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Jewels of the Sun: The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy #1 (Irish Trilogy) (edition 1999)

by Nora Roberts

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Title:Jewels of the Sun: The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy #1 (Irish Trilogy)
Authors:Nora Roberts
Info:Jove (1999), Paperback, 384 pages
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Full review is now up on my blog, I'm Here For the Romance!
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  EliseLaForge | Nov 20, 2018 |
Sobre o livro:
Eu diria que o tema principal deste livro é a redescoberta de si mesmo.
Seguimos a história de Jude e a sua insatisfação com a sua vida como psicóloga e professora, o quanto ela vive sufocada pela educação que teve, pelo ambiente urbano onde vive e o seu círculo social onde está integrada. A história começa com ela já na Irlanda por isso todas estas impressões que temos da vida anterior dela apenas temos pela narrativa ao longo do livro. Então ela encontra-se neste lugar estranho e rural, longe de tudo onde aparentemente ela vai viver como eremita na pequena casa que lhe ficou de herança da sua tia-avó, em Ardmore. Claro que isso não acontece e aos poucos Jude começa a integrar-se na comunidade local, fazendo amigos e a descobrir que tem uma paixão pela escrita e que esse poderá ser a sua verdadeira vocação profissional. Ela acaba também por se envolver romanticamente com Aidan Gallagher, dono de um pub local.
Interligado com a história de Jude e Aidan há a história romântica de Carrick, o príncipe das fadas, e Lady Gwen, a humana que ocupou a pequena casa da colina das flores onde Jude agora vive. Carrick e Gwen estão presos numa maldição que este lançou e só se podem dela libertar quando duas pessoas se apaixonarem verdadeiramente, naquele mesmo local.

Opinião Pessoal:
Há vários pontos positivos e negativos deste livro a assinalar mas primeiro vou apenas enquadrar o meu estado de espírito actual.
Depois de ter terminado “O Físico” de Noah Gordon, um livro que me levou de Inglaterra até ao Médio Oriente na altura da Idade Média, estava a precisar de uma leitura mais leve e dentro de um género que aprecio bastante, romance romântico.
A minha escolha recaiu sobre “As Jóias do Sol” por Nora Roberts, uma autora de quem já tinha ouvido falar inúmeras vezes mas que nunca tinha despertado o meu interesse ao ponto de querer comprar um dos seus livros. Felizmente tenho uma grande amiga que é sua fã e que decidiu no Natal passado colmatar essa minha falha oferecendo-me os 3 livros da Trilogia Irlandesa da Nora Roberts, do qual faz parte este “As Jóias do Sol”.
Como ainda estou a recuperar o ritmo de leitura depois de quase um ano de paragem na ficção, apenas lendo esporadicamente livros de puericultura, pensei que esta seria uma boa opção como leitura de primavera.
Passando ao que não gostei deste livro, posso dizer que não fiquei desiludida por não ter ficado fã de Nora Roberts. Acho que foi mais uma constatação de facto. Nora Roberts tem uma legião de fãs que adora o que ela escreve mas, para mim, a sua escrita semelhante à de muitos outros autores do género.
Em termos de desenvolvimento de enredo achei esta história demasiado simples para o meu gosto. Talvez porque o conflito principal estava centrado na personagem principal, em vez de no relacionamento entre ela e Aidan (como eu prefiro). Há momentos que não são particularmente interessantes ou relevantes para a história romântica entre os dois e depois esta acaba por ser contada em dois terços de toda a narrativa.
A aceitação imediata dos locais por Jude, principalmente por Darcy e Brenna que quase a adoptam como melhor amiga para todo o sempre foi, para mim, exagerada e demasiado rápida. Penso que a autora queria mostrar que Ardmore tinha todos os elementos para ser a sua casa mas acabou por resultar em algo forçado e mal executado.
A maioria dos personagens são bidimensionais, quase caricaturais. Darcy é bela e superficial, pensando só em compras e flirts, Brenna é bela, despachada e resolvida e demonstra isso reparando frigoríficos! Apenas Aidan me pareceu mais complexo, com um passado como viajante e rufia, agora domado pela responsabilidade de ter um pub.
Quanto aos aspectos positivos, gostei muito do tema principal do livro, a redescoberta de si mesmo. Confesso que, quando o estava a ler pensei que era um assunto já muito batido, principalmente neste género de livros. Depois de perceber qual a data inicial da sua publicação original percebi que este tipo de história, em que as pessoas fugiam para locais para se redescobrirem, é adequado à época.
Então, a Jude começa a perceber que o que gosta realmente é de escrever histórias, não tanto de analisar pessoas como tinha sido formada como psicóloga. Percebe que gosta de passear no campo mais do que visitar museus ou monumentos e percebe que gosta das pessoas locais, nomeadamente de Aidan, mais do que gostava das que tinha em Chicago, que eram nenhumas, excepto os pais e avó. No final do livro é uma pessoa com os seus “fantasmas” resolvidos e alguém mais corajoso e isso foi algo que gostei de ler.
Gostei também das descrições do local, Ardmore, que fica situado no sul da Irlanda. A mistura do misticismo irlandês no enredo, apesar de parecer que é algo que só um americano escreveria, foi engraçado e interessante. ( )
  Telma_tx | Jul 30, 2018 |
The beginning I found it really slow going... too much description and found the writing a bit odd.. but once the story got going it all slipped away and I enjoyed it! Aidan was a great leading man and I enjoyed his pursuit of Jude. ( )
  MyaB | Apr 25, 2018 |
Surprising herself and nearly everyone who knows her, Jude Murray quits her job as a psychology professor, rents out her Chicago condo, and flies to Ireland to live in a little cottage once owned by a relative of hers. She hadn’t even reacted this drastically when her husband asked for a divorce only a few months after they’d gotten married. All she knows is that she’s stressed and unhappy with her current life, and she has no idea what to do about it. She intends to stay at the cottage for six months, write an academic paper about Irish legends, and somehow figure out what to do next.

