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Jewels of the Sun

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Author: Nora Roberts

Published: November 1st 1999 by Jove

Format: Mass Market Paperback , 347 pages

Isbn: 9780515126778

Language: English


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In her new trilogy, New York Times #1 Best Selling author, Nora Roberts returns to the lush, green hills of Ireland, where love is forever touched by magic - And where the Gallagher siblings explore the depth of their fiery hearts. Determining to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refugee in Faerie Hill Cottage, immersing herself in the study of Irish F In her new trilogy, New York Times #1 Best Selling author, Nora Roberts returns to the lush, green hills of Ireland, where love is forever touched by magic - And where the Gallagher siblings explore the depth of their fiery hearts. Determining to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refugee in Faerie Hill Cottage, immersing herself in the study of Irish Folk and discovers hope for the future of the magical past. Finally back home in Ireland after years of traveling, Aidan Gallagher possesses an uncommon understanding of his country's haunting myths. Although he's devoted to managing the family pub, a hint of wildness still glints in his stormy eyes--and in Jude, he sees a woman who can both soothe his heart and stir his blood. And he begins to share the legends of the land with her--while they create a passionate history of their own...

30 review for Jewels of the Sun

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Alsberg

    This is my very first Nora Roberts book and I enjoyed it! I love the concept of it having Celtic folklore in it (and fairy princes). I also really liked the main character, Jude, she had such great character development throughout the novel! The way she thought was so much fun to read and I relate to her in many ways. Aiden, the romantic interest, I liked him at first but was disappointed that he just wanted to lust over her at the beginning/middle of the novel. I thought he would be more intelle This is my very first Nora Roberts book and I enjoyed it! I love the concept of it having Celtic folklore in it (and fairy princes). I also really liked the main character, Jude, she had such great character development throughout the novel! The way she thought was so much fun to read and I relate to her in many ways. Aiden, the romantic interest, I liked him at first but was disappointed that he just wanted to lust over her at the beginning/middle of the novel. I thought he would be more intellectual and would be interested in her for her mind and their shared love for folklore (where there was but not the main drive they had for their romance). I love books about romance, I just expected more from the romance in this one. I want to read a romance where the main characters aren't just driven by sex the whole novel but be able to relate to each other on another level, or else it doesn't seem convincing. (Although sometimes I do want to read a sexy sexy book with just sexiness in it) My expectations for this book were fit more for a novel that was clearly focused on folklore and the history behind it. I thought Aiden would be more of a deeper character but I mainly got the feeling that he was a sex driven man. I loved the sexy times in this book but was just let down by how to romance progressed. Aiden really didn't get redeemed for me until the very end. I felt like that was a bit too late. I WANTED TO LIKE HIM MORE! What made up for what Aiden lacked was the other characters. They were rich and so colorfully brought out on the page. I also adored the setting of the novel and how Nora Roberts describes the landscape and setting of Ireland (MAKES ME WANT TO GO THERE!) I also loved the underlying storyline of the Fairy prince and his love who had been waiting for him for 300 years, cursed by him to walk the lands until she would be released from her endless mourning. 3.5/5 stars!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    ** 3.5 stars **

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mai

    Talk about rose tinted glasses! This woman can't weave a decent plot to save her life, she just keeps spewing out this tired old read-on-an-airplane-then-bin-it-while-feeling-slightly-dirty formula. This series really takes the biscuit, the cake and hogs all the crisps when it comes to ridiculous over romanticising of Ireland. Ardmore is a nice place to visit but the airy fairy "Oh, look at the leprechauns, Seamus" crap described in this book doesn't even come close. Why the hell do non-Irish au Talk about rose tinted glasses! This woman can't weave a decent plot to save her life, she just keeps spewing out this tired old read-on-an-airplane-then-bin-it-while-feeling-slightly-dirty formula. This series really takes the biscuit, the cake and hogs all the crisps when it comes to ridiculous over romanticising of Ireland. Ardmore is a nice place to visit but the airy fairy "Oh, look at the leprechauns, Seamus" crap described in this book doesn't even come close. Why the hell do non-Irish authors persist in drooling all over us with this saccharine bull? For God's sake, research, then write! I wish there was someway I could give this book no stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jazzypom

