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An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  2,607 ratings  ·  344 reviews
Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peac ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2008)
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I have never before read anything by Patrick Taylor, but I am a sucker for all things Irish and anything Christmas so I took a chance…and I am very glad I did!

Two country doctors care for the people in the cozy little town of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland. Dr. O’Reilly is the senior partner who has recently taken the younger Dr. Laverty into his already well established practice. Together the two of them share the office practice and on call responsibilities while nurturing there budding fri
Chelle Bell
This is the first book I've read by Patrick Taylor, and I was nicely surprised! I buy Christmas books every year as my own little tradition, to take a break from the fast paced reading that is my norm. I tend to read everything available, with a lot of thrillers, scifi and hot paranormal romance for fun. I love page turners.

An Irish Country Christmas is a true delight. I was drawn to the book after my recent vacation in Ireland, and I'm happy to report that Taylor captured the magnificent Irish
Dec 03, 2013 Sue rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes James Herriot or stories set in rural Ireland
I haven't commented on the first two books I read that are in the same 'series,' so I feel I should rectify that after finishing this one (after staying up late last night to do so). When I was in high school, I read and loved James Herriot's books in the All Things Great and Small series, focusing on his daily adventures as a country vet in rural England in the 40's - 50's. If you've not read them, I highly recommend - good stories, warm characters that you take into your heart, and lots of lau ...more
This was a Christmas gift from a dear friend. With a strained back, I spent a day or so reading this charming book set in the fictional Ballybucklebo, in Northern ireland, wondering if the young Doctor's girl friend would come back from London for Christmas. If this sounds like chicklit to you, so be it. There are many references to Irish lore, language, etc. that rang a bell. I did get a bit of the feeling that these cultural references were a bit heavy handed and not skillfully woven into the ...more
I do so enjoy the Irish Country series. These books are like comfort food for my reader's soul. This was a tale of snow and Christmas pudding, turkeys, and ham, Jameson's whisky, and Father Christmas handing out presents, which transported me from my warm Australian Christmas over to Ireland for the month of December! Looking forward to the next!
I LOVE Patrick Taylor's books. Irish Country Doctor and Irish Country Christmas make me long to live in a place like Ballybucklebo...but only if I could have a housekeeper/cook like Kinky!
I can't wait for Patrick Taylors next book in this series. It makes me want to visit Ireland, even in the winter. Especially at Christmas.
What a fantastic read! It has no politics, no deep message, just a really great story! So refreshing!
This is the third book in "An Irish Country" series set in 1964. For me, this book is different than the first two books which were filled with great character development and the quirky things going on in Ballybucklebo. About half way through this book, I was bored and had the desire to skip pages (but didn't). It seemed that the writing was overly descriptive, and I was tired of listening to Patricia, who was more concerned with her freedom on school break, then being with the man she loves?! ...more
An Irish Country Christmas is the third of a series of beautifully covered novels sent in the Irish Ulster village of Ballybucklebo in the 1960's. All the characters I have grown to love are back and continuing right where they left in An Irish Country Doctor. The stories all center around two doctors, young Dr Barry Laverty, pining after his lovely lassie who has gone off to Cambridge on an engineering scholarship and may or may not be falling out of love with him, and the more senior, Dr Finga ...more
I'm sad to say that this book was a disappointment to me. Being part Irish myself, I was very interesting in reading this book when I saw it on the store shelf. I was even glad to see that it was part of a series, so that I might read the other titles.

However, it ended up being I had to force-feed myself the book, and it was well after Christmas before I finished it. I finished it out of sheer determination, because I have this self-loathing thing I do when I set a book down undone.

In this sto
This is the second in the series by Patrick Taylor that I have read, and it was truly enjoyable. Once again, we visit the tiny town of Ballybucklebo, County Down, Northern Ireland, to spend Christmastime with Final Flahertie O'Reilly, M.D., his young partner, Barry Laverty, M.D., and their housekeeper, "Kinky" Kincaid.

The best part about these books for me is the way they describe the day-to-day lives of small-town inhabitants in 1960s Ireland. The townspeople are well-drawn, and seldom caricat
I listened to Patrick Taylor's "An Irish Country Christmas" as I drove around this past month. In the beginning I found the slow pace of the tale a bit hard to get use to, but once I did I enjoyed the fictional town and the lives of the two country doctors situated in Northern Ireland in 1964. The story began to drag a bit again in the end, with too much review of the characters and a great deal of predictability.

