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Product Details

  • Series: Irish Country Books (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765321742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765321749
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Set in the 1965, this gentle slice-of-life novel is the fifth in a series about life in the colorful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo. The only doctor in town, Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, is looking for a partner and welcomes younger doctor Barry Laverty into his home and his practice. After being suddenly and publicly dumped by his girlfriend of a few months, Laverty is unsure if he wants to stay in the small town. Trying to convince him to stay, O’Reilly involves Laverty in various town intrigues, including a complicated horse-betting swindle being run by a local politician on a group of tradesmen. At the same time, the widowed O’Reilly attempts to rekindle a romance from his youth. O’Reilly’s stoic, painful attempt to build a new life for himself contrasts sharply with Laverty and his excessive whining about the breakup of a relatively short-term relationship. The town is stocked with a Hollywood-worthy cast of supporting characters, including busybodies, eccentrics, and a beautiful schoolteacher. Appendixes include a glossary for readers not familiar with Gaelic slang and recipes for dishes made in the book. --Marta Segal Block


"Welcome to the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where two overworked doctors work hand in hand to mend the bodies and spirits of the town's diverse and engaging inhabitants. But who is looking after the wounded hearts of the doctors? Taylor masterfully charts the small victories and defeats of Irish village life." - Irish American Magazine"

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)Easy to read hard to put down!!
Vicki Hays
I love them all but this one really started to get into the feelings of the characters more and I like that.
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I haven't finished yet, but I just love the writings of Patrick Taylor's Irish Country Books.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is the fifth book in the Irish Country series (1 - "Irish Country Doctor", 2 - "Irish Country Village", 3 - "Irish Country Christmas", 4 - "Irish Country Girl", and 5 - "An Irish Country Courtship"). My first experience was the Christmas story which hooked me and I had to go back to the beginning and read them all. Every book has been wonderful and this fifth book is no exception.

Regarding the series as a whole: They are set in rural Ireland during the 1960s. The main characters are the established older doctor (Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly) who is bringing a younger doctor (Barry Laverty) into his practice to help ease the growing workload. The two physicians don't limit themselves to helping the residents of Balleybucklebo with their physical complaints. It seems that they end up with their fingers in many pies and the villagers look to them for their wisdom in helping with all life's problems. Mrs. Kinky Kincaid is the housekeeper and friend that looks over them and takes care of the home fires while these two run all over the countryside ministering to those who need them.

The last book ("An Irish Country Girl") took a detour and was primarily the story of Mrs. Kincaid and her early life in the 1920s prior to coming to Balleybucklebo. This latest installment finds us back at Balleybucklebo and Barry Laverty is the primary focus this time out. Barry's romantic life takes an unexpected turn and he finds himself questioning what it is he really wants to do as his life's work. Councillor Bertie Bishop has hatched another scheme to make himself financially richer and has trapped some of the locals into a losing proposition.

From the first novel through this fifth one, they have all been an absolute joy to read.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Obsidian Blue VINE VOICE on September 29, 2010
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I first started the Irish Country books about a year ago when I found An Irish Country Doctor. That story revolved around the main character of Barry Laverty who goes to the village of Ballybucklebo (no its not real) to work beside a country general practicioner, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

The past several books have been very interesting and have set things up nicely for the fifth book in this series.

This book, An Irish Country Courtship, has Barry settling into Ballybucklebo after the Christmas holidays and enjoying spending time with his girlfriend Patricia. We also have Fingal starting to have feelings again for a woman who he dated before he met and married his first wife now dead. I love keeping up with characters though Barry at times made me want to smack him.

Patrick Taylor writes very well and his description of people, places, smell, and also medical procedures is great. The medical scences alone make me very happy since you get a real sense for how medical doctors and nurses had to operate and diagnose things now without the benefit of modern technology.

We also get to re-vist old characters and some new but all in all at the end of the novel I felt a bit dissatisfied. Probably because the story line in this novel was only 8 weeks (2 months) and we now have an ending that is going to lead Barry off in another direction which makes me feel worried that we will not have any more adventures in Ballybucklebo that showcase the people there prominently. Also the novel was short. Taylor adds in an author's note that was fairly long, also Kinky's recipes and than a glossary that take up about 15 percent of the novel.
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29 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Marvin W. Reed on September 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Taylor has taken the readers of his series on another fantastic trip to Ireland. This particular book brought to mind several expierences I had during my own life, which brought both joy & sorrow. However, this proves Dr. Taylor can touch the lives of his readers which is a good thing. Understand from Dr. Taylor's web site there will be another book " An Irish Country Partnership " which will be available in 2011. Am extremely anxious for this book to be published. Highly recommend this series not only because of the Irish settings but for anyone who enjoys visiting a small town with interesting characters along with interesting situations in their lives. Read and enjoy your trip to Ballybucklebo !!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 29, 2010
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Once again Patrick Taylor's talent and flair to tell a story will keep the reader engrossed from page to page, chapter to chapter, and from beginning to end. The original cast of characters returns the reader to Ballybucklebo and the daily life of a country GP. Kinky Kincaid, Barry Laverty, Dr. O'Reilly himself, and of course the ever bothersome Councilor Bertie Bishop spurs the story forward. Only to eclipse the original cast of characters is Taylor's prose and original Irish brogue he has bestowed in the dialog of the characters.

In An Irish Country Courtship youthful dating tribulations continue to haunt Barry Laverty with his true love, Patricia. Dr. O'Reilly's relationship with Kitty O'Hallorhan blossoms into a love affair for the time and ages. Their relationship takes a hiccup when Kitty and Kinky have a mix-up. They are confused about Kitty's prominence at #1 Main Street and put O'Reilly in the unwanted middle. O'Reilly, being the calming force is caught in the middle of the two women who covet his attention. We return to the race tracks as Councilor Bishop, matches wits with Dr. Reilly's when he tries to con some of the hard working resident's of Ballybucklebo, including O'Reilly's partner-in-good, Donal Donnelly.

Taylor's knowledge of the era and local of the Irish countryside only enhance the story. Patrick Taylor continues to surpass his latest work with each written novel.
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