    Yeah, as a Brit, I'm going to say this: I am ambivalent when American writers write about Europe, especially the lands of their blessed ancestors. Nora Roberts is probably one of the reasons why, because her romanticism, blatant sentiment of Ireland gives me the heebie jeebies. The musical quality of the accents (check), the supposed magic that lies 'neath every knoll, the air charged with the hum of the good people, and everyone is either kissing a blarney stone or drinking the blessed Guiness. Yeah, as a Brit, I'm going to say this: I am ambivalent when American writers write about Europe, especially the lands of their blessed ancestors. Nora Roberts is probably one of the reasons why, because her romanticism, blatant sentiment of Ireland gives me the heebie jeebies. The musical quality of the accents (check), the supposed magic that lies 'neath every knoll, the air charged with the hum of the good people, and everyone is either kissing a blarney stone or drinking the blessed Guiness. I do remember reading that Ms Roberts went to Ireland as an adult, and it was the home of her ancestors, and thus began her literary love affair with Ireland. So Jude (Nora's female prototype no. 1 - the timid, mousy type, waiting to be bolstered by the Tomboy type, or the strictly a female type) comes to Ireland, licking the wounds from a marriage gone flat, a teaching career that doesn't have her heart in it, and an unhappy family (interesting in it's own way). She meets Aiden, who's back from a spell abroad, and her being there on the emerald Isle stirs the spirits of the faieres. You see, long ago, the good folk walked alongside of men, and the Prince of the fairies fell in love with a mortal woman. But alas, his pride made him hold his tongue, and so he sought to show his feelings through precious stones, and thrice he was rejected. The only way these two lovers can be together is if the Gallaghers (two sons and a girl) find their loves on the isle, and pledge their troth, so to speak. This story is fairly straight forward, and I rather liked the cheerful town. I didn't really like Jude much, and her metamorphosis (from timid to bold - sort of) didn't move me at all, and when she got mad at Aiden because he (understandably) got her passive aggressive signals mixed up, I wondered if he'd have the stones to dump her and get with me instead. I'd be your black Kate Moss tonight, Aiden. Oh well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marcie pollack

    I read this trilogy for the first a few years ago and fell in love with all the characters and their stories. Nora Roberts has a magical touch that draws the reader in and makes them feel involved with the lives of the characters in her stories. I waited to read these after they were all out and read them one right after the other. When I was done with the third book I was slightly saddened to know I would not be involved with the lives of Jude and Aiden, Brenna and Sean, and Darcy and Trevor. T I read this trilogy for the first a few years ago and fell in love with all the characters and their stories. Nora Roberts has a magical touch that draws the reader in and makes them feel involved with the lives of the characters in her stories. I waited to read these after they were all out and read them one right after the other. When I was done with the third book I was slightly saddened to know I would not be involved with the lives of Jude and Aiden, Brenna and Sean, and Darcy and Trevor. They became like friends and I could wait to see what they were up to next. The idea of using a folklore story about the Faerie Prince "Carrick" and his unfortunate attempts at winning the heart and hand of the human he fell for "Lady Gwen" was great. Carrick's mistakes build the foundations for the three stories and makes it a very beautiful tale. It is pretty much a given who the major players will be, but the way they go about falling in love with each other, the mistakes they make even with the ghosts and faeries meddling to keep them on track makes these stories very refreshing. I loved being able to loose myself in the books not having to think and just enjoy the tales and heartfelt romance. They are a nice change from typical romance story! I hope one day Nora brings these couples back for some new stories. I just recently re-read these stories and fell in love all over again!

