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Born In Fire (Born In #1)

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'Born in Fire' is the first in a trilogy of novels about the Concannon sisters of western Ireland. A wealthy American gallery owner seeks out Irish glass artist Maggie Concannon, hoping to feature her work. But as soon as they meet, the sparks begin to fly.
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published January 10th 2009 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 1994)
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When I was little, I used to have this ridiculous dress purse that I'd carry around with me. Most little girls would probably fill their purses with makeup or toys, but what did I fill mine with? Tiny glass figurines. Our family would go to Vancouver and I would salivate over tiny blown glass unicorns. They were like crack to tiny Flann. I hoarded them and carried them around but I did not exercise due care with them--I'd wrap them in toilet paper to attempt to keep them whole but, in the end, I ...more
This is my first novel by Nora Roberts, I will admit to avoiding her books thinking they were just fluff - Eating my words, which should make some of you very happy.

"You'll be mine, and glad of it."
"I'll be yours." She lifted her face to the wind. "And glad of it."

Born in Fire is the first in the Born In Trilogy about three sisters (haven't met the third yet) set in Ireland, woven with history and rich in character. Maggie is the oldest Concannon sister, she's bright, strong and very unique
I decided to read books that have forever piqued my curiosity since I was kid: I would see these books line the shelves at the library, on and on. These authors still are bestsellers and incredibly productive. Thus, a little fun project that both entertained and surprised me. I selected these authors based on recollections of my hometown library back then, so it's not necessarily all-encompassing. Here is part two of four!

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4


It was a horrible, horrible version of

...and romance...

...just perfect!

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Really? Another great book by Nora Roberts? Is that possible? The woman is so talented that I find it unfair! It was a great read that I enjoyed very much! The story is set in Ireland and I couldn’t be more happy because it’s definitely a country I love to read about!

Maggie is a young but lonely woman. She lost her beloved dad five years ago and her relationship with her
Jane Stewart
I loved reading about Maggie and her entertaining characteristics and temperament.

Maggie is an artist who creates glass sculptures. She lives in a small village in western Ireland. Rogan is a wealthy Gallery owner in Dublin. He wants to represent her work. He calls her repeatedly but she never answers her phone. He has to travel there just to be able to talk to her. After he signs her, he has to send telegraphs to her because she still doesn’t answer her phone. He views her as irresponsible, sca
Alex is The Romance Fox
THIS IS MY FAVOURITE NORA ROBERTS SERIES OF ALL TIME, set in Ireland, my favourite setting!!!!

Born in Fire is the first book in Nora Roberts Born In Trilogy about the lives of three Irish sisters and is the story of Margaret May Concannon, who becomes a famous glass sculptress. Her father, who she was very close to, sent her to Venice to study glassblowing, which her mother had resented. The heartbreak of her father’s death and the bitterness towards her by her mother, who blamed Maggie for ruin
If you love books with substance and an engrossing story line with well-developed characters, I suggest you ignore this book's existence. Although I have yet to open it up or indeed see it in real life form and not just an image upon a smudged laptop screen, I can confidently say that I would feel the same. Having never read a Nora Roberts book but being subjected to 3 of her movies in a so called "Romance movie marathon" at a friend's birthday party, I can truly say that she, as an author, has ...more
When I read and re-read a book, it's almost always going to get a 5 or 4 star rating, or else why re-read? Born in Fire is the first of a trilogy and unlike some trilogies, you have to have 2 and 3 close at hand as soon as you finish Born in Fire because the unfolding family story is that enthralling. Maggie has a dreadful relationship with her hardened, mean-spirited, caustic of tongue and tone mother and watching them dance around each other rings so true. It's at times heart-breaking. Adultho ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Written in the mid-90s, this book is a big step up from Roberts' O'Hurley novels, despite nominal similarities (mainly in the pseudo-shiftless, Irish father).

Maggie Concannon isn't the kind of heroine that normally appeals to me. She's tempestuous and impulsive and argumentative and way too willing to inflict emotional pain on those nearest to her. Fortunately, she has a softer, humbler, more caring side to her that comes out when it matters most. This let me care enough to want to see her be ha
What can I say for Nora Roberts that millions of readers do not know already! Her language and descriptions, her character building, her fully developed plots leave nothing to be found lacking. This is my second book of hers (I KNOW! SHAME ON ME!) and it will certainly not be her last.

