[Roberts] is at her best here (Publishers Weekly, starred review) in the first book in her enchanting trilogy set in Ardmore, Ireland.
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1 . My Favorite!
Posted August 27, 2010 by CPolley , Mesa, ArizonaI've read and re-read this series several times. It is my absolute favorite set from Nora Roberts. If you haven't read it yet your missing out on a truly enchanting story.
2 . Amazing!
Posted December 29, 2009 by Samantha , Port Allen, LAThis is the first book in this series and it was amazing. The story, the characters, and the setting were just great. I really enjoyed reading this book. This is by far my favorite series of hers, and I've read a lot of them. This is one of those books you need to read, along with the other two in the series, by Roberts. I will definitely be reading and re-reading this series a lot.
3 . Classic Nora Roberts
Posted October 01, 2009 by Amy , TexasDelightfully funny and heartwarming, I love reading and re-reading it. If you're into audiobooks you have got to listen to this one, its great.
August 21, 2002
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Excerpt from Jewels of the Sun by Nora Roberts
OBVIOUSLY, WITHOUT QUESTION, she'd lost her mind.
Being a psychologist, she ought to know.
All the signs were there, had been there, hovering and humming around her for months. The edginess, the short temper, the tendency toward daydreaming and forgetfulness. There'd been a lack of motivation, of energy, of purpose.
Her parents had commented on it in their mild, you-can-do-better-Jude way. Her colleagues had begun to glance at her, covertly, with quiet pity or unquiet distaste. She'd come to detest her job, resent her students, find a dozen petty faults with her friends and her family, her associates and superiors.
Every morning the simple task of getting out of bed to dress for the day's classes had taken on the proportions of scaling a mountain. Worse, a mountain she had absolutely no interest in seeing from a distance, much less climbing.
Then there was the rash, impulsive behavior. Oh, yes, that was the final tip-off. Steady-as-she-goes Jude Frances Murray, one of the sturdiest branches on the family tree of the Chicago Murrays, sensible and devoted daughter of Doctors Linda and John K. Murray, quit her job.
Not took a sabbatical from the university, not asked for a few weeks' leave, but quit, right in the middle of the semester.
Why She didn't have the faintest idea.
It had been as much a shock to her as to the dean, to her associates, to her parents.
Had she reacted in this manner two years before when her marriage had shattered No, indeed. She'd simply continued her routine -- her classes, her studies, her appointments -- without a hitch, even while shuffling in the lawyers and neatly filing the paperwork that symbolizes the end of a union.
Not that there'd been much of a union, or a great deal of hassling for the lawyers to legally sever it. A marriage that had lasted just under eight months didn't generate a great deal of mess or trouble. Or passion.
Passion, she supposed was what had been missing. If she'd had any, William wouldn't have left her flat for another woman almost before the flowers in her bridal bouquet had faded.
But there was no point in brooding over it at this late date. She was what she was. Or had been what she was, she corrected. God only knew what she was now.
Maybe that was part of it, she mused. She'd been on some verge, had looked down at the vast, dark sea of sameness, of monotony, of tedium that was Jude Murray. She'd pinwheeled her arms, scrambled back from the edge -- and run screaming away.
It was so unlike her.