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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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In her recent romance trilogies, Roberts (Carnal Innocence, etc.) has combined ghosts with lively humor and vivid sensuality. In this first volume of her newest series, Jude Murray, an American psychologist, has come to spend six months at Faerie Hill Cottage on the Irish coast to study Irish folklore and escape her dreary, uneventful life in Chicago. Faerie Hill is haunted by the 300-year-old ghost of Lady Gwen, who turned down the proposal of Carrick, king of the fairies, and is doomed to wander alone until three couples can find happiness. These three will include the engaging Gallagher siblings (Aidan, the eldest, Darcy and Shawn), who operate the local pub. Aidan, who senses the fire beneath Jude's controlled exterior, is smitten with the visiting American. His passion for her draws him away from his responsibilities at the pub as he share with her the lore of the land. Roberts, a storytelling wizard, is at her best here, creating a fantastic setting for the continuing romantic tales of the Gallaghers. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; November edition (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515126772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515126778
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Anne Cahill on January 13, 2000
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I swear Nora Roberts must get kickbacks from the Irish Tourism board. Who WOULDN'T want to go try and find a village like Ardmore, and the wonderful people in it? Some readers have complained of Jude's "weak" character, and if I had tossed the book away halfway through I might have agreed. But the point is that people do develop and grow, and we got to see Jude get over her insecurities. People who don't think she's a realistic character have clearly never been on the insecure side. And Aidan -- well, who wouldn't want to spend hours in his company? Charming, a captivating storyteller, a romantic, a man who knows himself and his home. I am so looking forward to reading about Shawn and Brenna, and then of course Darcy and ... whomever. I'm not normally into books where ghosts and faeries are spoken of matter-of-factly, but even that aspect of the story was enchanting. I read the book to my husband in 2 days of driving on the way back from vacation, and even he (a Stephen King fan) enjoyed it!
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful By M. Burleson on December 30, 1999
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If this story does not make you want to jaunt off to Ireland and fall in love with a charming rogue, you're either dead or a man!
At first I was surprised to read the reviews from people disappointed with the book. The more I thought about it, though, I had to admit that it is not your typical Nora Roberts mystery/suspense romance. Those who are familiar with her other works, and that of J.D. Robb, would no doubt be disappointed - there really is no mystery. You know in the end that Aidan and Jude will be together. But it's the journey that gets them there that should, and does, entertain you.
I have been a fan of Nora Roberts for a long, long time, and have yet to be disappointed with her work. This novel is a funny, entertaining, magical description of Aidan & Jude's romance.
I laughed along with Jude, for I, along with many others, I'm sure, can relate to her "neurotic" thinking sometimes. I do not, however, believe this makes her a "weak" heroine. It makes her real. I envied her for the friendships that bloomed between her, Darcy and Brenna. And I completely fell for Aidan. What more could a reader wish for in a book?
How long until the next one?
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Jisca Guerin on December 20, 1999
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I am a HUGE Nora Roberts fan. I have read 57 of her books written as herself and J.D. Robb, two of those being compilations. Lately I was getting discouraged because her books were getting a bit repetitive as if they were all comming out of the same mold. I was a bit hesitant when I read the synopsis on the back of this book, thinking to myself that it sounded all too familiar. Boy, was I wrong! This story is fresh and dynamic. You'll want to cheer for Jude Murray and all the wonderful characters that surround her. One of the things that endears me most to Nora is her wonderful sense of family and community and this is one of her best examples to date. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to get away from it all for a few chapters and step into the wonderful world of Ireland dipicted by Nora Roberts!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 1999
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I have been a Nora Roberts fan for years and I am not disappointed in this outing. Her plot is well developed as are her characters. The dialogue is clean and she makes wonderful use of imagery. I have been to Ireland and Ms. Roberts does a wonderful job in bringing back the sights and sounds of such a beautiful country. For those readers who disliked the mystical angle.. why? Sometimes you need to suspend your belief in things you can only see and touch. After all what is faith? The belief in something we can't see or prove to be true. We are still learning so much about our world, someday we may discover that fairies,elves and other types of "magic" really do exist...for now we will have to make do with authors whose writing is so good she helps us believe in the magic even for the space of those few hundred pages. Bravo
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Hammitt on November 30, 1999
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I've always been a fan of Nora Roberts books and this latest book is the best since the Born in Fire trilogy! I love the main character, so many times in romance the female lead falls all over the man, even if that man treats her horribly. In this story the woman makes him show her his love instead of giving into what he wants. What a wonderful story of self discovery and reliance.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "erj50" on March 6, 2000
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I've loved the McGregor books, but this one is even better! I felt that I was right there in Ireland living with Jude. The book is so descriptive, you really feel a part of the action. You ache for poor Gwen and rejoice for Jude and Aiden when they finally figure out what needs to be said. I can't wait for the next books in the series!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marissa Madden on March 18, 2000
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A tale of romance and fantasy. Explore the culture, folk lore and traditions of Ireland. I am wishing that I could just escape and live this novel. I spent many hours burning the midnight oil over this one. You will immediately fall in love with this tale. It captures your heart and imagination and holds on tight until you have finished. It stirs up memories of what it is like to fall in love. You easily transform yourself into the characters only wishing and hoping that you could again feel the emotions that they are feeling. Oh, to be that in love again! You will not be able to put this one down.
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