Heaven and Earth by Nora Roberts
THREE SISTERS ISLAND
She called the storm.
The gales of wind, the bolts of lightning, the rage of the sea that was both prison and protection. She called the forces, those that lived within her, those that dwelled without. The bright and the dark.
Slender, with her cloak streaming back like bird-wings, she stood alone on the wind-whipped beach. Alone but for her rage and her grief. And her power. It was that power that filled her now, rushed inside her in wild, pounding strokes like a lover gone mad.
And so, perhaps it was.
The second book in Nora Roberts' trilogy set on Three Sisters Island - this is Ripley's story. The Todds take care of the 'Sisters' - Zack Todd is the local sheriff and Ripley, his sister, is the deputy. Their father had been the sheriff before Zack. Ripley is strong and no-nonsense and a seeker of justice. She is also one of the three women descended from the original 'Three Sisters'. Her element is Earth and her power is strong - so strong that it scares her - and so she tucks it away in her late teens and refuses to acknowledge it or use it in any way. That's about to change. MacAllister Booke, a sort of 'Indiana Jones' for the paranormal comes to the island and runs straight into Ripley. Well, he actually beats her in a swimming race. And so it begins. Another reread for me and also narrated by Sandra Burr. Have I said how much I like this trilogy? The third will be coming up soon in my audio list. Can't wait!
Ripley Todd's job as a sheriff’s deputy keeps her busy and happy, and she has no trouble finding men when she wants them—which, lately, isn’t all that often. She’s perfectly content, except for one thing: she has special powers that both frighten and confuse her.
Distraction soon arrives in the handsome form of MacAllister Booke—a researcher who’s come to investigate the rumors of witchcraft that haunt Three Sisters Island. Right from the start, he knows there’s something extraordinary about Ripley Todd. Fascinated by her struggle with her amazing abilities, he becomes determined to help her accept who she is—and find the courage to open her heart.
But before Ripley and Mac can dream of what lies in the future, they must confront the pain of the past. For Three Sisters shelters centuries of secrets—and a legacy of danger that plagues them still…