"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."