REVIEW: Dance Upon the Air by Nora Roberts

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Title:  Dance Upon the Air
Author:  Nora Roberts

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date:  June 5, 2001

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author-the first book in the reissued Three Sisters Island trilogy is a tale of friendship, fate, and the mysterious ways of the heart.

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she’s finally found refuge from her abusive husband–and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago…

But even in this quiet, peaceful place, Nell never feels entirely at ease. Careful to conceal her true identity, she takes a job as a cook at the local bookstore café–and begins to explore her feelings for the island sheriff, Zack Todd. But there is a part of herself she can never reveal to him, for she much continue to guard her secrets if she wants to keep the past at bay. One careless word, one misplaced confidence, and the new life she’s so carefully created could shatter completely.

Just as Nell starts to wonder if she’ll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers under a terrible curse–one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692. And now, with the help of two other strong, gifted women–and the nightmares of the past haunting her every step–she must find the power to save her home, her love… and herself…


Nora Roberts has always been one of my favorite authors.  Over the years, I’ve read a lot of her books, and I’ve had the Three Sisters Island trilogy on my TBR for a long time.  When I rolled MAGIC ROW on my 2019 Romanceopoly board, I knew the first book, Dance Upon the Air was the perfect book for the prompt!

Dance Upon the Air is the story of Nell Channing.  Nell is running from a life of abuse and fear.  When she finds herself on the ferry to Three Sisters Island, she finally feels a sense of relief and calm, after eight months on the run.  Shortly after coming to the island, she finds herself a job at Cafe Book, and a tidy, small, yellow cottage to call her own.  She soon finds a friend in Mia, the owner of the bookstore, along with a burgeoning relationship with the local Sheriff Zack Todd.  As time moves forward, Nell finds herself more and more at home on the tiny island.  The people on the island welcome her with open arms, and treat her like family.  But a darkness is descending on them, and it is up to Mia, Ripley Todd, and Nell – the three descendants of the witches who created Three Sisters Island to protect and save the island from destruction.

This book is so much more than just a romance, or a story about an abused woman who finds herself again.  In fact, it’s unlike your typical Nora Roberts story all together.  There’s a touch of paranormal, a whole lot of magic, all intertwined among the lines of Nell’s story.  Nell, herself, is everything I look for in a heroine.  Strong, independent, and able to conquer her fear in the face of adversity, Nell Channing is one of my favorite leading ladies in Nora Robert’s writings.  One of the other things I love about this novel is Zack.  Unlike the heroes in a lot of today’s romances, who are often times full of angst and extremely alpha, Zack is just your ordinary run of the mill guy who falls deeply in love with Nell.  There’s no bulging muscles, or never ending six packs, but I still absolutely loved Zack.  His love for Nell was incomparable, and all encompassing.  Even when he discovered that she was a witch, he wasn’t phased, but instead fell in love with her even more.

Dance Upon the Air is a great start to this trilogy, and I cannot wait to see where Nora Roberts takes the tale in the next two books.  I’m also extremely curious to see what Nora does with Mia and Ripley’s stories, and if they can find love again.  There’s so many ways this could go, and I’m excited to start Heaven and Earth over the next few days!

4.5/5 Stars!




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