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The Gallagher Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Updated on September 5, 2012

The Irish Trilogy is my favorite romantic fantasy series!

There is something about Ireland that makes it an ideal backdrop for romance. Perhaps because of her own love for the verdant countryside of Ireland, Nora Roberts has captured the hearts of many readers with her amazing fantasy and paranormal romance trilogies and sagas. By far, my personal favorite of these is The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy.

If you are looking for an excellent series of Irish romance stories, I highly recommend that you try out The Irish Trilogy. I am confident that you will enjoy it a great deal. I know I didn't want to put it down and have worn out several copies of all three books!

Nora Roberts is the author of the romantic Gallagher Trilogy
Nora Roberts is the author of the romantic Gallagher Trilogy

What I Love about Nora Roberts

For years I was adamant that I would never read romantic fiction. That was for idiots! Women who didn't have anything better to do with their lives. The same people who spent every day catching up on their favorite soap operas. What few romance novels I had picked up were poorly written and trite. I couldn't enjoy them. I was a serious reader after all.

When a friend passed over one of Nora Roberts' novels to me, I scoffed. I told her that I simply don't read romance, and I do not enjoy fantasy. I've never quite fought my way through an entire fantasy series and I didn't think that I'd be able to do it now. Give me vampires, werewolves, dystopian fiction; these things pleased me and made me happy, caught my attention. Even the occasional cozy mystery was better than romance fiction!

Needless to say, I loved the novel (Dance Upon the Air, the second in the Three Sisters Trilogy). Nora Roberts had me hooked, and I devoured the first book in the series, re-read Dance Upon the Air and then dove straight into the final story.

Bearing in mind that I haven't read a lot of romantic fiction, the things that I like about Nora Roberts are:

  • She creates excellent, three dimensional characters. Her heroes are more than the sum of their faults and her heroines are more than the sum of their strengths. In all of the novels of hers that I've read, I've never encountered a Mary Sue or a Gary Stu character.
  • She gives me a compelling story. It's easy to go over the same kinds of story over and over again in romantic fiction. There is a formula, after all. There are a few ways to break free from this, including historical romance and paranormal romance. Nora Roberts pulls it off brilliantly.

  • I enjoy her settings. Roberts is a master of description, and she gives me enough information to form a visual on what it is that she has seen and is envisioning, while still giving me enough room to use my imagination to fill in the blanks. Whether she's writing about Ireland, New England or the Chesapeake makes no difference. Her descriptions are lovely.
  • The books are so much more than soft porn. Nora Roberts gives us real characters in beautiful settings with genuine stories. So many romance novels I've tried to read are nothing more than two characters "hooking up" and getting married with no real romance in between.

It bears repeating that Nora Roberts was the first author of romantic fiction that I've ever really given a chance. If I'd started out with someone else, my feelings might be vastly different. However, I find her books to be good for light reading that still engages me with the characters and their story. She is neither too difficult nor is she to basic. Like baby bear's bed, she is "just right."

The Joy of Reading Trilogies

I enjoy series of novels for several reasons. The most significant of these reasons is that the author has more time to develop their main characters. By the time you reach the third or fourth book in a series, the characters are well developed and trustworthy; you can expect them to behave in a particular way, if the series is any good to begin with.

I find it easy to get bored after the third or fourth book in a series, however. I struggled through the famous seven-part series about wizards and witches at a special school, and I have a ton of trouble with The Southern Vampire Mysteries, in which Charlaine Harris makes some glaring errors in her characterizations (and is rather crude, when it comes down to it).

Nora Roberts has quite an extensive list of books she has written. Most of them are excellent. None of them, however, do for me what her trilogies (and the Chesapeake Bay Saga) do for me. I believe that in trilogies, Nora Roberts really shines. This is where she does her best work. I absolutely love The Gallagher Trilogy!

The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy is my personal favorite. - Which is yours?

I have read the majority of the romantic fiction series listed below. The only two I have not read are The Bride Quartet and The Born In Trilogy. Of those that I have read, my favorite is hands down The Gallagher Trilogy. I have read it over and over again and worn out my copies of all three novels. They have been dropped in the toilet and dried out to be read again. I've passed copies on to friends (not the ones dropped in the toilet!) and recommended them to anybody who will listen to me. I love this trilogy!

Which Nora Roberts Trilogy is your favorite?

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Irish Language in the Books

There is quite a bit of use of the Irish language in The Gallagher Trilogy. My copies did not contain an Irish glossary, though I had one available to me in another one of Nora Roberts' series. You may wish to find an Irish language lexicon (pronunciations are helpful!), but if you're a real die-hard, maybe you'll join me in learning to speak Irish!

Learn to Speak Irish with Me!

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Learn Irish: Rosetta Stone Irish - Level 1-3 Set
Learn Irish: Rosetta Stone Irish - Level 1-3 Set

Join me in learning to speak Irish, the language used for endearment in the Irish Trilogy. Did you know that students in Ireland are required to learn Gaelic even though they speak English as their native language?


