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. 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.
Emerald Isle: listen to the rest of the Irish Jewels trilogy.
©2005 Nora Roberts; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio
"Roberts, a storytelling wizard, is at her best here, creating a fantastic setting for the continuing romantic tales of the Gallaghers." (Publishers Weekly)
This book felt sweet and dreamy for the most part. Natural when a lot of the interactions are about, with, or in some manner revolve around fairies and a quaint village in Ireland. I loved the music and magic of the place and the fairy tales. And I can sympathize a little bit with Jude, following the sensible path and doing what was expected of her all the time... That's pretty much how I felt through college and I got burned out. Granted, I didn't get as far down the path as her, nor did I make such a big break with my life or have to cross an ocean to do it. But it gives me hope that I'll find myself and my purpose one day too, like she did, and maybe it'll get to include travel to the magical Emerald Isle. ^_^
That being said, I was glad to progress from her analytical psychological belief that she was going nuts and imagining fairies and ghosts because of a mental breakdown on to her just accepting that they were there and living more contentedly with her work and dreams.
I liked the ever-present story of Lady Gwen and her Prince - though knowing the story, and knowing that HE knew the story, I wanted to smack Aiden upside the head for not realizing he was making the same mistakes.
The village was wonderful, and I felt like I could be right at home there, and enjoy a pint and laughs with the likes of Brenna and Darcy and dancing with old Mr. O'Rielly ... Such warmth and joy in their lives. I think one of my favorite parts was the girls' night in at the cottage.
The narration was good - I love the accents. She did have different voices for everyone, but they weren't all very distinct or consistent beyond the central few. I relied on context and names to tell apart some of the women in dialogue. The audio-editors did this weird echoey thing with the mic for the sounds of Jude's computer journal voice and the voice of the Fairy Price. It certainly made them distinct and recognizable, but was a little jarring.
A cozy tale, of finding yourself, friendship, and love, and even some fantasy, which I am sure to revisit.
I read these books first when I was a teenager. A single teen mother actually. That may not matter, but when all my friends left me stranded on an island of solitude and unexpected responsibility, books kept me company. This trilogy gave me hope to find love. That may sound ridiculous, but they did. I will listen to the story of these lovers, this family probably every few years until I'm a happy, hopefully wise old woman. They even inspired me to write some romance fiction of my own!
I did find that love, by the way. And it's better than any book could tell it.
I'm in the midst of listening to another Irish trilogy of Nora's - Born in Ice, Fire and Shame respectively. I like them, but not nearly as much as this series. I'm looking forward into delving into some of her other Irish works as that's what I'm most drawn to. I'd love suggestions!
Celtic Folk, Rock & Fiction
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a well-written romance, with just enough Irish culture to be interesting in that respect.
Darcy, sister of the protagonist's love interest, was my favorite because of her devil-may-care approach to life. She stirs up the plot nicely.
There were little slips here and there where she forgot to leave off with the Irish accent. Being a voice actor myself, I notice the details and they could have been more attention to detail.
The end is beautiful and poignant.
Jude Murray was just sick of her monotonous life. She was just existing and nit living. As a professor in ache ago, her life was planned out and so orderly, thanks to her parents and her husband. But now, her husband of 7 months leaves her because he says they don't fit AND he loves a younger blind chick, Jude decides a change of scenery is in order.
Jude travels to her grandmothers place in Ireland, this place brings her soul to life. She meets people who knew her grandmother and she connects with the local pub owner Aidan Gallagher. She begins to be un-Jude like. *Gasp* she tries spontaneity---She gets drunk for the first ever. We begin to see her form friendships with Darcy & Breanna. This once reserved professor literally shakes her bunned hair loose and starts to explore herself. She begins to live. Ireland made her blossom. It was a nice story about finding ones self and in turn true love finds you.
I love how Aidan pursued her. He got No, but he kept trying. He was sweet and just what she needed. I liked her girlfriends taking her shopping and drinking and all the discussions where the made Jude talk about her life. It forced some introspection that Jude seriously needed.
I didn't really need the story with Fae Prince Carrick and Lady Gwen. It didn't add anything for me but whatever. Irish folklore I guess was added for the Irish setting of the book and plus it weaned into Judes book. I will try book 2 on audio.
The narrator had trouble with the simplest words, stumbled over sentences, and had a boring, matter-of-fact style throughout. And just forget (wish I could) the Irish brogue! With stories of fairy kings, passionate sex, and rollicking Irish personalities, matter-of-fact is NOT the way to approach this story.
Too bad Susan Erickson didn't narrate this trilogy! I ordered the following books on my Kindle so I could enjoy the stories without cringing at the narration.
I listened to these years ago on DVD. Just added them to my ipod and looking forward to listening again. Wonderful series. HC.
I'd listen aagain as it brought me back to my own time in Ireland
I must say that a review called Bored, had obviously never been to Ireland or he'd realized that 'tink' is exactly how they talk. Many Irish have a 'issue' with pronouncing the th in the words. He'd might do more research before making such a comment.
This was a good first in the series. I did like the series, I feel NR has had better ones but this was in no way her worst work. I did like the characters and the story line was good, the narrator not so much. Had a little trouble with listening to her seemingly "struggle" through.
The best part of this listening experience was the accent of the reader for the different characters being so authentically Irish.
One of my favorite scenes in this book is when the "big city" girl explores the absolutely quaint Irish thatch roof cottage, and discovers that the is no microwave oven, coffee maker, or electric can opener. Yet she embraces the idea of "old world" living.
Big City Ideas meet Old World Charm. or - Returning to your roots with a little help from Magick.
I love the light easy fantasy in this book along with real life situations.
different and interesting
this is the best of the 3 in this series. It is not like many of the other books, so it would not be fair to compare. I would say to anyone if you like Irish and the legends, you will enjoy this series.
no, i could walk away from it and pick it up again. the book is interesting but not riveting. It pulls your emotions. there are actually 2 stories within the books. the background story does not end with his book and it leaves you wanting to know how it also ends.
I have read this series. I rate this book the best because i was the least frustrated the characters. There are people with certain character traits that annoy you in real life and i find they annoy me in books also. Darcy the sister highly annoyed me.
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