Love story isn’t my cup of tea and Nora Roberts is famous for writing love stories. I remembered buying her novel in last year’s book fair where I accidentally bought this one.
Dance Upon the Air is the first ever novel which I read out of her so many novels and I must say she knows how to grasp the reader’s attention. This novel is a treat for all those readers who are into romance.
Helen Remington is the main protagonist of this novel who died so she could live. She was married to the media mogul Evan Remington. On the outside they both looked a regular happy couple but nobody knew that this was just a facade to conceal the physical torture which Helen was going through in her marriage. Evan was a control freak person who used to abuse his wife, Helen for everything. She eventually realized that if she wanted to survive she had to leave, however, as easy as it seem; it was not easy for her to leave this man. Not because she had an affection for him but because he was an influential person and could twist situation easily in his favor. Hence she had to stage up her death to escape away from her psychotic husband.
After her fake death, she changed her identity and became Nell. She reached to Three Sisters Island where she met Mia who owned a cafe in this small island and on that day her chef left the job. So fortunately Nell got a job as a chef and also a place to stay.
Living in this island was a dream come true for Nell. She also discovered that she was a witch with the help of Mia. She also learnt that she is part of an ancestry of the three witches who formed the island as a hideout from the Salem witch trials three hundred years ago. Now, with impending doom, the three witches alive must do what their ancestors couldn’t. Ripley Todd, the deputy sheriff also lived in this island who is the third witch in this scenario.
During her stay, Nell got close to Ripley’s brother, Sheriff Zackary Todd but when he proposed her she was not ready to get married only because she hadn’t got divorced from her abusive husband.
Evan got to about Helen when his sister told him about her acquaintance who assumed to see Helen’s lookalike in the Island. He knew at the moment that his wife tricked him and he got furious. He is not only now an abusive man, but he is also being possessed by the evil spirit bent on destroying Nell.
Meanwhile, Nell finds the courage to trust Zack, and contact authorities that would protect her from her psychotic husband. Nevertheless, a week after Zack and Nell engagement, Evan lands on the Island, and starts searching for his wife. He did find her and went to her cottage with the intention of murder.
In the end, Nell with the help of her witch sisters Mia and Ripley saved herself and Zack who got wounded by Evan’s violent stab.
Dance Upon the Air reads more like the journey of a damaged woman who tried to run away from abusive relationship. The mark of such relationship leaves an acerbic impact on victim’s life. Just like for Nell, it took a year for her to regain her self-esteem. She realized after coming to this Island that this is the life which she thought she should have lived.
The novel is the first series of the trilogy which are followed by other two series, Heaven and Earth and Face the Fire.
Happy Reading Everyone!
Publishing Date: June 2001