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In this stunning trilogy, here in one volume, Nora Roberts captures the enduring passions of the Concannon sisters of Ireland -- three women of ambition and talent, bound by the timeless spirit and restless beauty of their land... Born in Fire... Maggie Concannon is a complex woman and a talented glassmaker. One man, gallery owner Rogan Sweeny, has seen the soul in her artIn this stunning trilogy, here in one volume, Nora Roberts captures the enduring passions of the Concannon sisters of Ireland -- three women of ambition and talent, bound by the timeless spirit and restless beauty of their land... Born in Fire... Maggie Concannon is a complex woman and a talented glassmaker. One man, gallery owner Rogan Sweeny, has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help her build a career. When he comes to Maggie's studio, her heart is inflamed by their fierce attraction -- and her scarred past is slowly healed by love... Born in Ice...The icy winters leave Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast quiet...and empty. But this year she's expecting an unusual guest -- American mystery writer Grayson Thane. A charmer whose easy smiles mask a guarded past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. But sometimes fate has a plan of its own. And sometimes a fire can be born in ice... Born in Shame... Shannon Bodine's life revolved around her job as a graphic artist at a New York ad agency. But her world turns upside down when she learns the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon. Obeying her late mother's last wish, Shannon reluctantly travels to County Clare. There, amid the lush landscape steeped in legend, she discovers the possibility of a love that was meant to be... ...

Title : Irish Born
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ISBN : 9780425233542
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 768 Pages
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Irish Born Reviews

  • Jena
    2019-03-23 07:05

    Before you puke on your keyboard... I have to say that Nora Roberts does the most fantastic job of describing Ireland, I have never been (yet), but I honestly feel like I was there, and the character/family development is really great in this book. And yes, the love stories are awesome and heart-warming too!!! (ok, now puke.)

  • Brielle
    2019-02-22 09:24

    I picked this up because it came in a stack of books, and I thought, why not? I've never really given romance novels a try, and it's fun to laugh at books sometimes. The first chapter of the first book in the trilogy matched my expectations splendidly: unbelievably dramatic occurances in less than 10 pages, and an excessive reliance on simile. But as I continued on through the story, I found myself really enjoying the characters and their joys and dilemmas. Towards the end of the first book, I began to question why Roberts writes these novels aside from the obvious success she enjoys. She seems to be intelligent, and there were hints that she could in fact write a greater work of literature. Then, not three chapters into the second book in the series, the romantic hero, a mystery-thriller author expresses what I can only assume is Roberts' same view: that writing for fun is enjoyable, and while she could write "literature" that comes with responsibilities and expectations that she does not necessarily want to be beholden to. I can live with that. So, all told, it was wonderfully enjoyable! The Concanon sisters are lovely, the Irish are stereotypically wonderful, and the romance is passionate. Hurrah.

  • Hilcia
    2019-03-03 07:59

    4.75/5.0 (A-)Re-read the Born In Trilogy (1994 to 1996) by Nora Roberts (Born in Fire, Born in Ice, Born in Shame) for the upteenth time. Why do I love this trilogy? Well, Roberts has a way with her depiction of those small rural places in Ireland. In this case it's County Clare with its farming land, the village, pub, and all the requisite places: castle ruins, cliffs, and the sea. But of course Roberts' characters, from the protagonists to the villagers, are the main attraction. There is spitfire Maggie and her jackeen Rogan, cool-as-a-cucumber Brie and her charming Yank Grayson, and of course beautiful-oh-my-god-I-have-a-crush-on-him Murphy Muldoon and clueless-somebody-smack-her Shannon. I've read and re-read this trilogy countless times and know these books like the back of my hand. I still love them! My favorite hands down? Although Born in Fire IS fiery and Born in Shame has my favorite Irish hunk Murphy Muldoon as its hero, for me Born in Ice is the most romantic of the three books and the one I read slowwwly this time around. It took me forever to finish it because I wanted to savor every word. This trilogy by Nora Roberts is a classic and it is still my #1 favorite trilogy by this author. PS: I replaced my single copies of the books because they fell apart from re-reading with this 3-1 hardcover, hoping that it would hold up for a long time and take less space in my book shelf. So far so good!

