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BIRTHRIGHT By Nora Roberts

I think I’ve been guilty in my reading life of being a book snob. I never read Nora Roberts because I thought she was a “romance novelist,” and although I wasn’t sure what that meant, I thought it meant I probably wouldn’t like her. Wrong! I took the advice of Nora Roberts’ fans and jumped into this best-selling author’s world with her latest bestseller – Birthright.

Birthright is the story of a young female archeologist named Callie who gets called out to a dig after a developer accidentally unearths what appear to be 5,000-year-old bones. While working on the dig, she is interviewed on TV. A woman who is sort of a Mrs. Fields character, famous for her baking, lives nearby and is watching the news when Callie’s face appears on the screen. She drops the glass she is holding. She is sure that Callie is her daughter who was stolen from her crib 25 years earlier.

Look – I read all the commercial authors – Grisham, Patterson, Cornwell. I think as far as suspenseful thrillers go, they’ve got nothing on Nora Roberts. And if two or three hubba hubba scenes make her a romance writer, than I think Patterson and Cornwell should qualify too.

Nora Roberts’ latest in a long line of bestsellers is Birthright and I give it a thumbs up! On the Book Beat for KSL Newsradio 1160, I’m Amanda Dickson.

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