waynej1, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by waynej1)
Totally funny, wonderfully created characters and description of rural life in Ireland totally exciting. The interaction of characters and drama's that develop exciting and funny
Emily Lehman, July 15, 2008 (view all comments by Emily Lehman)
Such a charming and sweet book in a perfect rainy day and curl up kind of way. Each chapter has an amusing episode and the pages fly past. I'm a sucker for small town irish stories, and this is my new favorite.
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bookworm97885, March 23, 2008 (view all comments by bookworm97885)
Light, easy, funny, heartwarming. I enjoyed this book through and through. The author writes so visually that at times I thought I could smell the tea and the green rolling grassy hills. I sure hope the author continues with these characters, I'd hate to think I've seen the last of any of them.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"An Irish Country Doctor makes for escapist, delightful fun." Publishers Weekly
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Ballybucklebo is an easy place for readers to sink into, with likable characters and atmospheric dialogue."
by Malachy McCourt, New York Times bestselling author of A Monk Swimming,
"An Irish Country Doctor deals with eccentric, funny humans, dogs, cats and cattle. This book is written with compassion and hilarity about a community whose inhabitants are as wonderful and loony as any on earth....A grand read from a grand man."
by Morgan Llywelyn, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Prince of Ireland,
"At last! Here is an authentic Northern Ireland voice telling down-to-earth stories that could happened anywhere on the island....Quirky, funny, and deeply moving by turns, Taylor's writing perfectly captures the language and character of Ulster in times gone by."
A warm and enchanting New York Times bestseller in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon
Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.
At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie OReilly.
The older physician, whose motto is to never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry cant decide if the pugnacious OReilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met, or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through OReilly Barry soon gets to know all of the villages colorful and endearing residents, including:
A malingering Major and his equally hypochondriacal wife;
An unwed servant girl, who refuses to divulge the father of her upcoming baby;
A slightly daft old couple unable to marry for lack of a roof;
And a host of other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor.
Ballybucklebo is long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life—and love—than he ever imagined back in medical school.
An Irish Country Doctor is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate readers from the very first page—and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by.
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