  • Nandi
    2019-02-23 10:13

    The born in trilogy has to be my absolute favorite trilogy of all times. I loved them and to be honest, I think it was my stepping stone to my love of the In Death series. Not because they were similar in any way.It was simply because once I heard Fiacre Douglas on audible, he became the voice of Roarke in my head, along with a young Hugh Jackman as the body whenever I read the series.

  • Arlene
    2019-03-11 09:06

    I got hooked on the first book Born in Fire which is the story of Maggie Concannon. Maggie's story starts with the sale of her first piece of blown glass and the celebration in the local pub with her father. The owner of a series of galleries shows up to buy more of the glass and persuade her to sign him as her exclusive agent. Of course this is a romance so sparks fly as he pursues her. The second book in the trilogy was Born in Ice, the story of her younger sister Brianna who has turned the family home into a B&B. A famous American author decides to stay at her little inn while he works on his latest thriller. He is drawn into the life of the Irish village and has a taste of what a real home would be like. He just wants the romance without strings and plans to return to his nomadic life after the book is done. When Brianna finds letters from an American woman addressed to her father the sisters are shocked to learn that they have a half-sister. Maggie and Brianna hire a detective to find the woman and her child and find Shannon Bodine on the day of her mother's funeral. The third book, Born in Shame, is the story of that newly found sister, Shannon Bodine,. She travels to Ireland to find out who she is and finds a strange connection to the land and a 'dance' of stones in her dreams.

  • Ali
    2019-03-06 04:19

    Wow, just (sighs). Nora Roberts spun a wonderful tale of people brought more to life with every turn of the page. Seeing the sisters bloom and grow in each story, the rich landscape, culture and essence of Ireland made everything so utterly complete.The hard unyielding love that all fell victim, slave and owner to made my heart leap for them all. In the end, to see Shannon give in to her heart was like living a deep fanciful dream. Oh to be swept up and carried into the magic and let go.I can't say now which book I enjoyed the most. Having the characters bleed so naturally into the next it's hard to think of them as separate. The thing I think I like the most is knowing how Maggie's and Brie's stories continued, that it's okay to not see the complete puzzle that would form a perfect picture at the end of 'Born in Shame'. I'm quite content actually.

  • Bridget
    2019-03-03 06:12

    I am not going to review every Nora Roberts book that I have read in the past because she is quite prolific and it would get redundant and I honestly cannot remember all the plots. I think someone finds someone else attractive but at least one cannot admit it so there is sexual tension, then lots of sex, and then they live happily ever after? Sometimes there is some magic , a family legacy, or a mystery. Certainly not great works of literature (however still 100% better than “the grapes of wrath”). I think I have read every one of her books to date because despite the cheesy nature, the ending is always happy and the read is easy. Frankly, I like these books and will continue to read each one that comes out. I am going to post this same review for each of her books that I have read in the past.

  • Galadriel Johnson
    2019-03-05 12:25

    I have to say that I am addicted to anything Nora Roberts writes about Ireland. Irish Born is a three in one and I adore the stories of the three sisters finding themselves and romance while doing what they love. These women have relatively normal lives that are pushed into the extraordinary by their god given talents. Of course they are easy to read and follow the romance format, but they have such lovely imagery , character development , and just the right mix of everyday with glitz that it completely makes up for the predictability of plot. I certainly do not want to call this a guilty pleasure, because I do not feel guilty about reading anything.

  • Anita Boeira
    2019-03-17 05:06

    Feels like a lot of the problems of the Concannon family could have been avoided with birth control. Two out of the three love interests were selfish and controlling, and I had so many issues with the first and last story and the borderline domestic violence themes. That was not romantic in the least. Why do we continue to write love interests that are more villains than heroes? Why can't we read about nice men? Men that don't tell their women to be quiet or that they know better or that assault them? Too much to ask?

  • amrita ray choudhuri
    2019-03-03 03:55

    An incredible portray by Nora Roberts sketching Ireland alive in front of your eyes with terrific artistic skills of the protagonist of the first and the third book alongwith the serenity and poise of the character of the second narration...though the collection came with a predictable ending yet it was certainly an impressive and feel good one swaying through the beauty of the countryside, bonding between sisters and the talents they possess...

