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An Irish Country Courtship (Irish Country #5)

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Welcome to the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where two doctors work hand in hand to mend the bodies and spirits of the town’s diverse and engaging inhabitants. But who is looking after the wounded hearts of the doctors?

After less than a year, young Barry Laverty, M.B., is settling in to the village, with only a few months to go before he becomes a full partner
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2010)
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A delightful book! It's one I wished would not end BUT I will just get more of Taylor's books to read. This is the first of his I've read--thanks to someone who donated it to the Hibbing, MN library. I love this section of the library & re-donate all books I buy from them so they can make some bucks all over again on the same books as well as others I donate--a nice way for people to own books if they cannot afford to buy them new. So please donate to your library--maybe someone will find a ...more
I’ve always enjoyed watching those British serials on PBS about small town life like Cranford and Last of the Summer Wine. And when I saw An Irish Country Courtship, advertised on Goodreads giveaways, I expected to find the book as something just as fun and pleasurable—a doctor story mixed with small town humor, gossip, mischief and matchmaking. However upon reading it, I must say that I wasn’t very impressed.

I just felt that that book was missing something. What I always found so entertaining
I have begun reading this book and love it just as much as the others in the series. It reminds me of the quaint way that James Herriot brought his experiences to life for us. This author has the magic of telling the tale in way that helps you step into the pages. I sincerely hope that someone will find these treasures and make a BBC series out of them. The story is of a young doctor in the north part of Ireland who joins a country doctor in his practice in a small village. The villagers are qui ...more
It's time to visit Ballybucklebo again and peek into the lives of Barry Laverty and his mentor, Dr. Fingal O'Reilly. After looking back in time to learn more about Kinky Kincaid's childhood in An Irish Country Girl, the author picks up where we left the two doctors in An Irish Country Christmas. Each is learning to appreciate the other and even, possibly, anticipating a permanent partnership. Before that can occur, however, Barry suffers a serious heartbreak and begins to question if the life of ...more
Paula Dembeck
This is the fifth book in the ongoing Irish Country series.
In the last volume, the author provided a background story for Kinky Kincaid, the reliable and beloved cook and housekeeper who keeps the doctors’ home and office running like a well-oiled machine. This time we are taken back to the village of Ballybucklebo and meet all the familiar characters we left behind just after Christmas in book three. This story opens in the period between Christmas and New Year and Barry has just welcomed bac
Georgiann Hennelly
Welcome to Ulster Village of Ballybucklebo, where two Doctors work hand in hand to mend the bodies of the towns diverse residents.But who is looking after the Dr's hearts.Barry Laverty M.B after less than a year is settling into the village. With a few months to go before he becomes a full partner. He's looking forward to becoming a community fixture till an unexpected romantic reversal gives him second thoughts. Will he truly be happy with a life as a small town Dr or should he move to a bigger ...more
Ok, so it was probably not the best idea to start with this particular book in the series. I didn't realize it was the 5th until I was finished with it. As such, I just didn't really connect with the characters and I wonder if I'd have liked it better had I read the other books. The novel was complete enough on its own but it just didn't do anything for me.

In the small village of Ballybucklebo, two doctors are at odds with their love lives. While they are both general practitioners and have thei
Mari Anne
I received a free ARC copy from a Goodreads give-away. (I have always wanted to get an ARC copy!)

Once again the newest addition to the Irish Country series will receive mixed reviews from me. The first half of this book was dreadfully slow. I don't think I would have finished it except I felt obligated since I received it in a give-away. Dr. Barry Laverty, the usually chipper and fun young doctor, dragged around in the first half of the novel mooning over a girl he dated for about five minutes!
In An Irish Country Courtship, it's the mid to late sixties in northern Ireland's little town of Ballybucklebo. Dr. Fingal O'Reilly and his newest assistant, Dr. Barry Laverty, live in the same house as their surgery. The housekeeper, Kinky Kincaide, keeps the doctors on their toes and is not afraid to voice her opinion. A fun character, to be sure!

The young Dr. Laverty has been seeing Patricia Spence but she breaks it off with him because she can't see herself living in such a small place where
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I won this book in a good reads give away.

I received my copy today (9/14/10) time to dig in. ;-) Finished the book on September 21st.

This is a delightful book. The book centers around a small Irish town. The two main characters are both Doctors at different points in their practice and in their lives, but both are dealing with issues of the heart.

Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is older, a widower and established in the town of Ballybucklebo. He is dating a nurse, who he had a relationship pri
Iowa City Public Library
I always enjoy when the newest installment in Patrick Taylor’s “Ballybucklebo” (also called “Irish Country”) series is released. Set in the fictional Northern Ireland Ulster town of Ballybucklebo in 1965, country doctors Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and Barry Laverty are fully immersed in the daily activities of the charming town. From horse swindlers, to bacterial meningitis, to saving a the undertaker from choking, their days are full of adventure.

When Laverty is jilted by the love of his life he
I won this book through the GoodReads First Read contest and was thrilled when it came in the mail. I've never been to Ireland, but imagine it as a lush, green, lovely place filled with intricate, hand-knit sweaters. I expected some of that in this novel and was disappointed.

The book centers around 2 country doctors living in a town called Ballybucklebo. While Taylor does describe the scenery, he's much more detailed in all of the medical procedures performed by the doctors. I'm as interested as
Another peek into the lives of the citizens of Ballybucklebo, a village in Ulster, and once again I am not disappointed. This installment finds the Christmas holidays over, and life returning to normal again for Barry Laverty, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, and their housekeeper, Kinky Kincaid. Barry is busy thinking ahead, planning to ask his girlfriend, Patricia Spence, to marry him, and hoping to be offered a partnership in the medical practice. O'Reilly has reconnected with Kitty O'Halloran, ...more
Jun 07, 2013 Sandra added it
Recommends it for: Anyone of Irish ancestry or interested in it
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Oct 20, 2012 Carol marked it as to-read
Ballybucklebo is a small, fictitious, village in Northern Ireland. Set in the 1960's, the Irish Country series follows the lives and loves of the local GP, Fingal O'Reilly and his assistant, Barry Laverty. As village doctors treating the sick is only one of their many responsibilities. Usually they find themselves helping a villager out of a fix. The real draw in these books is the varied cast of characters who populate the small village.

