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Birthright (Roberts, Nora) Hardcover – March 31, 2003

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Set in and around rural Woodsboro, Md., a small town drawn with affection and familiarity, Roberts's latest is the literary equivalent of a big delicious meal whipped up by a talented home cook. She offers a dash of exoticism and innovation-a Neanderthal settlement is discovered on the site of an unwanted housing development, prompting gorgeous young archeologist Callie Dunbrook to race to Woodsboro to take charge of what promises to be the dig of her career. After dollops of detail about archeological work, Roberts dishes up huge servings of comfort food, and it is all the more satisfying for being so straightforward. When the owner of the Antietam Creek development turns up murdered on the site, Callie is thrown into closer contact than she'd like with her ex-husband, who also happens to be the anthropologist sharing responsibility for the dig. Jacob Greystone is a hunk-"long bones, long muscles, all covered in bronzed skin...." Meanwhile, Suzanne Cullen, the hugely successful proprietor of a Mrs. Field's-like baked-goods business, tracks down the archeologist after seeing her on the evening news. Callie, the woman claims, is the baby daughter who was snatched from her stroller when she was just a few months old. Callie hires a beautiful young lawyer, Lana Campbell, who happens to be involved with Doug Cullen, Callie's long-lost brother. Another murder, arson and attempted murder heat up the chase until all the young lovers are drawn in. As in other delectable entertainments by Roberts, it is not the wild denouement but the pursuit itself-studded with scrumptious romantic encounters-that is the real dessert.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Archaeologist Callie Dunbrook is excited to be overseeing a new dig, but with the site rumored to be cursed, her ex-husband hanging around, and a stranger suggesting that he knows all about her past, things aren't altogether rosy. Despite the pub date, the book will surface in late March.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Series: Roberts, Nora
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; 1st edition (March 31, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399149848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399149849
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #580,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on June 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I love Nora Roberts work and I am always amazed by the quality to the number of books she cranks out a year. I really have to say she has out done herself this year as I think this was one of her best books yet. I also felt this way about her last "In Death " installment to her mystery series written as J. D. Robb. This book was a thriller all the way though, turning the pages and not wanting to put the book down.
In a mall around Christmas time a mother rushes to her three year old son who is scared of Santa. She turns back and her three month old daughter is gone! 28 years later this mother is watching TV and she sees her daughter. DR Callie Dunbrook, who is an archeologist on a site in Maryland where this child had been taken years ago. This mother Suzanne Cullen contacts Callie and Callie knows this woman is grasping at straws because she is not adopted.
Well, Callie who snoops around, she is a digger now, finds out she was adopted. Her parents promise she was adopted in good faith. Callie is determined to get to the bottom of this black market baby stealing for everybody's peace of mind. Callie's ex husband is assigned to the same dig and he backs her all the way. But there are people who do not want Callie digging around and will even kill to stop her.
This book was very creatively written, a true Nora Roberts romantic suspense thriller. Where innocent people was tangled up in this drama and even killed along the way. This was a book you could not put down for a minute. You do not want to miss this one. I really think it was one of her best!!
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Sheri Melnick on March 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Nora Roberts' prolific generation of novels has run the gamut from witchcraft on the New England coast to futuristic mysteries sizzling with attraction. Her latest endeavor carries uniqueness all its own, with its crafty combination of suspense and sensual romance.
Archaeologist Callie Dunbrook's current assignment is to supervise a dig at an Antietam Creek, Maryland construction site. Finding human remains over five thousand years old, Callie needs more help at the site. When that help comes in the form of her sexy ex-husband Jake, Callie is furious with her supervisor, even as she continues to fight her attraction for Jake. While locals are angry at their loss of employment with the construction halted, seemingly innocuous pranks turn into murderous "accidents". Coinciding with the archeological find is the claim by local businesswomen Suzanne Cullen, that Callie is really her long-lost daughter, stolen as an infant.
Tough, beautiful, and brilliant, Callie is the epitome of a strong female lead character. Her romantic sparring with Jake creates a sexual tension that keeps an even pace with the mystery, as Callie discovers that the accidents at the site may be related to her unearthing of her past including an illegal adoption ring. Earthy, compelling characters are the driving forces behind this mystery/romance, entrancing the reader from the get go, in a package that is quite possibly Ms. Roberts' best effort to date...
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on February 4, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Callie Dunbrook is an acclaimed archaeologist at the top of her game, but one appearance on television changes her life forever. While working on a historic dig in Maryland, she discovers she was kidnapped when she was an infant and raised by another family. As she struggles to deal with her new family ties, the sudden appearance of her anthropologist ex-husband Jake Graystone, she also has to try to find out who is sabotaging the site.

I really enjoyed this book! It is now one of my favorites. I have been on geology digs, so I really liked the setting of this story. There was good rapport and chemistry between Jake and Callie. They made a very likeable couple. The secondary characters were also an important part of the story. The biological family Suzanne, Jay, and Doug were well written.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on May 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
While taking her 3-year-old son to visit Santa Claus, Suzanne Cullen's three-month old daughter is snatched from her stroller. Suzanne never recovers from this shattering loss and the rest of her family suffers in numerous ways. Twenty-nine years later, archaeologist Callie Dunbrook is called in to investigate the discovery of a 5,000 year old civilization found buried in Suzanne's hometown. Can Callie be the kidnapped baby Suzanne has never stopped searching for? Can the young woman reared in an upperclass Boston home face the possiblity that she has another family, that the only family she has ever known has lied to her and could even be baby thieves? When Callie Dunbrook begins to uncover her past she uncovers truths which reveal the sordid side of the medical profession and human nature. Meanwhile, her mission of uncovering truths about the buried civilization throws her into contact with her unforgettable ex-husband Jacob Graystone. Their fiery and passionate feelings for each other let Nora Roberts take you to the depths of the lusty romance that has made her beloved by millions of readers.
Callie unearths many deceptions and sorrows as she struggles to reconstruct the incident that changed her life. Assisting her is beautiful lawyer Lana Campbell, a young widow with a fascinating attraction to Callie's brother. Two torrid romances and one heart-stopping suspense story make this an exciting book from its poignant opening to its final shocking discovery.
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