  6. 5 out of 5

    TL

    (Actually 334 pages, with preview of book two after) Nora Roberts does it again! beautiful, almost musical language.. weaving everything into a picture you can't help fall in love with. I laughed, cried a bit, and raged with them. I really felt at home with these people and this setting. I want to fly to Ireland now and sit in Gallagher's pub and have a pint.. .chat with everyone, watch the occasional fight ;-). I'm gushing yes :-P But this novel was just so wonderful for me, exactly why I love he (Actually 334 pages, with preview of book two after) Nora Roberts does it again! beautiful, almost musical language.. weaving everything into a picture you can't help fall in love with. I laughed, cried a bit, and raged with them. I really felt at home with these people and this setting. I want to fly to Ireland now and sit in Gallagher's pub and have a pint.. .chat with everyone, watch the occasional fight ;-). I'm gushing yes :-P But this novel was just so wonderful for me, exactly why I love her writing so much sometimes. Jude and Aidan were two stubborn but good-hearted souls who found their way to each other. The journey isn't smooth at all, they have their fights/squabbles... it was alot of fun to watch. There were a couple times I wanted to smack Aidan upside the head for certain things and I actually commended Jude on one occasion, if I was there I would have bought her a drink :). Jude flees Chicago for a 'break' of sorts for six months in her relative's cottage in Ireland. Her grandmother is convince she'll find herself there in six months, Jude's not so sure of that. Not to overuse the word but I loved watching Jude growing more confident and comfortable in herself. I was proud of her when she decided to go after her dream despite the doubts nagging at her. Aidan Gallagher, wow... I fell for that man and his family from the get go. *My nerd side showing, Darcy kept popping up in my head as Darcy Lewis sometimes haha* It's hard to describe completely, but I admire their loyalty to each other and their friends, the musical talent, and the seemingly boundless energy from Darcy (I need to bottle that for myself) sometimes. His attempts to woo Jude were sweet, even if he went about it the wrong way a couple times. The ending, I was crying happy tears, I'll just say that... one of the most romantic things I've read in awhile. Yup, that was me :) Would highly recommend! *waves* Happy reading! Now here's some Ireland spam... I need to go there someday dangit!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    “I’m lost in love with you. I think I was the moment I saw you, maybe somehow before I ever did. You’re it for me. There was never one before, there’ll never be another after.” "Jewels of the Sun" is the story of Jude and Aiden. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!! What a GREAT book. I need to laugh and cry and sing all at once. So full of emotions.. *Deep breath* In this book, a lost heroine gives up everything she has ever known and escapes by travelling to Ireland, and find happiness, as her grandmother h “I’m lost in love with you. I think I was the moment I saw you, maybe somehow before I ever did. You’re it for me. There was never one before, there’ll never be another after.” "Jewels of the Sun" is the story of Jude and Aiden. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH!! What a GREAT book. I need to laugh and cry and sing all at once. So full of emotions.. *Deep breath* In this book, a lost heroine gives up everything she has ever known and escapes by travelling to Ireland, and find happiness, as her grandmother had always suggested. There, she is enchanted by the beauty and serenity of the place, learns about magic and folklore, meets ghosts, makes friends for life and discovers the true meaning of introspection and finding one-self, all the while falling in love with the charming Irish bar owner Aiden. The book has so much to adore- so many breathtaking scenes- from the hero gifting the heroine a puppy, to the heroine understanding girl friendships; from the vividly heartbreaking tales of the past, to the yearnings of the present; from passionate lovemaking to fights, heartbreak, groveling, swoon-worthy confessions and a HEA. I also loved the instances when the heroine finds herself, where her awkwardness meets her inner strength, her finally giving into her secret passions- and how the hero was sweet, caring and possessive at the same time, while being sexy and charming. The sex scenes were so GOOD! I cannot find one negative thing about this book. One of the best things I've ever read. I cannot wait to read about Sawyer and Darcy. Rooting for you, my estranged ghostly soulmates. Safe 5/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Randall Yelverton

    Should explain why I read this. While pursuing my Library Science degree, I took a reader's advisory class where we sampled books from across various genres. I was assigned this novel for the romance section. This novel was objectively horrible. The worst novel I have ever read from cover to cover. Main character is supposed to be empowered heroine but is actually a ninny. Use of metaphor akin to high school poetry. How Roberts has reached such heights of popularity is a wonder. Make mine Austen Should explain why I read this. While pursuing my Library Science degree, I took a reader's advisory class where we sampled books from across various genres. I was assigned this novel for the romance section. This novel was objectively horrible. The worst novel I have ever read from cover to cover. Main character is supposed to be empowered heroine but is actually a ninny. Use of metaphor akin to high school poetry. How Roberts has reached such heights of popularity is a wonder. Make mine Austen.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    For these books we are in an adorable wee town in Ireland. Three hundred years ago a fairy prince fell in love with a beautiful woman. Now three couples have to break the curse on them by finding their own true love.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Abril Sol

