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Jewels of the Sun: The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy #1
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on March 13, 2003
Jewels of the Sun, while not my favorite Nora Roberts tale, still was a pleasant way to spend some time...the best part of the story was its placement in Ireland...the setting at the cottage on Faerie Hill in the small town of Ardmore along with the weaving in of Irish fairy tales made a hum drum book sing...the main character, Jude Frances, was not believable...she was initially introduced as an insecure, passive, non-confrontational woman who came to Ireland to write a paper to present as a thesis. Jude did as she was told and never made a scene, even after her 7 month marriage ended in a whimper, yet in a span of under 3 months we are to believe that she turns into a passionate, fist fighting, hot blooded Irish woman not caring at all what other people think of her or her actions. It seemed too big of a leap in a very short span of time. Jude was always apologizing for everything she did or said and believed the best she could be was average...of course you may think the fairy prince Carrick helped her find her way in her struggle to find her place...I did like the supporting characters as well as her love interest, Aidan Gallagher...altogether I have read worse but I have also read much better!
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on February 10, 2000
My mom recommended this book to me by saying that it was about fairies and wishes and things she didn't believe in and couldn't relate to. My intial reaction was that it was far too fanciful for me, I read the synopsis on the back of the book and was less than intrigued. Fairies. Bah. Myths. Who cares since they aren't real? Magic. Do people still believe in that? Well, apparently I do. This book has the ability to appeal to the dreamer in anyone. The part of you that believes in friendly ghosts, energetic fairies and magic. The main characters--Jude Frances Murray and Aidan Gallagher--are two of the most stubborn people I've ever read about. At times I wanted to jump into the fray and give them both a good smack. Which is another reason I enjoyed this book immensely. Beyond revitalizing a part of me that I thought was lost, it made me care about the people involved. I can't really ask for more from a book.
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on January 25, 2000
i waited with anticipation after the reef,and giggled with school girl excitement, with the new release jewels from the sun and bought it immediately.loved the description of ireland the cottage the land and loved the folk lore and story line,but and there is always a but with less then five stars...the main characters bore me.i found jude hard to relate to.i meanthe past they set up for her would make everyone put up walls but i just couldn't sympathize with her.Aidan was just boring plain and simple except when he was telling her stories.i really thought she did better with shawn and darcy,whose stories i can not wait to read! except i do not really care for Brenna so far..We will just have to stay tuned....yes i reccommend you read this book,but do not expect much from aidan and jude..
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on January 23, 2002
A beautiful travelogue, a whimsical glimpse into the legends of Ireland - and one of the most obnoxious female "heroines" ever written is basically my review of this book. Loved the picturesque flower covered Faerie Hill cottage, the star crossed for centuries ghosts, the ceili and the charming locals (who ALL seem to settle their disputes with a quick punch and then a wee dram). However, it was all a little too contrived. The Jude character was an absolute "poor little rich girl" who evoked NO sympathy, empathy, or believability - I just didn't buy her story. I also struggled with an Irishman named Shawn (isn't it Sean?) and the saccharin charm of the romance was just way too much for this reader. But I will move on and read Tears of the Moon, for really I loved the Irish part of the tale.
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on November 30, 1999
Nora Roberts takes the reader back to the glorious setting of Ireland. The dialogue is earthier than in her previous works, but the warmth of her characters still shines through.
Ms. Roberts writes so vividly of Ireland that I am transported whenever I read any of her "Born" series and this one is no different.
Unfortunately, Jude seems to be virtually identical in personality to the fragile, insecure Rowan of Enchanted. Also, her external manner seems recycled from Dr. Griffin in Inner Harbor.
Still, Ms. Roberts is a master storyteller and despite the annoying heroine, the ensemble and setting are delightful. I look forward to reading more about Darcy and Shawn in the rest of the series.
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on December 6, 1999
She didn't disappoint and she didn't excite either. The characters are likable abd the story is magical. It has to be, it takes place in lovely Ireland. It does lack, however, the Nora Roberts flair that I have become used to. Instead of sweeping romance this is the story of a woman in midlife crisis who just happens to trip over a guy and decide to keep him. Roberts had all the right elements; beautiful backdrop, intriguing characters and a good dash of the supernatural but didn't make them click. The book is worth reading if you're a fan but if a first timer to Roberts books read something more lovable like Hidden Riches or Convincing Alex.
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on December 30, 1999
This is the kind of book you read on a rainy day, and you have nothing els to read. Nora Roberts seems to bring the supernational into just about everything she writes lately, and she does not need too. Roberts is too good a writer, who should not need or result to such ploys to get her story across, that's why this book only got three stars. Her characters, Jude F Murray & Aidan Gallagher were strong enough to carry this story all by themselves. They were a joy to meet. Their supporing cast did the rest. Will I read the other two books of this series? One rainy day when I have nothing els to read.
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on November 30, 1999
I absolutely love Nora Roberts, but I was a bit disappointed in this book. I felt she went into way too much detail(if you don't like a lot of detail, this book is not for you)and not enough interaction of characters especially from the beginning. I found it did pick up towards the end. I felt she could have accomplished the same thing in a more condensed version. But as always I look forward to the next in the series! Being that I'm a big fan of Ms. Roberts, I would still recommend any of her books. Her MacKade Brothers was the best, I thought.
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on February 23, 2000
Though on average Nora Roberts's books are wonderful this one just didn't "do it". Though I don't mind the magic, ghosts ect, after just finishing the Donovan Legacy (which I found vastly superior & entertaining) this is just a watered down version. The characters are so one-dimensional (read "slightly boring") that it was a struggle for me to finish this book. I did finish it however, because her books are a step above anyone elses-even the average ones.
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on January 25, 2000
Nora, if you read this.....I have read most of your books. They are all great and this one is OK too but; it is slow on action, rather short on story and long on description. I have been there & you did a wonderful job on telling us about green Ireland....over and over and over. Sorry. It got redundant. I buy your books & keep them & I will be buying the next two also, however, the sentiments above are my view on this particular book. cjb
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