Book Review: Birthright by Nora Roberts

Title: Birthright
Series: Standalone
Author: Nora Roberts
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Published: 03/30/2004
Publisher: Jove
Genre(s): Romantic Suspense


When five-thousand-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 rumors that the site is cursed. And she must cope with the presence of her irritatingbut irresistibleex-husband, Jake. Furthermore, when a stranger claims to know a secret about her privileged Boston childhood, she is forced to question her own past as well.


I read Birthright when it was first published in March 2003. I rated it 4 stars then, and because it's by Nora Roberts (my favorite author) I was looking forward to reading it again. I treated myself to the Kindle edition, which is now my preference. Nora writes in such a way that I pretty much always want to read something of hers.

** spoiler alert ** Birthright is well paced with just the right amount of archaeology and anthropology mixed in to let the reader know what drives the characters and to set it apart from Nora's other books. There is a rather complicated storyline, but straightforward writing kept me on track. The relationships of several couples are covered; all at different developmental stages—new (Lana and Douglas), revisited (Callie and Jacob), rekindled (Suzanne and Jay), and long-lasting (Elliot and Vivian). The cleverly written banter is a joy to read whether it was of the friendly or playfully adult variety. There is all matter of suspenseful and dangerous goings-on—murder, poisoning, explosions, fires, and then good old sleuthing. All of this makes for a first-rate romantic suspense. I am thrilled that I revisited it!


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