The village of Ardmore awakens a part of Jude that she’d thought long since squashed out of existence, a dreamer willing to believe in romance and magic. She’s baffled and pleased when two local women, Brenna O’Toole and Darcy Gallagher, decide to befriend her. Then there’s her attraction to Darcy’s charming and gorgeous brother, Aidan. And the beautiful and sad ghost who seems to be residing in her cottage.

This was a reread. I loved it when I first read it: the cozy Irish village and welcoming villagers, the Gallagher and O’Toole families, and Jude learning to just do things without worrying so much about the possibility of failure. I still enjoyed it this time around, although my enjoyment was a little more measured.

The main thing that kept me from completely sinking into this story was how painfully obvious it was that Jude came from a fairly wealthy family. She’d have to be, in order to suddenly quit her job, fly to another country, and spend six months working on a paper that, on its own, would probably never pay any bills. At one point, she went on a shopping spree with Brenna and Darcy and spent 2000 pounds on lingerie, plus who knows how much on purses, shoes, and outfits. Just thinking about it made panic well up in my throat - I couldn't help but remember how I'd felt when I paid $100 for a nice coat to wear to job interviews back when I was job hunting. Jude was also a bit shocked at her shopping spree, but whereas I kept thinking about her spending that much money without knowing when she’d see another paycheck, I had a feeling that Jude’s reaction was primarily inspired by her having done something so out of character for the person she’d been back in Chicago. Chicago Jude was practical and wouldn’t have spent so much money on sexy things.

I have a really nice life, but I can’t imagine ever having the kind of safety net that would be required for something like Jude’s story. When it dawned on her that what she really wanted to do was write stories, she worried about failure, but not about how she’d pay her bills if she failed. I could relate to aspects of Jude’s personality quite a bit - I, too, have a tendency to avoid risks and drama - but not so much her background.

That said, I still consider this one to be of Roberts’ better books. It was a quick and cozy read. Aidan was great, a guy who used to be a wanderer but who’d since matured and settled down. The gift-giving bit was lovely and sweet. The way he tried to handle Jude near the end of the book was more than a bit boneheaded, something he probably should have figured out sooner, but I could mostly understand how he’d gotten those idiot ideas in his head. And the groveling at the end was nice.

