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Nora Roberts is a bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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When she saw the little girl peek through the fairy roses, Anastasia had no idea the child would change her life. She'd been humming to herself, as she often did when she gardened, enjoying the scent and the feel of earth. The warm September sun was golden, and the gentle whoosh of the sea on the rocks below her sloping yard was a lovely background to the buzzing of bees and the piping of birdsong. Her long gray cat was stretched out beside her, his tail twitching in time with some feline dream.

A butterfly landed soundlessly on her hand, and she stroked the edge of its pale blue wings with a fingertip. As it fluttered off, she heard the rustling. Glancing over, she saw a small face peeping through the hedge of fairy roses.

Ana's smile came quickly, naturally. The face was charming, with its little pointed chin and its pert nose, its big blue eyes mirroring the color of the sky. A pixie cap of glossy brown hair completed the picture.

The girl smiled back, those summer-sky eyes full of curiosity and mischief.

"Hello," Ana said, as if she always found little girls in her rosebushes.

"Hi." The girl's voice was bright, and a little breathless. "Can you catch butterflies? I never got to pet one like that before."

"I suppose. But it seems rude to try unless one invites you." She brushed the hair from her brow with her forearm and sat back on her heels. Ana had noticed a moving van unloading the day before, and she concluded she was meeting one of her new neighbors. "Have you moved into the house next door?"

"Uh-huh. We're going to live here now. I like it, 'cause I get to look right out my bedroom window and see the water. I saw a seal, too. In Indiana you only see them in the zoo. Can I come over?"

"Of course you can." Ana set her garden spade aside as the girl stepped through the rosebushes. In her arms was a wriggling puppy. "And who do we have here?"

"This is Daisy." The child pressed a loving kiss to the top of the puppy's head. "She's a golden retriever. I got to pick her out myself right before we left Indiana. She got to fly in the plane with us, and we were hardly scared at all. I have to take good care of her and give her food and water and brush her and everything, 'cause she's my responsibility."

"She's very beautiful," Ana said soberly. And very heavy, she imagined, for a little girl of five or six. She held out her arms. "May I?"

"Do you like dogs?" The little girl kept chattering as she passed Daisy over. "I do. I like dogs and cats and everything. Even the hamsters Billy Walker has. Someday I'm going to have a horse, too. We'll have to see about that. That's what my daddy says. We'll have to see about that."

Utterly charmed, Ana stroked the puppy as she sniffed and licked at her. The child was as sweet as sunshine. "I'm very fond of dogs and cats and everything," Ana told her. "My cousin has horses. Two big ones and a brand-new baby."

"Really?" The child squatted down and began to pet the sleeping cat. "Can I see them?"

"He doesn't live far, so perhaps one day. We'll have to ask your parents."

"My mommy went to heaven. She's an angel now."

Ana's heart broke a little. Reaching out, she touched the shiny hair and opened herself. There was no pain here, and that was a relief. The memories were good ones. At the touch, the child looked up and smiled.

"I'm Jessica," she said. "But you can call me Jessie."

"I'm Anastasia." Because it was too much to resist, Anabent down and kissed the pert nose. "But you can call me Ana."

Introductions over, Jessie settled down to bombard Ana with questions, filtering information about herself through the bright chatter. She'd just had a birthday and was six. She would be starting first grade in her brand-new school on Tuesday. Her favorite color was purple, and she hated lima beans more than anything.

Could Ana show her how to plant flowers? Did her cat have a name? Did she have any little girls? Why not?

So they sat in the sunshine, a bright pixie of a girl in pink rompers and a woman with garden dirt smearing her shorts and her lightly tanned legs, while Quigley the cat ignored the playful attentions of Daisy the dog.

Ana's long, wheat-colored hair was tied carelessly back, and the occasional wisp worked free of the band to dance in the wind around her face. She wore no cosmetics. Her fragile, heartbreaking beauty was as natural as her power, a combination of Celtic bones, smoky eyes, the wide, poetically sculptured Donovan mouth—and something more nebulous. Her face was the mirror of a giving heart.

The pup marched over to sniff at the herbs in her rockery. Ana laughed at something Jessica said.

"Jessie!" The voice swept over the hedge of roses, deeply male, and touched with exasperation and concern. "Jessica Alice Sawyer!"

"Uh-oh. He used my whole name." But Jessie's eyes were twinkling as she jumped to her feet. There was obviously little fear of reprisals.

"Over here! Daddy, I'm right over here with Ana! Come and see!"