  • Janyce
    2019-03-09 11:56

    I just finished reading the trilogy collection and loved all three stories. I loved the first and couldn't wait to read the second and the third. It's wonderful how the character's lives intertwine and new characters are added, and the stories keep building from one story to the next with lots of humor thrown in.

  • Deanne
    2019-03-15 04:20

    Set in Ireland

  • Jane Dow
    2019-02-28 08:16

    No one can write a book and make the characters so alive as Nora Roberts. I often get bored with trilogies but this one was excellent from start to finish!

  • Angela
    2019-03-18 08:59

    When you just want an Irish setting.

  • Carol
    2019-03-24 10:07

    Enjoyable read. Very typical Nora Roberts.

  • Maura
    2019-03-23 07:56

    Born in Fire - 3/5 - I go back and forth on whether or not I really like this book. I love the setting in Ireland with the cliffs and the coast as they're described. I can't deny that. While I like a good, strong, vibrant heroine, Maggie is a little too far beyond what I appreciate. She's downright ornery at times and I have repeatedly feel the need to yell at her to just get over herself already. Stubbornness like hers is really just verging on idiocy. But, it is very much needed against an arrogant sometimes prick like Rogan. Maybe Rogan at times channels some Roarke (from In Death series), but he doesn't come across as charming and he seems a bit more arrogant. By the end of the book I'm definitely routing for the two of them and like the characters a bit more, but they take some getting used to. A pretty good romance.Born in Ice - 4/5 - I think I liked this one better than the first in the series. Brianna is the polar opposite of her sister - she is calm, cool and reserved, rarely showing emotion and preferring a neat, tidy and quiet life as a B&B owner. Brianna is the type that appears and sometimes even acts doormat-like (especially with her mother) but underneath she is steel. Sometimes her behavior irritated me, both the doormat behavior and the "unfeeling steel" behavior which masks her real emotions. Grayson Thane, a writer from America is kinda like Maggie - creative, rebellious, etc. I liked him quite a bit. These two have a nice, passionate romance and there is a bit of angst at the end. And Roberts succeeds at making this emotional in that moment.Born in Shame - 3/5 - I probably could have predicted it, but I loved the hero, Murphy and the heroine, Shannon, I liked a lot less. Shannon, after a delightfully wonderful childhood, discovers that her father wasn’t her real father. Instead, she is the illegitimate daughter of Thomas Concannon and therefore sister to Maggie and Brianna, from the previous 2 stories in the trilogy. She was apparently conceived when the Thomas and Shannon’s mother fell in love, but Thomas Concannon was unwilling to leave his children and forsake his wedding vows – even for love. And so, Shannon spends almost the entire book feeling bitter and IMHO a little bit bitchy – kind of rude to the Irish natives and generally looking down on them. She meets Murphy, who is terribly sweet, patient and romantic. He falls in insta-love with Shannon (there’s some sort of past life thing here that justifies it). Then Shannon spends the next part of the book being ridiculous and stupid. (view spoiler)[ It seems to me she’s creating her own misery and angst. She knows there’s nothing good for her back in New York and that she has everything to gain by staying in Ireland. She admits to herself that she has no reason to go back and yet she continues to make both her and Murphy miserable by insisting on going back. And she insists for way too long. Really irritating that.(hide spoiler)] Not the best end to a trilogy.

  • Angie Holdaway
    2019-03-21 07:09

    It's Irish. It's heavenly.

