Saturday, July 26, 2008

Three Fates by Nora Roberts

Nora hasn't disappointed me yet, but I am starting to get the feeling I've read some of it before. Not the story line, not even the exact characters, but I think I need a Nora break so it will be even fresher when I start up again.

Three Fates does have three heroes and three heroines - I tried to decide if any were more dominant, and I guess Mal and Tia were introduced first, so they are couple #1. There's the Sullivan family - Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca (with mom Eileen), an Irish family that's always lived in the city near where the Lusitania was sunk in WWI. They run tour boats in the area, and are also descended from a Lusitania survivor. A thief who stole a statue representing one of the Three Fates.

Tia is also descended from a Lusitania victim - not a survivor, but the man from whom the statue was stolen. Her father runs the successful antiques business - Tia is an author/mythologist (whatever the heck that is). She grew up with the stories about the famous statues.

Cleo (short for Cleopatra) is descended from a family that had another statue - she's the black sheep of the family, though, and hasn't kept touch. Lucky for her, her grandmother gave her the statue, which she's kept for luck. It does bring her luck - first, a lot of bad luck when villain Anita Gaye sends her goons to steal the statue back, and then good luck, when she meets Gideon.

Jack is the third descendant - his ancestors were saved by the thief, and - hmm, I forget how and why, but he has statue #3 - oops, maybe that's a spoiler.

It's a fun romp, a lot of suspense, a truly bad bad bad-to-the-bone villain (love the line about her still being cranky since the house fell on her sister), and three weddings in the end. Nora is such a great story-teller, so even knowing there's going to be a happy ending times three, once she kills off a character or 2 you're sitting on the edge of your seat, wondering what's next.

4 stars.

1 comment:

Heather's Fave Books said...

This is one of my all-time fave books of hers. I have read it so many time that my copy just fell apart and I have to get a new one.