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Dance upon the Air (Three Sisters Island Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – November 25, 2003
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“When it comes to true romance, no one does it better than Nora.”—Booklist (starred review)
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This particular novel tells the story of Nell, a woman fleeing from an abusive husband to a fictitous island off the coast of Massachusetts, Three Sisters. There she finds her first real feeling of home, friends that she has a mystical bond with and a handsome sheriff who is her soulmate.
The novel nicely blends the charm of a small town and the mystical events that we expect from Nora Roberts. It also is effective at setting up the two upcoming novels that will complete the trilogy. Packed with likeable characters and well paced, the novel is worthy of her "Born in" series.
I really loved this book. It was a surprising and satisfying read that kept me turing pages long into the night. I recommend it highly.
First, what I loved. Nell's struggle to form a new life for herself was empowering and believable, she is an interesting and sympathetic character. I especially appreciated her efforts to "edit out" the inner voice of her abusive husband. I absolutely LOVED the island. Sounds like the kind of place where I'd give anything to live-- Martha's Vineyard but without some of the price inflation? ;) I loved the Ripley character, too. When she finally gives in to her Craft destiny, I could just SEE her "swagger into the circle."
Now, for what frustrated me. I could just as easily-- perhaps MORE easily-- get into and sympathize with these characters if they weren't so perfect. So beautiful, accomplished, neat, talented, and skinny. (Must we know Nell is a "size six"? Would she be less sympathetic if she happened to be a size sixteen?) Most Witches I know are "average" people-- their beauty shines from within. The other thing is the fantasy-magic. Contrary to the Christian reviewer who thought this book was a primer for Wicca, it's not. You can't use magic to instantly bring dead flowers back to life, or create fire from nothing. Wicca is a beautiful and yes, magical religion. It's too bad that authors have to add the Dose of Hollywood to make it work for readers.
I'm aware that romance readers probably aren't looking to see the warts in life, but if you're going to try for an accurate portrayal of an abused wife (and I think Roberts succeeded admirably on that front), why not go the extra step of realistic characters and real magic?
Fast forward 300 years to Three Sisters Island. A frightened young woman, Nell Channing, comes to the island fleeing her past. She has been drawn here through compelling dreams. Concealing her identity, with few possessions and no identification, she finds a job as a gourmet cook at a local bookstore and cafe. The cafe's owner and Nell's new boss, Mia Devlin, warmly welcomes her as if she is a long lost friend. She rents Nell a lovely cottage and helps her settle in. For the first time in many years Nell begins to believe she has found a home and a place to make her future. The town sheriff, tall, dark and handsome, (of course), Zack Todd begins to woo her and Nell is drawn to him in spite of her knowledge that she can never become involved.
Then the past finally catches up to Nell.Read more ›
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She tends to get repetitive on trilogies, and only the character changes, plots seem about the same. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dora Shaffer
Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. Just enough magic mixed with history. Lots of romance and confrontation! Really enjoyed it!Published 4 days ago by Faye
I enjoyed reading this book. I hope everyone else will want to also. Looking forward to the next one in Nora Roberts Trilogy.Published 7 days ago by Carol Nahlik
Too much detail on witches. Has Nora joined a coven? I love a fairy tale but this book seemed almost satanic.Published 8 days ago by Molly
Great read, but read them all in order. This is book 1, the next 2 are just as good!Published 14 days ago by Ann M. Daniel
I first read this book when I was in high school and I think the romance aspect appealed to me a lot more back then. Now? Read morePublished 15 days ago by N. Holcomb
What a beautiful find! The story of Three Sisters Island was just amazing! Filled with mystery, witches, folk lore, and self discovery. Read morePublished 21 days ago by my love for Dante
Enjoyed this first book very much. Am learning some things about witchcraft. Can't wait to get to the other two books in the series. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Teresa Yankavish