"Born in Shame" is the third novel in the bestselling "Born In" trilogy. In this novel, American-born Shannon learns that the now deceased Colin Bodine, the father whom she has known and loved all her life, is not her biological father. The truth of her birth doesn't come out until her mother, Amanda, is taking her last breaths after a battle with cancer.
Amanda's reactions run from confusion, to denial, to anger and a reluctant acceptance, but she determines not to have anything to do with her biological father's family in faraway Ireland.
A strong, capable career woman in her own right, Shannon throws herself into her work until a private investigator from Ireland finally locates her after years of searching for the long-lost Amanda, by the two daughters of Thomas Concannon. "Tommy," as her mother knew him, was a farmer who "wanted to be a poet." It is evident that the daughters and their husbands have a curiosity about Shannon, who, at first wants no part of them.
Pulled by a strange force and a dream she cannot shake, Shannon's curiosity pulls her to Ireland for a brief visit, just to learn more about the country where she was conceived as the love child of a man and a woman who had no hopes of ever being together. Shannon's visit stretches out into another week, and then another as one event after another unfolds. She hadn't expected to meet a man who first appeared to her in a dream, a man on a horse going into battle cast against an ancient woman she perceived as herself, incredibly drawn by forces she cannot understand.
It is in the light of the brilliant Irish countryside that Shannon faces reality. Her horseman is a farmer who takes care of cows and tends the land. She has a career, far removed from this island in space and time.
The trilogy is brought to a satisfying end as the lives of Maggie, Brianna and Shannon intertwine, and the actions of all those who came before meld into an elaborate tapestry that only this immensely talented author could weave.
Nora Roberts is an American writer who lives and writes in Maryland. Born Eleanor Marie Robertson, she is one of the most beloved and best-selling American romance novelists. She has called herself "an Irish woman through and through." She has published over 200 novels and over 400 million copies.
Shannon Bodine is a talented graphic artist whose life revolves around her job at a prestigious New York advertising agency. Her world is turned upside down when she learns the identity of her real father: Thomas Concannon.
Respecting her late mother's wish, Shannon travels, however reluctantly, to County Clare. There, her loneliness and shame melt away in the embrace of the family she never knew existed. And amid the lush Irish landscape, steeped in mysticism and legend, she discovers the possibility of a love that is meant to be. Download and start listening now!