You can always tell when the author is stoked by the environment and the people of the country she is writing about. This trilogy which includes Born in Fire and Born in Ice is outstanding. The dialog is stunningly real, the people literally lodge in your heart and mind with their realism and charm and the descriptions of the scenery and of Ireland itself is just magnificent. There are times when you laugh outloud, grind your teeth, feel yourself tearing up and vicariously enjoying the yummy pastries that Brianna bakes up. There is real heart in these three tales and of them I particularly liked this final book of the trilogy. I think it is because Shannon is American born of Irish descent and her somewhat "ballsy", hip and smart approach to life teaches the two Irish born sisters some real nitty gritty style in dealing with their despicable mother Maeve who has done her best to try to ruin their lives with her bitterness and failure.
The three males who love these three sisters, especially Murphy, who is beautiful on every level, simply charms the heart of even the most jaded reader. Often, throughout the trilogy one wishes "if only" all males were like him. Rogan and Gray are equally charming but their male ego struggles to accept their burgeoning love for Maggie and Brianna, respectively are difficult and frustrating at times. Murphy, the patient, handsome, talented and humble neighbor and friend simply shoots his love arrows straight from the heart to Shannon.
Like the Light of Ireland that bathes that land of enchantment and gaelic mysticism with its special glow, so too does the lore and magic dazzle the reader throughout the pages of these three books and make this trilogy a put on the shelf to reread especially when one's spirits are bogged down by the daily grind.
Thrilling and wonderful stories that flow in a river of light from the imagination, the experiences and the talent of Nora Roberts, again.