When gallery owner Rogan Sweeney comes to Maggie's isolated studio, her heart is enflamed by their fierce attraction - and her scarred past is slowly healed by a gentle and forgiving love.
©2007 Nora Roberts; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
"The conflicts Maggie and Rogan face are refreshingly realistic and the characters themselves, well-rounded and likable, will keep readers engaged." (Publishers Weekly)
"A light, fast-paced novel set in the Irish countryside." (School Library Journal)
I loved the story but had a hard time getting past the narrator. He made Maggie and her family sound shallow. I won't be buying the others in the series simply because of the narrator.
I very much enjoyed this story, it was creative and interesting. However, the narrator made it extremely difficult to endure the audio. He read very quickly with little to no inflection or feeling at all. He was not the kind of reader that I would expect from a Nora Roberts book. I was very disappointed with the audio version will definity read the rest of the series in paperback.
I loved this book so much the first time I heard it, that I began listening to it again. I'm an artist and this may have been part of the reason. It has great characters and the story of their lifes were real and rich. Don't pass it up. FYI, it was my first Nora Roberts book and I'm looking forward to more.
I have read and reread this entire series several times in print along with some of Roberts' books set in Ireland and, since discovering the convenience of audio books, have tried to listen to them all again. I love these books because they do take me back to village life in the west of Ireland and the endless inspiration I found there as an artist. Roberts writes artists extremely well, understanding the process as well as the way artists feel about their work. I love how she writes Maggie and Shannon, their feelings about their work and how it fits into their lives. It feels true, and that is a great compliment for me. This narrator actually carries off both the American and Irish voices well, unlike the reader of "Jewels of the Sun" who makes every Irish person sound like a cross between the Lucky Charms Leprechaun and an Irish Spring commercial. Having lived in the west of Ireland in the village of Ballyvaughan in County Clare, his voice "feels" like the Ireland I knew, and I savor these books whenever I want to take a mental trip back there. I'm sad to see that others under appreciate Fiacre Douglas' skill as a reader, because I think the other books ought to be redone with him reading them.
I love Nora Roberts books, however I will never again purchase one without listening to the narrator first. This narrator should not have been reading this book(or the companion books)and ruined the story for me. I guess I will chalk it up to lesson learned.
I really enjoyed the book but the narrator wasn't what I'd hoped for. I also think a female narrator would have been a better choice. I couldn't decide what exactly the accent was since at times it was kind of a mix of Irish, Jamican with maybe a touch of India. I know I should be able to focus just on the story itself but it really was a distraction.
I very much enjoyed the Irish Jewels trilogy by the same author since the narrator was so much better.
I started to read one of Nora Roberts novels years ago and didn't finish it. So I never bothered with her novels again. I purchased the audible Born In Series and am hooked. Will difinitely purchase the her other series.
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