My Summary of The Gallagher Trilogy

Also Known as The Irish Trilogy

Like most of Nora Roberts' fantasy stories, there is a certain complexity to the story of Prince Carrick of the Faeries, who lives in the Faerie Raft beneath Faerie Hill cottage in Ardmore, Ireland. His story is the real story Nora Roberts is telling throughout the trilogy, as the ghost of his long-deceased human lover lives in Faerie Hill Cottage, where one of the three heroines lives. In order to break the spell that keeps them apart for an eternity, Carrick must bring the three couples together, guide them to fall in love, and then be reunited with his lost love.

The real beauty of the series is in the lessons that Carrick learns through the experience, and the way that he lost his lover, Lady Gwen or Faerie Hill Cottage. In order to bring the couples of the story together and earn her back, he must learn the lesson that he should have learned so many decades ago; that words matter.

But real couples are stubborn and have their own difficulties. How is Carrick going to get the three Gallagher siblings to tie the knot before his time runs out and he will be without Gwen for forever? Aidan, Shawn and Darcy must fall in love before it's too late. Between him and his Lady Gwen, the two of them help the three couples to see into their own hearts and to learn to communicate with one another so that they can get the best out of their relationships with one another.

As is the case with trilogies, there are three couples in this series; Aidan and Jude, Shawn and Brenna and Darcy and Trevor. Each of the Gallagher siblings are vastly different from one another, and together they run Gallagher's Pub in Ardmore, following in their parents' footsteps even after their parents moved to the United States. It is between the pub and Faerie Hill Cottage, where Jude lives, that the main action of the story takes place.

Although the stories follow the same formula that has become so popular in romantic fiction, they are very pleasing due to the characterizations and the setting. I am sure that if you are a Nora Roberts fan that you will love these books. If you are not a Nora Roberts fan, The Gallaghers of Ardmore might just make you one!

Jewels of the Sun, by Nora Roberts
The Gallagher Trilogy is my favorite trilogy by Nora Roberts, and Aidan Gallagher is my favorite of her heroes, hands down! Lovers of romantic fantasy are su...

Tears of the Moon, by Nora Roberts
The Gallagher men are some of the most well-drawn heroes of any of Nora Roberts romantic fantasy. Shawn Gallagher is no exception! I don't think that Roberts...

Heart of the Sea, by Nora Roberts
Heart of the Sea is the disappointing conclusion to the Gallagher trilogy, by Nora Roberts. I never like all three heroines in a Nora Roberts trilogy, and in...

The Gallagher men in particular are wonderful romantic heroes!

Of the three novels in this romantic trilogy, I have to say that I think Tears of the Moon is my favorite. I absolutely adore Brenna and I think that as far as romantic heroines go, she's pretty amazing. Nora Roberts mixes up her heroines nicely, and in a trilogy we usually get a "weak" (very feminine) heroine, a strong (almost masculine) heroine and a deeply pseudo-feminist heroine. Brenna is the strong heroine of the series from my perspective, and I think that she's terrific.

But no matter how much I adore Brenna, Aidan overwhelms everything else in the entire series. I might not read a lot of romance fiction, but Aidan Gallagher is the most amazing romantic hero that I've read about. He's the type I can identify with as someone I'd be interested in romantically, and that's saying something. I don't generally get roped into the story that thoroughly!

So, which couple is your favorite?

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Get the Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy on Amazon

Jewels of the Sun: The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy (Irish Trilogy, Book 1)
Jewels of the Sun: The Gallaghers of Ardmore Trilogy (Irish Trilogy, Book 1)

Jude arrives in Ardmore and moves into Faerie Hill Cottage. When she sees a figure in the upstairs window, she begins to think that she's going crazy, until she finds out that the figure is known to be the ghost of Lady Gwen, one of her ancestors who died pining for her lost love, Carrick of the Faeries.

Tears of the Moon  (Irish Trilogy, Book 2)
Tears of the Moon (Irish Trilogy, Book 2)

Shawn and Brenna have known one another their entire lives, and there has always been some romantic tension between the two of them. Now, with Aidan and Jude romantically involved, the two of them are feeling the pressure to become more than friends. But when Carrick begins to push, could he be pushing too far, too fast?

Heart of the Sea  (Irish Trilogy, Book 3)
Heart of the Sea (Irish Trilogy, Book 3)

Darcy has never been interested in romance the way that her friends are. She's a strong, independent woman who doesn't need anybody. Just when it looks as though Carrick's plans are going to be foiled and Lady Gwen lost to him for forever, American Trevor McGee comes into her life. But can he win her heart?


Do You love Nora Roberts? - What do you think of the Gallager Series?

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      7 years ago

      I have not read a book by Nora Roberts. Romance fiction is fun to read though. I'll have to keep my eye open for this author and check out her writing. Thanks for introducing me to her.


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