This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. A restless wanderer with a dark past, he plans to spend the cold winter alone. Yet sometimes fate has a plan of its own. Sometimes a fire can be born in ice...
©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"Captures the charisma and earthy charm of Ireland." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fiacre Douglas characterizes the icy, beautiful Brianna Concannon, recently jilted, with subtle nuances and tonal shading mixed with a thick Irish brogue." (AudioFile)
In Roberts’ second book of the Born In series we are back in Ireland at the home of the younger Concannon sister Brianna, who is happily enjoying the winter and peace and quiet of isolation in her B&B on the west coast of Ireland. Brianna enjoyed people but also her quiet time before her winter guest would be arriving – a renowned mystery writer, Grayson Thane, from America. A nomad by nature, Grayson seeks the isolation to write alone, but from the very first, a fire is ignited as he gets to know his beautiful inn keeper.
*** Lord, but I am just loving this series and these irrepressible Concannon sisters, their significant others, neighbors, workers, and even one very self-absorbed momma! Roberts’ characterizations of all her people are just so real - non-perfect people in a non-perfect but very real world. Although, to my mind of thinking Brianna is probably one of the more perfect people who is portrayed as really quite happy with her life, B&B, and meeting all her tenants at the B&B. Brie is truly a happy person with her life the way it is, but of course, like most humans she does have dreams. Those dreams of making a truly loving home – one that was filled with happiness, lots of children and above all laughter. However, that would need a husband to affect that dream.
Enter Grayson Thane, Brianna’s newest boarder who had booked and paid the first month of his stay planning to stay through the winter. After the first few days of Brianna’s cooking - Grayson felt he’d died and went to heaven. A very wealthy and famous author, he’d never settled down and wandered the earth keeping only an apartment in NYC close to his publisher. Partly because he’d never had roots or any kind of stable childhood, Gray had never been close to anyone or let himself grow close - too many memories of abandonment.
With a remarkably deft hand Roberts lets the reader enjoy the romance between Brie and Gray as they both quietly discover in their own hearts the way each others hearts were bruised and needed healing. It was such a pleasure to experience the care and thoughtfulness of two genuinely wonderful people learning to love and trust. And the bigger bonus was seeing the ‘thoughtless momma’ bend just a wee little bit and smile - I think it happened at least once in this book.
Bottom Line: Another remarkable listen to a lovely Irish lilting performance by Fiacre Douglas, who is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators of Irish themed stories. Add to that the excellence of Nora Roberts’ brilliant story telling and bang - you are in for one very big treat!
Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com
I loved the story. It was rich in tradition. I love that Nora Roberts shows a different type of character in Brianna.
The narrator used for this series leaves alot to be desired. He speaks way too fast. This book was better than book 1 of the series but still bad.
This book made me cry in a good way.
This is one of my favorite Nora Roberts series. I wish there were more.
The story was good, and the narrator's brogue was melodic
everything- the characters, their values, the unwrapping of the story
There were so many complaints about the narrator. I thought there was plenty of emotion in his voice and he was able to go back and forth between America and Irish accents
the last chapter was so beautiful, I listened to it twice.
It ranks high on my list keep me wanting to hear more
When she was so scared she told them to tell the people she died
I don't know
Made me laugh
I love the stories of Ireland
Really enjoyed this second book in a trilogy. Great story line which kept you wondering how the author would make it all work out in the end. Great narration. Loved the American accent as well as the Irish. Enjoyed the whole listening experience
I love a series, and the longer the better, because I fall in love with the characters and don't want to give them up. And because I have Irish roots, I like Miss. Roberts, love all things Irish.
Born in Ice is the second of three books based on the Concannon sisters of Ireland's picturesque west counties. Its heroine is Brianna, the second of the sisters. Their mother is the ice queen. She conceived Maggie, the eldest sister out of wedlock, and married their father to fulfill Irish Catholic church law--then conceived Brianna from duty. After that she kicked her man out of her bed forever, and becomes angry when the girls find sweethearts.
Despite their mother's coldness, the girls are wonderful, warm women, who will steal your heart away, as the song says. There is no love lost between Mama and her daughters.Brianna inherited their home and turned it into a Bed and Breakfast. Seeking a quiet place to write a mystery novel, famous author Greyson Thane arrives in the middle of the night and promptly falls for his hostess.
I cannot deny that Miss Roberts has a formula, but she knows how to weave a cracking good story around it, so it never gets boring.
The reader has a believable (and charming) brogue going, but it is not so broad that you cannot understand him. My one regret is not his fault. I had looked forward to hearing the preformance in a charming female Irish voice. Oh well, you canna have everything.
I just listened again today. I needed somtihng to listen to so I relistened and was not boring even though I knew most of the story already.
Mary Margaret. Im like her. I dont want to talk on the phone or visit with everyone....im busy. LoL
Yeah,,,,,every time I wanted to puch her mom in the face I moved in my chair. hahah you know what I mean
This story line focuses on the sister of Maggie. Fast. quick witted, and suprise after suprise! You will enjoy. this is a romance/historical novel. I would not recomend this to guys because of that.
Most enjoyable listening
All the other Nora Roberts books I have read so far.
At first I found his reading a little too fast, but after a while I got used to it and his accent was perfect for the story.
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