots, orbs of light, dark visions, that sort of thing. In my opinion, it was woven into the story quite nicely. Obviously having a sixth sense was quite normal for Melanie and her mother. I am a lover of that so it was really enjoyable to read. I'm currently addicted to Ghost Adventures, the TV Show (fyi) so reading about it all is super fun in my book.

Rating: 6 stars/6 stars
I had so much fun reading these and I can not wait for the third and fourth. It just had such a nice blend of a historical novel, a mystery, a romance and a ghost story. All the ingredients that make my toes tingle when I read. Definitely check these out if you want an absorbing read, in the bubble bath with a glass of wine.
Highly Recommended!

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I thank Joy, once again, for sending me these to read.
Stay tuned for a review of On Folly Beach by Karen White.

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


WonderBunny said...

I have the first book waiting for me, maybe I should bump it up on my tbr stack. Great review!

StephTheBookworm said...

I have the first book too, and I can't wait to read it!

Tales of Whimsy said...

Fun review. I think I want to visit Charleston now :)

Ryan said...

Between your review and the cover, this is now a must read for me. Thanks for the review.

Melissa said...

Have you read South of Broad by Pat Conroy? His books (especially that one) definitely make me want to move to Charleston.

I tried - but couldn't get into - The House on Tradd Street. I know, I'm the only person in world who didn't like it ... :(

Lisa said...

I liked this one better than House on Tradd--which was odd for me because I really don't usually care for paranormal stories. But these are just fun books!

Lori said...

I just love this series and can not wait for the next two! Karen White just makes Charleston and Jack sound sooo good!