The Girl on Legare Street (Tradd Street #2)
by Karen White
4 out of 5 stars
It took me awhile to finish The Girl on Legare Street
, not because the book didn’t keep my
interest but because my life kept getting in the way. A lengthy road trip gave
me the opportunity to finish the second in Karen White’s Tradd Street Series.
Despite a few writing style choices that made me cringe, I enjoyed The House on Tradd Street
very much and
looked forward to reading the second book in the series. I wasn’t disappointed.
I’ve come to appreciate an intricately woven ghost story. Ms. White delivers.
In this second book in the series, once again Melanie
Middleton and Jack Trenholm combine complementary skills to solve a decades old
mystery. Melanie’s estranged mother Ginette Prioleau returns to town and buys
the old Prioleau home. An angry ghost haunts the Legare Street house and
threatens both Melanie and her mother. When Ginette begs Melanie for help,
emotional ghosts from Melanie’s past start causing all sorts of trouble. Not
only does Melanie struggle with feelings of abandonment, but she also struggles
with her feelings for Jack. Her love/hate relationship with Jack adds to the
suspense. Insert another woman in Jack’s life and Melanie’s mix of emotions
turns into a nasty concoction of denial, frustration, anger, and longing. It
makes matters worse that Jack’s other woman, Rebecca Edgerton, manages to stick
her nose into Melanie’s business.
If you read Tradd
Street, then you already know Jack is H.O.T. hot and easily distracted and
Melanie is a control freak. I grew tired of Melanie’s whining in Tradd Street and her attitude didn’t
improve much until the end of Legare
Street. I didn’t feel sympathy for this woman’s whiny attitude and stubborn
denial. Most of the time I wanted to slap some sense into her.
Despite my less than warm feeling for the main character, I
still wanted a happily ever after for the hero and heroine. I was disappointed.
Ms. White takes one and five-sixths books for Jack to kiss Melanie! She keeps
her readers anxiously waiting for the big moment when Jack and Melanie confess
their feelings for each other. Some very tense writing, but enough unrequited
sexual tension already. The important moment of reading satisfaction doesn’t
happen by the end of book two. Maybe so the reader will buy book three?
Legare Street is
romantic suspense. There is a hero. There is a heroine. There is intense
attraction between them. There is suspense. As a reader I want to fall in love
with the hero. Jack let me down. His actions caused him to fall from his hero
pedestal. If he loves Melanie, why would he do what he did? Ms. White pushed my
suspension of disbelief beyond credibility. I can’t give my whole heart to Jack
any longer and I’m not sure I want Melanie to give hers either!
Will I read the third book in the series? Yes, despite my
lack of sympathy for the hero and heroine, I intend to read the next book. Ms.
White writes a good ghost story with some great moments of suspense and some
very nice twists. But if I was Melanie I’d ditch Jack, and if I was Jack, I’d
forget about Melanie. On second thought, maybe those two deserve each other.