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Three Fates

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,803 Ratings  ·  457 Reviews
When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief—but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-gr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 467 pages
Published March 25th 2003 by Jove (first published 2002)
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This was a pleasant surprise! I've not heard much about this book and read it because it was selected for a group read. It involves a mythology surrounding three small statues, the Fates, and the search to find all of them and reunite them. It begins in Ireland with the Sullivan family and reaches across the globe, culminating in New York.

I loved everything about the story, from the characters (didn't love all of them at first), to the mythology itself, the romances and the mystery/suspense. It
Norah Una Sumner
''Fate isn't black or white, right or left. People aren't just plopped down and made to follow one route in life on the whims of the gods. If that were true, we'd have to say Hitler was only a victim of his own destiny, and therefore blameless ... We have decisions to make, actions to take, good ones and bad ones that make up the texture of our lives. Everything we do or don't do matters ... Everything counts at the end of the day ... we have a pattern to make. We have to see it through, try to
Feb 26, 2007 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
yes, i can't believe I am confessing, but I have read nora roberts. If you are going to read trash, you might as well make it her:-)
The three fates of Greek mythology, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos. United, they hold the fate of the human life in their hands—one spins the thread of life, the other measures it, the third cuts it.

Yet their statues have been separated for ages. One was stolen, only to be saved by being lost forever at the bottom of the ocean, and two were passed on through generation. Yet the thread continues to spin, waiting to be measured, and cut. Waiting for the three Fates to reunite once again.

It will tak
Feb 22, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Ahhh...what to say about this utterly brilliant book? There are many, but I'll try to keep it short...The "New Age" Nora is no way even close to the her older works. It's sad to think the younger generation will brush this great author off after reading her recent novels and will miss out on her greatness. I really think it's going to be rare in a couple of years that anyone under the age of 25 will even consider picking up something like "Three Fates" to just pass the time. (Sorry...didn't mea ...more
Nora Roberts já escreveu mais de 150 romances em pouco mais de vinte anos, tendo grande parte deles feito parte da lista de bestsellers do New York Times e ganho vários prémios literários. Considerada um fenómeno de vendas na literatura feminina, a autora tem conquistado as suas leitoras ao longo da sua carreira com histórias apaixonantes, sagas familiares ou mistérios que podem ou não conter um fantasma ancestral.
Sejam quais forem os contornos que as suas histórias tenham, muitas vezes já bem
Mar 25, 2013 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
A few years after the sinking of the Titanic, the passengers aboard the Lusitania have no fear of sinking - and no knowledge that they are about to caught in the crossfire of war. On board the doomed ship, Henry Wyley is thinking about who he is going to track down once landing on the other side of the Atlantic: a man who may know about Lachesis, the second Fate. He already has the first, Clotho, secreted away in his stateroom. Or, at least, he did . . . until thief Felix Greenfield lifts the pr ...more
Jul 24, 2012 Christie rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by my bff (Tina). It was hard for me to get into this book because it was kinda slow in the begining but I was told by my bff (Tina), multiple times to keep going. She was right! I really enjoyed this read and will definitely recommend it.

It starts with a thief named Felix Greenfield who is aboard the Lusitania. He enters the room of Henry W. Wyley and steals a little silver statue moments before the ship goes down. While on a mission to save only himself, he ends
Nov 03, 2010 mark rated it it was ok
This novel was gifted to me by my father, who is ninety. He can’t get enough of Roberts. Indeed. The blurb on the jacket says: “Nora Roberts is indisputably the most celebrated and beloved women’s fiction writer today.” The Three Fates refers to Greek mythology, which my father used to read to me before I could read myself. I have fond memories of that. And so I began … and then I quit, after reading 417 pages. I was 7/8ths of the way through the story and had had enough. I knew how it would end ...more
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
Aug 20, 2015 ♥ WishfulMiss ♥ rated it it was amazing
Nora Roberts is one of my all time favorites and I really enjoyed Three Fates. If you like a little history and little whimsical fantasy this book hits it on all marks. The story revolves around the descedants of the three families that once possessed one of three connecting statues of the Fates. The three Sullivan siblings race to recover the Fates from the evil Anita, a ruthless woman obsessed with recovering them. This book has it all, a bit of history, humor, romance and the power of love.

