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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 December 2008
"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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on 14 March 2017
Very impressed with both the book and the service, Thank you.
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on 1 June 2017
As one of the cover reviews says it's very similar to Dr Finlay's Casebook, a Scottish country doctor. It's sentimental and predictable. These doctors eat and drink a lot and the food is described in detail. There are the usual cases for the doctors to solve. Ok if you like this sort of thing.
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on 22 May 2009
This is a series you must not miss, it keeps you smiling all the way through.
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on 14 December 2010
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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on 5 December 2013
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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on 21 October 2014
As described and delivered on time.
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on 29 January 2015
a very interesting and funny book
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