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Birthright

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  14,708 ratings  ·  429 reviews
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 January 1st 2003)
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Isis FG
Dec 22, 2008 Isis FG rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense fans
Recommended to Isis FG 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...more
Molly Jo
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
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...more
Lee
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
Jimmyjane
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...more
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...more
Book Slut -N
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
Nik
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...more
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
Lara
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
Ayu Wirdha
Cerita ttg anak yg diculik lalu dijual memang selalu mengharukan dari sisi keluarga yg ditinggalkan atau yg mengadopsi. Yg ga sy suka, Callie lgsung mencap kalo dia ga cinta dgn keluarga kandungnya. Come on, cinta itu bisa tumbuh, aneh aja dgn karakter Callie yg digambarkan cerdas, rasional & murah hati ttp menurut sy agak heartless ke keluarga kandungnya khususnya ke ortunya, ini yg bikin sy tdk memberikan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐.

Yg bikin membingungkan adalah motif penjahatnya yg membunuh Dolan (pemilik laha...more
Putri Septiana
Another nora roberts book. This time I learn about archeology. It's fascinating as always to learn something new. Even if sometimes I got confused with the term used, haha.

I don't if the other feels it too, but I kinda feel that the heroine's character from roberts' books is a bit repetitive. They come with similar personality. Strong, temperamental, independent, hard-headed and a little tomboy. Not that I don't like that kind of trait, but sometimes it gets boring to read the same character in...more
Kitty
This was just a really great story. The first two chapters are a little confusing, as several different characters and story lines are introduced, but by the third chapter, all the pieces fell into place and I was hooked. There's really more than one story going on, but they all fit together beautifully. Romance, suspense, mystery, action, lots of surprising twists... I hate to say any more because I think I liked the book even better because I didn't know what to expect.
Debbie
Archaeologist Callie Dunbrook finds herself working on a prehistoric dig in the small town of Woodsboro in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unfortunately her ex-husband Jake is also part of the team.

Suzanne Cullen lives in Woodsboro. She has managed to build a successful business despite facing huge personal tragedy 28 years earlier when her baby daughter Jessica was abducted from her stroller.

When Suzanne sees Callie on the TV, she knows that Callie is her missing daughter. As Callie sets out to uncov...more
Trea
My mother recommended that I read this book, saying that it was one of her favorite Nora Roberts books. Unfortunately, I have to disagree with her. To me, there were too many characters to keep track of, too much mystery surrounding them to keep up with it all. At some points I was wishing for a Cliffs Notes version, so I could refer back to it to see which character was which! There were two, almost three romances running in this story, and I didn't see the sense for a couple of them. For examp...more
Jessica B
Well again, Nora Roberts delivered a suspenseful, wonderful love story. This is one of those ones where you want to kick both the hero and the heroine in the butt. Like come on, you two idiots are in love... get on with it already. But I really enjoyed it. A great read!
Jo at Jaffareadstoo
Reading a Nora Roberts book is like settling down in your favourite armchair with a packet of chocolate biscuits !
Great writing, wonderfully addictive characters, and a story to become absorbed in ...loved it.
Debra
really was surprised how much i enjoyed this i thought i would like as much as i did and i really cant wait to read the next one following this one.. loved it ave it a 4 star review
Brandi Marie Robert
This is the very first adult novel I ever read. My grandmother always had Nora Roberts around and I snuck this one under the guest bedroom covers when I was 9. I have loved everything Nora since! When my grandmother passed all of her books came to me and my Mom. My mom knew Maw and I had a special love for Nora so she allowed me to take all of them. Between what I had and what I received from her, I have 90% of all Nora's books in hardcopy. And yes, I reread them constantly!
This is my tenth tim...more
Sandra de koning-vd pol
Deze moest ik uit lezen vannacht, kon het niet wegleggen. Een boek dat me vast nog dagenlang bezig houdt. Herkenbaar. Daar.
Brandy Potter
Nora at her finest..... the strong female character, the strong female lead, life threatening danger, family secrets and desperate villans... all the things that make Nora great!

NOra has the gift of dialog, which I adore. Her decriptions are kept to the minmum required for exposition leaving the reader to fill in gaps. As an author this is something I find most appealing. Also her love scenes are not graphic and don't make feel like I need a shower... again something I appreciate.

I am not going...more
Bev Taylor
callie is an archaeologist who is summoned to a site in the blue ridge mountains where bones 5,000 years old r found

h/e that is not all she finds. she also finds out a lot about her life - nearly all of it lie

add in n ex husband she has to work with and someone who is determined to hide crimes committed many decades ago plus people who do not want the site dug up as it has been earmarked for construction

the repartee between callie and her ex will make u laugh and cry - and make u wish u could...more
Mihaela Florentina
Brilliant! There's no other way to describe this book.
Brittany
This one was about an anthropologist named Callie. She goes on sabbatical (partly to deal with her divorce) only to be sucked back in by a call from her boss about some interesting finds in a small town somewhere. She goes there and basically immediately becomes addicted to the site and discovering what else is available. This makes her persona non gratta for the workers who were busy digging up the land to put a new housing development on it. But, the Historical Society and like minded individu...more
Steve Lindahl
I like stories that include romance, but I don't read very many books that specifically fit into the category of romance novels. I have, however, read a few Nora Roberts novels and enjoyed them. So when I was browsing through the NC digital library a couple of weeks ago, I picked Birthright by Nora Roberts as my next choice. I wasn't disappointed.

Birthright is the story of a woman (Callie Dunbrook) who discovers she was adopted and had been kidnapped from her birth parents when she was an infant...more
Jonetta
Callie Dunbrooke is called to Woodsboro, Maryland after a skull is found by a real estate developer while clearing a site. She's an archaeologist and quickly determines the skull is a major find. Things get complicated when her ex-husband, Jake Grayson, is assigned to her excavation team and the developer gets aggressive about his work site being taken over. Vandalism escalates to things more sinister and Callie is also confronted with some surprises involving her family.

Jake and Callie's rela...more
Tania Martins
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Leontine
Again I must give Nora Roberts two tumbs up for her themes entwined with a main and secondary romance. It all begins with an emotion rife prologue when baby Jessie is kidnapped from the stroller. Fast forward a couple of decades and in a small town at a construction site a skull is found. As it turns out it is a Neolithic village. Not only does the babynapping contributes to a suspense-laden storythread the archeology gives it a fresh twist I haven't read much before. I love archeology and the i...more
Sarah
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...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...more
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