Stealing the small statue out of a stateroom on the Lusitania is just another hit for professional thief Felix Greenfield. But that one act changes the destiny of three families. The small statue is one of the legendary Three Fates and its owner, Henry W. Wyley, is headed to Europe to find the two other missing pieces.

Fate in the form of a German U-boat causes Wyley's statue to abruptly change hands. Felix is one of the few to survive the Lusitania's sinking and he emerges from his ordeal a changed man. He gives up stealing, settles in Ireland and marries a local girl.

Eighty-seven years later, The Fate changes hands once again, when it is stolen by ruthless businesswoman Anita Gaye. Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca Sullivan are enraged by the theft of their family heirloom and vow to get it back. However, that may mean trying to locate the two other missing Fate statues as well. Each of the Sullivan siblings sets out on a quest to find a way to regain their lost treasure. Their journeys will bring them into contact with other families touched by the statues.

The lives and loves of the three Sullivan siblings make for first-rate reading fun! Ms. Roberts' ability to breathe life into her characters and provide highly intriguing storylines is unmatched. (Apr., 464 pp., $25.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith