Nora Roberts brings Ireland back to the pages with the three novels, Born in Fire, Born in Ice, and Born in Shame in the series of the Concannon Sister Trilogy.
Born in Fire
Maggie was a loner, liked it that way unless she was with people she loved. Like her father who she loved more than life it’s self. Or her sister Brianna. Maggie tolerated her mother to the best she could but there was no love lost on either side. When Maggie started to sell a few items of her glass tragedy hit Brianna and Maggie. Their father died while Maggie was with him. But he left a small mystery behind him, who was Amanda?
Maggie and her sister continued to live their lives. Brianna setting up a B and B and Maggie with her glass which was now making more interest as Rogan Sweeney came into the picture.
Rogan Sweeney, art dealer, already got hold of some of her pieces wanted to make Maggie famous. He wanted her work, it intrigued him. He comes to her with an offer but Maggie doesn’t agree at first. She doesn’t trust him but she finally gives in. Of course that is not the only thing that Rogan wants, he wants Maggie.
Maggie is overwhelmed with the new life that was being given to her but she didn’t want it all. She liked certain aspects but wanted to be at home to do her art. Maggie’s heart only had room for her art and family but now it was making room for other possibilities with Rogan.
Born in Ice
Brianna owns a small cottage that is a B and B. She is loved by her sister Maggie and her brother-in-law Rogan who are now expecting their first child. Brianna was not happy but content with her life because there was no other option. She was at ends with her mother and now she had lost her beloved father. Life had just been moving along until the Ireland storm brought in her expected guest Grayson Thane a few days earlier.
Grayson Thane “Gray” is a big time mystery writer, who is writing his next book set in Ireland. The moment he gets to the cottage he is overwhelmed by Brianna. For a while Gray doesn’t do anything to intimidate but then he can’t take it anymore, he goes after her. He seduces her to his bed. Brianna doesn’t except his pursuit at first but finally she gives into what she had been missing all this time. Brianna knows Gray will not stay forever but that doesn’t stop her from loving him.
Through the book Brianna will live a new life but the past is creeping up behind her as she finds that her father lived a loveless marriage and fathered another child to a woman, Amanda, that was his true love. Maggie and Brianna are determined to find their half sibling and the woman their father loved.
Born in Shame
A happy life was all Shannon knew, now her life was turned upside down when her mother told her the truth about her father. Colin who was her father was not her true father. Tom Concannon from Ireland was Shannon’s true father. Her mother, Amanda, told all that happened between herself and the two men that she loved. Hearing the news of her mothers lies Shannon was furious with her but couldn’t really express all her anger and hurt towards her dying mother. As Amanda closed her eyes she never woke up. Amanda slipped into a coma and died soon afterwards.
A few days after the funeral she meet a man who was commissioned to track her down. Her sisters wanted to meet. At first Shannon declined and pushed the man away then a letter came from Brianna. Shannon decided to take the journey to Ireland to find this new family but more importantly to find herself.
Shannon gets to Ireland and is overwhelmed by everything there but especially this new family. As she meets them and finds herself living with Brianna in the inn she doesn’t know what to do. Brianna wants to befriend her, Maggie doesn’t trust her completely and but finds a way to understand.
Shannon seemed to come to some understanding with her sisters and their mother but the thing that was confusing was the amount of attention which Murphy would pay towards her. Murphy saw her and knew that she was the one that he had been searching for now the only thing to do was to make her understand this. Shannon was pulled into the journey of finding family, love and herself.
Reading these books were fun and entertaining. They were all very charming with the characters and the plots. There was a nice flow to the books when each girl had her chance in the story but in each one they overlapped. You never forgot about the characters. Each sister was unforgettable and I loved how even though they were all different there was a relationship that couldn’t be broken even for their half-sister.
Nora Roberts showed a wonderful modern day style of romance set in Ireland.