Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore / Irish trilogy #1)
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Jewels of the Sun (Gallaghers of Ardmore #1)

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With her life in turmoil after a failed marriage and growing disappointment over her career, Jude Murray sets off on a journey to Ireland. To her grandmother's cottage on a faerie hill in Ardmore. There she hopes she will be able to find herself again.

But the mystic charm of Ardmore grows on Jude - as does the handsome and kind pub owner, Aidan Gallagher. She soon finds he...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 426 pages
Published April 5th 2000 by Thorndike Press (first published November 1st 1999)
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Maeve O' Keeffe
Oct 25, 2010 Maeve O' Keeffe rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
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. To tell you the truth, there...more
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....more
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...more
Randall Yelverton
Mar 16, 2008 Randall Yelverton rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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...more
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...more
Juliana
(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...more
Jishi Pantorilla
Apr 12, 2014 Jishi Pantorilla rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who would suspend reality for an hour
Shelves: fantasy, romance
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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...more
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...more
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 :)
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...more
Roxann Maples-Stokes
Mar 10, 2010 Roxann Maples-Stokes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any romantc heart.
Recommended to Roxann by: other Nora Robert books
Love, love, love this first book of 3! This is one of my comfort reads!
I have read them about every year for the past couple of years. It is set in a small fishing village in Ireland. I've never been there, but Nora Roberts draws such a vivid picture of the place and the people. It is one of her tales that have a supernatural twist-a fairy prince and his ghostly love are separated by time and trouble and they need the help of mortal lovers to bring them together forever.
The leading lady of this...more
Lu
I never have the time or patience to actually write a review (so, sorry if this one sucks), but this book has inspired me ! I don't have words to describe how much I enjoyed it!

Jude Frances, an american psychologist who is tired from the life she's living, flees off to Ireland to spend 6 months in the charming village of Ardmore. Surronded by the spetacular scenery and living in the ancient but cozy cottage, Jude has the mission to find herself and consequently re-evaluate her life. As well as...more
Carol
Normally, I am not a fan of the romance genre of books. In fact, I normally read either King or Barker or Hobb or McCaffrey, and steer clear of the flowery, sappy books so many women seem to love. There have been a few love stories I've read and thoroughly enjoyed, but very few. So when people suggest I read Nora Roberts (unless they mean her JD Robb books; I love those!), I usually give some non-committal answer and move on. However, since this book was picked for a book club I am in, I finally...more
Ren
Arghhhh, I just write the review and my computer eat it. Damn!! X(

So, to sum it up, Jewels of The Sun is my less favorite of Nora Roberts's books, since its so slow and boring and things get interesting near the end. The characters don't help either. Since the heroine, Jude is too much wallowing in self pity and Aidan, even he's like Nora Robert's typical hero, he become jerk and arrogant. Even he kinda redeem himself in the end.

The good thing just the myth and because it's setting in Ireland. K...more
Brooke
Well I read this trilogy awhile ago and decided to reread it this summer for fun. If you like Nora Roberts you'll most likely like this book as well. Now for me it isn't my favorite of her books due to the fact that she brings in some fantasy in the form of a fairy prince and a ghost. I understand its fiction so on some level I'm okay with that however I prefer a more realistic story. But even with that said the rest of the story is solid and the characters likeable. The part about the fairy pri...more
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...more
Joy Gerbode
This book was SO much fun! I can hardly wait to read the rest of the series. The magic of Ireland was wonderful, the stories that were included bewitching. The characters were developed so perfectly you could feel the self-doubt in Jude, and you could hear the Irish accent when Aiden spoke to her. Beautiful word pictures of a landscape, as well as a people, were all part of the charm of this story. The romance was predictable, but very enjoyably so. Just a delightful read that I'm sure to read a...more
Janelle
I liked this story just fine, but the writing was a little boring. The poetic-ness of what she thinks Ireland is didn't always make sense, like the author was trying too hard. Some people have an easy time with prose/poetic description, some don't. I know Nora Roberts writes tons of books with great stories, it's just not really the style of writing I favor. Maybe I will give another of her books a try, maybe one that's placed in her native country! :)
Maria
I went to the Salvation Army in Christchurch with my family to see about getting some winter coats for the two weeks we'll be driving around the South Island… and they had a books section. I headed straight toward that section and starting looking around, trying to find a thick but small book that would last me a bit more than a few hours.

