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Birthright

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When five-thousand-year-old human bones are found at a construction site in the small town of Woodsboro, the news draws archaeologist Callie Dunbrook out of her sabbatical and into a whirlwind of adventure, danger, and romance.While overseeing the dig, she must try to make sense of a cloud of death and misfortune that hangs over the project-fueling rumors that the site is ...more
ebook, 512 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Jove Books (first published April 20th 2003)
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Megan Poggi Suzanne Cullen was rich because of the business she grew. Doug accused Callie of being after her money because this wasn't the first time that Susan…moreSuzanne Cullen was rich because of the business she grew. Doug accused Callie of being after her money because this wasn't the first time that Susan and other people though that she found her daughter and the other people who she thought was her daughter has attempted to use her before. Doesn't matter if Callie came from a good/"rich" home, regardless of any situation money can make people to a lot of mean things.(less)
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jenjn79
Dec 22, 2008 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author
This is another one of my favorite Nora Roberts books, which I say about most of the books of hers that I review. But with her having written so many, it makes sense to have a lot of favorites. Regardless, this is a favorite, though I know more than a few fans didn't care for this one. I enjoyed it a lot, though, for several different reasons.

Birthright is a story that starts out in the past with a young mother, Suzanne Cullen, taking her young son Doug and her infant daughter Jessica to see San
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Yomi Milanesa
Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars

I did enjoy it but I felt like the ending fell a bit flat. I would have liked it that we saw what happened with both of the families.
Alex is The Romance Fox
Another great book by Nora Roberts - definitely my favorite romance author. I never tire of reading her books over and over again....something always gets me to pull her books out and start again!!!

Birthright gives us yet another great heroine, Callie Dunbrook, an archaeologist, who arrives in a small town to study humans bones that are believed to be buried in what is suspected, sacred ground.
She's a very interesting character and so is her ex-husband, Jake Dunbrook, also an archaeologist, who
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Ramla Zareen Ahmad
3.5 STARS
=Good
=Quite Enjoyable
=I liked it...!

Molly Jo
Nov 26, 2011 Molly Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-books
What I love about Nora Roberts is her focus on connections and relationships, whether they are families, lovers, friends, whatever. It's absolutely central to every story. In her trilogies, there are always 6 main characters: 3 men, 3 women. Obviously, they will pair up, but there are also deeper connections made within the group. The conflict or mystery of the plot will not get solved until all the characters work together, and there's always a part of the story that each pair works on together ...more
Jane Stewart
Aug 29, 2015 Jane Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story. Kept my interest. Audiobook narrator was fabulous.

I had a few quibbles: Things dragged and were repetitive when the mother talked about her grief and angst over her baby’s kidnapping. Heroine was stupid to chase a bad guy with a gun when her only weapon was a can of insecticide spray. I wanted to see how the bad guy was able to get victims tied up in the final scene. It was hard to believe.

But still, I enjoyed it. There is mystery about who kidnapped the baby. There is suspense and m
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Beth
Jan 26, 2016 Beth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Apparently Seconal is to Nora Roberts as arsenic is to Agatha Christie.

More relevantly, this book has good people: Callie, who's a uniquely peppery, brilliant, confused professional; Jake, who's as smart and compelling; Doug, who's a quiet, fabulous supporting character; and Lana, who's mostly a stereotype but who has the greatest kid. There are both moms - and then there's the wackiest, conspiracy-est, most convoluted string of crimes I've read in a long while. (And keep in mind that I just rea
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Shei Belikov
Aug 10, 2015 Shei Belikov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me encontraba sin saber qué leer y como suelo hacer en esos momentos recurrí a una de las autoras que nunca me decepciona.

Me encantó el libro aunque me faltó un epílogo más largo, necesitaba más detalles para quedar plenamente satisfecha, de igual forma fue una lectura que disfruté un montón.