This was a story about family relationships, dreams that die and dreams that come true, love for the art and fighting with inner demons, all set in a magnificent county in the west of Ireland. The heroine, Margaret
Mónica Silva
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A combinação perfeita entre um romance apaixonante, um esplêndido drama familiar e paisagens encantadoras. Nos vales verdes e vastos da Irlanda, o leitor é arrebatado para uma cultura deslumbrante onde reinam a História, os mitos, as lendas, a magia! Para quem almeja um dia percorrer o mundo, a Irlanda caracterizada neste livro é um destino imperdível!

A personagem principal, Maggie é uma mulher determinada, rebelde e explosiva, com um tempe
Gah...I'm so glad this story is over. I feel like I've wasted hours of my life reading this book. I think the romance was ok, the family drama I could care less about, the glass blowing was interesting and the sex was hot. This was written well but this author's writing style just didn't click for me which resulted in me never connecting to any of the characters. But it could be the mood that I was in so maybe this isn't such a bad book for contemporary romance readers.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
A nice 3.5 for this book. The ended just ended and it was really disappointing. I wanted more but that made me realize that I liked the book (because I wanted more). However, I think the setting was what kept me interested. The narrator on this audio book is outstanding so it made me feel like I was really in Ireland. Loved that part. So this might be a so-so book that was made better by the narrator. Regardless, it was pretty good. I'm rambling. Long day.
Riccarla Roman
O, the joys of a Nora Roberts book! I've been a fan for years and decided to re-read one of her great trilogies. The "Born in..." trilogy is set in Ireland and tells of the Concannon sisters. Each one is different but each one is wonderful to read about.

"Born in Fire" is the story of Maggie Concannon, a genius at creating glass sculptures. As the book opens, she is with her father when he suffers a fatal heart attack. Five years later, she and her sister Brianna are following their dreams - Magg
I just don't know what exactly makes me love and adore this author so much but I can't seem to be able to do otherwise. I just feel so exhilarated while reading her books, which is funny because for too long I was reluctant to pick one of them as everybody else seemed to crave her work so badly. For some reason I got into my head that I wouldn't be as fascinated with her as everybody else seemed to be and it took me way too long to discover how mistaken I was. I simply can't stop reading her boo ...more
I like this triology by Nora Roberts for exactly what it is: a great summer read. I have to admit a fondness for anything set in Ireland and this triology takes place in a small town in western Ireland. The protagonists of all three books in this series are sisters. Yes, they are romance stories, so of course, there is love that is troubled but those troubles will be overcome. What I like about this trilogy though is that the love story takes a back seat to the relationship between the sisters a ...more
This story really captured me, the calm and gentle Brianna and the fiery Maggie Concannon were wonderful characters to me. And I was captivated by the sad family structure they faced and I would have loved to read more with their father as I really liked him, even though he was only present in the beginning.

The story does have romance in it, but it did not just feel like a sappy romance so much as a story of these two sisters and their attempts to move on with their lives and deal with their pro
Sandy Vaughan
Narrated by Fiacre Douglas

LENGTH 9 hrs and 5 mins

PUBLISHER Brilliance Audio

Maggie whose view of marriage is tainted by that of her parents. She has sworn she will not follow in their in footsteps; she will never marry. As much as she adored her father, she resented her mother. As her father was dying, she promised to care for her mother and beloved sister. She is a very talented glass blower who will used the money from sales of her works to keep her promise. Her resentment is increased by her m
Ria Lize
I'm around book 30s mark in J.D Robb's In Death series, but I've been curious to see how she writes as Nora Roberts. I guess I can say that I not only admire her dedication and her skill, but also her versatility.
She can write something set in the future, she can write a story set in the past, and I can say that whatever period in time, I will always be spiraled into the wonderful story she created.

Just to make it all clear: I thought book one was amazing.
There were books I've rate 4 or 3 stars
I had high expectations for this series. Seemingly too high expectations.
From time to time, I started cringing at the Irish folklore of the green Eire, that was overflowing some pages, and hopefully later on there was something to make fun of that.
The characters were different from what I expected, not perfectly lovable, with quite many flaws each. Those flaws alternatingly exasperated me but made those characters stand out and seem more real. I would have liked to better understand their inner
Ok, I loved Twilight, so obviously I am willing to sacrifice a lot of quality for some PG-rated romance. My expectations for an adult romance genre book, then, is for at least something more gripping than Twilight.