    And this is why I don't read adult romance.... This was just lame. The whole story made no sense, the characters, oh boy!, the characters.I can't believe how different Nora's writing style is when she writes under the J.D. Robb penname. I'm telling you, I don't like Nora, I'll just remain faithfull to J.D.'s novels.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liza Wiemer

    A wonderful romance by the brilliant Nora Roberts. Get swept away!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Proffitt

    I've started to pre-judge Nora Roberts novels by decade. So far, that's been a reasonable predictor of my enjoyment of her novels. This one was originally published in 1999—on the cusp of her “reliably good, occasionally outstanding” period. And it is, in fact, reliably good. While I have a kind of reflexive fondness for a Celtic background, I haven't found that it automatically enhances my enjoyment of a story. So while the presence of Ireland as almost a supporting character of the novel was in I've started to pre-judge Nora Roberts novels by decade. So far, that's been a reasonable predictor of my enjoyment of her novels. This one was originally published in 1999—on the cusp of her “reliably good, occasionally outstanding” period. And it is, in fact, reliably good. While I have a kind of reflexive fondness for a Celtic background, I haven't found that it automatically enhances my enjoyment of a story. So while the presence of Ireland as almost a supporting character of the novel was interesting, it turned out to be less of a draw than I think Roberts intended. Her Ireland is a little too... ideal, maybe? in its pastoral perfection. The inconveniences never matter and the tight-knit community never intrudes except when it's charming—people seem always to be the best version of the applicable stereotype. Which isn't to say that I didn't like Jude and Aidan. Jude was tediously un-self-aware about her “life” in Chicago, but that was at the heart of her character arc and didn't persist beyond reason. And Aidan's uncharacteristic bungling in the critical moment was completely understandable even as it was charmingly frustrating. The combination of their unfortunate weaknesses came to resolution beautifully, in the end, and without feeling in any way forced. In the end, the novel was satisfying without quite rising to the level of outstanding. A note about Steamy: There were a few explicit scenes in the book and they were steamy enough to warrant the tag. The book has, above that, some of the best kissing scenes I've ever read. And without progressing any further than that, either. Very well-done. And appreciated...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Juliana Philippa

    (4.5 stars) Jewels of the Sun was an absolutely fantastic read. This is the first Nora Roberts book I've read, since I've always preferred historical romance over contemporary and have tended to avoid Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel like the plague. I'm so glad I decided to read this book - I had actually been in the library about to return it unread, when I started reading it and decided to give it a try. A definite reread for me with absolutely wonderful main characters (give me an Irishman lik (4.5 stars) Jewels of the Sun was an absolutely fantastic read. This is the first Nora Roberts book I've read, since I've always preferred historical romance over contemporary and have tended to avoid Nora Roberts and Danielle Steel like the plague. I'm so glad I decided to read this book - I had actually been in the library about to return it unread, when I started reading it and decided to give it a try. A definite reread for me with absolutely wonderful main characters (give me an Irishman like Aidan any day! lol) and a great supporting cast. I've already requested from the library the second book in the series, which features Aidan's brother Shawn as the hero and Jude's friend Brenna as the heroine (can't wait!). This book was a solid 4.5 stars up until about the last 3-4 pages ... my rating at this point seriously wavered and I almost lowered it to a 4, because the corniness of that last scene was almost nauseating for me and after not having encountered any of that mushiness that I so detest in the rest of the book, it took me completely by surprise and kind of soured the ending a little for me. Also note: this does have a light paranormal aspect and though I'm not a paranormal romance fan, don't be turned off by this, since the book is definitely a jewel (no pun intended) and not to be missed.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Isabella - Madly in Love with Books

