Pros: Intriguing story line
Cons: Some scenes are a bit much
In my opinion, no one does a better trilogy than Nora Roberts. She leaves the reader anxious for the next installment in the series with her compelling stories of romance that leave you saying, "Ah?". The Three Sisters Island Trilogy is no exception and is wonderful. Since all three books are now in print, I suggest that you buy them at the same time so you don't have to wait until the next book is purchased.
Nora Roberts has written several books dealing with witches as main characters (Donovan Series, being one of my favorites). She doesn't show the characters to be the stereotypical ideals we've been led to believe, but shows them to be human beings that care, laugh and love like every other person around. To put it mildly, she's made them "real".
Heaven and Earth is the second book in the Three Sisters Island Trilogy and continues with the legacy passed down on the island. This book features Ripley Todd, a witch who is trying hard to forget her powers because they make her uncomfortable. She has a temper and is worried about losing it and using her powers in a harmful way, so she feels it's best to ignore those powers altogether. She's grown up on the island and is now a deputy sheriff working with her brother. She's gruff, no-nonsense, temperamental, and a bit on the hostile side. She and Mia Devlin, the island's famous witch, used to be best friends, but a falling out has left them at odds with each other. "At odds" is a mild term compared to some of their arguments! And we're not told exactly what happened, just given tidbits to lead us to the next book, which holds the answers.
When a paranormal researcher, Dr. MacAllister (Mac) Booke, comes to the island to see what all the talk is about, he's intrigued with the tough acting deputy. His feelings run the standard romantic novel course from interested in her, to lusting after her, to falling head over heels in love with her. When Mac sets up his equipment that detects paranormal activity, he thinks it's a malfunction when Ripley sets the machines buzzing to the point of frying one of them. There begins the dilemma - does Mac love Ripley for herself or because she's a witch?
You have the standard good versus evil bit and a final scene complete with lightning flashing, the skies storming, and the ocean waves beating the shore. You have Ripley trying to stand alone against these forces to save the island. Ok, so it has to be the three witches forming a circle to protect the island that they love, but Ripley still tries to do it on her own!
Ripley is a fun character and I found myself smiling at many of her antics. She is known for telling everyone exactly how she feels. When she meets Mac and finds out about his profession her response is priceless and typical Ripley: "I didn't know they gave out degrees for the study of crapola". Ya gotta love Ripley!
Heaven and Earth lets us have glimpses of Nell (the main character from Dance Upon Air, the first book in this series). It also builds us up for the last book in the set, Face the Fire featuring Mia Devlin. It's a perfect middle book and holds the reader's interest from start to finish, leaving him/her anticipating the next one. Ah yes, not many can do a trilogy this well.
This story would be a typical romance if not for the witch elements and history of the island thrown in the mix. It's interesting and keeps most readers thrilled. If you don't like a happily-ever-after type of book, then this isn't for you.