Laura V.
Me costó un par de días engancharme. Más que nada porque el romance es aburrido. No hay una pareja que me atraiga en particual. La mayoría me desagradaron al principio (Cleo, Malachi..) y aunque mejoran no les veo mucha gracia.

Quizás me hubiera gustado leer más sobre Gideon y Cleo porque su relación parece más "pasional" pero desilusiona, todos deciden casarse muy rápido. ¿Qué tiene de malo el cochino concubinato?
Riana Elizabeth
Dec 21, 2012 Riana Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I've read a few of her books, I usually avoid Roberts' work just because she writes more of the type of books my mother likes to read (romance, romantic mysteries, etc). My mother was the one to gift me this book, actually. However, I've hung on to this one for a while just because it was so excellently crafted. Great historical detail, interesting characters, a bit of a mystical twist...Yes, it has a predictable romance wound throughout, but it wasn't as cloying as other books of hers ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Bry rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventure, romance
The first and only Nora Roberts book I have ever read. A friend of mine who is a addict for this author was trying to explain what makes them all so good. I was just curious since the woman must never sleep since she seems to put out a new book like every 6-8 months.

Anyways my friend recommended this one since it revolves around (I say that extremely loosely) Greek mythology and some nautical history. All in all, as expected the facts weren't all there but it was actually pretty entertaining.

Jane Stewart
3 stars. Not as engaging as I’d like but nice enough. Kept my interest.

Three people meet and fall in love with three others, which makes six for the group trying to locate three antique silver statues. A bad guy and thugs are the main enemy. An elaborate plan is set in place. There is some fun girl bonding among the three women.

I loved one scene where shy, nervous, hypochondriac Tia was planting bugs in the bad guy’s store. Bad guy confronts her. Tia is fumbling and nervous, but decides to use
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Mar 06, 2014 Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah* rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
"I spin the thread, but you make it what you will.
I mark the length, but you use the time.
I cut the thread, for nothing should last forever.
Don't waste what you're given..."

"We can't escape fate, but we can do a great deal to carve our own mark in it, to turn it to our advantage, or disadvantage."

In this mythological romance by Nora Roberts we follow the journey of three small priceless statues as they haphazardly pass through history and certain families lives and shows us that everything is co
Dawn ♥ romance
Oct 23, 2015 Dawn ♥ romance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this story with lots of action that moved right along. I especially liked that it had three romances each with their own conflict and resolution all during a complex endeavor searching for treasure. Siblings Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca are trying to obtain three small statues and each person takes a different path.
Sep 30, 2011 Büşra rated it really liked it
bir nora klasiğiudi.. eğlencelidialoglar ve tahminj edilemez olaylarla dolu harika bir kitaptı.. yan karakterlri bile ana karakter gibiydi bir çok farkılı yaşam okudum :D kesinlikle tavsiye ederim :D
More like 3,5 stars for me, and I need a week to finish this, despite my busy schedule and this book really thick!

Honestly I more love Nora's other pen name book, J.D.Robb's In Death series, well at last she have a to-die-for-and-no-one-can-beat-him-in-my-heart hero, no need to tell what his name. (what, you don't know him? Alright, he is Roarke, *cough2*)

Based on her heritage from Ireland, so in this book Nora Roberts back to her patterns, to make Irish characters and live at Ireland, there are
Cheryl Landmark
Jan 14, 2012 Cheryl Landmark rated it liked it
This was another quite enjoyable book from the prolific pen of Nora Roberts. I liked the historical aspects she included of the sinking of the Lusitania and a little bit of Greek mythology. There was plenty of intrigue, adventure, danger and, of course, romance.

