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Terrific Romance with a Dose of Paranormal
In this, the second installment of the Three Sisters Island trilogy, Ms. Roberts has once again hit the jackpot in this clever mix of romance, wit, and witchcraft.
Deputy Ripley Todd was a little irritated. Outsider MacAllister Booke had just rented Mia Devlin's yellow cottage for the duration of his stay on Three Sisters Island, off the coast of Massachusetts. Bad enough that Ripley wanted to rent the cottage to escape her home and newlywed brother, Zack, and his likeable wife, Nell. But Mac is visiting to conduct research on witchcraft and its history on the island. As legend would have it, three witches who separated it from the mainland created Three Sisters Island. Nell, Ripley, and Mia are descendants of the original three, only Ripley shows great disdain for the power she was born with.
In a crafty mix of the paranormal complete with visions and dreams of the past, Ripley comes face to face with her ancestor and senses a dark force that could destroy all that she holds dear. As the romance between the bookish Mac and Ripley builds, she is forced to let down some of her tough gal defenses and learns to trust him and their love. And the steamy love scenes will melt the pages as Ripley's supernatural powers take her attraction to Mac to a whole new level. Only time will tell if Ripley will join forces with her fellow sisters, Mia and Nell, to bind together and repel the evil that threatens to destroy them as it did their predecessors.
Fascinating characters, a picturesque seaside town, and paranormal events form the foundation in this riveting read. Even the romance reader not enamored of the supernatural will find the allure in this latest from Ms. Roberts, who just keeps getting better and better.
A fantastic book filled with witchcraft and romance
Heaven and Earth is the second book in the fascinating trilogy by Nora Roberts.
Ripley, the Three Sisters Island sheriff's deputy, lives a peaceful life, surrounded by her brother, Zack, and her two friends, the calm and nurturing Nell, who is married to Zack, and the annoying and frustrating Mia, the local witch.
But despite all this, Ripley holds powers that she loathes, and that she tries to hide from the rest of the world. Mia and Nell are the only one's to share her amazing power, but despite how many times they try to encourage her to use it, she stubbornly refuses to break the barriers that hold her powers firmly in place.
When MacAllister Booke,a clumsy but brilliant minded researcher, comes to the island to investigate rumours of witchcraft, Ripley scorns his work and feels more than a little annoyed that he has taken up residence in the cottage she was planning to move into.
But Mac is determined, despite Ripley's rudeness, to discover the power and magic that she has hidden inside herself, and soon, the two give in to the power of their physical attraction towards one another, and begin a passionate love affair.
As Ripley's feelings towards Mac deepen, she is confused to discover that cracks in her protective barrier are appearing, and she finds that her power is pushing her to go back to her days of witchcraft with Mia.
Dreams and premonitions convince the already scared Ripley that someone or something is coming, to hurt her and the one's she loves. Ripley soon realises, that she must use her own power, and the power of Mia and Nell, as well as her own love for Mac,
to fight another power, evil and deceiving, that threatens to take over the island she has always loved and cherished.
Had Me Spellbound...
Nora Roberts, in my opinion, is always at her best when she gives in to pure fantasy and indulges herself in a tale as warm and satisfying as a cup of hot chocolate.
"Heaven and Earth," the second in her Three Sisters trilogy, is just such a book. It's about witchcraft, an ancient spell, a mysterious stranger, and the age-old struggle of good against evil. But being Nora, storyteller extraordinaire, she doesn't make it quite that simple. "Good" in this book is represented by thorny, difficult Ripley Todd, deputy sheriff of the small island, and an unwilling witch. Her struggles to deny her own powers lead her to frequent rudeness and sometimes downright nastiness. Even her growing feelings for MacAllister Booke, a newcomer to the island with a scholarly interest in the paranormal, must be ruthlessly held at bay. It is Ripley who is chosen by forces she cannot control to face and conquer the evil.
But "evil," in this case, is a poor shnook of a middle-aged man, a wanna-be superstar author--in reality a third-rate journalist. Just as it is impossible to see Ripley as all good, since her flaws are so apparent, so it is impossible to see this guy as all bad. It is this contradiction in the expected that makes Nora Roberts the best-selling author she is.
All of the characters from the first book, "Dancing on Air," are here, and the reader greets them like old friends. The witchcraft is fascinating, entirely fantastical, and not to be taken too seriously by those who are offended by wiccan dogma. This is just a story. And one that will leave you with a sigh, a big smile, and the need to hug somebody.
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