A moment later, there was a man towering over the fairy roses. No gift was needed to detect waves of frustration, relief and annoyance. Ana blinked once, surprised that this rough-and-ready male was the father of the little sprite currently bouncing beside her.

Maybe it was the day or two's growth of beard that made him look so dangerous, she thought. But she doubted it. Beneath that dusky shadow was a sharp-featured face of planes and angles, a full mouth set in grim lines. Only the eyes were like his daughter's, a clear, brilliant blue, marred now by an expression of impatience. The sun brought out glints of red in his dark, tousled hair as he dragged a hand through it.

From her perch on the ground, he looked enormous. Athletically fit and disconcertingly strong, in a ripped T-shirt and faded jeans sprung at the seams.

He cast one long, annoyed and unmistakably distrustful glance at Ana before giving his attention to his daughter.

"Jessica. Didn't I tell you to stay in the yard?"

"I guess." She smiled winningly. "Daisy and I heard Ana singing, and when we looked, she had this butterfly right on her hand. And she said we could come over. She has a cat, see? And her cousin has horses, and her other cousin has a cat and a dog."

Obviously used to Jessie's rambling, her father waited it out. "When I tell you to stay in the yard, and then you're not there, I'm going to worry."

It was a simple statement, made in even tones. Ana had to respect the fact that the man didn't have to raise his voice or spout ultimatums to get his point across. She felt every bit as chastened as Jessie.

"I'm sorry, Daddy," Jessie murmured over a pouting lower lip.

"I should apologize, Mr. Sawyer." Ana rose to lay a hand on Jessie's shoulder. After all, it looked as if they were in this together. "I did invite her over, and I was enjoying her company so much that it didn't occur to me that you wouldn't be able to see where she was."

He said nothing for a moment, just stared at her with those water-clear eyes until she had to fight the urge to squirm. When he flicked his gaze down to his daughter again, Ana realized she'd been holding her breath.

"You should take Daisy over and feed her."

"Okay." Jessie hauled the reluctant pup into her arms, then stopped when her father inclined his head.

"And thank Mrs…?"

"Miss," Ana supplied. "Donovan. Anastasia Donovan."

"Thank Miss Donovan for putting up with you."

"Thank you for putting up with me, Ana," Jessie said with singsong politeness, sending Ana a conspirator's grin. "Can I come back?"

"I hope you will."

As she stepped through the bushes, Jessie offered her father a sunny smile. "I didn't mean to make you worry, Daddy. Honest."

He bent down and tweaked her nose. "Brat." Ana heard the wealth of love behind the exasperation.

With a giggle, Jessie ran across the yard, the puppy wriggling in her arms. Ana's smile faded the moment those cool blue eyes turned back to her.

"She's an absolutely delightful child," Ana began, amazed that she had to wipe damp palms on her shorts. "I do apologize for not making certain you knew where she was, but I hope you'll let her come back to visit me again."

"It wasn't your responsibility." His voice was cool, neither friendly nor unfriendly. Ana had the uncomfortable certainty that she was being weighed, from the top of her head to the bottom of her grass-stained sneakers. "Jessie is naturally curious and friendly. Sometimes too much of both. It doesn't occur to her that there are people in the world who might take advantage of that."

Equally cool now, Ana inclined her head. "Point taken, Mr. Sawyer. Though I can assure you I rarely gobble up young girls for breakfast."

He smiled, a slow curving of the lips that erased the harshness from his face and replaced it with a devastating appeal. "You certainly don't fit my perception of an ogre, Miss Donovan. Now I'll have to apologize for being so abrupt. She gave me a scare. I hadn't even unpacked yet, and I'd lost her."

"Misplaced." Ana tried another cautious smile. She looked beyond him to the two-story redwood house next door, with its wide band of windows and its curvy deck. Though she was content in her privacy, she was glad it hadn't remained empty long. "It's nice to have a child nearby, especially one as entertaining as Jessie. I hope you'll let her come back."

"I often wonder if I let her do anything." He flicked a finger over a tiny pink rose. "Unless you replace these with a ten-foot wall, she'll be back." And at least he'd know where to look if she disappeared again. "Don't be afraid to send her home when she overstays her welcome." He tucked his hands in his pockets. "I'd better go make sure she doesn't feed Daisy our dinner."

"Mr. Sawyer?" Ana said as he turned away. "Enjoy Monterey."

"Thanks." His long strides carried him over the lawn, onto the deck and into the house.

Ana stood where she was for another moment. She couldn't remember the last time the air here had sizzled with so much energy. Letting out a long breath, she bent to pick up her gardening tools, while Quigley wound himself around her legs.

