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Born in Fire

(Born In Trilogy #1)

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Born in Fire is the first novel in the Irish Born Trilogy, about three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts.

The eldest Concannon sister, Maggie, is a reclusive, stubborn and free-spirited glassmakerwith a heart worth winning


Margaret Mary, the eldest Concannon sister, is a glass artist with an
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Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Berkley (first published October 1st 1994)
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chan ☆
bleh bleh stereotypically "fiery" irish heroine sculptor and the art collector who wants to tame her. feels very 90s, was also published before i was born. i'm good, chief.
Flannery
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
Erin
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was craving a milkshake and nothing goes down smoother than a Nora Roberts romance. Good thing I can always count on the local library to quench my thirst.

Originally published in 1994,the Born in Trilogy tells the story of the Concannon sisters, Maggie and Brianna. Their father, Tom has died and their mother, Maeve increasingly difficult for the sisters to take care of on their own. Born In Fire is Maggie's story. Maggie is a glass blower and her items soon catch the eye of Dublin gallery
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Leea
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ireland...




...and romance...


...just perfect!

This is a reread and the following review is older but I am not going to change it because I loved it again!

It was a great read that I enjoyed very much! The story is set in Ireland and I couldnt be more happy because its 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 mother is far from good. Actually, because of her mother she prefers loneliness and
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Chitra *CJ*
Book one of "Born in" Trilogy and our OSRBC book of the month was an engaging.. but oh SO WONDERFUL ride.
The explosive story of Maggie and Rogan is the tale of when scorching fire meets calm water, chaos meets order.
We are introduced to the glass blower Maggie in a heart wrenching introduction to the character, and a parents' death that is expected yet agonizing.
5 years later, she runs her life with an independent streak, surviving with her sister Brianna who owns a B&B; laden with bitter
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Lizzy
I read Born in Fire a few years ago, but suddenly wanted to read something beautiful and not very demanding. Often that is just what going back to a book that I already read and loved means to me. It is like a vacation, when I go to the beach and just lay on the sand or take a little swin. I dont have to worry, I dont have to agonize wondering whether I will like what is to come. Just revel in it. Of course, it has to be a well written book. As I share a love for Ireland with Nora Roberts, ...more
Amy
Dec 28, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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

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It was a horrible, horrible version of
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Sharon
Apr 19, 2017 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually read books that were published before I was born, but I feel like once I read one series of an author, I have to read all of the others as well.
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 fathers death and the bitterness towards her by her mother, who blamed Maggie for
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Sharon
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-read
Yes, I am a fan of Nora Roberts, but its been a little while since I picked up one of her books. Born in Fire is the first book in the Born in Trilogy series and this book was a pretty good start to the series.

A story of family, love and relationships which I enjoyed and Im sure so will anyone who enjoys reading Nora Roberts books. Looking forward to the next book in the series. Well worth the read. Recommended.
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Beth
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I absolutely loved Maggies story - her family, her art! - and I liked Rogan a lot, too. And then they met each other, and the story became about their relationship, and all sorts of contrived conflict and implausible resolutions, and I just didnt buy it. I dont buy them together. Theyre too different, and their lives are too defined, and I dont see how this sort of resolution could possibly work. Its splitting hairs in the most simplistic way. It feels drawn up, by the numbers, too deliberate: ...more
Jess
This had apparently escaped my "reread all the Nora Roberts" binge from a few years ago, and this is one of my very favorite of her series books. The relationship between Maggie and Rogan is so combative--in a good way--and the competency porn is off the charts in this one. The art scenes!!! It is enough to make me regret my complete lack of artistic ability.

Glad I spent some time with this series again. It's really good.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Another great book by Nora Roberts and can't wait to get my hands on the next book.

I love Maggie's stubborn character. She is a strong person but with a good heart even with a mother who's main purpose is to make her life a living hell but no matter what she is determined to keep her promise to her father to care for her mother and sister.

Maggie is a great glass artist who does her glass from the soul and never saw the real value of her work until Rogan Sweeney, a gallery owner, sees Maggies
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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.
Kate Baxter
Margaret Mary Concannon (Maggie) is an intense, feisty and gifted glass artist of west County Clare, Ireland. She is the pride of her father, Tom, the dear older sister of docile peacekeeper Brianna, and the vexing reminder to her mother, Maeve, of all that was lost by bringing Maggie into this world. Oh, Maeve surely reminds Maggie, every chance she gets, to express her displeasure with Maggie, the reason for which Maggie was inured since the age of 12.

This strong sense of anger, passion, love
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Carolyn
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roberts-nora
I was certain that I had read just about every single book that Nora Roberts had written. (Exception made for her current series regarding the apocalyptic tale of good and evil. Not my cup of tea.) And, then, this book popped up in my "BookGorilla" email. Goodness! Of course, I had to rectify that immediately. And, I am glad I did. Apparently, it is an old series ("Irish Born Series," circa 1994). In any event, I thoroughly enjoyed her descriptions of Ireland, learning about the art of hand ...more
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 doesnt answer her phone. He views her as irresponsible,
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Chryssa
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
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valee
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
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 ...more
Redial
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
Pamela Shropshire
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, osrbc-botm
This was the April old school BoTM for the OSRBC. I got a late start, as you can see.

I've never much cared for contemporary romance and until I began the In Death series last July, I had never read Nora Roberts.

Speaking of the In Death series, I found quite a few similarities between Maggie Concannon, the heroine of Born in Fire, and Eve Dallas. Both had difficult childhoods (although Maggie's would be considered idyllic compared to Eve's); both are completely dedicated to their work to the
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Lili  Marcus
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family, psychological
When your head won't give you the answer, it's best to listen to your heart.

Oh damn. Here's a confession. I love novels, even films, that have artists in them. Doesn't matter if the artist is the protagonist. And this book just captured my heart. Unexpectedly, I'm telling you my fellow bibliophiles. Why, because I was reluctant at first to read this. It's been long since I've read a contemporary romance seriously... I read romance but the once with the usual erotic touches.

Gladly, I read this
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Rachna R
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. A good Roberts series just has a way, and I think I like this first book more than anything of her Wedding Quartet series (which is one of my all-time comfort reads).

Three things:
1. Maggie and Rogan are wonderful! I was worried at points about the way the early-90s-romance-ness of this would show, but it works, somehow - they're so much fun to watch spar, because you can see how they click, what they immediately like about each other. I love when couples with Heat like this thrive
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Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews
Beautiful.
Lexy
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a really sad book but also really good book.
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
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Very similar to The Donovan Legacy, only without the magic. The connection between the hero and heroine is bland, and they don't get much past stereotypes, particularly Maggie. Laughed like hell (in public) at the sex scenes.
Janet
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. ...more
Saly
3.5 stars
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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels, including Come Sundown, The Obsession, The Liar, and coming in December 2017, Year One -- the first book in The Chronicles of The One. She is also the author of the futuristic suspense In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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