I did enjoyed the "history lesson" in small town medical care… reminded me of my c
Doctors Laverty and O'Reilly are preparing for Christmas in Ballybucklebo. It will be Doctor Laverty's first Christmas in this cozy village and he's looking forward to it until he finds out that his lady love might not be joining him for the holiday. There is no time to dwell on disappointment. There are plenty of patients to care for not to mention the rugby parties and the Christmas pageant for the kids with Dr. O'Reilly as Santa. This series was recommended by a dear friend, and he was correc ...more
EASY read. Part of a series - won't continue as it's not my type of book, but needed easy through the holidays. Small-town doctors in Ireland. I suspect Mr. Taylor more than over exaggerates the HEROIC feats of the doctors in this story, but the doctors' methods got me thinking (once I got past the ridiculous banter and silly dialogue). Medicine used to be practiced by DOCTORS, not their various nurses and assistants who do nothing but weigh, measure and take notes on the masses to pass on to th ...more
Paula Dembeck
For readers who are already familiar with the fictional village of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland, this is the third in the series that follows the medical practice of two physicians: Dr Fingal O’Reilly and his young assistant, and soon to be full partner, Dr Barry Laverty. Several characters from the previous two books reappear and both Barry and the reader are quickly becoming knowledgeable about the various villagers and where they live. We are also introduced to some new characters and a ...more
Glenda L
I really do enjoy reading this series ... however, books are quite lengthy. The characters in the book really come to life and become your friends and you learn a lot about the doctoring that takes place in Ireland ... back when doctor's made house calls and knew all of their patients on the street. What a fun read!!!
Nelda Pearson
This one of those gentle books about rural life in the UK , in this case Ulster near Belfast. The plot is quite predictable but like a favorite hike its the trip not the destination that gives us pleasure. Reminiscent of James Herriot's All Creatures series, this series (Irish Country Christmas is #3) is filled with unique country characters who run the gammit from sweet innocents to willy and dishonest. There are villans but not truly evil people. At the center have the dooctors and their lives ...more
Erin Eve
I understand that Patrick Taylor may have wanted to introduce a narrative point of view from O'Reilly to help develop his character, although I think that could have been successfully done from Barry's point of view. However, it was confusing at first and afterwards when he switched between Barry and O'Reilly; it would have been better to be constant throughout the entire book. However, my enjoyment was not significantly diminished and Taylor did a charming job of painting a heartwarming Christm ...more
Reading these books, I imagine, is what it is like to live in a Thomas Kinkade painting. Beauty in simplicity.
This is the third "Irish Country" book. This was slightly different from the first two, in that it shifted occasionally to the perspective of the older doctor. Although this was jarring at first, I ended up appreciating the change of pace. The older doctor is falling in love for the first time since his young wife died in the fire bombing of Belfast over twenty years ago. I don't think I have ever read a description from the point of view of a fifty-six year old man falling in love. Given the bi ...more
Another delightful piece of cozy that looks at a world that, if it existed, is long gone - but one we'd like to live in. I'm enjoying seeing the development of the characters, with one caveat: I really don't care for the way Barry Laverty, who seems an extremely intelligent & likeable young man in all other regards, deals with the frustrations of his romance, particularly now that it's a long-distance one. Barry's reactions to girlfriend Patricia studying at Cambridge & her struggles to ...more
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“An Irish Country Christmas” is the third of Patrick Taylor’s books about life as a general practice physician in small-town Northern Ireland in 1964. Taylor draws on his experiences as a doctor to write these stories.

Taylor tells the story by shifting the point of view between the two main characters, senior physician Fingal O’Reilly and his new partner Barry Laverty. This is a departure from the previous two books, in which the point of view was strictly that of Laverty. Having read the other
Christmas is my favorite time of the year, followed by St. Patrick's Day. I enjoy preparing for Christmas and am never ready for Christmas to be over. I began reading this book a few days before Christmas this year and finished it today; the book enabled me to extend my Christmas this year.
My great-grandmother and her parents came over to the United States during the potato famine. In Ireland they lived near Belfast, and I have reason to believe that their home was in County Down. Since the se
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Traci Haley
It took me awhile to get through this novel because it was so long, but I enjoyed every minute. These are charming little stories with likable characters and feel-good moments. I don't read them for thrills and chills, or deep thoughts, or anything like that... I read them because they make me smile and feel happy. I've noticed, however, that I've started using a lot of slang that is peppered through the book... I keep catching myself saying "Hold your hurry in your hand," or "Hold your whist," ...more
Starting this novel for a bookclub selection. Very nice, country setting in 1964. Humorous, warm, quirky. '64 rural Ireland reminds me of 1950's USA. They are still insulated from hippie revolution, etc. Interesting to read the doctors' medical remedies. Patients in this small village (suburb of Belfast) are also friends. Protestant/catholic antagonism and violence doesn't exist. The 2 churches live and play together. Wonderful. Younger doctor admires his girl friend's independence and intellige ...more
As always, I enjoy listening to the audio version of this series while I drive in the car. However, I probably looked like I had Tourette's as I voiced my many opinions on Dr. Laverty's "will Patricia/or won't Patrica" show up for Christmas after the 18th time of his feeling sorry for himself. As a recent medical student, you'd think he would be more sensitive to her inability to not drop her very busy engineering classes and promise to come home for the holiday. It took up so much of his though ...more
Another visit into the village of Ballybucklebo in Ireland. Another chance to see the characters met in previous books. If you want to know what doctoring was like in the 1960's in a small village this novel will give you a glimpse into that life. The characters are warm and well developed. Dr. Reilly has now had his new associate for five months. This will be Dr. Laverty's first Christmas in town. He is finally feeling comfortable and Dr. Reilly, Kinky, and Kitty are beginning to feel like fami ...more
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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Girl, and An Irish Country Courtship. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one
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