Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review - Birthright by Nora Roberts

I wrote this review a while ago for another blog. I hope you enjoy it.

Title and Author: Birthright by Nora Roberts
Publisher: Jove
Publication Date: March 30th, 2004
Paperback/Hardcover: 502Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance

On a hot July afternoon, a worker at an Antietam Creek construction site drives the blade of his backhoe into a layer of soil — and strikes a 5,000-year-old human skull. The discovery draws plenty of attention and a lot of controversy. It also changes the life of one woman in ways she never expected...
As an archaeologist, Callie Dunbrook knows a lot about the past. But her own past is about to be called into question. Recruited for her expertise on the Antietam Creek dig, she encounters danger — as a cloud of death and misfortune hangs over the project, and rumors fly that the site is cursed. She finds a passion that feels equally dangerous, as she joins forces in her work with her irritating, but irresistible, ex-husband, Jake. And when a strange woman approaches her, claiming to know a secret about Callie’s privileged Boston childhood, some startling and unsettling questions are raised about her very identity.
Searching for answers, trying to rebuild, Callie finds that there are deceptions and sorrows that refuse to stay buried. And as she struggles to put the pieces back together, she discovers that the healing process comes with consequences — and that there are people who will do anything to make sure the truth is never revealed

First of all, I have to confess I am a Nora Roberts fan and this book is one of my favorites by her. I know opinions about this book are not unanimous but I really enjoyed it for several reasons.
When a construction crew accidently finds buried bones when prepping a site for a new construction and those bones turn out to be thousands of years old, Callie Dunbrook, an archaeologist, is called to the site. The archeological find immediately draws the public attention and when Suzanne Cullen sees Callie on the TV she is sure Callie is her daughter, who was kidnapped at the mall 30 years earlier.When the two women meet Callie feels sorry for Suzanne but guarantees she wasn’t adopted. When she starts questioning her parents, though, her life is quickly thrown upside down. Nothing is exactly what it seems and there are many secrets and lies surrounding Callie’s life.
To complicate everything the other archeologist sent to help Callie turns out to be her ex-husband Jacob Graystone. After a blazing hot romance, their marriage collapsed but Callie knows she still has feelings for the man.
To top it all off, several people start to show up dead at the digging site and it’s quite clear someone is not happy with the discoveries Callie is making.
The whole archaeological aspect of the book was what first drew me in. For some reason I always found anything connected to archaeology fascinating and I think Nora Roberts did a great research job for this book. I really enjoyed being able to read about everything Callie and Jacob found and how they worked.
When it comes to the characters Callie is not your typical leading lady. She is a tomboy. She is very direct, she’s honest, sarcastic and, when she wants, she can be extremely bitchy. She’s a nice person, though. She just won’t let anyone walk all over her.
Jacob is Callie’s perfect match. He is the kind of person who gives it as good as he gets so he and Callie are constantly bumping heads. He’s a really nice and sweet guy, though.
The relationship between Callie and Jacob is extremely well written and develops nicely. The chemistry between them is almost palpable and, even though, they start out by circling each other, it is obvious they still have feelings for each other. They are a great couple and what Jacob reveals to Callie in the end of the book only proves that. 
The secondary romance in this book – the one between Lana and Doug – was also very well developed a very sweet.
The mystery part of the plot is also very interesting. You’ll want to find out who is threatening Callie and why the person is so intent on not letting her find out about her past. There are a lot of twists, which I’m sure will please mystery fans.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I don’t think there’s anything I didn’t like. The romance between the main characters is fun and the mystery is exciting. The whole book is very well written and the characters seem real.
If you like Contemporary Romance and Mystery, I’d recommend this book.

Rating:  Must Read (5 Stars)

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