THE GIRL ON LEGARE STREET
White has concocted a wonderful combination of ghostly presences, a bit of mystery and some romance. Set in the South, with all its traditional history, the reader is drawn right in. The book ends on a mysterious note, so it's perfectly set up for a follow-up title.
Melanie Middleton has become an expert at restoring historic houses but isn't sure she has the heart to take on a different type of renovation project when her estranged mother reappears after more than 30 years. Ginnette's returned to protect the daughter she barely knows after receiving an ominous premonition about her family home on Legare Street, which has just come on to the market.
Melanie doesn't want to have anything to do with her mother, but with some gentle prodding and a big push from her friend Jack Trenholm, she begins rebuilding the relationship as she helps her mother purchase the house. Since the women in the family have psychic abilities, the two expect to unearth some ghosts, but they're not prepared for what they find. They'll have to dig up some old family secrets to finally beat this demon and become a family again. (NAL, Nov., 352 pp., $15.00)