Le doy 4.5 porque me faltó saber más detalles sobre como quedarían varias cosas.
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Lee
Aug 25, 2009 Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-fun
Until now, I'd avoided popular writers, such as Nora Roberts out of pure snobbery. However, after realizing grad school and several years of teaching had put me off of reading (and fried my brain), I started seeking books with good plots--and not too much else to analyze. Just the first few pages of this book drew me in. I felt--as far as a story that centers around a good plot--that this was a well-written book. It's a bit predictable, especially with relationships, but it's always enjoyable. I ...more
Cruth
Author: Nora Roberts
First published: 2003
Length: 494 pages
Setting: Contemporary, mostly at an archaeological site on Antietam Creek, near Woodsboro, Maryland.
Sex: Explicit. Infrequent. Between more than one couple.
Hero: Anthropologist
Heroine: Archaeologist.
Trigger: Child kidnapping. No abuse.

One of Roberts’ long romantic-suspense books, heavy on the story, light on the romance. Enjoyable enough for what it is.

Basically, Roberts gives us a riff on fate and circles and how what happened yesterday,
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Noelle
This was a reread for me and still one of my favorites. It does start out a bit slow but then it picks up after about page 150 or so and never slows down again.

Callie (h) is an archaeologist and when some bones are found that turn out to be 5000 years old, she's called out to work the dig. While assembling her team she asks for the best of the best, when they start arriving one of those turns out to be her exhusband Jake (H). It has been almost a year since the divorce and she still hurts over w
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Jimmyjane
Jan 12, 2008 Jimmyjane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cotton-candy, cupcake
Callie and Jake- my all-time favorite Nora Roberts pairing, thus far. I never thought I'd love a couple who have already been through the meet, the romance and the marriage and divorce before we even get introduced- usually I get hooked on that high of the first contact. But this turned my "usual" on its head, because the snap and crackle of lust and love that hadn't been fully doused when it was walked away from, it caught me, hook, line and sinker, from the first heated look, the first scathin ...more
Carrie
Goodreads burped and my review was lost. So just a quick summary:

Suspense plot weak with little character development and not enough information to even attempt to figure out the mystery. Reasons and motives were unclear.

Relationship development was much better and kept me reading the book. I liked Callie and Jake, and felt Roberts did them justice. Secondary characters were fun, as well.

This book has some similarities to Cry No More by Linda Howard, although the latter book is a much better sto
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Paraphrodite
Jan 09, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2016
What if you not only find out you're adopted but that you were snatched from your birth mother when you were a baby? Would you try to find out who's responsible or leave it alone?

This was an enjoyable romantic suspense from Nora Roberts.
Cindy
Dec 15, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good romanic thriller from Ms Roberts - this one revolves around familial relationships. The main characters are Callie and Jake - the chief anthropologist and archeologist on a dig in Maryland - and exes. They're uncovering a prehistoric settlement - and the relationship that they never quite put behind them. And then the other shoe drops as it turns out that Callie may be the daughter who was snatched at a mall 29 years earlier. There are several interesting side stories involving Call ...more
Kim
Apr 20, 2016 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Callie ended up getting better about halfway through the book. Plus I actually did not guess who the traitor was which I loved. That's never happened...even if I figure it out just before the reveal, I've always figured it out.
Tânia
Birthright is proof that, as one should not judge a book by its cover, one cannot judge an author by a book. Nora Roberts is an acclaimed writer who has never elicited particular interest to me beyond the natural curiosity about her success. I always told myself one day I would test her talent, which eventually happened when I read the first two books of her crime series In Death, written under the pseudonym J. D. Robb. I found it interesting but not particularly special, so I wasn’t convinced. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
4.5 STARS

"On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil — and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected...

As an archaeologist, Callie Dunbrook knows a lot about the past. But her own past is about to be called into question. Recruited for her expertise on the Antietam Creek dig, she encounter
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Sarah
Mar 28, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. I enjoyed the main romance that was going on as well as the secondary romance that was playing out too.

Jake and Callie are so good together. So charming and funny and perfect for each other. Callie was so wonderfully NOT a typical romance character. A little tomboy-ish, rough and likes to get down in the dirt, but also strong and sarcastic. She had a good head on her shoulders and was willing to push through no matter what. Jake was right there with her and would give a
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Jacob Proffitt
Aug 04, 2012 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
This book became one of my favorite Nora Roberts books. Roberts explores multiple sides of the kidnapped child and depicts all those conflicting feelings so well! Unfortunately, I left this review too long and have forgotten much of what I wanted to be sure to say about it.