I felt zero emotion coming from this book. The characters were boring cardboard cut-outs, plot barely existed, and the romance was not compelling. One of my biggest pet peeves is perspective switching to give the reader insight into every character's mind, I like a little mystery than
Taryn Elliott
this is the book that got me addicted to Nora. i love the glass blowing background and her terrible background with her mother, and how much of a daddy's girl she is. she's flawed, she's a little bit insane, a lot brilliant and so emotionally scarred that i wanted to root for her from the instant i opened the book.

and i gotta say, Rogan is so the prototype for Roarke in the ID series. lol that makes me love him just a little bit more.

even though this book is from the mid 90's it's somehow not d
BJ Rose
I wanted to really love this because the heroine has my mother's name - Margaret Mary - and the setting is Ireland. But it just didn't give me that extra kick that so many of Nora's books have. I loved the feel of the scenery, and was really interested in the glassblowing and the mental visualizing of the finished pieces, but when I can put a book aside for a while, I know it's because the main characters just aren't drawing me in; and they should have - I love a strong, talented female and a c ...more
Maggie widmet sich voller Hingabe ihrer Kunst. Dass sie diesen Beruf ausführen kann, verdankt sie ganz allein ihrem verstorbenen Vater. Er hat immer an sie geglaubt und ihr eine Ausbildung in Italien ermöglicht. Als er stirbt, gibt sie ihm das Versprechen sich um ihre Schwester und auch um ihre Mutter zu kümmern. Das Verhältnis zu ihrer Mutter ist nicht einfach und Maggie verbringt soviel Zeit wie möglich zurückgezogen in ihrem Cottage wo sie sich voll und ganz in ihrer Arbeit verliert. Als der ...more
Jennifer Koudelka

[dramatic thunderclap and clashing organ chords]

I spend most of my workday listening to podcasts, frequently of the book review variety. And lately the episodes across about four different book related podcasts keep stressing the same points: you should not be ashamed of what you read and should not write off an entire genre of writing without giving it a fair shot. The romance novel as a genre is most likely the most looked
Jessica Uzzo
I had though...hoped that i could lay blame for my distaste of my recent Robert's reads on their age but sadly I've read older of hers and loved them. So why are her characters so hit and miss (these days mostly miss)? In this one we have a heroine who's childish and too stubborn even for me. A sister who's too cold and dutiful to ever be an interesting person. And a hero who's arrogance both astounds and annoys me. I nearly quit when he decided upon meeting her that it wasn't if they had sex... ...more
Born in Fire was my first Nora Roberts read and, despite several recommendations from friends and family, I let it sit on my shelf and gather dust simply because of who the author was. Now, I mean no disrespect to Nora Roberts but I had the (wrong) preconceived notion that her books were primarily romantic fluff - the feminine version of Nicholas Sparks... (can we all agree that Sparks' novels have a decidedly masculine tone?). My only regret in reading Born in Fire is that I didn't pick it up s ...more
Heather  *enjoying summer reading*
Well re-read and still no review. But Nora Roberts writes wonderfully and I love all her series. So if you are a Nora Robert fan or just like romance set in Ireland I highly recommend this series.
*.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose
3,5 Stars

I did enjoy this book, but I guess I love drama and angsty romances too much. This story didn't have nearly enough of those two things. It was a beautiful story, with an stunning setting and scenery, Ireland is definitely one of those places that own my heart. The characters were good too, I cared for them. But there wasn't that need in me, desperate to read and suffering for their HEA. Everything was too easy I guess.
I will keep reading the series, though, and other books by this auth
No sabía si darle 4 o 3 estrellas a este libro, ya que tuve muchos altibajos con el. Maggie Cocannon es la mayor de 2 hermanas nacida por la pasión efímera de dos personas que se encontraron atrapadas entre si, siendo infelices. Después de la pérdida de su padre y del desprecio de su madre, Maggie se ha convertido en una mujer adulta, de fuerte carácter y el don de hacer esculturas con Vidrio fundido. Siempre me ha parecido fascinante leer desde el punto de vista de un artista, sin embargo, cuan ...more
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her
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