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Jewels of the Sun (Irish Jewels Trilogy Series #1)

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Dear Reader,

Those of you who are familiar with my books know that Ireland is one of my favorite places to visit, in real life and in fiction. It’s a country of dramatic cliffs and quiet fields. One of myth and magic and legend. In Jewels of the Sun, I’ve borrowed from some of those myths and created my own legend.

It could have happened.

I’d like you to meet the Gallaghers of Ardmore: Aidan, Shawn, and Darcy,...

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Overview

Dear Reader,

Those of you who are familiar with my books know that Ireland is one of my favorite places to visit, in real life and in fiction. It’s a country of dramatic cliffs and quiet fields. One of myth and magic and legend. In Jewels of the Sun, I’ve borrowed from some of those myths and created my own legend.

It could have happened.

I’d like you to meet the Gallaghers of Ardmore: Aidan, Shawn, and Darcy, who run the local pub in this pretty seaside village in the county of Waterford. Not far from the village is a cottage, a place of magic where a lonely American woman comes to explore her roots and her heart.

She won’t be alone in the house, for there is another lonely woman in residence. She just happens to be a ghost.

With the help of a faerie prince who loved well if not wise, Aidan Gallagher of Ardmore and Jude Frances Murray from Chicago will find their place, and take the first step toward breaking a hundred-year spell.

I’d like to take you back to Ireland with me, through the doors of Gallagher’s Pub where the fire’s burning low and the pints are waiting. I have a story to tell you.

Nora Roberts

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Library Journal
Even the reigning queen of romance novels is entitled to an off book. A superior reading might have endowed this story with the needed depth, but Patricia Daniels was not equal to the task. Jude Murray is in Ireland to escape her life in Chicago and possibly find herself in the bargain; Aidan Gallagher runs his family's pub in Ardmore. He's done his running but beneath the surface is a sense of destiny unfulfilled. Then he meets Jude and understands everything. Unfortunately, Daniels's near monotonic reading makes it difficult to lose oneself in the already fanciful story. Her concentration on proper diction is negated by her giving every word in a sentence equal weight, thus rendering the sentence meaningless. Her Irish accent is better, but with that she loses her diction skills. Despite the popularity of the author, libraries would do well to pass on this one.--Jodi L. Israel, Jamaica Plain, MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
From The Critics
Jude Murray leaves America for Faerie Hill Cottage, Ireland, to evaluate her life and immerse herself in Irish folklore. There she discovers hope for her future in the magic of the past. Then there is Aidan Gallagher with an uncommon understanding of his country's myths. Together they create a celtic passion all their own. Terrific narration by Patricia Daniels!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515126778
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/15/1999
  • Series: Irish Trilogy Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 175,126
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her books in print.

Biography

Not only has Nora Roberts written more bestsellers than anyone else in the world (according to Publishers Weekly), she’s also created a hybrid genre of her own: the futuristic detective romance. And that’s on top of mastering every subgenre in the romance pie: the family saga, the historical, the suspense novel. But this most prolific and versatile of authors might never have tapped into her native talent if it hadn't been for one fateful snowstorm.

As her fans well know, in 1979 a blizzard trapped Roberts at home for a week with two bored little kids and a dwindling supply of chocolate. To maintain her sanity, Roberts started scribbling a story -- a romance novel like the Harlequin paperbacks she'd recently begun reading. The resulting manuscript was rejected by Harlequin, but that didn't matter to Roberts. She was hooked on writing. Several rejected manuscripts later, her first book was accepted for publication by Silhouette.

For several years, Roberts wrote category romances for Silhouette -- short books written to the publisher's specifications for length, subject matter and style, and marketed as part of a series of similar books. Roberts has said she never found the form restrictive. "If you write in category, you write knowing there's a framework, there are reader expectations," she explained. "If this doesn't suit you, you shouldn't write it. I don't believe for one moment you can write well what you wouldn't read for pleasure."

Roberts never violated the reader's expectations, but she did show a gift for bringing something fresh to the romance formula. Her first book, Irish Thoroughbred (1981), had as its heroine a strong-willed horse groom, in contrast to the fluttering young nurses and secretaries who populated most romances at the time. But Roberts's books didn't make significant waves until 1985, when she published Playing the Odds, which introduced the MacGregor clan. It was the first bestseller of many.

Roberts soon made a name for herself as a writer of spellbinding multigenerational sagas, creating families like the Scottish MacGregors, the Irish Donovans and the Ukrainian Stanislaskis. She also began working on romantic suspense novels, in which the love story unfolds beneath a looming threat of violence or disaster. She grew so prolific that she outstripped her publishers' ability to print and market Nora Roberts books, so she created an alter ego, J.D. Robb. Under the pseudonym, she began writing romantic detective novels set in the future. By then, millions of readers had discovered what Publishers Weekly called her "immeasurable diversity and talent."

Although the style and substance of her books has grown, Roberts remains loyal to the genre that launched her career. As she says, "The romance novel at its core celebrates that rush of emotions you have when you are falling in love, and it's a lovely thing to relive those feelings through a book."

