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Dance Upon The Air (Three Sisters Island #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  50,477 Ratings  ·  1,256 Reviews

When Nell Channing arrives on 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

Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published (first published June 2001)
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May 25, 2008 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: random buy
I love this book. It was the first Nora Roberts novel I read and it got me hooked on her stuff.

I enjoyed every aspect of the book. One of my favorite parts is the simple, sort of true-blue romance between Nell and Zach. So often in romance novels these days the hero is a super-alpha, or a dark and brooding alpha or a tragic alpha - which there's nothing wrong with, I love a good alpha male; it's just nice to get some variety once in a while. And that's what Zach is. He's just your normal, nice g
Blacky *Romance Addict*

This book is absolutely wonderful <3

Beautiful romance, the whole mood of the book is swoony and feel-good (well,except for the abusive husband thing), but it made me happy from page one to last.

This was an enjoyable read, a bit fluffy and very predictable......It is the same story as the movie 'Sleeping With The Enemy' mixed with the TV series 'Charmed' as these 3 sisters definitely have 'The Power of Three'

Enjoyable, but nothing more. It started off quite promising, because the basic premise of this is a Sleeping with the Enemy-type situation, which I'm kind of partial to.

I liked Nell and Zack, but it never went beyond liking; partly because I had trouble believing how easy it all seemed. I didn't buy the fact that she practically set up her own catering business in a matter of a week, previous experience or not. Catering a party with 100+ guests all by yourself while still working full-time elsew
Mar 05, 2010 Ally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nora Roberts fans
Recommended to Ally by: No-one :(
Shelves: re-read, 2008, 2010
I've just finished re-reading (for at least the fifth time) one of my favourite Nora Roberts books. Dance Upon The Air. Although I love this book for many different reasons, witches, love, century old curse, new friends etc etc.
The main female character Nell Channing is running away from her past. She's left her abusive husband tricking him and everyone else she knew into thinking she's dead.
She was known as Helen Remington. And as the story evolves so does the character. You see in a way as the
Feb 18, 2009 Sonja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love love LOVE Nora Roberts, and this book helped me figure out why: I love her scenery, I love her characters, and I love her stories. They make me want to be there and participate and by the end of the book, I am emotionally invested. And THAT, people, is why Nora Roberts is rich and famous.

This is a charming story. Her scenery is always so rich and vibrant and I just ACHE to be there. Not only that, her characters are lovable and distinctive and the stories are exciting. The pacing always k
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missEvi [can't commit to a book]

Overall 3*

I love Nora Roberts. She is like comfort food when you want something easy and maybe a little cliche, without the classic chick-lit stupidity. In this case, I started the trilogy with low expectations. I just couldn't picture her writing with a touch of supernatural, but the high ratings convinced me. I am glad, because the magical element is just an aspect of the books, without the classical love potions that you would expect. The romance is sweet without magic being the reason. And m
Jane Stewart
2 stars. Nothing new or interesting about witch powers or escaping an abusive husband.

I really liked The Witness and Angels Fall by this author. But this book was disappointing. The characters did not stand out. I felt like the author picked ordinary people to write about, and she just kept writing and writing. We see ordinary lives, working, making friends, having day to day conversations. The author is good at this. The conversations were interesting. But it didn’t make “a good story.” Nothi
Jan 13, 2011 Marniy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
About half way through this book. It's a fantasy romance about a woman who escapes an abusive marriage and starts a new life across the country.
She is very nervous, distrustful, and not interested in another relationship.
The thing that is disturbing me is that the romantic interest seems to be following in the same steps as a typical abuser; he doesn't listen to her when she says she doesn't want to be touched, he violates her personal space even though it scares her, and other dick moves.
Her hu
Jan 08, 2009 Georgette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Dance Upon the Air from my favourite bargain bin and found it full of corny stuff that I enjoy. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's a trilogy, and I have to track the other two down.[return][return]The Three Sisters Island Trilogy opens with a prologue of three witches Earth, Air and Fire - who used their power to create a sanctuary from prosecution during the Salem witch trials. They found refuge on the island, but each witch went on to enter relationships that ultimatel ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 13, 2011 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think if you are a person that finds the Salem Witch Trials fascinating and tales of witches and folklore and descendants , chucked in with a sense of mystery, thriller , magic and finding yourself in a small cosy township, then the Three Sisters Island Trilogy is just what you need and Dance Upon the Air is just what you need to start the trilogy. Our story starts way back in June 1692 when the Salem witch trials are in full stem. Nineteen women , innocent have been hanged and this has worrie ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Serewyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
My very first Nora Roberts book. I enjoyed it, found it very cosy: An island, cute cottage, bookstore, magic.. At the same time it's not too fluffy. I also really appreciate the romance being tasteful and not too dominating. (view spoiler) ...more
Lisa Kay
Well narrated by Sandra Burr. Nothing original here (I checked the date of first publication against the movie, Sleeping With the Enemy, and the movie came first). An abused woman fakes her death. Ms. Roberts has thrown in a curse and three sisters/witches who learn a little magic - then placed them on an island. Still, I enjoyed the characters and dialogue too much to give it anything less than 4 stars. The sheriff is the hunk in this one and I love a man in uniform. I’m looking forward to cont ...more
Nora's a straight up comfort read for me. I grab her books when I'm in a slump and need something that I know I'm going to enjoy, though it's been quite a while since I've re-read this series. I barely remembered anything of it - not that I needed to. The formula that is common in all Nora Roberts books is here strongly - and I love it for that.