I do have to mention something that bugged me a bit about this book and others I've read from Ms. Roberts. One of the trademarks in many of her books seems to be--three impossibly gorgeous, sexy women and three impossibly handsome, rugged
Aug 12, 2011 Allison rated it it was ok
I was pleasantly surprised by some elements of this book, less impressed by others. It was the first Nora Roberts book I've read, and pretty much my introduction to the romance genre as well. I was glad to see that the plot did not revolve around the romance, but was more of an adventure story. Six people get involved in a treasure hunt/chase for three mythical statues known as the Three Fates. Of course, a lot of the coincidences in the book are a little too convenient for some readers. Even th ...more
Nov 19, 2007 Tina rated it really liked it
SYNOPSIS: Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca Sullivan are siblings with a mission. They are the owners of a small silver figurine, one of a trio of figurines that, apart are merely valuable, together are priceless. The Sullivans had a dream of reuniting the pieces. However a miscalculation on their part, resulted in the theft of their own figurine by an unscrupulous and greedy antiques dealer. It becomes a race against time and a battle of wits between the Sullivans and the very dangerous Anita Gaye to ...more
Oct 11, 2009 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It's generally a good bet that whenever you're heading into a Nora Roberts storyline with an ensemble cast, a good amount of the story is going to be devoted to who's going to pair off with whom. Three Fates is no exception, even though it's a single novel as opposed to a trilogy starring her interconnected characters.

This time around the story hinges on a trio of statues, the Three Fates, named after the beings from Greek mythology. The statues have been separated over the centuries, and much e
Aug 24, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
A petty thief is on board the Lusitania and stealing a small silver statue when the ship is struck by a torpedo. As people around him die, the thief swims to shore and vows to change his life. The little statue becomes a family heirloom which is stolen from the Sullivans nearly a century later. Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca Sullivan vow to recover their family treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make a fortune for their family.

I just loved this book. Not only do we have some interesting history
Can fate change your life; just like that?
You are about to find out it in "Three Fates”, written by Nora Roberts, a story revolves around love, revenge, and gratitude; plus the exotic nature of human kind.
The Sullivans are on the hunt to discover the priceless heirloom together with the support from a nervous mythologist, a sexy brunette and a high tech security officer. The female characters are drawn nicely on the plot. Eachone totally different from one another. Especially Cleo's one is great
Anja Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
Warning *spoilers* in this review

I read this book in danish, and my guess is, that it was really well translated from american to danish by Lene Schiøtt, because I loved it - all 416 pages.
First - I was thrilled that the beginning was about the sinking of Lusitania, I had just read Dead Wake and i loved it.

Second - the author is a brilliant writer. I was in the best company from the beginning to the end, not being able to guess what was coming next.

Third - this author is now to blame that I
Apr 09, 2016 Isa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Qué buena novela! ¡Qué buena! Amor y suspense entrelazado y con personajes geniales y variopintos.
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Feb 14, 2011 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads
The Fates are three silver statuettes representing Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos. Owning the complete collection of three would render anyone wealthy. One of the three was allegedly lost with the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915. However, when this statuette shows up it leads art historians and collectors alike to begin searching for the other two. The reader is introduced to the cast of six characters who resolve to reunite the three, throwing in a little romance along the way.

I normally do not
Este foi o primeiro livro que li da Nora Roberts e facilmente se percebe porque a senhora vende tantos livros no mundo inteiro. A história é interessante, tem acção, tem pessoas bonitas, os bons e os maus da fita, tem uma base que bem podia ser verdade, apesar de ser ficção, tem o desenvolver de relações, de amores e ódios entre as personagens.

É um bom entretenimento, lê-se bem, não nos força a pensar, deixa-nos entrar naquelas vidas e emociona-nos com elas.

Apesar de não ser o meu estilo preferi
Sep 21, 2015 Jana rated it did not like it
Instead of writing an essay filled with adjectives, I’ll just add one. This book is stupid. 400 pages long stupidity. And maybe this is going to be little bit harsh, but I was thinking have I ever met three absolutely stunning Irish men, like Roberts described them in this book. Answer is no. Yes, absolutely charming Irish men, but physically stunning never. Irish women are far more better looking than their men. They have ''the accent'', so maybe that is what keeps them so interesting. Or, mayb ...more
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“Fate isn't black or white, right or left. People aren't just plopped down and made to follow one route in life on the whims of the gods. If that were true, we'd have to say Hitler was only a victim of his own destiny, and therefore blameless ... We have decisions to make, actions to take, good ones and bad ones that make up the texture of our lives. Everything we do or don't do matters ... Everything counts at the end of the day ... we have a pattern to make. We have to see it through, try to find a way to complete it.” 0 likes
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