Irish Born (Born in Trilogy Series)

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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 art, and vows to help her build a career. When he comes to Maggie's studio, ...

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Overview

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 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...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425195895
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2003
  • Series: Born In Series
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
One of the most prolific and popular writers in the world, Nora Roberts (who also writes as her edgier alter-ego J. D. Robb) publishes multiple books a year. Not that it’s enough for her fans, who tear through her unconventional romances. With her trademark mix of fantasy, mystery, and romance, Roberts has created her own genre -- and romance fans are grateful for it!

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2010

    Ireland--Here I Come!

    Although Nora Roberts' trilogy series, Irish Born, was not created to promote travel to Ireland, readers will undoubtedly want to book a flight there as soon as they put the book down.
    Nora Roberts is masterful at creating detailed characters, page by page. In this trilogy readers become entranced with learning the intricacies of three sisters' vulnerabilities, their innermost fears and desires. The author successfully weaves details of each woman's career--glass artist, bed and breakfast owner, to enhance the readers' depth of understanding about each character.
    The melancholy setting of the Irish countryside complements the mysterious unknown life of the girls' father. Irish traditional life near a small town abounds as the story integrates farm life, pub life, and the closeness of a small community.
    Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this trilogy is the relationship that each woman finds with three equally strong men. As their relationships grow, the women's inherent strengths are supported by the men in their lives.
    Heartwarming, romantic and set in a beautiful Irish countryside, this Nora Roberts trilogy is a great read on the back porch. Within the first few pages of this book you will be searching Kayak for the best flight deals to Ireland!

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    good for an escape

    normally i dont read nora roberts, not because i dont like her writing but because i would rather delve deeper into more serious writers that dont just deal with matters of the heart. however, i picked up this book because she was speaking of the towns that my family has come from so it interested me. i am only half way done with it but if you love a love story that is somewhat predictable and makes your heart feel happy after reading it then its a great book for you. an easy read and an easy escape to get lost in an irish tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    LOVED THIS BOOK

    I could not put the book down! I finished it in a week. The description of each character and their different personalities came through in this book. It felt like I was there in Ireland and can visualize the green fields.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Best series...

    I have read all of Nora Roberts trilogies and sagas, and this one is her best. I loved it and have reread it several times. Definately recommend this book for a personal read, and I have given it as a gift more than once.

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  • Posted February 28, 2010

    Ireland Forever

    I loved this entire trilogy. I finished all three books in less than 2 weeks. Nora Roberts is my favorite author for romance novels. I HIGHLY recommend these to anyone who loves: romance, a good book, but most importantly, Ireland.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    two out of three!

    I may not be Irish by birth but I am by heart so I really looked forward to this particular series. I loved the first two stories...I really loved Maggie & Brianna and their respective stories. The characters had a lot of depth and strength and their men were lovely! However, by the time the series got to Born in Shame, Shannons story...it felt like the story was rushed and didn't take time to really develop the characters. Regardless of the third story though, as a series I eally enjoyed it so I would still recommend. Enjoy!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Another winner from Nora Roberts....

    I loved this trilogy for its peek into Ireland. I never get tired of reading this author and in me, she has won a life-long fan. In fact, I can't think of a single book I've read by Nora Roberts that left me feeling like I'd wasted my money, and many have become a permanent part of my library. I got hooked on her "In Death" series and now own all of the volumes; the characters keep me coming back for more, which is standard for a Nora Roberts book. If you want to be swept away to the land of mist and leprechauns, pick up this trilogy, fix yourself a snack, and prepare to be enchanted. I was!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Another # 1

    I love this book. It is another great read by Nora Roberts. It takes you away and places you in Ireland. I like the fact all three books are in one read so I don't have to go out and buy one in the middle of the night.Once you start you won't be able to put this one down.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Strugle to read, keep putting it down.

    In looking for your heritage do not turn to this book. Romance yes, country description, too long! Could have accomplished story in 1/2 pages.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Okay

    This was the first book of Nora Roberts that i read. It was an alright read. took some time to really get engrossed in the books especially book one. It took me awhile to start to like Maggie in book one but the rest of the books i liked alot.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

    Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book

    Nora Roberts has a way with words that you can actually picture how beautiful Ireland is without ever having been there. You get to know her characters and anticipate how they will react to things. I absolutely loved that all three stories were contained in one book, and the story just flowed from one to the next without having to wait to buy the next book in the series.

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  • Posted August 22, 2009

    Loved this trilogy!

    I loved the three stories and how they all intertwined. You couldn't help but relate to the characters and route for them. I couldn't put it down!

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  • Posted June 9, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    One of my favorites from Nora Roberts. I've read it many times.

    The place is Ireland. The characters are wholesome and exciting! A book you just don't want to put done. The way Nora describes the scenery, the feelings of the characters and their lives, you can't help but feel you are right there with them. I have to recommend this book to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    MouseySmiles, Nora Roberts Fan

    THESE ARE MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BOOKS EVER!!! I love the setting, love the people, love the personalities, love everyting.... These books introduced me to Nora...and Im ever gratefull...I look forward to reading all her Irish books...as well as the others.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    amazing!!!

    this trilogy was the first nora roberts book i read and it truly has me hooked. i will be visiting ireland this summer and cant wait to see the images composed in my mind come to life thanks to nora roberts!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    OHH MY GOSH!!

    I just got finished reading this trilogy, and I have spent many sleepless nights due to the fact that I can't put the book down. I loved it. It was Awesome. I have read the whole J.D. Robb series, and Can't wait for the next....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2003

    What a Way to Spend a Weekend

    Those of us who are her greatest fans will agree that to spend time with Nora Roberts and any of her trilogies, is a wonderful way to wile away the hours. This specific trilogy is truly typical Nora Roberts. Her characters quickly come to life and you are not happy until all the loose ends are tied up and everyone lives...happily ever after (almost). Make a pot of tea and get ready to spend many happy hours with the heroines: Maggie Colcannon, Brianna Colcannon and Shannon Bodine. Ireland will come alive for you through these women and their lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Keep 'em coming Nora!

    It took me 1 week to read this trilogy and OMG! It is all worth it. The characters came to live in an instant the plot was amazing. When I read Nora's work It is like I can make it a movie in my head and I can actually see the cliffs and the ocean, The cottage and the farm, The Dance was amazingly told of it's stories and dreams. I just love her books and this 1 more cause all my life I had a pull to go to Ireland and still have it more now then before. This book brought that dream to life in my mind and one of these days I will go there to get a real view of it all. Thank You Nora for giving us a life outside our own.

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