Born in Fire (Born In #1)
by Nora Roberts
Three modern sisters bound by the timeless beauty of Ireland…
The eldest Concannon sister, Maggie, is a reclusive, stubborn and free-spirited glassmaker—with a heart worth winning.
Margaret Mary is a glass artist with an independent streak as fierce as her volatile temper. Hand-blowing glass is a difficult and exacting art, and while she may produce the delicate and the fragile, Maggie is a strong and opinionated woman, a Clare woman, with all the turbulence of that fascinating west country.
One man, Dublin gallery owner Rogan Sweeney, has seen the soul in Maggie’s art, and vows to help her build a career. When he comes to Maggie’s studio, her heart is inflamed by their fierce attraction—and her scarred past is slowly healed by love.
I got this entire book (trilogy) from my brother who knew that Nora Roberts is and has always been my favorite author. Born In Fire is the first in the Born In trilogy set in modern Ireland. I have always wanted to experience everything Ireland has to offer, because it looks and sounds fascinating whenever I read a Nora Roberts story. Such is the case in this first book, featuring the stubborn, loner yet very talented glass artist, Margaret Mary (Maggie) Concannon.
When her father died, Maggie became every bit reclusive and opted to live alone in a cottage and devote her time blowing glasses and creating masterpieces like glass sculptures. Rich and debonair businessman, Rogan Sweeney, was mesmerized by her works and soon offered her a chance to exhibit her own glass gallery in Dublin, because he saw the talent and potential in her. But Maggie couldn’t give her heart completely to the offer, not when she didn’t believe about love or marriage at all. Her parents chaotic and loveless relationship led her to believe that romance wasn’t meant for her. But something deep inside her recoiled and soon, she felt something deeper than attraction to the gallery owner.
I thought the story between these main characters were tastefully done, but what I really loved was the way Nora Roberts described the glass making business. I had to google some terms she used in order to fully understand this work of art. I could tell that Roberts did an extensive research about the subject, thus making the story quite believable and convincing. After reading book one, I found myself sighing and wishing I was in Maggie’s shoes. And at the end of the day, I remember why Nora Roberts had been one of my favorite romance authors of all time.