[10 Love and rules "to prevent its aberrations": Nora Roberts’ Three Sisters Trilogy]

In the title of this chapter I refer back to Mr. Stanley's words in Hannah More's Coelebs in search of a wife (1808), through which he expressed a legalistic caution about love: Nora Roberts' Three Sisters trilogy advocates for such an approach inasmuch as it depicts a variety of ways in which love can become destructive and suggests the need to evaluate and assess experiences of love in order to be certain that it will indeed be beneficial.