  • Lynda Tatad
    2019-03-11 05:57

    A friend recommended this series to me, and I am so glad I was able to get the trilogy together all in one read! I loved all three, and the best part was that it took place in Ireland, a country the author has ties to and loves, just by the care she takes in making the reader fell like they are right there with the characters! The 2 main characters are sisters Maggie and Brianna Concannon. Raised in a home with a bitter mother who had no love for her husband or her daughters, especially as she felt that her life was ruined by one night of passion. Tom had plenty of love to give his daughters, and his crazy schemes to make money made things even harder with his wife, Maeve.Born in Fire is Maggie's story, and the one thing her father helped her with is a chance to learn the artistry of glass blowing in Vienna when she was younger. It was in celebrating her first sale of her art pieces that had her and her father celebrating at the local pub. As it was shortly after that, her father passed away. Some years have passed and she creates what is in her head and heart, and sells enough to get by. An art dealer makes his way to the county of Clare to try and persuade her that he wants to represent her and her work is when the story becomes fun! Brianna's story, Born In Ice is completely different. She is finally freed from having to be at the beck and call of her demanding mother, and has turned her home into a welcoming bed and breakfast. It's when an American writer decides to come and create his next book , he stays at Brianna's bed and breakfast. He was expecting an elderly woman to run the b&b, not the beautiful young woman who greets him! This was such a different story compared to the first, but Maggie's house and work area are within walking distance, so her story interweaves with her sister's. and letters found written to their father lead them to discover something life changing!Shannon is the main character in the last book, Born in Shame, and her mother is dying of cancer. Her mother has been holding a secret from her daughter, and finally tells her the truth of her birth, which shocks Shannon and makes her feel like her life was a whole lie! When she receives an invitation to meet relatives she never knew she had in Ireland, she doesn't know if she'll go or not. When she does go, dreams & nightmares plague her of another couple from another time, and meeting Murphy, close friend of Brianna and Maggie... Her life will never be the same! I loved all three of these books, and I can't tell you how many tissues I went through as each story unfolded. Sad and happy tears... I didn't want to see the last page of the last book! I wanted more, which says a lot on how much I enjoyed these books!

  • Deborah. Nava
    2019-03-14 10:16

    This is one of my favorite trilogies by Nora Roberts. It's set in Ireland and she is so picturesque in her writing you feel like you can actually see the rolling hills, the blue gray sky, flowers and the artwork. Nora was very inventive and clever as she wove the story line around not only the characters but the art, the inn and the farm, making these as much a character as the individuals themselves. I've never been able to decide which of the three books I like the best. I just want to watch Maggie as she creates a glass work, or have Brianna teach me how to cook and taste one of her specialties. Although Shannon makes you want to go to the circle of stones and feel the life she feels in the circle. Born in Fire Born in Ice Born in Shame The men are just as intriguing, not just handsome, but each are talented in their own way. All three books leave you feeling as if you are part of them and makes you want to read the next chapter about the children, hopefully Nora writes new books about them.

  • Lucy M Bush
    2019-02-25 06:03

    great storyLoved the Irish connection, enjoyed it very much! Loved the family dynamics as well with great ending to all three books!

  • Christin
    2019-02-22 04:03

    Nora trades in feminine fantasy and this particular trilogy, along with her other one set in Ireland, happens to be my favorite. Now, I could rehearse all the militant Richesque rhetoric about the danger of insidious patriarchal archetypes, but I think you can read a romance novel, orI can, anyway, without losing my firm grasp on ironic distance and without beginning to desperately hope that the storyworld could actually be akin to my life. And I think that heteronormative troping has not received nearly enough attention from feminist scholars. Though the equivalent of sexed up fairytales or dressed up softcore pornography, there remains a koan of truth or one version of cultural truth that needs to be explored more fully by scholars and critics.Furthermore, Roberts' prose is sharp and incisive enough to rival Austen. Her character development of minor figures who don't have to conform to Happily-Ever-After (HEA, as the industry calls it) genre standards is always interesting and in over two dozen novels I've read, she manages to never be redundant. Who since Trollope, Dickens, and Mrs. Henry Wood has been both so prolific and so popular?

  • Amanda (LoveofJoe11)
    2019-03-02 06:08

    Born in Fire: So far I've finished the first book in the trilogy. I have a sweet spot for anything Irish and I loved how this book took me back to my Irish vacation. Galway was my favorite stop on the trip, and I love that this is set in the West Country. That being said, I didn't fall in love with the book. I felt like the love story was a little forced. I'm really looking forward to reading about Brianna's story next and seeing how some of the previous plot lines develop.Born in Ice: It was nice learning more about Bri's story, but the plot is so predictable, I couldn't enjoy it.Born in Shame: I've opted to not read the third in the trilogy. I can already tell you excactly what will happen before I even pick up the first page.Overall, I liked reading about characters set in Ireland, but the storyline was too predictable for me and the characters were sometimes annoying.

