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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (990 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Taylor Narrator: John Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Welcome to Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country Books and the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where two 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?

In An Irish Country Courtship, after less than a year, young Barry Laverty, MB, is settling in to the village, with only a few months to go before he becomes a full partner in the practice. He’s looking forward to becoming a fixture in the community, until an unexpected romantic reversal gives him second thoughts. Will he truly be happy tending to routine coughs and colds for the rest of his career? After all, even when a more challenging case comes along, like a rare tropical disease, all he can do is pass it on to a qualified specialist or big-city hospital. As much as Barry enjoys the rough and tumble of life in County Down, is running a humble GP’s shop all he wants out of life?

Barry’s mentor, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, is going through some personal upheavals as well. After mourning his deceased wife for decades, he’s finally allowed a new woman into his life. But this budding courtship is not going over well with Kinky Kincaid, the doctors’ redoubtable housekeeper, who fears having her position usurped by O’Reilly’s new flame. Tact, diplomacy, and a fair amount of blarney may be required to restore peace to the household.

Meanwhile, life goes on in Ballybucklebo, presenting both doctors with plenty of distractions from their own troubles. From a mysterious outbreak at the local school to a complicated swindle involving an unlucky racehorse, the two partners will need all of their combined wit and compassion to put things right again—just in time for their lives to change forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Ulster villagers of Ballybucklebo are happy with their two country doctors, but the physicians themselves seem to be growing restless…As the doctors untangle their respective dilemmas, problems medical and otherwise are popping up everywhere in this rustic enclave, much to the delight of confirmed Patrick Taylor fans.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “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 town is stocked with a Hollywood-worthy cast of supporting characters, including busybodies, eccentrics, and a beautiful schoolteacher.”

    Booklist

  • “Taylor’s fifth novel about the life of an Irish country doctor in Ballybucklebo, set on the cusp of 1965, is a warm, friendly tale about an idealized way of life…[enchanced by an exquisite sense of place and Taylor’s authentic medical…Readers who adore novels set in rural Ireland (and fans of Jan Karon’s U.S.-based Mitford books) will enjoy settling in again with Taylor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Continuation of Taylor’s popular series about country doctors in the tiny Northern Irish town of Ballybucklebo, circa 1964…Interspersed throughout, medical cases, described in suitably gruesome detail (a long-festering liver abscess being only one example), will satisfy the most voyeuristic armchair physician. Fear not—in the cozy world of Ballybucklebo, hearts may be on the line but lives seldom are. Nostalgia for a simpler time, plus an idyllic depiction of universal health coverage in action.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Patrick Taylor has become probably the most popular Irish-Canadian writer of all time.”

    Globe and Mail, praise for the author

  • “The author laces his heartwarming moments with liberal doses of whiskey and colorful Ulster invectives.”

    Chicago Sun-Times, praise for the author

  • “Taylor masterfully charts the small victories and defeats of Irish village life.”

    Irish America magazine

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melanie | 2/12/2014

    " I loved this one! New directions for both the characters and it was fresh and intriguing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Colleen Wack | 2/10/2014

    " I love this author! The books are about a doctor in rural Ireland in the mid 1960's. For those of us that live in small, rural villages, the quirky characters are funny because we can easily relate. We know people like this! At this point in history that the book covers major vaccinations are just beginning to be used or have recently been discovered. Practicing medicine by a GP was still very much by knowledge acquired rather than the tools they had available. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Barbara | 2/3/2014

    " I have enjoyed all of Patrick Taylor's Irish Country novels. This was not my favorite, but still fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patti | 2/3/2014

    " Wonderful! This series is a keeper for me. I will read ANY further adventures of Dr. O'Reilly and Dr. Laverty. Thanks Patrick Taylor for such a wonderful escape to the beautiful Irish countryside and all it memorable inhabitants! "

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