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

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515132878
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Three Sisters Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 52,312
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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From Face the Fire:

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2013

    A nice ending for a solid trilogy!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    Loved all three

    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. *****

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Fun+read

    Nora+roberts+always+leaves+me+feeling+upbeat+and+excited+for+life%21

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

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    After defeating it at least 2 times, the evil that awaits the three sisters is after Mia, who has more to think about now that her ex boyfriend has returned after many years and he wants her back.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Excellent series

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    Great book

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Sweet Endings...If that is your thing...

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2013

    Great story

    Disappointed there isn't anymore•

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    One of NR's best trilogies

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    If you like magic and love this trilogy is for you.

    The best book of the trilogy. Is the first time i resd nora roberst an I loved it.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Highly recommended read!!!

    I read all three books, they are VERY interesting . It keeps you wondering what will happen next.

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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Great ending to a Great Trilogy!

    The whole series is wonderful. The first book is the best but all three are worth 5 stars. I liked this series so much, I have purchased three sets in paperback and now in digital. The best thing about the digital versions, I won't have to worry about loaning the books out and never getting them back - which is why I bought 3 sets!

    Mia is featured a lot in all three books, but this is her story, and the ending to the trilogy. Nora Roberts really makes you care about the characters.

    Purchase all three - you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted September 12, 2012

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    This final volume in the trilogy was quite entertaining. Each of

    This final volume in the trilogy was quite entertaining. Each of the three books focused on one of the three main characters. This book featured the most interesting female character in my opinion. Fans of Nora’s and of this series in particular will very much like this book. There is no shortage of magic and romance in this story.
    Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Predictable

    NR evidently got bored by the last book in the series. Big disappointment.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Mia was my favorite character in the first two books, and I coul

    Mia was my favorite character in the first two books, and I couldn't wait to read this one. Unfortunately, there wasn't enough substance for a third book. I expected more of a plot, but I was left disappointed. This book falls short. Too much narration, and not enough dialogue. Countless descriptions of the same things over and over (like Mia's house). The first two books were great, but this one was a waste.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Very good read. Excellent series.

    Very good read. Excellent series.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    I love this series. Must read if you like intrigue, romance, ac

    I love this series. Must read if you like intrigue, romance, action, and a smatter of paranormal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Awesome series...

    This book was awesome! The whole series was really good. Not the normal kind of books I read but very catchy, by the last book you couldn't wait to see how it was all going to come together

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Hunger games

    Its awesome











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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    :)

    Great book!! :)

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