    Re-read, still giving five nostalgia stars. I just always like this couple. I read this one at least fifteen year ago and loved. I still really, really enjoyed it and can ignore a few points that weren‘t as convincingly done. Jude isn‘t exactly my kind of character in the beginning, although I do love her „eat-pray-love“ character development. She is neurotic and stiff and has very little self esteem. It was great that not only Aidan was the cause for her change to a freier, braver Person, but als Re-read, still giving five nostalgia stars. I just always like this couple. I read this one at least fifteen year ago and loved. I still really, really enjoyed it and can ignore a few points that weren‘t as convincingly done. Jude isn‘t exactly my kind of character in the beginning, although I do love her „eat-pray-love“ character development. She is neurotic and stiff and has very little self esteem. It was great that not only Aidan was the cause for her change to a freier, braver Person, but also the two new girlfriends she found in Ardmore. Everyone who knows me, also knows that I am a sucker for well done female friendships and Nora Roberts has quite a few books that show how important those are. Aidan was a charming, poetic bar owner I simply like although he is kind of a blockhead towards the end. This was one of the things that annoyed me a little in this re-read since every local idiot could see connection between the stories and especially what went wrong in the end. Duh. The book has a charming, fairytale like atmosphere, sometimes too sugary sweet, but still enjoyable. One would wish there still places like that out in the world, but I am pretty sure the author rather exaggerated her view of Ardmore. I just like Nora Roberts stories, the lack of woman shaming, almost no other woman drama, rarely douchebag heroes. Especially her „romance only“ books are just so fluffy, cute and sweet reads.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (Twilight Sleep)

    I am NOT a big romance fan...but I am a big fan of most things Celtic. I actually read this series a while back - I discovered them in the Honor section of my local library and when I realized the plots took place in Ireland, I decided to borrow them. Like I said, I'm not a big fan of romantic novels, but I have read enough of them to be able to say that this is the only series of the genre that has really stuck with me (except maybe the Three Sisters Island trilogy by the same author). Roberts I am NOT a big romance fan...but I am a big fan of most things Celtic. I actually read this series a while back - I discovered them in the Honor section of my local library and when I realized the plots took place in Ireland, I decided to borrow them. Like I said, I'm not a big fan of romantic novels, but I have read enough of them to be able to say that this is the only series of the genre that has really stuck with me (except maybe the Three Sisters Island trilogy by the same author). Roberts has an incredible writing style - very beyond the usual fluff and slap and tickle of other romance writers; and I think that's why I've enjoyed many of her stories so much. [She also writes crime/mystery novels under the pseudonym J. D. Robb.:] I love the way Roberts uses Irish lore and tradition to make these books as magical as the land they take place in. They are love stories, so of course they all end happily - but there's just enough suspense and turmoil and sheer reality in the lives and relationships of the characters to make them believable - and that's her strong suit, I believe.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Erin **Coffee and Book Addict**

    There is something about reading a Nora Roberts book, set in Ireland, that makes you want to run out and find a handsome Irishman to swoon over and sweep you off your feet. As is usually the case, I have found myself falling in love with these characters that Nora has brought to life. The unique way she tells her character's stories makes me never want to stop reading.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    I have loved the books written by Nora Roberts and for me, she’s my ultimate romance author – in fact, she holds the largest number of books I have read by any author. Her stories are wonderful, filled with romance, love and engaging characters. Since the late 80’s I have journeyed in the worlds and characters she has created. One of my all-time favorites is the Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy. Set in Ireland, with a blend of modern-time and fae fantasy, it’s a story filled with romance, love, fami I have loved the books written by Nora Roberts and for me, she’s my ultimate romance author – in fact, she holds the largest number of books I have read by any author. Her stories are wonderful, filled with romance, love and engaging characters. Since the late 80’s I have journeyed in the worlds and characters she has created. One of my all-time favorites is the Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy. Set in Ireland, with a blend of modern-time and fae fantasy, it’s a story filled with romance, love, family and friendship. The Gallagher siblings, Aiden, Shawn & Darcy have to find their true loves as this is the only way Carrick, Prince of the Faeries, can reunite with his lost love for the last 300 years, Lady Gwen. The settings are so vivid – I could feel the beauty and quiet serenity, the laughter, the music, the legends and stories, the harmony between the land, sea and sky. The lush green hill, with a sprinkle of fairy dust has one believing that magic exists here. Jewels of the Sun is the 1st book and tells the story of Aiden, the eldest sibling runs Gallaghers, the family pub in the village, who after spending some years travelling the world, has return to the place he feels and calls home. Jude Murray has come to Ireland after going through a divorce and giving up her job as a professor of psychology, and is staying at her late great-aunt’s cottage, Faerie Hill Cottage just outside the village. She wants to be alone and finds it a bit difficult to handle all the friendly and helpful people of the village, especially Aiden, who she feels an unexplainable attraction to. She discovers the magic of the people and their stories, makes new friends, and slowly begins to see how empty her life had been before. With a little help from Carrick, Aiden & Jude find each other, after some really awesome happenings. I loved the build-up in their relationship…so sweet and lovely. Also seeing Jude’s world being transformed from cold and organized to loving and caring. The secondary characters are stunning – Brenna…what a fabulous woman..and Darcy….Shawn…I couldn’t wait for the next book. Oh, I have read this series so many times…..and each time love it just as much if not more than the first time. Yes, it’s filled with clichés and perhaps some readers may feel it’s a bit over the top…but for me….i read romance to escape, to enter a different world to mine….and the Gallaghers’ world is certainly that.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Susan (susayq ~)

