Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island Trilogy Series #3)

Face the Fire (Three Sisters Island Trilogy Series #3)

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by Nora Roberts

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In the conclusion to her acclaimed Three Sisters Island trilogy, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Nora Roberts masterfully evokes the quaint charm of New England, weaving a spellbinding tale of true love—and sheer magic...

Mia Devlin knows what it’s like to love with your whole heart—and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam

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In the conclusion to her acclaimed Three Sisters Island trilogy, #1 New York Times-bestselling author Nora Roberts masterfully evokes the quaint charm of New England, weaving a spellbinding tale of true love—and sheer magic...

Mia Devlin knows what it’s like to love with your whole heart—and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared—and determined to live without love...

The new owner of the island’s only hotel, Sam has returned to Three Sisters with hopes of winning back Mia’s affections. He is puzzled when she greets him with icy indifference—for the chemistry between them is still sizzling and true. Angry, hurt and deeply confused, Mia refuses to admit that a passion for Sam still burns up her heart. But she’ll need his help—and his powers—to face her greatest, most terrifying challenge. And as the deadline for breaking a centuries-old curse draws near, they must take the first steps toward destiny—and come together to turn back the dark...

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“America’s favorite writer.”—The New Yorker

“When it comes to true romance, no one does it better than Nora.”—Booklist (starred review)

Publishers Weekly
The final installment in Roberts's Three Sisters trilogy (after Heaven and Earth), which is set on a New England island called Three Sisters, lacks the compelling emotional drama that has won her such a loyal readership. After being abandoned by her lover 12 years before, white witch Mia Devlin has developed a charming bookstore and cafe, a spectacular garden and a close circle of friends, all of whom share her involvement in the Craft. Only an age-old curse mars Mia's idyllic existence and threatens the future of the island itself. Then her former flame, Sam Logan himself a witch returns to the island, determined to win Mia back. The paranormal elements that tastefully flavored a number of Roberts's earlier titles is a bland additive here, creating the book's only suspense and filling scene after scene with discussions and manifestations of magic. Those who don't believe in spells, charms or paranormal wolves may find it hard to enjoy this story and the hokey chanting that comes with it (No one who passes now need fear. You can do no more harm here). As always, Roberts's prose is gracefully styled, and her storytelling is deft despite the weak material. But with perfect jobs, perfect homes, perfect hair and the force of the Craft behind them, Mia and company are barely human enough to move the reader's heart. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
When Sam Logan returns to Three Sisters Island after an 11-year absence, he has two goals in mind: revitalizing the family hotel and reclaiming Mia Devlin, the woman he loved as a teenager and then deserted. However, the wary Mia is not the na ve girl he left behind; as one of three powerful witches charged with saving the island from an ancient curse, she is not about to let Sam hurt her again or interfere with her task. But Sam has a part to play in the final confrontation with the evil that threatens the island-and the people he loves. Fast-paced, beautifully sensual, and filled with three-dimensional characters readers would want as friends, this concluding volume of Roberts's trilogy (which includes Dance upon the Air and Heaven and Earth) rewards fans with a well-told tale that neatly ties up all the ends with a fiery climax that reaffirms the power of love over evil. A best-selling writer and member of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame, Roberts lives in Keedysville, MD. Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information.

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Three Sisters Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From across the street, he studied Café Book. He should have known Mia would have taken what had been a neglected building and turned it into something lovely, elegant, and productive. The front window held a display of books and potted spring flowers scattered around a lawn chair. Two of her deepest loves, he mused. Books and flowers. She’d used them both in a way that suggested it was time to take a break from the yard work, sit down and enjoy the fruits of the labor with a ride in a story.

He stood where he was, hands in his pockets, until he realized he was procrastinating. There was little more turbulent than Mia Devlin in full temper. He expected her to lash out at him in blistering fury the minute she laid eyes on him again.

And who could blame her?

Then again, he thought with a grin, there was little more arousing than Mia Devlin in full temper. It would be…;entertaining to strike words with her again. Just as it would be satisfying to soothe that temper away.

He crossed the street and opened the door to Café Book. Lulu was behind the counter. He’d have recognized her anywhere. The tiny woman with a gnome’s face almost swallowed up by silver-framed glasses had, essentially, raised Mia.

Because Lulu was ringing up a customer’s purchases, he had a moment to look around the store. The ceiling was pricked with lights for a starry effect and made the prospect of browsing through books a festive one. A cozy seating area was arranged in front of a fireplace with a hearth, scrubbed and polished, used as a haven for more spring flowers.

Glossy blue shelves held books—an impressive array, he reflected as he wandered through, and as eclectic as he would have expected of the proprietor. No one would ever accuse Mia of having a one-track mind. His lips quirked as he saw that other shelves held ritual candles, Tarot cards, runes, statues of faeries, wizards, dragons. An attractive arrangement of another of Mia’s interests, he thought. He’d have expected nothing else there, either.

He plucked a tumbling stone of rose quartz from a bowl, rubbed it between his fingers for good luck. Though he knew better. Before he could replace it, he felt a blast of frigid air. Smiling easily, he turned to face Lulu.

“Always knew you’d come back. Bad pennies always turn up.”