There were lots of other moments I loved that weren’t directly related to the romance. The way Jude’s mother, who up to that point had been painted as stiff and unemotional, got angry on Jude’s behalf. The hints of Brenna’s unrequited feelings for Shawn. Molly O’Toole’s steadiness, and the surprise Molly’s husband and Brenna had lined up for her. The way Darcy panicked when she realized that she might have had a part in setting Aidan up to be deeply hurt. Darcy wasn’t my favorite character, and I recall her book being my least favorite one in the trilogy, but I did like the way she’d get into snarling fights with her brothers and yet still clearly care about them. (Although her asking Jude for details about sex with Aidan seemed weird. Do sisters with brothers ever really do that? I only have a sister, and I can’t imagine wanting to discuss her sex life.)

The book’s supernatural aspects weren’t too bad either. This is one of the few “Nora Roberts trilogies tied together by something supernatural” that I can stand. The supernatural aspects are well-integrated into the romances and aren’t too hokey. Basically, a long time ago a mortal woman named Gwen fell in love with a faerie prince named Carrick. However, she doubted that her feelings for him and his feelings for her were real and ended up marrying the perfectly nice man her father lined up for her. She had kids, a decent marriage, and a nice but not passionate life. All the while, Carrick tried to woo her but made one big mistake - he never actually told her he loved her. At the end of Gwen’s life, he essentially cursed himself and Gwen not to be able to move on until three other couples fell in love. It was a bit silly and lacking in details (Carrick never actually specified which three couples, so it could have been anyone falling in love, not just the Gallagher siblings) but not too bad.

Jewels of the Sun hasn't perfectly stood the test of time for me, but it still made for a good reread.

Rating Note:

The me prior to my big job hunt probably wouldn't have had a problem rating this book. It would have been an easy 4 stars, possibly even 4.5. This reread left me debating between 3.5 stars and 4. In the end I settled on 4, because I mostly enjoyed myself and could see myself rereading it again sometime in the future.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Jun 11, 2017 |
A romance with interesting characters. An introduction to the fairies, the legends, and music of Ireland. ( )
1 vote Bettesbooks | Mar 25, 2017 |
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Determined to re-evaluate 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—and 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…
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In the small village of Ardmore, Ireland, Gallagher's pub is the center of the lively seaside community and the home of three passionate siblings: Aidan, Shawn, and Darcy. As a world traveler and a barkeep, the eldest brother Aidan has just about seen and heard it all, but when a quiet professor from Chicago enters his tavern, he is instantly intrigued--and certain that there is more to Jude Murray than what meets the eye.

Jude has returned to her grandmother's ancestral home to sort out her thoughts, know her heart, and "find Jude F. Murray in six months or less." After a life of deliberate security, Jude finds herself recovering from a failed marriage and a disappointing career. With the pretense of a research expedition, Jude leaves her life in Chicago and moves into the charming house on top of the faerie hill. Surrounded by the awesome scenery and relieved by the simplicity of life, Jude excuses her visions of ghosts and faeries as signs of her mental recovery.

But the inhabitants of Ardmore, and Aidan Gallagher in particular, don't dismiss these apparitions with such convenient logic, and Jude learns to listen more carefully to the messages in the world. As Aidan and Jude draw closer to each other, Jude struggles to discover, balance, and define the complex parts of her soul.

In the character of Jude Murray, Nora Roberts has created a sophisticated woman whose internal development from skittish recluse to confident lover is realistic and convincing. Carefully avoiding the "good man is a solution to all problems" plot, Roberts lets Jude and Aidan interact and develop individually, as well as together as a couple. While this modern tone is refreshing, it feels a bit at odds with the supernatural, faerie themes. As this is the first in a series about the Gallagher siblings and the faerie legend, perhaps these thematic contradictions will sort themselves out in the subsequent novels. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

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While immersing herself in the study of Irish folklore, Irishwoman Jude Murray meets Aidan Gallagher, a dashing man whose knowledge of Ireland's myths intoxicates her.

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