    I loved the mythology and folklore that was presented in this. The way Aidan and Jude's relationship had bearing on Carrick, the Faerie Prince and Lady Gwen's eternity was neat. It wasn't said whether or not they'd be together now or if it's dependent on the rest of the Gallagher family to find their true loves for them to have their happily ever after. I guess I'll have to read the rest of the series to find out :)

  19. 5 out of 5

    *.Amaia.* BlackMagicRose

    3,5 stars :) Fast and enjoyable read. Simply two people falling in love in the beautiful Ireland, with all the scenery, folklore and other nice details. Nothing extraordinary, but I liked it :) There were also some hilarious moments that I enjoyed and laughed. Second book is supposed to be better, so I'm looking forward to reading it and find out which one of the Gallaghers is the MC.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bithi

    I liked the myth on which the story is based as much as the story itself. This is a truly magical story of love.

  21. 4 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    Although I have grown tired of NR's trilogies and don't read them anymore. This is one of my favorites - from before they had a rinse and repeat tone to them. I probably gave this series a 4 star rating the first go round, and it's not quite there for me anymore, but... Since one of my reading groups had this as a challenge, I opted to read it again. And I'm thinking this could still be my favorite trilogy of hers. Now onto books #2 and #3.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jishi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book made me decide to really take a year or two of my life to live in Ireland. Maybe migrate there permanently, even. I was reminded that sometimes passion, devotion, longing and loyalty, even love, are not enough if you do not have the words to give. You may scoff all you want at formula fiction but the delivery makes one or breaks another. Jude Murray is this neurotic psychologist who fled to Ireland to find herself after realizing that she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Her ma This book made me decide to really take a year or two of my life to live in Ireland. Maybe migrate there permanently, even. I was reminded that sometimes passion, devotion, longing and loyalty, even love, are not enough if you do not have the words to give. You may scoff all you want at formula fiction but the delivery makes one or breaks another. Jude Murray is this neurotic psychologist who fled to Ireland to find herself after realizing that she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Her marriage ended two years before, she was unhappy with her students, dissatisfied with her work life and losing touch with herself. Coming to Ireland has allowed her to find her self, her spine, what she loved doing and a love that is willing to work on 'forever'. Aidan Gallagher, her love interest, is a strong, good-natured guy with a knack for telling stories, a well-traveled Irishman who owns the local pub, fell hard for Jude but got rejected twice when he asked her to marry him. You'd find how touching the last part of the book is when he finally gave her the words she was looking for. The novel also has some magic incorporated in it and Ireland is this place where legends and lore are accepted without batting an eyelash. They say that when you come to Ireland, you could feel the hum of magic in its soil. I could not wait to set foot on it. For now, I'm content to re-read this novel and curse Roberts because there seem to be no men in real life that could ever compare to her characters, flawed and perfect alike.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    4 January 2015: $1.99 on Kindle This entire series, and indeed most NR books, are comfort reads for me. Nearly always I can open up a NR book and know exactly what I'm going to get. A good romance with great characters. I don't think this is my favorite in the series - which is probably the second book (Tears of the Moon) - but it was still slightly surprising to me to not love it as much as my memory made me think I did. And I actually rolled my eyes at the overly saccharine ending. But I still re 4 January 2015: $1.99 on Kindle This entire series, and indeed most NR books, are comfort reads for me. Nearly always I can open up a NR book and know exactly what I'm going to get. A good romance with great characters. I don't think this is my favorite in the series - which is probably the second book (Tears of the Moon) - but it was still slightly surprising to me to not love it as much as my memory made me think I did. And I actually rolled my eyes at the overly saccharine ending. But I still really enjoyed it. Ireland is beautiful, even in description, and NR paints a wonderful picture, full off fantastic characters that you're sure you could meet. With real strengths, weaknesses, and insecurities. They make mistakes and figure out how to fix them. And Carrick always makes me grin.