  • Sheryl Dawson Smith
    2019-03-05 12:24

    My favorite series of allOf every book, of every series, that Nora has written, this is my most favorite. My second favorite is the Chesapeake Bay series.The Born In trilogy was written with so much heart! I wish it were real and that I could travel to Ireland and become part of the family!Nora, please write another book so we can join this family again and see how the babies have grown and meet the new babies I'm sure have come. I would love to see Maeve happier. And perhaps she could sing for us.Maybe a Christmas novella? That would be brilliant!Anyway, these are the books that turned my daughter into an avid reader! Thank you for that.

  • Cornelia Ward
    2019-03-01 05:08

    Loved this book!This is the one of the first Nora Roberts books I have read. In the past, I have thought of this author's work as being too "light" and in danger of killing brain cells!I picked up this book after my friend Sarah confided that she was reading this author's work. So glad I did! It's great to settle into bed at the end of the day and indulge the senses as I dive in to the traditions and customs of Ireland.The characters in this book are complex and interesting. As with all good stories, I felt I had a personal relationship with each.Highly recommended for anyone looking for a little diversion after they read the New York Times (like me!)

  • Mari
    2019-03-16 12:13

    I'm enjoying it so far. One of those stories I can disappear into for a while, but it's not so all-consuming that I feel like I need to devour it in two days. That may sound like a bad thing, but I don't think it is. Sometimes you need a book to carry around with you for a while.I love Maggie, an artist with a stubborn and proud personality. I can understand her, as I am both Irish and Italian (can we say stubborn? Yes, yes we can!). Her sister, Brianna is an intriguing character as well. Every fiery, impulsive character needs their rock, that's Brianna.I'm curious about their mother...there are secrets about her I an only just scratching the surface of.

  • Hanz
    2019-03-04 04:00

    The books have been really interesting. the consistent pattern in this series is that the hero suddenly appears and they lead characters r always annoyed with eachother in the beginning and one of them is annoyed with the other. after which just before the ending suddenly they realise they love eachother. this is similar in all stories. they seem to have to get married to prove their love is true. might not always work out like that. but all in all heartwarming tales and she knows how to show the emotions and realness of situation :)

  • Becky
    2019-02-28 12:06

    Sigh.... This book above all others is my favorite all time read... It has all the elements anyone who A. Loves Ireland B. Loves strong female characters C. Loves hot leading men D. Loves a strong sister bond, did I say hot leading men multiple x3 in this book yum!!! Nora Roberts does an excellent job of describing Ireland, I feel like I've been there after reading this book. ( one day I will). Great stories great characters great sexy romance!!! 1st books by Nora Roberts and hope to find more books set in Ireland that she has written.

  • Lindsay
    2019-03-18 11:14

    Okay, after reading the entire trilogy I bumped up my rating a star. It still wasn't the best Nora Roberts I've read but I did come to care about the characters and wanted the best for them. This is a straight-up romance trilogy, so if you're looking for her thriller reads this isn't it! However, it did satisfy the romance sweet tooth and besides some cheesiness in some parts I did enjoy it. My favorite of the three was the second story centering on Brianna. This would make for a great "beach read".

  • Jenisse
    2019-02-27 12:05

    I love Nora Roberts. That's just a simple fact. I've been reading her books for three years now, and I love them. I am a tad bit young to be reading this...only in my second yearo of highschool...but I absolutely ADORED this book. I think Brianna's story is my favourite Nora Roberts book of ALL with Laura Templeton's story in a close second (Finding the Dream/Dream Trilogy #3). It was amazing and I only worry about my future now...if I don't end up marrying someone like a guy out of a Nora Roberts novel, I just might die.

  • Katy M
    2019-02-26 12:13

    Nora Roberts is a master storyteller.This is a trilogy about family and life and choices; the triumphs and tragedies, kindness and cruelties, blessings and heartaches.Every time I read her work, even if it's a 2nd or even 3rd time and I rarely read a book more than once, she draws me into her vision effortlessly. She has such an understanding of what it is to be human, both good and bad, that it borders on the psychic.It doesn't matter which of her books you read, pick up one, I guarantee you won't stop there.