Quick summary based on my unreliable memory: the villains were a bit one-dimensional when it all comes together. That said, it kept me guessing throughout and not in a cheap way, either. I loved the exploration of Callie and J
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Willow
Working in a library you notice the authors who write a lot of books. And you become intrigued by these authors with such enormous catalogs. So, while shelving I come across a LOT of Nora Roberts. Being a romance fan, you hear her name come up quite a bit. So I've taken to trying the ones whose blurbs catch my attention, and this one about a couple of hot tempered archaeologists finding themselves in a town exxploding with secrets starring their head excavator, Callie, the sort of girl with a sa ...more
Ofelia
Jun 23, 2016 Ofelia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars It was a very suspenseful book. There were many twist and turns all throughout the book and it kept you at the edge of your seat since you don't know what is going to happen next. I very much enjoyed reading about how Jake and Callie interacted with each other. It was like one minute they hated each other and were at each others throat but the next they were all lovey lovey. This was an amazing book and I highly recommend it.
Krishanthy
I enjoyed the book only up to halfway through book and skipped lot of pages. Lot of twists through the books made really bad. Half of the book mostly contains more romance scene and the character Callie's more emotional scenes.

I liked both Jake and Cal but not the way Cal treated Jake. Relationship made between couples especially Suzanne and Jay (it's more broken why the Cullens split and join again) kept reading the book.

Finally, it was OK.
Karen Dekkers
Apr 25, 2016 Karen Dekkers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
spannend tot aan het eind. erg gaaf en nog onverwachte wendingen in de ontknoping. zo bijzonder hoe ze menselijke relaties van verschillende kanten kan neerzetten. erg mooi en bijzonder boek.
Nik
Jul 20, 2013 Nik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
3.5 stars

A romance-suspense novel revolving around a archaeologist, Dr. Callie Dunbrook, and the turmoil her life becomes when she heads down to Woodsboro to head a dig of 5000 year old civilization and her ex-husband is now part of the team and it turns out that she is the missing child of local celebrity Suzanne Cullen. Jessica Cullen, kidnapped at three months, is Callie and now she is determined to unearth the truth. But someone is keen on keeping her aloof and the secrets buried....

With
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Micii
Best Nora's books! A great story, a hot romance and a good plot.
Katherine
This story has a very strong willed female that does not always use her head. It can drive you nuts at times, but there are enough others around her that make you able to finish. I baby kidnapped at 3 mos. gets exposed when the baby has grown to a happy accomplished adult of 30. The suspense is good but not always believable. My biggest problem was, if you have people getting hurt around you and even killed, would you not stop what you are doing? Or, at least get away from them at the very least ...more
Izy
Oct 24, 2015 Izy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating ~4 stars

Birthright was my first romantic suspense book by Nora Roberts, the only others books I’ve read by her were the books in the Quartet Series which I really enjoyed but that was years ago. My friend really enjoys Nora Roberts books so she lend me her copy and now I have a great new romantic suspense author to read more from.

There wasn’t a lot of romance (even though we also had a secondary romance) in the romantic suspense but I’m okay with that in these kinds of books especially
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Anna
May 13, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I wanted to give this book five stars. After all, even though the author is listed as Nora Roberts, she clearly wrote the novel with her J.D. Robb hat on. Since I vastly prefer J.D. Robb (or did until I got bored with her long-standing series), that similarity was a major plus. Add in an archaeologist as our hero, and I should have been hooked.

So, what didn't work for me? I'm not a serious student of Native American prehistory...but even I know that there weren't domesticated cows on this contin
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Lara
Jun 01, 2014 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adored this. I usually prefer my gruff/sarcastic/emotionally stunted protagonists tempered with an earnest other half (preferably the heroine for the former and an adoring hero for the latter) but Callie and Jake got to me immediately and never lost their grip. I'm a sucker for shared history, and that's always been one of Nora Roberts' strongest suits in her writing - the conversational shorthand, the physical awareness, the ease in moving around each other, everyone around them predictably rem ...more
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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These women accomplished all this while cooking gourmet meals, furnishing their homes with Italian antiques, giving clever, intelligent interviews with Money magazine and People, and maintaining a brilliant marriage with an active enviable sex life and never tipping the scale at an ounce over their ideal weight...

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