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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (October 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515114693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515114690
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The first in a projected trilogy about the lives of three Irish sisters, Born in Fire gets the series off to a fine start, telling the story of talented glass-artist Maggie Concannon's contentious relationship with Dublin gallery owner Rogan Sweeney. Country-dwelling Maggie is otherworldly, prickly and outspoken, while Rogan is an urban sophisticate; nevertheless, the attraction that springs up between this unlikely pair is both believable and compelling, thanks to Roberts's (Private Scandals) skillful character development. Lacking melodramatic overtones or strange twists of fate, the plot may seem less than exciting, but the conflicts Maggie and Rogan face are refreshingly realistic and the characters themselves, well-rounded and likable, will keep readers engaged.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA?Artist Maggie Concannon creates beautiful glass images through a blowpipe and with a fiery furnace, much as she herself was born and survived her mother's angry frustrations and resentment. Then Maggie falls in love with Rogan, her new agent, who brings her passion, fame, and riches. Roberts's unique characters come to life through their wordplay and tempers. A light, fast-paced novel set in the Irish countryside.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on October 30, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first book in NR's 'Born In' series is wonderful, you don't want to miss it! "Born In Fire" focuses on Maggie Concannon, a tempermental and loyal woman who is also a gifted artist. Gallery owner Rogan Sweeney takes an interest in Maggie's fabulous glass creations, and soon after takes a personal interest in Maggie herself. Maggie is a wonderful character, stubborn and flawed, yet still caring. Nora does a fabulous job of developing Maggie, and does it in a way that she seems like a real person. Rogan is an extremely likeable hero. Maggie's sister, Brianna, is her complete opposite; quiet, sweet, and calm. The relationship between the two sisters, however, is very touching and very real. This book is full of colourful characters, some we love and some we hate. The romance between Rogan and Maggie is wonderful. Basically, I just can't say enough good things about this book. You will love it!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on February 22, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maggie Concannon is a very gifted artist specializing in glassblowing. While her craft has taken her around the world, the untimely death of her father has brought her home to the small village in Ireland. Maggie has a very strained relationship with her remaining family. Her mother blames her for dreams not realized, and her sister is her polar opposite.

Maggie is content with her life until Rogan Sweeney barges in and tries to take charge. He is a wealthy gallery owner, and wants to represent and display Maggie's work. Rogan is sure he can make her a star and wealthier than her wildest dreams. She throws him a curve when she informs him that she loves her work and each piece is what is important, not the money. They instantly clash, but yet are still very attracted to each other. Maggie is a fiery emotional red head that is never afraid to say what is on her mind. Rogan is tall dark and very controlled. Never a dull moment for these two.

This was a good light read, but not my favorite NR book.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Linda E. Levers on September 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
Please be aware. This is an older Nora Roberts Trilogy, with new names and covers. This will be a disappointment if you have read it before.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Evangelio on April 10, 2009
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As a reader who most often prefers historical romance, I was skeptical when my bookseller urged me to read Born In Fire, the first of a trilogy set in modern Ireland. I have often said that I can only enter the fantasy world romance offers when the time and place is long ago and far away. Well, I was wrong, at least in terms of the time. But the place, well, Nora's Irish setting, both in Dublin and County Clare, offered me a wonderful fantasy world, and that's due to her phenomenal skill as the creator of characters and story-lines.

Born In Fire is the story of Margaret Mary Concannon, a brilliant and tormented artist whose medium is glass. After the death of her beloved father, she is determined to live her life alone. After all, while she loves her sweet sister Brianna, she had seen no love between her parents, and her mother despises her very being.

In walks Rogan Sweeney, wealthy and handsome gallery owner. He wants to make her a star. He sees in her art something he must possess, and he soon comes to see that in her as well. Like the water and hot glass that form her art, Maggie and Rogan are destined to be together, even though it's going to take him some time and finesse to convince her.

In a nice change of pace, it is not Rogan who is the tormented soul. No, that distinction belongs to Maggie, and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. The manner in which the author describes her torment is heart-wrenching. The manner in which the author uses that torment to fuel Maggie's art is beautiful. I had no trouble seeing in my mind's eye the works of art Maggie created, and when Rogan assists Maggie on a particular piece, I felt I was in the room with them.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By avines on June 6, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is the first in the "born in" series by nora roberts. it tells of the romance of maggie and rogan.

maggie is a red-headed irish girl who's tempermental, candid, brash at times, sexual, and afraid of marriage. she's a gifted glass blower who is on the cusp of stardom, although she's not aware of it yet, living in a small town in ireland.

rogan is a black-haired hunk with blue eyes and a focus on his business. he's the opposite of maggie in that he's more emotionally controlled, holds his tongue more times than not for appearance sake, is uncomfortable with the idea of losing control sexually (at least initially), and values marriage over just a sexual relationship. he is immediately enamored with maggie's artwork and wants to display it in his galleries. the conflict begins when he wants to take control and she doesn't want it because she's always controlled everything in her world up until then.

i loved maggie because she was comfortable with her sexuality and was committed to her art. she was outspoken and didn't hold her tongue if she felt something needed to be said. there wasn't any coy games going on with her when it came to rogan. she let him know early on she was interested in him sexually.

it was really cool watching rogan lose control of the situation, when he was so used to having control over every aspect of his life. i loved how the two characters came together sexually, too. it was definitely HOT, although i wish roberts had spent a little more time describing more of the interludes.

and the banter between the two was hilarious. maggie had an uncanny way of getting under rogan's skin, and the arguments between these two were almost as entertaining as the sexual encounters.
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