She certainly couldn't remember the last...


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Silhouette (January 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373285744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373285747
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.3 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Baumgarten on September 16, 2009
Format: Paperback
I own the original version of these, first printed as Harlequin novels quite some time ago. Anyone interested in purchase who is a Nora Roberts fan should check to see if they already have them. I do wish that reprints would be clearly marked as such.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Wakeling on December 24, 2008
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I have always enjoyed Nora Roberts writing but now find there is quite a lot of similarities in her character and description to other novels of hers and her writings as JD Robb.I have to say though that I will be reading the next two reprints Enchanted and Charmed.They are easy escapist readings and provide a contrast to the nasty reality of credit crunch, job losses,or as in my case the nasty realities of life as a social worker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Eisele on March 23, 2010
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This trilogy was great. As always, I didn't want it to end. I love Nora Roberts' books, especially the trilogies because they go on and on. I think it would be great to go further, but I guess it might be difficult to come up with more and more of the same people. It's nice to be in their lives and watch their families grow. You really feel like you know the characters. I've read some reviews of other books of hers saying that they are all the same. Well, basically they are, but that's why I love them. They are different enough to keep you reading, but you know everything will end wonderfully. I love how she has witches, ghosts, etc. in them. I think this makes them even more interesting. I am so glad I discovered her books. Can't get enough!!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dark chocolate on February 19, 2009
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I could not put the book down. Morgana and Sebastian were hilarious and so were their significant others. I would love for this series to continue like the McGregors'. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 9, 2012
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I am incredibly confused by the huge numbers of high reviews on this pair of books. I assumed that the series was from very early in her career because it was easily the worst NR I have ever read. I've read a bunch, I don't think she's an amazing author, but she delivers a decent romance in an entertaining way. Usually.

The pair starts with Charmed, the story of the polyanna witch Anna who talks like my grandma even though she's supposed to be 26, the perfect man next door and his cherubic and flawless little daughter. I was seriously nauseated by the sugary sweetness and wonderfulness and oh-aren't-we-all-perfect-ness of the main characters, so much so that the comically overdone family was a relief and almost seemed normal in comparison.

A few other hot buttons:
The treatment of magic did NOT work for me. Sometimes it's all ritual and formulae, and sometimes it's "poof"! Make up your mind.
How Happy and Nice and Wonderful everyone is to everyone else All The Time.
The perfectly behaved, completely angelic, totally unrealistic little girl. Has NR ever MET a child?
The "oh, it's okay, I liked it!" treatment of the near-rape of the main character. BY THE HERO! (Hint: If HE is horrified by what happened afterward, something is wrong.)
Treating the pregnant lady like she was made of glass. And the HEALER was doing it! Pregnant women are not infirm, even if they are carrying twins, and if they feel fine, it's actually counter-productive to tell them to sit down all the freakin' time, not helpful, and certainly not very healthy.

Most of these were also issues in the second book, Enchanted, wherein another nearly perfect (if dramatically insecure) young woman falls for the he-witch, Liam. She spends the entire book sighing over him while he and other people in his family meddle irritatingly in her life and she hides from her problems. Highly unsatisfying.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Luther J. Cooper on September 20, 2010
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Nora Roberts needs no introduction if you have ever picked up a romance novel. Hundreds of novels with almost as many completely different concepts and premises is no small feat but she has managed to accomplish it. This quartet of books is no different... Deep and intriguing characters with a romance developed under twists and turns keep you hooked from the start. A co-worker of mine tried to be witty and say "Oh so its like wal-mart porn with witch craft then?". Negative. Ms. Roberts steps above the average "harlequin" novel and adds depth that can be often ignored by those with such narrow opinions. The Donovans, The MacKades, and the MacGregors... all three families have heartwarming tales that leave you with a little tug in the back of your mind that you came from such a family. The MacKade Brothers: Devin and Shane: The Heart Of Devin MacKade\The Fall Of Shane MacKadeThe MacKade Brothers: Rafe And Jared: The Return Of Rafe MacKade\The Pride Of Jared MacKadeThe MacGregors: Serena ~ Caine: Playing The Odds\Tempting FateThe MacGregors: Alan & Grant: All The Possibilities\One Man's Art...Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mattie P. Brown on June 29, 2009
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I am an avid fan of Nora Roberts AKA J.D. Robb. I own and have read every book in the In Death Series so I expected the same type of character development and story line. Once I started reading this book I couldn't stop.
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