Then I saw this. I'm a sucker for a romance, and though I didn't like my first Nora Roberts (High Noon), and the other two were just okay, I read the blurb on...more
Sara
I'm not usually drawn to contemporary romance, but I saw this on audio at the library and it looked like an interesting feel-good book. Plus, it's set in Ireland and the story involves ghosts and a dash of fairy magic, so I didn't really feel like I was reading about the plain ol' everyday world (I prefer more exotic places and times, thankyouverymuch).

So, this is the story of a very buttoned-up sort of woman who thinks she's going crazy when she suddenly quits her job and takes off on a six-mo...more
Samantha Umbdenstock
I stumbled on this book years before when I discoverd Nora Roberts, but I never took it of the shelf in the library, always telling myself, lets wait until the rest of the series comes out. And then it actually left my mind to actually read the book...
Now years later, I saw it lying around... And I thought, I think its time I started reading you...
You find the traditional setting of a Nora Roberts Trilogy but in Ireland and I loved it. You get the beautiful image of Ireland one can only dream ab...more
Cata
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Pia
I don't know if it's because I've read so many bad romance books lately, or because I have a strange connection to Ireland and it's magic, or just because it was exactly what I needed, but I loved this story. The best thing is that it wasn't all mushy and weepy, but made me think a few times, laugh out loud, and dream of lands I am yet to see. Yes, Irish might be a bit overly romanticised, but let's face it, this is a contemporary romance. Can we really blame it? And yes because of the bad weath...more
Steve
4.5 stars. I was willing to give this book 5 stars because I just could not put it down, and I loved how the story was progressing, and the little bit of fantasy that was tastefully sprinkled in. And then with three chapters to go, the brakes were slammed on and the wheels locked up as the story came to a shuddering halt, and then took off again very slowly, which to my mind, ruined the flow and the building of the story. I did enjoy the ending, which is what gave back the half a star.
Mary
It would technically have been 2.5 stars. It was mostly the heroine of the story, and how her romance unraveled that had me at odds. I confess it was my overriding tendency to want to bonk her over the head, because I've known my share of timidness from friends and it's just frustrating to see someone you care about treat his/herself in self-depricating ways. It was lovely to see her shine through everything though -- especially after I was finished with the trilogy itself.

Aidan, though a charmi...more
Robert
This was picked especially for me from a friend's extensive romance novel library. It's my first one. The good news is it wasn't nearly as bad as I was expecting. The bad news is it wasn't nearly as good as I'd been told. It was funny sometimes, absurd most of the time, and occasionally kind of cute. It took me a little bit of effort to get past the cultural and geographical misrepresentations. Maybe I didn't fully get past them. I love Ireland, so I did derive some enjoyment from imagining the...more
Cindy McDonald
Well as I've said in previous reviews, I don't read a lot of Nora Roberts' books, and this book is an example of why. While Ms. Roberts ("America's favorite author")is an excellent writer, some of her books are...well...boring. There I said it. Jewels of the Sun is one such book.

In an attempt to re-evaluate the direction of her life, Jude Murray takes a trip to Ireland. At her grandmother's request, she stays at the Faerie Hill Cottage, and upon arrival at said cottage she sees a woman in the up...more
bookczuk
Why do I even read Nora Roberts? I know I don't like her, yet I'm constantly sucked in by friends who tell me, "but this one is really good." Feh.

I kept reading because I kept waiting for it to get good. The bits about Irish legend were interesting, but not worth the pain of reading the full book.
Duncan Mandel
Determined to re-evaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage in the small Irish village of Ardmore. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery and refreshed by a more relaxed lifestyle, Jude finds herself fascinated by the local folklore. Even her cottage seems to have a resident ghost and Jude decides to embark on a personal research project to find out more. Finally back in Ireland after years of travelling, Aidan Gallagher is also something of an expert when it...more
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her...more
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“Magic is. But its power is nothing beside love.
--Prince Carrick”
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“He was a wild one as a lad, and there's a look about him that says he could be again." Kathy sighed. "I've always had a soft spot for a wild heart in a man. Have you no sweetheart in the States then, Jude?"

"No." She thought briefly of William. Had she ever considered her husband her sweetheart? "No one special."

"If they're not special, what would the point be?”
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