Born in Shame (Born In Trilogy, #3)
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Born in Shame (Born In #3)

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A talented graphic artist, Shannon Bodine's life revolved around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. But her world was turned upside down whe she learned the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon. Respecting her late mother's last wish, Shannon reluctantly traveled to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melted away in the embrace of the...more
Mass Market Paperback, 371 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Jove (first published July 1st 1989)
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Fani
What an awesome conclusion to the series! I think this might even be my favorite of the series, but then Born of Ice was excellent too.
Murphy was a fantastic, yummy, dreamy, wonderful hero that I couldn't get enough of and if Shannon was a little cold, she had reasons for acting this way. Besides, I loved watching the previous couples appearing in this one, without ever stealing the show. Highly recommended.
♡Karlyn P♡
A wonderful conclusion to the series. The romance between Murphy and Shannon was sweet with a little bit of Irish magic, but it was a bit light compared to the first two. I would recommend reading this book only after reading the first two. I don't think this book as a stand-alone explained all of the characters and their relationships to each other well enough to really enjoy it as it was meant to be enjoyed.
Jacob Proffitt
I did not love this book. Indeed, I barely made it through the last half. If it hadn't been for falling in love with Murphy, there's no way I'd have made it through.

Here's the thing: Shannon spends the entire freaking book being a complete and utter idiot—which would have been fine if I hadn't felt the whole time that she was only being a complete and utter idiot because Nora Roberts needed her to be in order for the book to last longer than a short story. This stuff isn't really spoilers as all...more
LaFleurBleue
Not great. And a letdown after the previous one.
All along the book, it felt like a corny and quaint postcard series of Ireland and Irish way of living. On the other hand, Shannon was really a poor heroine with very little depth. Honestly I could not understand what Murphy saw in her, despite recognizing her for the figure haunting his dreams since childhood and despite her physical beauty. She did not have much more and least of it any consistency. She insisted and repeated to others and herself...more
Corrie
I haven't read the first book in this series. I picked up the second book, Born in Ice at the thrift store and read the entire book one night during a blizzard. When I saw Born in Shame at the same thrift store a few days later I couldn't believe my good fortune. I LOVED Brianna and Gray and I so very much wanted to know what happened to them.

I didn't like Shannon at first and it took me a while to warm to her character, though I'm wondering if that is exactly what Nora Roberts wanted. I was ha...more
Shabby Girl ~ aka Lady Victoria
I didn't read the first of these books with Maggie, as her personality doesn't appeal to me (she's very like me actually, but I don't want to read about fiery prickles like me) but I did read the second in this series, Born in Ice, and enjoyed it very much.

In a lot of ways I enjoyed this book more than Born in Ice. I think I liked the h better in Born in Ice, but I liked the story better in this one. (view spoiler)...more
Ronel
After reading the beautiful romance between Brie and Grayson, I though the bar was set so high that I might not like this third book in the trilogy. But true to Nora Roberts, I loved it none the less.

Firstly, the beginning of the book was really touching and sad with Shannon discovering that her real father she never truly met and to discover the heartbreak that her mother had felt. She does not really come off as a likeable character in the beginning but I suppose that is just because she was u...more
Cindi
Book 3 in the "Born In" trilogy. This trilogy is my all time favorite series.

In this one, there is Shannon, an American, whose Mother makes a death bed confession about Shannon being conceived in Ireland, and whose Father was a married man. Everything Shannon believed had been a lie. When she receives a letter from Brianna, her half-sister, she makes a trip to Ireland where she meets her new family and Murphy, a family friend.
At times, the story tends to drag a bit but all unanswered questions...more
BJ Rose
What a wonderful conclusion to a very good trilogy! The first chapter in Born in Fire (Born In trilogy #1) grabbed me and drew me in to the Irish flavor and culture of the series, but by the time I finished that book, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue. It was very much an OK story, but Maggie was difficult to like, so I put the rest of the series on hold until recently. I'm so glad I continued. I loved Brianna & Grayson's story in Born in Ice (Born In trilogy #2), but Born in Shame (Born...more
Ana T.
I was convinced that I had read the first two books in this trilogy when I picked up this one. But now it seems I only read the first one, Born in Fire, and I have yet Brianna's story to tackle.

Born in Shame brings us back to Ireland, one of Roberts favourite settings, and to the Concannon family. Shannon Bodine is Tom Concannon's illegitimate daughter, she is the fruit of a brief affair Tom had with an American woman and she has always believed the man her mother was married to was her real fa...more
valee
I did enjoy the whole series but while I loved the other 2 books this one wasn't as good for me. I did not care much for the heroine, I found her too hard-headed and even a bit annoying. The hero, while I loved him in the past books just disappointed me in this one. I like my romances to develop smoothly and a bit more slower than this one. I just can't understand nor care for a romance where the hero decides to be in love with the heroine by plain sight, even though he had been having dreads ab...more
Riccarla Roman
When you start a Nora Roberts trilogy, you have to finish it. The concluding book is about the third Concannon sister. But weren't there only two? Well, it seems that their father, trapped in the loveless marriage with their mother, met an American tourist, had a brief, happy affair, and fathered a daughter. He never met her and until her mother dies, Shannon Bodine had no idea that the man she called her father wasn't her father. She decides to make the trek to Ireland to meet her half sisters....more
Jacquey25 Hubler
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Maria
In the third and sorry to say, last book of the "Born in.." series we meet Shannon, half-sister to Maggie and Brianna. She has a high end lifestyle in New York that she is quite contented with. On her death bed, her mother tells a story of love and loss that resulted in Shannon. When she receives a letter from Brianna, Shannon takes fate in her hand and travel to Ireland.

