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Dance Upon The Air (Three Sisters Island #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  46,332 ratings  ·  1,120 reviews
When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sister Island, she believes that she's finally found a 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 cafe -
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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.

Mar 05, 2010 Ally rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nora Roberts fans
Recommended to Ally by: No-one :(
Shelves: 2008, re-read, 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
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
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
Paula  Phillips
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
The Tick
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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
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
Fiction State Of Mind
It is 1692. In Salem, MA. Three women meet on June 2nd the night of the solstice. It is a time of danger for their kind. They are witches. Though they've harmed none, fear and hate are putting their lives in danger. The three of them combine their powers and create an island. They entertwine their lives and their fates together forever.

Now hundreds of years later Nell Channing arrives on Three Sisters Island. She is escaping from an abusive husband. She ends up working at a local bookstore/cafe
Sep 28, 2011 Joanne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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.

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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
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.

oh the pain of an old skool NR...and even so VERY familiar compared to her other paranormal trilogies...
I loved the story and the premise. It was original and sucked me in. However, while it was an adorable and well written book, I struggled with some of the characters, especially the male lead, Zack.

*Sideline Rant*(view spoiler)
Marilyn Rondeau
This first installment of Robert’s Three Sister’s Island series gives a great prologue setting up how the island was formed as well as to its naming. In trying to escape the mayhem of the Salem witch trials, three sisters formed an island sanctuary that has survived the centuries and where their descendants still live - some accepting their gifts, others not.

In this a young woman, Nell Channing has been running for her life after staging her own death to escape a brutal husband and has found th
Lydia Perversius
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P.A. Lupton
This is my first Nora Roberts book. Boy do I feel a little late coming to the party. Dance upon the Air was such a good read.

I really enjoyed Nora Roberts writing style. She is so talented at painting the scenery that I could almost feel the sea breeze on my face, smell the ocean, and hear the seagulls. I could picture the quaint island of Three Sisters as if I were there. And yet, as descriptive as it was, it didn’t get boring. It reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Anne Rice. Not since
“I really enjoyed this book. I love it when a book reminds me of what I forget in our everyday life and has a background lesson to be learned.

This said here goes a short description of the book...
Nora Roberts introduces readers to the idyllic town of Three Sisters Island.
Reputedly conjured by a trio of sisters seeking to escape the Salem witch-hunts, the island remains a place of quiet refuge for one and all, including pretty Nell Channing who arrives in town afraid of her own shadow, with few p
Jan 21, 2011 Patricia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves a good romance
Recommended to Patricia by: Pick it up from the library
I really enjoyed this book. I love it when a book reminds me of what I forget in our everyday life and has a background lesson to be learned.

This said here goes a short description of the book...
Nora Roberts introduces readers to the idyllic town of Three Sisters Island.
Reputedly conjured by a trio of sisters seeking to escape the Salem witch-hunts, the island remains a place of quiet refuge for one and all, including pretty Nell Channing who arrives in town afraid of her own shadow, with few po
Nora Roberts can write thrillers, romantic suspense, and even paranormal. I love these witches she’d created. The series reminds me a little of the Sign of Seven trilogy, only in this series (the first chronologically) it isn’t about the guys having the power, but the chicks. And these chicks kick some serious paranormal butt.
Sure, one is in training, one is in denial, and one is in a league of her own, but together they can do anything. And the bond growing between them is palpable.

But this wou
Nora Roberts writes about three types of women in her trilogies in the following order.

1. The mousy, timid type who's afraid of her own shadow, doesn't know the power of her own femininity, but has some sort of hidden talent, usually something to do with hearth and home.

2. The brassy, tomboy type. Usually knows modern slang, traditionally does a 'male' job. Knows her power of femininity but chooses not to use it.

3. The "I'm strictly a female" South Pacific singing type. She revels in her frothy
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her
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