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In the summer of 1965, doctors O’Reilly and Laverty can be found working comfortably alongside each other in idyllic Ballybucklebo, Ireland. Sharing a general practice in the small village means lots of aches and pains and the occasional emergency, but there always seems to be time for a predinner Jameson. When their loyal housekeeper is suddenly sent to the hospital with a mysterious pain, the peace at their place is interrupted by visiting hours, burnt dinners, rowdy pets, temporary help, burgeoning romance, wedding plans, and a possible career change. In the latest installment in the Irish Country series, Taylor continues the adventures of the much-loved doctors and the Ballybucklebo villagers, complete with a glossary of authentic Irish slang. While longtime lovers of the series will enjoy this episode, new readers might want to start with an earlier entry. Fans of Frank Delaney, Jan Karon, and Gail Fraser will appreciate Taylor’s humorous, dialect-tinged take on small-town drama. A spirited and compassionate story filled with pastoral Irish imagery, cheerful village life, and heartwarming romance. --Stephanie Turza

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A spirited and compassionate story filled with pastoral Irish imagery, cheerful village life, and heartwarming romance. (Booklist on An Irish Country Wedding)

Taylor is a bang-up storyteller who captivates and entertains from the first word. (Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Girl)

Patrick Taylor has become probably the most popular Irish-Canadian writer of all time. (The Globe and Mail)

Taylor masterfully charts the small victories and defeats of Irish village life. (Irish America Magazine)
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Product Details

  • Series: Irish Country Books (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; First Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765332175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765332172
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.6 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1941, Taylor was brought up in Bangor, Northern Ireland, and receieved his medical education in Ulster. He initially practiced in a rural Ulster village akin to Ballybucklebo before taking specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. After living in Belfast through the first two years of the recent Irish Troubles (1969-1994) he and his family emigrated to Canada where he pursued a career in medical research and teaching in the field of human infertility. His contributions have been honoured with three lifetime achievement awards including the Lifetime Award of Excellence of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

A talent for the written word, first recognized when he was 16 by his winning the "Campbellian Prize for Literature", led to an outpouring of contributions to the medical literature. His scientific works include 170 papers and six textbooks, one translated from the original French. For ten years, (1991-2001) he was editor-in-chief of the Canadian Obstetrics and Gynaecology journal.

To add leavening to dry, academic prose Taylor has always nurtured his creative side. His monthly medical humour columns which began in 1991, En Passant, Medicine Chest and Taylor's Twist were followed by his appointment as book reviewer to Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour.

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is the seventh book in the Irish Country series:

1) An Irish Country Doctor
2) An Irish Country Village (Irish Country Books)
3) An Irish Country Christmas
4) An Irish Country Girl: A Novel (Irish Country Books)
5) An Irish Country Courtship: A Novel (Irish Country Books)
6) A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel (Irish Country Books)
7) An Irish Country Wedding (Irish Country Books)

I was first introduced to the series in November of 2008 when I picked up "Irish Country Christmas" and the love affair began. It was a book I enjoyed from beginning to end so I went back and read the first two novels and then impatiently waited every year for the next one to be published.

The latest book revolves around Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as he is preparing to marry for the second time as well as around Dr. Barry Laverty as he prepares to leave Ballybucklebo to further his medical training. These are the two country doctors that have provided the backbone of these stories over the years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Reader-Reader on October 19, 2012
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Once  I got started on this series I can't stop. I truly like his style of writing and getting to know all the people of   Ballybucklebo.  They are a nice but eccentric bunch

These novels are refreshing and uplifting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart S Meighan on January 19, 2013
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Patrick Taylor's "Irish Country" sreies, including this, his most recent, hark back to a simpler time. The character development throughout the series is consistantly excellent. There are a lot of plot twists and turns.

Its all a bit pollyanna, with good outsmarting evil at every corner. Sometimes I want that comfort, especially when life is challenging and complex. Taylor weaves a world that forms a gentle retreat at such times.

I suggest that you begin the series at the begining and read the books in sequence. I think "An Irish Country Doctor" is book 1.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kaynote on November 8, 2012
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These stories of two Irish doctors and their experiences in a small (shmall?) Irish town have been so entertaining that I looked forward to reading the most recent (final?) book in the series.
Sadly, it didn't live up to the promise. Sure, it did tie together loose ends, sent the doctors off on their expected ways, even returned the cook/receptionist/overweight "Kinky" Kincaid to the office at 1 Main Street, Ballybucklebo, as an interesting character with a looming love affair.
If author Patrick Taylor decides to write more - in this series or elsewhere - I would recommend his work for anyone who wants to get an authentic taste of the Ulster country that he writes so well about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mel on November 21, 2012
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This book was a pleasant surprise. A story about a charming Irish community. Heart warming. After reading this one, I went back and found there was a whole series so have started the series from the beginning. Already well into the first one and loving it. Light and enjoyable reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith R. Henning on February 13, 2013
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I have read the entire Taylor series. I purchased this book and saved it for my vacation. I don't even know if I will finish it, since it is so dull. I find myself not liking Kinky,who has always been a fun character now she dominates the book. Sue Nolan is just okay, time to bring back Patricia. I have enjoyed all the other books,but I doubt I will return to the series. Three stars is a very generous rating for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane on January 27, 2013
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This novel, as with all the other Irish Country novels, gives a wonderful picture of the Irish people and country settings. Taylor's use of adjectives is superb in describing countryside views and just as descriptive when it comes to personal characteristics. Reading this is like being a small mouse in the corner of an Irish homestead watching all the daily happenings. A sense of fun and a love of life in all characters leaves you longing for the next installment. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for relaxing days of reading in a quiet Irish meadow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Blues Reviews on January 23, 2013
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I had a chance to review A Dublin Student Doctor in the audiobook format in 2011 and I immediately fell in love with the series and this author. I find John Keating's narrating for the characters just amazing. I originally got into this series because having worked in the medical field for years, I love my medical in books, and I find all the unique Vintage medical scenes in Taylor's series fascinating. Set in the village of Ballybucklebo in northern Ireland An Irish Country Wedding, book #7 in the series continues with the country practitioners Dr's Fingal and Barry tending to patients physically as well as emotionally. You also have Dr Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and Kitty O'Hallorhan preparing for their wedding while Fingal's young colleague Barry Laverty, M.B spends his time courting the young school teacher Susan. I really like the double romance theme between the two couples. In fact many of my favorite parts in this book are scenes between Barry and Susan and their erratic relationship.

I find the historical fiction, which by the way is well researched by the author, quite interesting and as in his other books the scenery is timeless. I would recommend this audiobook series to anyone who would like to read about an unconventional cast of characters in a charming little village and who would not mind the irish dialect, which I myself find delightful.
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