In Nora Roberts's Jewels of the Sun, Jude Murray, seeking refuge from her troubles, abruptly gives up her academic life for an enchanted cottage in the faraway world of Ireland. Jude intends only a summer's sabbatical to collect stories about faeries and ghosts from the villagers of Ardmore. But Aidan Gallagher, himself a world traveler who came home to run the local pub, sees in Jude a yearning for more than material for an academic treatise.

As Jude is seduced by the land, the tales, and Aidan's own magic, she must choose between the responsible life she left behind and the passionate life she sees with Aidan.

What good fortune for readers that Roberts is launching a trilogy with this Irish tale. Her writing is at its scintillating best when she draws readers into the lives of people like Jude and the Gallaghers.

Sandy Huseby reviews from her homes in Fargo, North Dakota, and lakeside near Nevis, Minnesota.

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