When gallery owner Rogan Sweeney comes to Maggie's isolated studio, her heart is enflamed by their fierce attraction - and her scarred past is slowly healed by a gentle and forgiving love.
©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"The conflicts Maggie and Rogan face are refreshingly realistic and the characters themselves, well-rounded and likable, will keep readers engaged." (Publishers Weekly)
"A light, fast-paced novel set in the Irish countryside." (School Library Journal)
After reading the first chapter of Born in Fire, I wiped my tears, gladly parted with an Audible credit for the audio version, and completely immersed myself into the story. I'm so glad I did! The narrator, Fiacre Douglas, brings Ireland to life, instilling a teasing humor into Maggie's personality. Had I read the book without the benefit of his lilting brogue softening the edge of her temper (and Rogan's for that matter), I'm not sure I would've liked her as much as I did. I couldn't help but laugh when Rogan tried to tell her what to do, only to have the opposite take place.
The romance aspect was fantastic and only part of this multi-layered story. We have a bitter, vengeful mother who doesn't give her two daughters an ounce of love or approval and daughters don't understand why she doesn't love them. They are more fortunate in their father, having found the love and confidence they need in his guidance, presence, and unfailing support. It's clear how much he loves and believes in them, only wanting their happiness.
"You’re my bright star, Maggie, the way Brie’s my cool rose. I want you, the both of you, to follow where your dreams lead you. I want that more than I can say."
Maggie's gift for glass blowing and her artistic nature add that special something to the story, putting this book well into my five star category. The imagery jumps off the page during Maggie's dreaming phases. As a reader, I could easily envision what Maggie was seeing and doing. Later, when she brings her dreams to life in her glass house, it's easy to understand that this gift is a calling...not a hobby, or a job. She's putting a piece of heart and soul into each work of art she creates. I could only imagine that parting with some of these pieces would be akin to rehoming a beloved pet.
When Rogan Sweeney arrives from Dublin, eager to make her a rich and famous glass artist by marketing her work to the public, he's in for an unusual first impression. Things get heated, literally. I loved it!
On a side note, it's nice to know I can pick up a Nora Roberts book and count on detailed research...not that I would know if her facts are correct as far as glass blowing, but I'm 99.9% sure they are spot on. It makes me want to get out there and take that class I've been curious about for ages. You know the one where everyone goes home with a glass lump for a paperweight?
Needless to say, I'll be moving on to the next book!
I was just telling my wife that I must have just completed listening to this story for at least 10 times. I use them (the whole series), as a palate cleanser after reading "bad" books, as well as just wanting to revisit the characters and the town.
It's an excellent read.
HUGE fan of Ms Roberts work, and I adored listening to this wonderful narrator, Fiarce Douglas, who brought the story to life. Tis an old favorite this trilogy, as wild and winsome, as human and indelible as the scenery, the land, and the people of the Emerald Isle.
As ever, I was captivated from the first words to the last... Thank you ;)
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I thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy I enjoy the Ireland setting, the story line and Fiacre Douglas narration. He did a wonderful job doing both male & female, it was done so smoothly that I could forget a man was doing it all.
The 3rd book was the least interesting and I felt like Nora Roberts was winding down.
I would recommend the books to anyone who likes Nora Roberts.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The story line was perhaps expected but the author managed to keep you interest all the same. I thought the characters came out well, each with their own personalities. I also enjoyed the narrator and did not think him to quick speaking at all, as did other reviewers. More so he conveyed the moods and personalities of each character perfectly. Good listening book as was the next two in the series
I loved this book and also Born In Ice. You need to listen to both books to really get the meaning. Good Job.
hello ..i've been reading nora roberts books for many years and i'm a huge fan ...i have a bookshelf full of them and my eyes arn't as good and i fall to sleep reading so i love the audiables ..she never ceases to amaze me with her stories. (wow) she has an amazing imagination and this 3 sisters trilogy was the very first books i read of hers and was hooked from then on and i promice you will be too..thank you. tina...
Maybe my expectations were too high but i truly didn't enjoy this book as i have the others.
was it the narator, was it the book? I just don't know.
Humourous, but not a book I would recommend to read
I'm a huge fan of audible... but this book is just awful... the narator has no sense of story telling.. its always rush rush rush...... i was so sad as i love Nora Robers books .. just not in audio
"didn't like it."
Wont be downloading the rest of the trilogy. The narrator irritated me with the accent.
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