Saturday, September 17, 2011
Birthright by Nora Roberts
When 5,000-year-old human bones are found at a construction site in the small town of Woodsboro, the news draws archaeologist Callie Dunbrook out of her sabbatical and into a whirlwind of adventure, danger and romance.
While overseeing the dig, she must try to make sense of a cloud of death and misfortune that hangs over the project – fueling rumours that the site is cursed. She must also cope with the presence of her irritating – but irresistible – ex-husband, Jake. And when a stranger claims to know a secret about her privileged Boston childhood, she must question her own past as well.
If you are familiar with Nora Roberts works such as Montana Sky, Carolina Moon, Angels Fall, then you would have an idea the type of story she turns out. They made good hallmark movies out of these books. Nora Roberts also wrote as JD Robb but that’s another story.
Birthright follows similar pattern. Callie is the heroine and the story revolves around her with murders, arson, etc. (Spoiler alert ahead!) What happened was that Callie also known as Jessica at birth was kidnapped at 3 months old and sold to another couple who brought her up as their daughter. Her parents were not aware that she was taken from another family. Her birth mother, Suzanne who happens to live in Woodsboro, recognises her as her daughter when Callie appeared on television due to the archaeology project and from there the story evolves as Callie tries to find out how it happened and who kidnapped and sold her. At the same time, she has to deal with the emotional aspects of having 2 families of a sudden.
A well written suspense by Nora Roberts. Jake as the ex-husband injected much excitement in Callie’s current muddled life. The other of her birth brother, Doug and Callie’s new lawyer, Lana was quite cute too. I like Lana. She is a single mum whose husband was killed during a convenient store robbery. The part when she puts away her wedding ring (which she still wears even though her husband’s dead) was quite touching when she felt that her husband would approve.
I enjoy this book. I am sure you will too.