  24. 5 out of 5

    LaFleurBleue

    It took me some time to realy get into this book. I'm not a huge fan of love at first sight. I also do not like so much paranormal events. And I can be wary of small towns stories where everyone stands for his neighbors and all live in harmony. However I liked Aidan and his past wandering drive. Jude, despite her strong esteem problems and not fully realistic background (complete lack of friends), also managed to grow on me, as she learnt to trust herself and to make her own decisions and take co It took me some time to realy get into this book. I'm not a huge fan of love at first sight. I also do not like so much paranormal events. And I can be wary of small towns stories where everyone stands for his neighbors and all live in harmony. However I liked Aidan and his past wandering drive. Jude, despite her strong esteem problems and not fully realistic background (complete lack of friends), also managed to grow on me, as she learnt to trust herself and to make her own decisions and take control of her life. I especially liked how they both managed to find a solution to their issues and compromise.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Delia

    *** 3.5/5 *** Cute and light hearted - a nice last summer read before delving into dark fall reads...

  26. 4 out of 5

    C.

    I am romantic but not a romance reader. I am used to mystery or an exhilarating quest furnishing the axis to stories. Imagine: my enjoyment reached five stars! This authoress has published two-hundred-and-sixteen times. I doubted those could be any good but I love my first Nora Robert's book! Hurling despair into a story is its own cliché. "Jewels Of The Sun" shimmers by being a pleasurable journey, a refreshing change. Ireland was dreamlike, I myself cherish tending flowers, and the Irish swear I am romantic but not a romance reader. I am used to mystery or an exhilarating quest furnishing the axis to stories. Imagine: my enjoyment reached five stars! This authoress has published two-hundred-and-sixteen times. I doubted those could be any good but I love my first Nora Robert's book! Hurling despair into a story is its own cliché. "Jewels Of The Sun" shimmers by being a pleasurable journey, a refreshing change. Ireland was dreamlike, I myself cherish tending flowers, and the Irish swearing was hilarious. I tried it for the ghost, even though her appearances are rare in this story. There are goals to overcome but this novel doesn't have us twisting with discomfort. Jude, from Chicago, USA, accepted a handy career and relationship in her milieu; dubious her parents would understand leaping for dreams. I am doing that. You should see people's faces when they ask the habitual: "Where do you work"? "I'm home, making my dream come true"! Readers who expect fictional strife might undervalue momentous turning points: Jude allowing herself to write inventively. To eventually ask an agent if they would like to read it, was climactic! I was moved emotionally when Jude gratefully discovered she had underestimated her parents. The other part that warmed me very deeply was the delight I took, along with Jude, in appreciating she had girls with whom to laugh, over an evening. It's rare after thirty to spend the night and breakfast together. I treasure silly home visits with friends. A little advice was included when Jude mailed her manuscript that I take to heart: not fretting over the results but letting the news arrive when it is ready. If it is not an acceptance, just go ahead and make changes to your work until someone is keen to publish it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Helmisade

