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An Irish Country Christmas [Hardcover]

Patrick Taylor
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  • Hardcover: 479 pages
  • Publisher: Brandon / Mount Eagle Publications Ltd (9 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863224229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863224225
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.5 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Book To Relish! 6 Dec 2008
By James Gallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"An Irish Country Christmas" is another in Patrick Taylor's series of the adventures of Dr. Fingal O'Reilly, M.D., Irish GP, village Santa Claus and all round eminent person of Ballybucklebo. With him are his assistant doctor, Barry Laverty, his house keeper, Kinky and other good citizens of Balybucklebo. On these pages the reader follows the doctors on house calls, office visits and on their errands, both medical and otherwise. Throw in a protagonist, Dr.Fitzgerald, a new quack who threatens their practice and livelihood, and a sweetheart for each one and you have the makings for a real page turner. Dr. O'Reilly has to reconcile his affection for Kitty with the memory of his wife, Deidre, killed in an air raid twenty years before. Dr. Laverty is experiencing the jitters of an uncertain first time venturer in Cupid's realm. I better not give away any more.

This book is a delightful, light read. Chapter by chapter, the reader follows the characters through their entertaining and wholesome daily lives. As readers of my reviews can detect, I tend toward history and biography, generally heavier reading than this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly and, toward the end, had trouble putting it down. Whether you like light reading or are just looking for a lighthearted break, you will relish "An Irish Country Christmas."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easyreader 22 May 2009
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This is a series you must not miss, it keeps you smiling all the way through.
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He wouldn't be the first doctor to turn author.A.J Cronin did likewise.
We know County Down,having lived there and this tale is one of enchantment for us,having experienced the warmth and glow of many good Irish Christmasses
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3.0 out of 5 stars a relaxing read 14 Dec 2010
By sujama
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A relaxing read after a tiring day. Sometimes a bit predictable, but nonetheless, the characters are alive and the reader becomes entangled with their dilemmas. The style is not quite as witty and amusing as similar series, eg. by James Herriot, but to be recommended all the same.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm cuddle with a book that promises to bring joy 26 Oct 2008
By Carole J. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
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This was one of those rare books that one hates to have end. You will wish to stay in this place and continue with the setting, the characters and the mood. "An Irish Country Christmas" is certain to shoot to the top of every best seller list with this engaging tale everyone will wish to call their own. Having not read the others in the series this reviewer is anxious to order them and continue the charmed escape to the Irish countryside. If not already thought of, this series cries to be a boxed set full of lovely illustrations. In troubled times, this writing is just what the soul needs!

Patrick Taylors' fictional accounts of the life of a pair of Irish country doctors in a day before modern medicine had created a gap between patient and practitioner are continued in this story that leads up to their shared Christmas. It is a Christmas full of all the happiness and goodwill that has been left behind in modern fractionated culture.I'm certain this book has re-read qualities when after a hard played day, a reader just wants to go somewhere that is simple and good. The reader will feel the warmth of Jameson after a cold walk in the snow and hear the sound of carolers when engaged by this worthy read.

Erveryone will be left anxious to find out about what a happens to Barry and Patricia or is it Barry and Sue? There is certainly a lot more in store for us in The Irish Country! Patrick Taylor has created something that is not only a worthy read but would make a nice movie or a BBC-Ireland series such as Ballykissangel.

Want to take a holiday but can't afford it? Try the Irish Country Series!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rural charm at its best 18 Nov 2008
By Tooncesmom - Published on Amazon.com
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An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country Books)

An Irish Country Christmas is the third book in Patrick Taylor's series that features new doctor Barry Laverty and his senior partner Dr. Fingal O'Reilly. Set in the rural Northern Irish village of Ballybucklebo, Barry looks forward to his first Christmas in the little village. However, when his girlfriend Patricia informs him that she may not be coming to spend the holiday with him, his disappointment mounts. At the same time, Dr. Fingal, who has vowed not to fall in love again, finds himself enormously attracted to the lovely Kitty O'Hallorhan. Meanwhile, Barry has his hands full with seasonal ailments and the occasional medical emergency. Still, they find time to play Santa to a needy mother with a sick child and make the rounds of rugby parties and kiddie Christmas festivities.

