Romance novelist connects
By E. RENAE JOHNSON
Nora Roberts is a well-known romance author. Her books have been published in many languages and countries. “Dance Upon the Air” isn’t one of her most popular or even my favorite book by this author. It is, however, indicative of the great power of Ms. Roberts’ writing and her ability to touch a reader, even as she provides goose bumps, smiles and laughter.
Nell Channing is running from her abusive husband. After faking her death, she lands on Three Sisters Island, located off the coast of Cape Cod. Here, she thinks she will find peace to heal and grow strong emotionally.
Three Sisters Island has its share of characters, mystery and witchcraft legends. Two local women teach her the mysteries of the island and help Nell to unlock her own powers. She will then, through many trials and errors, wield her powers to assist her newfound friends and learn confidence in herself and her ability to connect with a strong male figure – the sheriff of Three Sisters Island.
While this book’s main character and storyline seem to be about witchcraft and the legends of the mysterious island, I found the underlying story of a woman’s courage and her simple joy in dealing with the everyday while pushing her fears down and lifting her neighbors up to be most enjoyable. And like any good romance book, the ending is happy, even as it leaves you wanting more. Book two in this series is “Heaven and Earth.”
E. Renae Johnson, who reviews books for the Reporter, is a library assistant for the King County Library System