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. The story is set back in the quaint rural Irish village of Ballybucklebo so our wonderful cast of characters including Julie and Donal, Kinky Kincaid, and Lord John MacNeill are all there (to name just a few).
I feel like I am repeating myself each time I write a review for these books, but I must say again that from the first novel through this latest one, they have all been an absolute joy to read. I you have never read any of these, it would be possible to pick this one up and begin here but to have the full experience and get the most out of them, I would recommend going back and start from the beginning. These are not action-packed, adventure books but keep me glued to the page from beginning to end due to the incredible writing, the settings that are perfectly described, and stories that keep me fascinated.
On a side note, I mentioned I was reading this book to a friend of mine who is also a reader but pretty much only reads books in the mystery genre. Imagine my surprise when she immediately responded with how much she loves these books and was so happy to find out another one had been published. For someone who largely limits herself to mysteries with only occasional forays into other genres, that was high praise indeed.
Bottom line: These are some of the most enjoyable books I have ever read and each one (including this one) is an absolute gem. I savor it, try to draw my reading out over time, and it is always with sadness that I close the book after the final page. I am glad he doesn't write them any faster since it takes time to write this well, but I still long for the next fall when I get to go back and rejoin the characters of Ballybucklebo.