Sep 28, 2011 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sisters, female friends
I'm not a romance reader. So why did I bring Dance Upon the Air home from the library? I don't know. Maybe the cover appealed to me...I didn't start to read it until it was almost due back. Then I had to renew it or let it accrue fines, one or the other...

Is Dance Upon the Air great literature? Probably not. But it was a satisfying read despite its genre. I don't want to tell the story here--enough reviewers have done that already. However, you should know that it deals with the aftermath of spo
I really enjoyed this book! Roberts does a great job of making you connect to the characters in the story very early, so that you are really invested in their lives and rooting for them almost from the first page.

The magic aspect is well-written, with the introduction of the three "sisters" and their varying knowledge and participation in their abilities being quite different. There really is a character for almost anyone to connect to here. The characters of Nell, Mia and Ripley are totally dif
Apr 26, 2015 Allie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nell Channing arrives on Three Sisters Island after escaping from her abusive husband some months ago. After travelling around constantly looking over her shoulder, she feels finally ready to settle down and start a new life. She hopes it is a place where her husband will never come looking for her.

She wants a home of her own, peace and quiet, and hopefully a job and she finds it all on the island. But, she never imagined that she would fall in love with the local sheriff or discover that she ha
Jan 28, 2012 valee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
Again another great read by this author. I just can't believe I didn't start reading her books sooner, Nora Roberts just has become one of my top favourite authors.

This book is the first of the series, so I still need to read more to become attach. Loved what I read so far. I'm not rating it higher because the heroine of this book is one who went through some very tough times and is recovering, trying to become whole again. While I do enjoy this type of reads I prefer my heroines a bit more str
Jacob Proffitt
A good, mid-level Roberts setup for a trilogy. I liked Nell well-enough, and Zack is altogether yummy. There's nothing really stand-out with this novel (witches, fleeing an abusive past, protective law-enforcement hero), but all the elements come together in a pleasing whole that doesn't feel repetitive or forced. This book was written as I believe Roberts began to come fully into her own (2000ish). And this is where Roberts pays a bit for being consistently excellent--I enjoyed the book, but it ...more
Moth-eaten formula writing. The pretty, but scared Nell flees from an abusive relationship and settles on a small island. Despite her mousy-ness, she's instantly offered a job, the handsome and persistent local sheriff as a love interest and a role as one of the three witches on the island -- The latter an unsuccessful attempt to elevate this dowdy romance from its category by introducing a dash of magic.
I constantly mixed up the storyline of Dance Upon the Air with various Lifetime Original Mov
Feb 26, 2016 CP rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this romance! One of my favorite books by Nora Roberts.
3.5 stars

Classic NR style. Enjoyable, sweet, tender and quite emotional. Reminded me of Blue-Eyed Devil since they're both about heroines abused by their husbands and who had the strength to get away. This one is much more to my liking, since the heroine was a lot stronger than the one in Kleypas's book though. Will certainly read/listen to the second in the series since the narrator did a very good job with it.
Author: Nora Roberts
First published: 2001
Length: 338 pages
Setting: Contemporary, 2001. Three Sisters Island off New England.
Sex: From closed door euphemistic to explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Local sheriff.
Heroine: Re-inventing herself as a caterer.
Trigger: Nell is running from abusive, controlling spouse.
Includes: Excerpt from Heaven and Earth.

I didn't really enjoy the witchy stuff.

I liked the empowerment of Nell plot and the gradual romance, even the development of female friendships. The spousal
Aug 18, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it

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That was a very nice story! And, really, what’s not to love? It has romance, witches and a beautiful scenery! I enjoyed every page of this book! Nora Roberts is a very talented author. I have to admit that while I was reading this book I had the feeling that I was a part of the town because of the amazing writing style!

This is the story of Nell. She run away from her abusive husband and she’s trying to live her l
The first book in the Three Sisters Island trilogy and Nell Channing's story.

Nell has been on the run from an abusive husband after faking her death and finally finds home in Three Sisters. She gets a job as a cook at an eclectic local cafe where she meets Mia, a fascinating woman who opens the door to a whole new world for Nell and sheriff Zack Todd, who makes her feel things she thought she'd never feel again.

She intents to keep away from Zack, but he'll have none of it and the two end up a co
Karen ♐
Nell arrives on Sisters Island having faked her death to escape her crazy, abusive husband. This is a somewhat retelling of the story in the movie, Sleeping with the Enemy. However, once Nell arrives, she discovers that she is, in fact, a witch. With her arrival, the three sisters have now returned to the island. There is love (with hunky Sheriff Zack), humor and of course, suspense. I really enjoyed this book and will read the other books in this series.
Dec 30, 2015 Dee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
oh the pain of an old skool NR...and even so VERY familiar compared to her other paranormal trilogies...
T.K. Flor
Sep 27, 2015 T.K. Flor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nell Channing is young, pretty and talented, yet she lives in constant fear. It has not been long since she had risked her life to escape from years of soul-destroying marital abuse. She trusts no one when she comes to the Three Sisters Island, yet the beauty of the place and a mysterious sense of kinship lead her to stay on the island.

In Cafe Book, Nell finds more than a sympathetic boss and a day job. Despite the risk, she makes friends and tries to rebuild her life. Since this is a romance, a
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