    Of the several books by Nora Roberts that I have read, this is easily one of my favourites. It is of course Very Irish to the point of being ridiculous, but since I've never been to Ireland I choose to believe that there really are charming little villages like this somewhere (full of gorgeous, smart and kind young men with no mental problems at all). I often find myself not liking Roberts's men, they are often too brooding and whiny for my taste. In this book I really liked both the main charact Of the several books by Nora Roberts that I have read, this is easily one of my favourites. It is of course Very Irish to the point of being ridiculous, but since I've never been to Ireland I choose to believe that there really are charming little villages like this somewhere (full of gorgeous, smart and kind young men with no mental problems at all). I often find myself not liking Roberts's men, they are often too brooding and whiny for my taste. In this book I really liked both the main characters and thought they had a great chemistry. I also loved the way the leading lady, Jude, changed during the book and discovered some hidden strength in herself. You go girl! The only thing that really annoyed me was the way violence was described as a natural and non-problematic part of life. People are constantly being violent towards each other or making threaths about it. Even one of Jude's most important moments of self-discovery is centered around violence. The way Roberts tells it, it's just the Irish way and the measure of a man (or a woman for that matter) is how well they can take a punch. Call me anything you want, but I was not amused. Considering the amount of people who suffer from domestic violence and other abuse, I cannot find anything light-hearted about using violence as a way to control others and solve problems. This little Irish village needs a little group therapy, imho.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm not a Nora Roberts fan, but I do love this trilogy. It really captures the mood of Ireland (at least as we in the states like to imagine it is), all cozy, with alternating rain and brilliant sunlight, ancient ruins, bright flowers, and lots of hot tea. The Gallagher pub in this story makes me sad that it is mythical and I can't visit it, populated as it is by interesting, friendly people that can go from laughing to shouting to fighting and back to dancing within minutes. What a lovely world I'm not a Nora Roberts fan, but I do love this trilogy. It really captures the mood of Ireland (at least as we in the states like to imagine it is), all cozy, with alternating rain and brilliant sunlight, ancient ruins, bright flowers, and lots of hot tea. The Gallagher pub in this story makes me sad that it is mythical and I can't visit it, populated as it is by interesting, friendly people that can go from laughing to shouting to fighting and back to dancing within minutes. What a lovely world this novel is set in. It also functions as perfect escapist literature for women who would love to imagine leaving their lives, moving to a beautiful cottage in Ireland where they find friends, family, meaningful work and a drop-dead-gorgeous Irishman who treats them like a queen. The only thing that marred the guilty pleasure of reading this novel was the main character, who was so focused on finding herself that she didn't even seem interested in the male lead character, except for sex. Also, just because she was finding her self-esteem didn't mean she had to treat that guy like such crap. I found her whiny, neurotic, and annoying, in direct contrast to all the other great characters in this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leila

    I bought lots of Nora Robert's books many years ago and have only now got round to reading them as I'm having a clear-out to make homes for the pile upon pile of books sitting on the floor with no spaces on my book shelves to put them. I was amazed to unearth about twenty of books written by this author so decided to give them a go. Hmmm... As I have already commented, I found this this book to a degree disappointing as it's definitely on the light side and I did get bored with certain parts su I bought lots of Nora Robert's books many years ago and have only now got round to reading them as I'm having a clear-out to make homes for the pile upon pile of books sitting on the floor with no spaces on my book shelves to put them. I was amazed to unearth about twenty of books written by this author so decided to give them a go. Hmmm... As I have already commented, I found this this book to a degree disappointing as it's definitely on the light side and I did get bored with certain parts such as when Jude and her two friends are having a 'girlie' night in and Jude (the main female character is allowing her two friends to try on her clothes and they all get drunk. There are other similar parts of the book that I skipped too but persevered. It's what I would describe as "airy fairy" and probably would come under the genre of 'chick lit' As I also mentioned previously - There is a sprinkling of the paranormal which does not exactly scare. The main theme is the love affair between Jude and Aidan Gallagher whilst in the background the local Irish myths and folklore is running. (Destined for the charity shop methinks) At best on the 'easy reading' shelf in the bathroom.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pamela(AllHoney)

    The first book in Nora Roberts' Gallaghers of Ardmore/Irish Trilogy. Jude Murray has come to Ardmore in Ireland to write a thesis on myths and legends and how they relate to psychology. While there she meets the handsome Aidan Gallagher, local pub owner and hottie. This had a slightly dated feel to it and ran at a rather slow pace for me. It also didn't feel completely finished. Like there needed to be an epilogue or something. But it is a series so I guess the future books will address the issue The first book in Nora Roberts' Gallaghers of Ardmore/Irish Trilogy. Jude Murray has come to Ardmore in Ireland to write a thesis on myths and legends and how they relate to psychology. While there she meets the handsome Aidan Gallagher, local pub owner and hottie. This had a slightly dated feel to it and ran at a rather slow pace for me. It also didn't feel completely finished. Like there needed to be an epilogue or something. But it is a series so I guess the future books will address the issues I felt were not complete. But it wasn't bad and I did like the characters and the banter. Enough that I am curious about the siblings and their stories.

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