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Three Fates    by Nora Roberts order for
Three Fates
by Nora Roberts
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Jove, 2003 (2002)
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* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Felix Greenfield is too busy stealing from various upper crust passengers of the luxury liner Lusitania to realize that below the waters of the North Sea lurks a German U-boat. When a torpedo hits, Felix only has time to pocket a small silver statue of inconsequential value. Not until he reaches the deck does he realize the true horror of what's happened. He makes a bargain with God - let him survive this hell on earth and he'll turn over a new leaf. Felix not only survives, he also rescues a woman and her young son and is suddenly transformed from petty thief to hero. He marries one of his Irish rescuers and does indeed keep his promise to God. But it's not until decades later that his heirs realize how Felix Greenfield's actions on May 7, 1915, will affect their own future and that of many others.

Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca Sullivan have every intention of protecting the silver lady that great grandfather Felix stole almost a decade before and has bequeathed to them. When Anita Gaye, a New York antiques dealer, steals their Fate after learning of its potential value and power, the Irish siblings put together a plan that will not only retrieve their stolen Lady but also see the Three Sisters reunited and sold to the highest bidder. Their quest has each trotting halfway round the world and also meeting their romantic match: Malachi becomes enchanted by a brainy historian, Gideon by a brash stripper and sister Rebecca by a security expert who has more ties to the Three Fates than any of them realize.

Robert's plot isn't new but by adding a nice dash of mythology and fantasy (and of course a large and spicy dollop of romance) she's put a fresh spin on a story that could have been just another tale of wheeling, dealing, antique stealing and murder. Her usual cast of great characters add even more flair and as always, carry the story from page one. It's easy to see why Robert's books continue to charm millions of readers, maintaining a bright star status on best seller lists.

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