Synopses & Reviews
Doctor OReilly heeds the call to serve his country in Irish Doctor in Peace and At War, the new novel in Patrick Taylors beloved Irish Country series
Long before Doctor Fingal Flahertie OReilly became a fixture in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was a young M.B. with plans to marry midwife Dierdre Mawhinney. Those plans were complicated by the outbreak of World War II and the call of duty. Assigned to the HMS Warspite, a formidable 30,000-ton battleship, Surgeon Lieutenant OReilly soon found himself face-to-face with the hardships of war, tending to the dreadnoughts crew of 1,200 as well as to the many casualties brought aboard.
Life in Ballybuckebo is a far cry from the strife of war, but over two decades later OReilly and his younger colleagues still have plenty of challenges: an outbreak of German measles, the odd tropical disease, a hard-fought pie-baking contest, and a local man whose mule-headed adherence to tradition is standing in the way of his sons future. Now older and wiser, OReilly has prescriptions for whatever ails…until a secret from the past threatens to unravel his own peace of mind.
Shifting deftly between two very different eras, Patrick Taylors latest Irish Country novel reveals more about OReillys tumultuous past, even as Ballybucklebo faces the future in its own singular fashion.
“Charming, full of Irish wit and wisdom…and, of course, all the village characters weve come to love. For those just discovering the Irish doctor, this book can stand on its own, but it will leave the reader wanting more.”
—Booklist on Fingal OReilly, Irish Doctor
“Taylor is a bang-up storyteller who captivates and entertains from the first word.”
—Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Girl
“What Herriot did for Yorkshire, Taylor now does for Northern Irelands Country Antrim and County Down, minus the animals, of course, but with all the good sentiments.” —Kirkus Reviews on An Irish Country Wedding
“Patrick Taylor has become probably the most popular Irish-Canadian writer of all time.”—The Globe and Mail
About the Author
PATRICK TAYLOR, M.D., was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. Dr. Taylor is a distinguished medical researcher, offshore sailor, model-boat builder, and father of two grown children. He is best-known for the New York Times-bestselling Irish Country series, starting with An Irish Country Doctor; he is also the author of the novels Pray for Us Sinners and Now and in the Hour of our Death. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.