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4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  5,991 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Contemporary Ireland is the setting for the stories of three beautiful, passionate sisters, each with a special gift and a hunger for true love. A complete trilogy in one volume: Born in Fire, Born in Ice and Born in Shame.
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published April 27th 1998 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published 1994)
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Oct 01, 2007 Jena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance lovers
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.)
Aug 07, 2010 Brielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 b
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 spitf
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 fa
Nov 19, 2011 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves romance and Ireland
Recommended to Ali by: carey sturgeon
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
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 ...more
Galadriel Johnson
Jul 23, 2011 Galadriel Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 c ...more
Anita Boeira
Aug 16, 2016 Anita Boeira rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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Mar 12, 2017 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable read. Very typical Nora Roberts.
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Angie Holdaway
Sep 30, 2016 Angie Holdaway rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Irish. It's heavenly.
Lynda Tatad
Feb 17, 2013 Lynda Tatad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-r-us
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 f ...more
Deborah. Nava
Nov 14, 2016 Deborah. Nava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 M ...more
Lucy M Bush
Feb 13, 2017 Lucy M Bush rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great story

Loved the Irish connection, enjoyed it very much! Loved the family dynamics as well with great ending to all three books!
Dec 14, 2007 Christin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, or I 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 rece ...more
Amanda (LoveofJoe11)
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 ni
Sheryl Dawson Smith
My favorite series of all

Of 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
Cornelia Ward
Nov 23, 2013 Cornelia Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 sto
Nov 23, 2010 Mari is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2014 Hanz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 th ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 b ...more
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 re ...more
Aug 15, 2009 Jenisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 Rober ...more
Katy M
May 07, 2014 Katy M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 wo
Jun 28, 2007 Lolli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the disillusioned
It's one of those guilty pleasures I should be ashamed of, like belting out Christmas carols three months early; something I don't really want the world to know, but too late now. It's good for what it is... I actually got sucked into the second book so hard that I sacrificed five hours of precious sleep for it. Maggie Mae the glass artist and Brianna the bread maker have won special places in my heart. Heh.
Erin Jones
Nov 18, 2013 Erin Jones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-to-enjoy
I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this trilogy. And though I enjoyed the 3rd books as well, it just wasn't as flushed out as the first two. I like how it rounded out the characters, especially the relationship between the older daughters and their mother - and I really enjoyed the husbands. But still... the third story seemed predictable and too simple - I felt like Shannon and Murphy deserved more.
Mar 08, 2008 Robin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romances
While I'm not a fan of romance novels, I absolutely LOVE this book! I have read it over and over. Most romance novels have a very weak plot and characters, but this series does not suffer from that at all. After reading these books I wanted to go to Ireland and actually meet these people...and stay at Brianna's inn to have some of her wonderful cooking! Besides the good plot lines, the descriptions of Ireland just further fuel my desire to see the country.
Dec 14, 2010 MH rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite trilogies (and not just because it's set in Co. Clare). Nora Roberts has written three stories, each one centered on a different sister, each with their own personal struggles and great achievements. These are romance novels, but not typical or overdone. The sisters and other village characters are absolutely delightful - filled with drama and humor, you'll love the Concannon sisters and the people they love.
Jul 11, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite trilogies by Ms. Roberts. My favorite character is probably Grayson, and luckily, his is the best story. I love the ending where he teases Brianna about her composure being a facade. All three stories are great, and believe it or not, by the end of the third book, you don't hate their mother as much. It's nice to see the minor characters growth and development through the main characters' journeys. A fabulous read!!
Oct 04, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
romantic, idealized Ireland - where everything is green, people live at a different pace and with different priorities. hmmmm... I guess that's what makes romance books fun to read. These three books are about 3 sisters... one fiesty and passionate, one nurturing and controlled, one who was of a different mother - and tied to Ireland by a past life. Of course they all marry rich, powerful, handsome men. ahhhh.
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  • Born in Shame (Born In Trilogy, #3)

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