by Nora Roberts

April 2002
ISBN: 0-399-14840-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Putnam

Is it possible to imagine that one selfless act during the sinking of the great ship Lusitania during World War I could have resulted in a mad and dangerous hunt for three priceless statues? Who would have thought it? Well, Nora Roberts did, and she presents us with the tale of the “Three Fates”, small, ageless statues that have been separated by time and circumstance.

Ireland, of course, figures large in this story – the Sullivans, Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca, view themselves as guardians of one of the statues, and when it is stolen, the chase begins. Clues take Malachi to Scandinavia, where he meets Dr. Tia Marsh, a possible link in the trail, while Gideon goes to Prague to find Cleo Toliver, another link. Tia is a riddled mess of neuroses and can’t believe her luck in meeting such a handsome man! Cleo is tough, worldly, doing what she must to survive (which is stripping), and is damned if she’s going to succumb to the gorgeous Irishman who has swooped into her life like a whirlwind.

In New York, where much of the action takes place, security specialist Jack Burdett is getting hints and hearing murmurs about the mysterious Three Fates – he decides a trip to Ireland is in order, but can’t believe it when the earth literally rocks under his feet. What happened? He took a good long look at Rebecca Sullivan!

This is a taut, well-paced adventure, featuring three sets of wonderfully lovable characters. Is it predictable? Sure. Do we know well in advance who’s going to fall in love with whom? Of course. Do we still turn the pages with anticipation? Absolutely. Because there are very few authors writing today who can spin such an enchanting tale as Nora Roberts, and here she outdoes herself. With this full-length novel, the characters can come to life and the plot isn’t rushed; we can luxuriate in the romances blossoming under our noses and hiss the villains as they stride across the pages. This is a great read, moving smoothly from character to character, from romance to romance. The lovers are wonderful – and their eccentricities endearing; the emergence of the real Tia Marsh from the timid Tia of the first chapters is a joy to behold, and it’s not only Malachi who is responsible. From the opening scenes on the Lusitania, to the final kiss, this is a spellbinder and not to be missed.

Reviewed in January 2002 by Celia.

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