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Dance Upon the Air: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Dance Upon the Air: Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 1

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. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers from 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 must 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 from 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.

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.

Listen to the other books in this trilogy, including Book 2, Heaven and Earth; and Book 3, Face the Fire.

©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Once again, Roberts proves that she's a top-notch romance writer. This enchanting and empowering tale is...terrifically entertaining." (Booklist)
"A magnetic hero, a heroine who finds herself, and some memorable secondary characters weave a mesmerizing tale of witchcraft and magic." (Library Journal)

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    Allicia 12-17-10
    Allicia 12-17-10
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    "Good Romance, Not So Good Narration"

    Unlike some of the other reviewers here, I was not impressed with the narrator. She reads well, but her character voices are honestly terrible. Of the three lead women in their 20s, one sounds like a little girl, another like an old lady, and the third has a nasally voice that borders on whiny. The love interest of the main character has a wooden tone with no inflection in it whatsoever, and the few other men in the book all have the exact same voice. Listen to the sample for a long time before you decide to buy this one. However, the book itself is a good romantic fantasy, and after awhile, the story was strong enough to overshadow the weak narration.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Leon Singapore 10-12-08
    Leon Singapore 10-12-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great fusion of the modern world and mythical."

    The first book got me hooked! Entertaining with every chapter and at the end of it all, the audiobook doesn't leave you hanging on a cliff! But it did make me get the rest of the trilogy.
    The reading was great too, loved the pace, fast when required other wise slow and calm. I enjoyed it hope you will too!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 05-28-13
    AudioAddict 05-28-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Sweet Romance with a Touch of Magic"

    STORY - Dance Upon the Air reminds me a lot of the Julia Roberts movie Sleeping with the Enemy. Not the same, of course, but there are a lot of similarities. It is a small town contemporary romance that has an undertone of danger and a dabbling in witchcraft. The romance is engaging, and the impending danger will keep you on your toes. Nell and Zack are strong, smart, likeable characters, and I enjoyed hearing their relationship progress. As always, Nora Roberts' sex scenes are tastefully described but still very passionate. I enjoyed this book a lot, but I've gotten very stingey with my 4's and 5's so I've just rated it a 3.

    NARRATOR - Good job but nothing special. Zack's voice was a bit nasally, but way better than a lot of men's voices done by women (and vice versa).

    OVERALL - I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good "clean" romance. If you are looking for lots of hot sex, you should probably skip this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aryn 04-29-11
    Aryn 04-29-11
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    "What was she thinking?"

    The book is about an abused woman who ran for her life. So when she picks up with another guy, guess what? Yep, the author crafted another guy who is as controlling as the one her heroine left. Granted, he doesn't hit her, but the whole control thing is, well, creepy. The concept was interesting, and the plot had its good points but the characterization was lacking. Good narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 08-28-10
    Lajuan Idabel, OK, United States 08-28-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Really Good Writer....."

    I don't where I was but I am just discovering Nora Roberts. I am finding I like her writing alot. This is such a good story...suspenseful...and the mystery is good. The narrator did a great job on all the voices. Thank you Nora Roberts and Audible.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Essexville, MI, USA 12-31-09
    Elizabeth Essexville, MI, USA 12-31-09 Member Since 2003
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    "Enjoyable escape"

    Nice read. Nora Roberts does a good job on developing the story. Good escape story.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    06-03-09
    06-03-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "First in the Sisters trilogy!"

    I loved this book. The reader kept my attention and was believable enough that the characters came to life. I found myself picturing it like a movie in my head, probably not a good idea while driving!ha! I look forward to the next book in the trilogy!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina Burbank, CA, USA 01-19-09
    Katrina Burbank, CA, USA 01-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Three Sisters Island Trilogy"

    As always, Nora Roberts tells a great story. The narration of the voices are done very well and it is easy to tell the different charaters apart. You are hanging on the edge of the seat - the entire triology is fabulous.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 01-17-09
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 01-17-09
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    "Lets stand together!"

    Nell makes you want to get out there and stand up for a cause - the book makes you want to move to a little island and find the solitude and friendlyness that might be waiting for you.

    Having read this and the 2 others in the trilogy you feel as if becoming more in tune with nature and it's elements is something you really need to be doing - if only we could escape to this!

    very well written and extremely well read! catches you from the word go!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    keynotes 05-01-11
    keynotes 05-01-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Interesting book"

    Good plot, nice listen. This book held my interest and after listening now to the second of this trilogy, it filled in some of the missing parts that weren't quite explained in this first book. Overall I would give it a thumbs up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Wickerman49
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    12/23/12
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    "Superb listen for those interested in pagan themes"

    This is the first in Nora Roberts Trilogy of the 'Three Sisters Island' series, and it a truly mesmerising story from book 1 right through to book 3. The storyline takes you through the main characters history up to the present time, from the darkest of their days to the best of them. It has a deeply pagan theme which followers of this lifestyle will recognise many of the spells written into the books and this must reflect the authors following or research into the old ways.

    I would tend to lean towards the research side as most spells within the book end with the all too familiar line ' so mote it be ', which many followers of the wiccan path will know is never used in true spell casting. It is amazing how many people have picked this up from programmes like ' charmed ' and believe it is the right way to end a spell, but that is poetic licence for you.

    The books must be heard as a series otherwise you will miss out on the continuing theme which ends in a superb climax at the end of book 3.

    Very highly rated series, and if you enjoy this then you would enjoy many of the other 'trilogy' books from the same author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hampshire U.K.
    10/21/14
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    Where does Dance Upon the Air rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    THIS series is a great favourite as i have it in paperback so being able to hear it on audible is fantastic.so this is high up on my list of great reads


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dance Upon the Air?

    When nell realises that she has the power inside her to deal with the brute husband


    Have you listened to any of Sandra Burr’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No but i think she did great


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Three sisters


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see more of noras older books on audio

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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