When a new doctor arrives in the village, Barry wonders if there can possibly be enough business to support three doctors, but that's not his only worry. It seems Dr. Fitzpatrick, in spite of apparent quackery and questionable cures, is quite adept at stealing Barry's and Fingal's patients.

The charm of rural Ireland shines in this story of these two engaging doctors who find time to help the villagers in many ways. Ballybucklebo is rife with interesting, comedic characters. The story is chock full of humorous episodes, an array of odd village ailments, and romantic troubles. Despite a tendancy to over-explain, Taylor's wit and charm shine through. An Irish Country Christmas has all the ingredients for a satisfying winter's read. Enjoy.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Yarn with Quiet Humor and Eccentric Characters 9 Jan 2009
By L. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
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If, like me, you like the writing styles and stories of Patrick McManus The Grasshopper Trap and James Herriot All Creatures Great and Small then you will truly enjoy An Irish Christmas. Often humorous, it's a heart-warming story set in the idyllic, fictional town of Ballybucklebo, Ireland in the 1960's. It is chocked full of eccentric and loveable characters who help to remind us that the simple pleasures are absolutely the best pleasures.

This is the first book I have read by Patrick Taylor but I now want to read the two previous ones, as well. I loved it!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute 16 Nov 2008
By Serene Night - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a charming James Herriot-esque story of the life of a country doctor, his older partner, and the residents of a small Irish town. At first I found this tale confusing and a bit slow. But after about 100 pages I began to get into it.

I enjoyed in particular the stories about the doctor's patients. The lonely woman who was raised in India, the single mother with the sick child, the couple who was trying to conceive. It was these characters that really brought the story to life.

At times I felt some of the dialog could've used some editing. I skimmed parts that I was less interested in: Example: such as the rugby match and the romantic interludes the doctors had. I enjoyed the story of the Christmas pageant and the discussion of Kinky's baked goods. I thought it was a nice touch to have recipes added at the back of the book.

I probably will pick up another by this author. Perhaps if I read the series from the beginning I might be more interested in the minor characters such as the doctor's girlfriends who I found less interesting than the protagonist, his partner and their housekeeper.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and comforting 21 Nov 2008
By Holly - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a person who reads all kinds of things -- I don't stay within any particular genre. One the types of books I like to read are the ones that are gentle and comforting that you read in front of the fireplace with a cup of tea and just enjoy yourself. For that type of book, this one definitely rates 5 stars for me.

I had never heard of the author or series when I picked it up, but it was very easy to read without having knoweledge of the first two books. There were a couple of times I noticed the author gave some information about what had happened previously (they stuck out a bit in the reading), but it was generally helpful. The book is set it a small village in Ireland at Christmas time, 1964. I thought the author captured the feeling of place extremely well and managed to describe what it would be like living there during that time period.

We follow the two principle characters (the area doctors) as they visit with patients, provide guidance to the villagers on all types of concerns and just generally lead their lives during the month of December. It is much more a slice-of-life book rather than tackling major life issues. Sometimes those difficult, complicated, hard books are just the ticket and sometimes I need to sit back and read something just purely enjoyable. There is a sweetness and innocence to the book that isn't entirely realistic, but that is probably what I loved about it. I felt good when I put it down the for the night. The book is fairly lengthy (about 500 pages) so it isn't just a quick little read that you get through in a day or two. It's one to savor.

If you like reading the Mitford Series, Elm Creek Quilt Series or any of the Philip Gulley books, this would be a good choice for you.

I'll definitely be going back and reading the first two books and eagerly looking forward to the fourth.
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