Good To Know

Roberts still lives in the same Maryland house she occupied when she first started writing -- though her carpenter husband has built on some additions. She and her husband also own Turn the Page Bookstore Café in Boonsboro, Maryland. When Roberts isn't busy writing, she likes to drop by the store, which specializes in Civil War titles as well as autographed copies of her own books.

Roberts sued fellow writer Janet Dailey in 1997, accusing her of plagiarizing numerous passages of her work over a period of years. Dailey paid a settlement and publicly apologized, blaming stress and a psychological disorder for her misconduct.

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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    1 of her best trilogies!!

    I went on a HUGE Nora Roberts trilogy binge several years ago and recently started downsizing my collection. THIS is NOT 1 of the trilogies that is going anywhere! This and the Born In trilogy are absolutely my favorites!! Highly recommend! LOVE LOVE LOVE Nora Roberts books. Makes a girl have something to look forward to as she dreams of love and life and what lessons are to be learned along the road to both.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    great series!

    I love this series! I love the mix of romance and fantasy. It makes me want to take a vacation to Ireland to see where Nora Roberts gets her inspiration!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    highly recommended

    One of Nora Roberts best

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    More like 3.5 Stars

    I don't read romance that often. It's not that I don't like them, it's just that I usually enjoy other books more. I love the series "In Death" published under J.D. Robb, so every once in a while, I'll pick up a Nora Roberts book. I always enjoy them, I just don't usually seek them out. This was no exception. It was a really good for a romance book. I loved the Irish parts of it. Now some people I'm sure hate the Irish cliches, but in a book like this I think it's wonderful. I love the setting, the folklore, and the people. And the romance part wasn't to over the top for me. It's part of a series, but I think it works as a stand alone book as well. While the main characters in #1 are still in #2, they are no longer the focus. And I assume the same for #3.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 1999

    Trilogies

    I hate to see another trilogy - that means I have to wait for #2 and #3 to come out without being totally impatient!!! I've read all her work and look for more.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2010

    Great Book

    This book was captivating. I loved the story line. I can't wait to read the next in the series. I was slightly disappointed in the ending but simply because I wasn't ready for it to end. The characters are ones you really connect to and can relate to.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    Jewels Of The Sun was a Nora Roberts Book through and through

    Jewels of the Sun (last book in the series) was defiantly a Nora Roberts book. Roberts' uses a fairy and a ghost from 300 years ago and ties them into the future of 3 different couples that live in today's world.

    I love to read fiction books, but not where the main characters might be super-human. Instead this series is most defiantly a romance novel with the main characters being regular men and women and contains a little bit of fantasy in terms of the characters and the plot.

    Words that I would describe this book as: Romance, Love, Fantasy, Light Humor

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2013

    If you enjoy a good romance, check this one out.

    This novel is light reading and entertaining and am looking forward to reading the next two. Nora Roberts does a great job in writing romance novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Amazing start to a series

    I just finished the first book to this series. It was wonderful. The descriptions of Ireland in this book are amazing. Jude's character is a practical woman who, like alot of us women are, lives her life to please others. That is until her marriage falls apart, her career gets tiresome and she takes a sudden trip to Ireland where she meets the very handsome, Aiden. Aiden seems to be the kind of guy who turns out to be a crazy one night fling but like so many of Nora's books turns into so much more... the only complaint i have about this book was Aidens proposal wasnt something youd expect from his character (well the first 2 proposals at least) the last proposal was more the character youd been reading about...the magical side if this book isnt like her others...the ghost woman doesnt communicate and she appears once in a while but doesnt try to get the characters to help her as in previous books ive read by Nora...but as i said in thebeginning another great start to the series...on to book two

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Dont read this

    Hate it

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Excellent!

    The story brought joyful tears to my eyes a couple of times,thoroughly enjoyable•

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    Lovely Story

    This is the first Nora Roberts book I have read, and I was impressed. I love Irish folklore and history, and this book even though fiction, was very entertaining. The plot was easy to follow and very romantic. The scenery was beautifully described and all in all I loved the book. I plan on reading more of her work, and of course the other two in this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2000

    I loved it!!!

    As always a Nora Roberts book is always delightful. I enjoyed how she brought Irland to life with her tale of romance there. I am looking forward to the next book in line to the trilogy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2000

    The Best!!!

    This is a book you can read over and over again. I love it. I am anxiously awaiting Tears of the Moon, the second of this Irish trilogy. I can't wait to read on about the next of the Gallaghers!!! Hurry up Nora Roberts!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2014

    Sun

    Here?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Scourge to carley

    Shoots you

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    To Sun and Percy

    Not the real Sun.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Sun

    Disapperas

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Dash

    Hides

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2014

    Classic Nora!

    I love Nora Roberts' novels. This is a fun mix of reality and fantasy - which I love. Will be going on to get the next book! I am thoroughly addicted to Ms. Roberts books, especially the trilogies and the books that mix reality with fantasy like this one.

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