A this sequel to The House on Tradd Street.
When Melanie Middleton was seven years old, her mother, Ginnette, left home, abandoning her husband and her daughter. Now, nearly 33 years later, Ginnette has returned to Charleston, South Carolina, to confront her past and make amends with the daughter she left behind. Melanie is less than thrilled when her mother reappears in her life and asks for her help in buying back the family home. But before she can slam the door in her mother's face, Ginnette tells her it was a premonition that brought her back - a premonition involving old family secrets and a malevolent presence. It has come for Melanie, and to fight it, they will have to stand together.
Karen White, author of 10 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 rewading, singing, scrapbooking, carpooling children and avoiding cooking. Aimee Bruneau is an actor, director, professor and student of theater. She earned her MFA in acting from the American Conservatory Theater. Aimee has been telling tales in Seattle for more than a decade. She has also worked for theaters in Chicago, San Francisco, Savannah, and in Southern France.
©2010 Karen White; (P)2010 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
Despite what some various reviews have said, I enjoyed this novel just as much as the first one. Yes, the the female protagonist is prissy, yes, there is predictability but it still was fun to see how the mystery unravelled and yes, I guessed at a few additional plot twists.
BUT, reflecting back on it I really am amazed at how well Karen White made me suspend reality to think the ghosts and psychic abilities of several characters exist. So much so, I expect the ghosts to materialize.
As I said about the The House on Tradd Street, I like the narrator. She keeps the characters clear enough to distinquish and her characterization of Melanie fits! I feel like I am back home again with the somewhat exaggerated accents.
If you are interested in the book I recommend you read Tradd Street first because it lays the groundwork for the characters although I think Legare Street will stand alone ok.
If you're not especially picky, I think the story is light-hearted reading and fun. Go for it!
The House on Tradd Street led me to believe this book would either be as good or better. I found myself really disliking our heroine but liking the folks around her. I don't care to read or listen to books where the main character does not grow or become likeable.
This main character "Melly" is beyond obnoxius, why I continued to listen to this ridiculous banter, I don't know, I had along trip and nothing else on my ipod, but this one was horrible.
I listened to Tradd Street and gave it a good review, and was hoping this book would be as good. It was better. I know, hard to believe, but I actually liked this book better than the first. I highly recommend reading Tradd Street first, but this is a great sequel.
I loved the characters again, and they definitely had more depth in this book, and there is one main character you love to hate. The ghosts are almost believable, and I am looking forward to the next book. YES, there is a next book; I was so intrigued by this book being better than the first that I looked up the author, Karen White. She is writing another "Tradd St" book.
I think I will try another one of her books and see if they are as good.
I highly recommend this series.
I loved the first book, THE HOUSE ON TRADD STREET, this one got lost. Even some of the characters changed, like the main charachters dad, he was so strong and forceful in the first book and in this one...he was weak and bossed around a bit. I loved the idea of the book but something was missing, I didnt like any of the characters, could not identify with them at all! I waited so long for this sequel that I could just cry at how it turned out.
A lot of reviews do not like this lead character, but she is kind of an administrative and organizational geek, so her lack of social development is not as surprising as it might be. It was mentioned that she grew up with an alcoholic father, and that, along with her mother's desertion, made exacting control over as many situations as possible, pretty normal. She felt that she was aging, so early far-sightedness might be kind of an irritant. The real estate sales business puts a premium on attractiveness, as does the culture of southern womanhood, so, wearing glasses might not fit in with those concepts. She also tried to control her interactions with Jack. There was no evidence that she was comfortable interacting with men, or, in fact, trusts them, a probable outcome of her father's disease. She was not fun, but, I think, was an interestingly developed character.
...but the romance aspect kind of ruins it. The ridiculous "I love you I hate you" romantic trope is such an old, boring, and stupid one. I wish she would stick to "contemporary fiction" (The Sound of Glass, Flight Patterns, A Long Time Gone--all of which were so good) in which there is always a love interest but it's the least of the story.
Whatever the genre, her heroines are always some degree of prickly, unreasonable, stubborn, and grudge-holding, but in the non-romance books it's usually not over the top. In her romance novels, it's so pervasive, that if the characters were real, you would slap these women upside the head to knock some sense into them.
In this book for instance, the mystery/ghost story could carry the whole book--it's got a great plot. But when Melanie has all the above negative behaviors/thoughts/feelings/actions in the non-romance realm, when you add the romance to it, it's too much. And you wonder why any guy would stick around for all the abuse.
Karen White fans will read and enjoy. I did for the most part. However, just when I relaxed into it, there would be a mispronunciation or error. "Mischievous," for example, when pronounced "misCHEEVeeous" instead of "MISchevous" set my teeth on edge and distracted me from the complicated genealogy. Was it this book or the first in the series that put the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (yes), New York (no)? And I'm tired of the conceit of a conceited heroine rebuffing the advances of Prince Charming, presumably to facilitate misunderstanding and create sexual tension. Will I read the next one? Oh, probably. And I'll probably enjoy it, too.
Tried listening to it once, gave up on it quickly then after tried again when I had no more books left to read but gave up again. I did try to like it. The paranormal didn't bother me, it was to my mind a limpid story. Reader's accent was a bit too much also.
Happiness is a good book!
well, the first book was awesome, so I waited on this one too, it was boring as heck. I was all set to love it. All the characters changed, some that were strong were made to appear weak, wth?
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