In the two books before we have meet Murphy, a steady farmer with dreamy eyes that sings and read poetry. He is like a brother...more
Mishma Nixon
I really have a issue with the third books of a series.Is it just me,or does everyone feel like the third book's not that good as the first two ones.Maybe it's the high expectations,I don't have an idea.

The first two books of the Born In trilogy,were something I greatly admired.Both Maggie and Brianna were amazing in their own unique way,so does there matches.Rogan and Grayson made me swoon.But it's as if Born in Shame has not actually touched the expectations the first two books created.

There w...more
Ummi
Earlier in book #2, Brie found 3 letters written by a Ms. Dogherty to her father which lead the Concannon sisters to the discovery of their half-sister, Shannon Bodine.

Hours before her mother passed away, Shannon Bodine's past shattered as her mother told her the story of Ireland and a certain Tommy Concannon. She told her of one rainy day in the Clare County and of the gentle man she met when she went traipsing in Ireland. And how she loves that man. Knowing only one father for all her life, Sh...more
Barbara M.
After finishing the last book in the "Born In.." series I felt like I was saying goodbye to long lost friends. This rarely happens for me because I read so much, but Nora introduced me to the best of people and the best of traditions. I may not read for a couple of days and those who know me will be shocked because I am rarely seen without a book in my hand or a book on the fireplace calling my name. I feel I should mourn the loss of never again getting to read for the first time this "Born In.....more
Paraphrodite
The final of the Concannon Sisters Trilogy featured Shannon, the daughter born from a love affair between Tommy Concannon and his real love Amanda. Amanda went back to America, remarried and only told Shannon the truth about her birth at her deathbed.
I really liked Murphy, the farmer next door who was a secondary character in the last two books. He was so sure about his feelings right from the start. In a way, I'm not sure Shannon deserved him. I thought there was too much self pity and "Gen-ME"...more
Eileen
the trilogy concludes with Shannon's story. She just lost her mother to cancer and she is finally found by Rogan's detective. She found out who her father is at her mother's death bed and her world is rocked to the core. she goes to Ireland after Brianna writes to her and she wants to find who she is. Shannon is a combination of the best of Brianna and Maggie. Her love story with Murphy is a bit supernatural when her dreams of the past are mixing with her present. Added a nice touch to the Irish...more
Maria
Definitely liked this book the least of the three in this trilogy, in spite of its being Murphy's story, and I was really looking forward to it. For some reason, Shannon seems to be a cross between her sisters, Brianna and Maggie, and neither side comes off as well. She is an artist like Maggie, feisty and sure, but also has a softer side like Brianna, can cook and is business-like, but she is so unhappy in her own skin that I can't quite warm up to her. And there is too little of Murphy in the...more
Rochelle
I liked this book the best in the Born In trilogy. I think it was because of Murphy; I didn't check the goodreads' character listing for the book, hoping to be surprised with whom Shannon gets paired. I was not disappointed! Roberts throws a little magic in this one. My only wish is that there was an epilogue; I find it a little sad to leave Ireland so soon!
Amber
Last book in the Born In Trilogy. I was surprised by the bit of fantasy that was thrown in, but it actually worked well with the story. I'm pretty bummed to be done with this series - the characters and setting just worked so well together. Would definitely recommend the series to others.
Jenny E
I really liked this one at first, but then the ending sort of petered out and omg I was so tired of them having tea and biscuits!!!
Joana Marques
Finalmente acabei a trilogia da herança. Andava na expectativa de como iria terminar. E fiquei com a sensação que não terminou. Que a vida das três irmãs ainda tem muito para contar.
Logo antes de ler o livro calculei o novo par amoroso. Tinha de ser. Não havia outra hipótese.
Foi, talvez, o livro que menos me encantou. Gostei. Mas acho que o que o salva é o amor predestinado entre aquelas duas almas. Os sonhos de vidas passadas, as noites no círculo de pedras... dá uma magia à história que a tor...more
Sharee Daley
This was the final book in the Born In Trilogy and it lived up to the excellence of the first two books. As with the first two books in this series, this one kept me as involved with the characters. You feel like you know them and became involved with their lives; laughing and crying with them as the story unfolds.
Shannon Bodine lived a charmed life until she found out that her life was based on a lie. Her mother had an affair with a married man, and the man she had always loved as a father, was...more
Hannah M.
Born in Shame is the third and final installment in the Born In trilogy by Nora Roberts. In this book we meet Shannon Bodine, the third daughter of Tom Concannon. The only thing, she doesn’t find out that the father she grew up with wasn’t her biological father until after he passes away. Shannon is has been taking care of her mother who is on her death bed, but before she dies, Amanda Bodine tells her daughter the truth. She tells her about her trip to Ireland and the wonderful man she met and...more
Lydia Perversius
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Jane Stewart
3.5 stars. The plot was a little weak, but on balance, I enjoyed the story.

Shannon is a commercial artist in New York City. Her mother Amanda had a brief love affair with Tom, 28 years earlier. Tom lived in Ireland and was married at the time. He could not leave his wife and two daughters, Maggie and Brianna. Amanda returned to America, found out she was pregnant and met and married Colin. Shannon thought Colin was her father. Just before Amanda dies, she tells Shannon that Tom was her biologica...more
Megan Palasik
I listened to this as an audio book, so my experience may be different than that of others reading a physical copy.

The man who read this book, Fiacre Douglas, did a very good job. Overall, I'd give him 4/5 stars. His voice was animated and entertaining and I loved his Irish accent, but his lack of different voices for characters was confusing for the listener at times.

So, after listening to the third book and writing reviews for the first two, I just now realized I've been listening to the abrid...more
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“Tom: If you love with kindness, even when you can't love with permanence, you'll deserve the one who's worthy along that path for you.” 12 likes
“Shannon: Only the living suffered. Only they were riddled with guilt and regret and unanswered questions.” 8 likes
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