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Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1 | [Nora Roberts]

Jewels of the Sun: Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 1

Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the past.
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Publisher's Summary

Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the 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. 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

What the Critics Say

"Roberts, a storytelling wizard, is at her best here, creating a fantastic setting for the continuing romantic tales of the Gallaghers." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Agnes PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 11-27-14
    Agnes PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 11-27-14 Member Since 2012

    BardLady

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    "Good story, poor reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    i'd recommend reading it, not listening to it.


    What didn’t you like about Patricia Daniels’s performance?

    Her reading is flat, calling words rather than reading. Quite hard to tolerate.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Roberts tells a good story. It's a shame a better reader wasn't found.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader pauses mid-thought and mid-sentence. Very distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 09-25-14
    Jennifer 09-25-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Neurotic meets Irish dream man, and a fairy prince"

    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.

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    deborah CARROLLTON, TX, United States 09-24-14
    deborah CARROLLTON, TX, United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I've loved these books since I was a teenager!"
    Would you listen to Jewels of the Sun again? Why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Jewels of the Sun to and why?

    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!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Rose Marshall, MI, United States 09-17-14
    J. Rose Marshall, MI, United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Celtic Folk, Rock & Fiction

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    "A Well-Crafted Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to anyone looking for a well-written romance, with just enough Irish culture to be interesting in that respect.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end is beautiful and poignant.


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    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 08-13-14
    Ezinwanyi Dallas, TX USA 08-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Breaking out of her shell in Ireland"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DesignerBee 06-29-14
    DesignerBee 06-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Another terrible narrator"
    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


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    H. Caselton 06-13-14
    H. Caselton 06-13-14

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    "Irish love"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jewels of the Sun to be better than the print version?

    I listened to these years ago on DVD. Just added them to my ipod and looking forward to listening again. Wonderful series. HC.


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    Phyllis Garland, TX, United States 02-22-14
    Phyllis Garland, TX, United States 02-22-14
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    "Wonderful story and Well narrated"
    Would you listen to Jewels of the Sun again? Why?

    I'd listen aagain as it brought me back to my own time in Ireland


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 01-20-14
    Amazon Customer Lumpkin, GA, United States 01-20-14
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    "Liked to Story"

    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.

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    DK 01-07-14
    DK 01-07-14 Member Since 2013

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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    "Not her best/worst-older technology for narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The voice in a can sound as she quotes from her journal, etc


    If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

    Nearer the bottom- The BoonsBoro Trilogy at the absolute bottom (it was akin to a how to in inn renovation) Jewels of the Sun was a bit higher on the list.

    Determined to reevaluate her life, Jude Murray flees America to take refuge in Faerie Hill Cottage, where she immerses herself in the study of Irish Folklore and discovers hope for the future in the magic of the 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. 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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sure-it was not a fast paced story. However, she was shrill when doing the Irish accent.


    Do you think Jewels of the Sun needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one, but I'm not interested enough to purchase the rest of the trilogy.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this during a promotion. It dragged and I was not drawn in by the 'fairies' and fantasy folklore. I like 'real' history (even if it is fictional).

    It is not credit worthy nor worth full purchase price-in my opinion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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