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Heaven and Earth (2001)

di Nora Roberts

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Serie: Three Sisters Island Trilogy (2)

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Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff's deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them--which, lately, isn't all that often. She's perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her--and though she tries hard to hide them, she can't get them under control....Distraction soon arrives in the handsome form of MacAllister Booke--a researcher who's come to investigate the rumors of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island. Right from the start, he knows there's something extraordinary about Ripley Todd. It's not just her blazing green eyes and her sultry smile. There's something else. Something he can detect, but she'll never admit. Fascinated by her struggle with her amazing abilities, he becomes determined to help her accept who she is--and find the courage to open her heart.But before Ripley and Mac can dream of what lies in the future, they must confront the pain of the past. For Three Sisters shelters centuries of secrets--and a legacy of danger that plagues them still...."A storytelling wizard." --Publishers Weekly… (altro)
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In the Three Sisters Island trilogy, the plot of Heaven and Earth turns away from Nell and directs its focus onto Sheriff's Deputy, Ripley Karen Todd. Before I go any further with the plot, I have to say there is always a popular formula to love and romance in bodice rippers: stubborn character refuses to accept second character's heartthrob's advances. However, handsome or beautiful second character is persistent. Very persistent with a charming veneer. Heaven and Earth is no different. Ripley is the stubborn one and newly arrived MacAllister Booke is persistent and charming. Be warned ladies, he also has a strong jaw. The problem lies in the fact MacAllister's life work is researching people of the strange ilk: shaman, vampire, ghost, brujo, necromancer, witch, lycanthrope, alien, psychic, and neo-druid all interest him. Ripley doesn't want to be researched. She doesn't even like being associated with weird. There were more than a few times I resisted the urge to roll my eyes after reading lines like this, "She caught the unmistakable scent of Nell's beef-and-barley soup and quickly decided it was that, and that alone, that was making her mouth water" (p 50). Yes, the hunky and irresistible MacAllister Booke was in Ripley's presence.
Having said all that, I appreciated the consistency from one novel to the next. Ripley is still locked in a battle of wills with Mia Devlin. Ripley still resents the fact that she, at heart, is a witch. She'll need to come to terms with this when Nell's ex-husband convinces a shady reporter to pay the residents of Three Sisters Island a visit. It takes an ominous turn from there.
A word of obvious warning: Heaven and Earth is a little dated. A $20 spot as a bribe wouldn't get you boo. These days a Benjamin is a good place to start. ( )
  SeriousGrace | Mar 16, 2022 |
Work was boring again. Well, at least a good part of it was in the afternoon. The morning was spent breaking everything I touched, but that's another story.

I knew the first time I saw Nora Roberts book list that there was no way she could have written that many books, that fast and not trip over herself, creatively speaking. This is only the third trilogy of hers I've read, and admittedly, I've purposefully stuck to the paranormal stuff, but the renew, reuse, recycle mantra is very obvious already.

Before picking up Dance Upon the Air, I was already 2 out of 3 books into the Dark Witch Trilogy. But it wasn't until I picked up this one, Heaven and Earth that the three R's reared their heads. Creeping fog, evil in wolf form, red eyes, pentagram, good-marking-evil. It's all there with no apologies in both trilogies. Who knows? It might be in her other paranormal works too - I'm just assuming the Three Sisters Trilogy was the first.

Doesn't really matter, either way. I enjoyed the read more than enough to finish it. Even though it's a "romance" the romance isn't what I took away from it; I enjoyed NR's talented hand at writing relationships. Tight families, tighter friendships - she does both predictably and well. She excels at setting; Three Sister's Island and Cafe Book were both deliciously sketched out and brought to life. I enjoyed the spooky bent even though I felt like I'd already read it before.

There are worse ways to spend your time while getting paid. Much, much worse. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 17, 2022 |
Riveting story...couldn't put it down. Characters engaging and story just flowed.
  ChachaJ | Feb 1, 2021 |
Knew I was not going to love the second book because Ripley was getting to me by the end of the first book. Even falling in love did not make her less abrasive, selfish. If she didn’t have a hot body, would Mac have even noticed her as more than a research subject. Truly liked geeky Mac the way he was human, actually having a personality with humor. Liked the gym banter with them and would have liked more. Glad other characters still were part of the story throughout, not ignoring like other series. Nell still so caring, Mia stays understanding. Hope more of Reporter in next book to see what comes of his research. Hope more info about Mac’s scientific studies too. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Well that was a bummer....
Loved book 1 enough to spring for the rest of the series. Was looking forward to this book since the h was a gun toting, badge wielding badass and I just love that kind of gal. As it turns out the h was actually not... this book turned her into a hormonal, rage filled neurotic. She should have been in therapy, not walking the streets with a gun. Oh well maybe book 3 will be better... ( )
  SuzieBookLover | Jun 23, 2018 |
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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Nora Robertsautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Burr, SandraNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Mota Gómez-Acebo, Almudena de laTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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Ripley Todd just wants to live a quiet, peaceful kind of life. Her job as a sheriff's deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them--which, lately, isn't all that often. She's perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her--and though she tries hard to hide them, she can't get them under control....Distraction soon arrives in the handsome form of MacAllister Booke--a researcher who's come to investigate the rumors of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island. Right from the start, he knows there's something extraordinary about Ripley Todd. It's not just her blazing green eyes and her sultry smile. There's something else. Something he can detect, but she'll never admit. Fascinated by her struggle with her amazing abilities, he becomes determined to help her accept who she is--and find the courage to open her heart.But before Ripley and Mac can dream of what lies in the future, they must confront the pain of the past. For Three Sisters shelters centuries of secrets--and a legacy of danger that plagues them still...."A storytelling wizard." --Publishers Weekly

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