This was his first barrier, the dragon at the gate. “Hello, Lu.”

“Don’t you hello-Lu me, Sam Logan.” She sniffed, skimmed her gaze over him. Sniffed a second time. “You buying that or do I call the sheriff and have you hauled in for shoplifting?”

He laid the stone back in the bowl. “How is Zack?”

“Ask him yourself, I don’t have time to waste on you.” Though he had her by a foot in height, she stepped forward, jabbed her finger at him, and made him feel twelve years old again. “What the hell do you want?”

“To see home. To see Mia.”

“Why don’t you do everybody a favor and go back to where you’ve been gallivanting these past years? New York City, Paris, and oo-la-la. We’ve all done fine without you taking up space on the Sisters.”

“Apparently.” He gave the store another casual look. He wasn’t offended. A dragon, in his mind, was meant to be devoted to its princess. In his memory, Lulu had always been up to the job. “Nice place. I hear the café’s particularly good. And that Zack’s new wife runs it.”

“Your hearing’s just fine. So listen up. Go on and get.”

Not offended, no, but his eyes turned edgy, the green in them deepening. “I came to see Mia.”

“She’s busy. I’ll tell her you stopped by.”

“No, you won’t,” he said quietly. “But she’ll know in any case.”

Even as he spoke, he heard the sound of heels on wood. It could have been a dozen women, descending the curving steps in high heels. But he knew. As his heart stumbled in his chest, he stepped around the bookshelves and saw her just as she made the last turn.

And the look, that one look at her, sliced him into a thousand pieces.

The princess, he thought, had become the queen.

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Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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Keedysville, Maryland
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Silver Spring, Maryland

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started the series as someone who had never read any books by Nora Roberts. I generally like fantasy books like the Merry Gentry series by LKH and the Twelve Houses series by Sharon Shinn. I really enjoyed this trilogy! It was a nice break and it is not some never ending 27 book series with a deteriorating plot (yes Anita Blake, I'm talking about you!). I really enjoyed this book and I thought it was thoughtfully written and wrapped up without being silly like a lot of books about witches are. While Nell is my favorite character I really enjoyed Mia as a main character. Sam for me wasn't the most apealing guy but oh well! He was fun to read at least. I am going to say again if you are looking for a fun and short series about witches, this is a great choice!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series, I want more I was a little sad it had to end. I recommend this series if you like to read about friendship, love, and a little paranormal. *****
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
With the return of Sam Logan, Mia has a lot on her mind and both think back to their past and when they were together. This book at times dragged a little but is still a good read. My favorite out of the three would have to be Nell. I don't know if it's just me but did the ending seem a little rushed? Good reads that you'll probably like if you like witches or are a fan of Nora Roberts.
Readem More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts is a master of character development and interaction. You get to know and care about them, and in this book laugh at their humor. The dialogue between the characters is very funny at times , e.g. , " ...the mattress rhumba".
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Ok! Lets do this! Next book is at the next result!)) " mistkit!". " mistkit! Wake up!" . He opend his eyes. " huh? Where am l?" He asked. " safe" a farmilliar voice answerd. " gah! Oh no! Im dead!". He looked up at his mother. " dead?" His mom asked " honey! You were mearly asleep!" ' what could she mean?' Mistkit thouht. " and a preety bad dream by the looks of it!" Exclaimed his mother. " Sunkit!" Mistkit yowled. " Sunkit?" His mom, silvertwig wonderd aloud. " yes sunkit!" Exclamed mistkit. "Never heard of a sunkit" mutterd silvertwig. Mistkit looked away, and began to walk away. " oh no you dont!" Yowled silvertwig. Mistkit was lifted off the ground and set down next to his brothers and sisters. Dewkit batted painfully at his ears. " stop it!" He hissed, lungeing at her. " MEW!" exclaimed dewkit as mistkit came down onto of her. Mistkit threw her across the clearing, into birchkit, who attacked dewkit. " Stop that right now!" Yowled silvertwig, snatching up birtchkit and carrying him over to another tree. Silvertwig was tired, very tired, She was sleeping on her paws. Still, she hadent eaten for a day, yesterday was her kitting. She had almost no milk left and her kits were growing hungry. Mistkit played with his brothers for four more minuts, then began to become hungry. " Silvertwig!" He hollared " Im hungry!" Silvertwig dident know what to do, so she said " if you want food folow me!" And headed off into the forest, folowing her own scent trail... (( that was a twist! Next chapter: "heir of fire" result two))
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Ill be honest, this is the only series by Nora that i have read. However, I absolutely loved it!
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One of Nora Robrts best series that I have read. Romance, magic and a little bit of suspense. I highly recommend these books.
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I love Nora Roberts, great book to read, I have now read all three of the trilogy. In places I was crying. To me she makes me feel like I am there.
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Loved the entire trilogy and read through them quickly. I was, however, a bit disappointed with the quick, overly happy ending that seemed rushed and simple. Great trilogy though.
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Disappointed there isn't anymore•
Sqz1121HLW More than 1 year ago
I had read this series when they originally came out, and recently bought them again on my Nook, as somehow I'd managed to lose the last 2 paperbacks. Even over 10 years later, they still hold up - great characters, situations, etc. I recommend them highly.