I love this series. It's funny and easy to read. The North
Jan 01, 2012 Nancy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
This is the fifth in Patrick Taylor's "Irish Country..." series.

If you've not read any of the previous books, here's a brief catchup. The series is set in the Ulster area of Ireland. The time period is the early to mid 1960's. Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and his assistant, Barry Laverty, live and practice medicine at Number 1, Main Street in Ballybucklebo (a fictitious small town). Mrs. "Kinky" Kincaid is their very capable housekeeper. The doctors not only treat the physical ailments of t
J.S. Dunn
Light reading and easy reading in that commercialized way that the Big 6 publishers have. One can only wonder how much of a meatgrinder the manuscripts endured to get them rendered to this texture. A rather bland series [* 3 in the Irish Country series are lumped together here *] in which nothing much happens individually or collectively. The horse race in this second novel delays until the final pages.

Also Tor managed to put out a bad proofreading, for mistakes like not italicizing sotto voce.
I won this book from Goodreads' First Reads!!! So it was a publisher's preview copy. I saw a number of errors and glitches that I was itching to fix . . . even wondered whether I should volunteer my services for that :-)

Winning it was extra special because that saved me at least $15 -- I'd have bought the new hardbook version on the day it became available no matter what!

I love all these books by Patrick Taylor. The characters are so appealing and entertaining, the setting (Northern Ireland smal
Gail Amendt
It has been a while since I last visited the doctors of Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland, and this delightful book reminded how much I have missed them. This is the fifth book in the series about two village doctors in the 1960's, and the wonderfully eccentric residents of the village. They are a nice light read, easily finished in a couple of days, and perfect for a vacation read. One might think that such light and entertaining reading has nothing much to teach us, but I find these books a fasc ...more
Nelda Pearson
The fifth in the series continues the story of the lives of the characters we know and have come to love. Himself finally asks the question, a horse betting swindle of the local men by Bishop is foiled, and Barry's love life falls apart. The big surprise is his change of career plans. We read these books because its like visiting old friends--comfortable and fairly predictable-- not because they are exciting or great literarure. Perfect curl up book for a rainy day.
Just loving this "Irish Country" series by Patrick Taylor. I liken it to the All Creatures Great and Small series in its evocation of small-town country life in a time gone by. Although in this case we're dealing with humans (not animals) in rural Ireland (not England) in the 1960s. If you like this kind of book that has humor and drama and focuses on people's relationships with each other and their surroundings, strongly suggest you give this series a try.
Traci Haley
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Charming, again and a carry-on from the last book. I have to say that I love the way the characters speak, whether or not it's genuine, it's charming. The story continues with Barry still worrying about whether Patricia will come back or not. Fingal is recreating his relationship with Kitty and that seems to be going well.

Barry tends to young Colin's ringworm but it's puzzling that the outbreak at the school continues to be troubling. Definitely work for detective doctors.

There's also skulldugg
Ballybucklebo is a small, fictitious, village in Northern Ireland. Set in the 1960's, the Irish Country series follows the lives and loves of the local GP, Fingal O'Reilly and his assistant, Barry Laverty. As village doctors treating the sick is only one of their many responsibilities. Usually they find themselves helping a villager out of a fix. The real draw in these books is the varied cast of characters who populate the small village.

I love this series. It's funny and easy to read. The North
Meg Morden
A lovely gentle book about the characters in a small village of Ballybuckbo in Northern Ireland. The town is fictional but the life of a country GP is based on the personal experience of the author, working as a GP in the 1960's. although it is bad to start a series in the middle, I will seek out the other books in the series. I thank Joyce Herzog for lending me this fun book.
Just finished listening to another in the series on CD thanks to the library's great selection. The series reminds me of James Harriot & his escapades as an English country vet. These are similar in that the setting is the Ulster Irish country side when life was simpler. After 9 months with the practice, Barry Laverty is beginning to wonder if being a country GP is right for him or if he should specialize. His employer & mentor Fingle is going through issues of his own as he struggles wi ...more
Marsha Nelson
Sep 19, 2010 Marsha Nelson rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All
Wow - I just learned that I will receive this book. Can't wait.
Received on September 15th and starting it tonight.
This book involves the lives of a village in 1960's Ireland centering around the doctors or GPs, their housekeeper, and their loves. The doctors are Fingal and Barry, the housekeeper is Kinky, and the only love that matters is Kitty. When the book began I had trouble with the dialect and brogue used in the writing but as I settled into the story I was no longer aware of these issues
This is the third of the Irish Country Doctor series that I have read, though it is the fifth in the series. The folks in Ballybucklebo continue to be fun and charming. Fingal O'Reilly is in love and Barry Laverty is whining and moping over a girl who was totally lacking in appeal for the reader. Life goes on in the village.
Forgotten Realms Queen
I enjoyed this book, I doubt I'd dislike anything that Patrick Taylor comes out with, but this feels kind of like a place holder. Nothing really moves with this one.


Fingal and Kitty continue to hit it off, and while there are some rough waters between Kitty and Kinky, all is right with the world in the end.

The only thing is that Barry and Patricia end it here, and while that could prove to be a good thing for Barry, he spends most of the book trying to decide weather or not to stay in
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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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Irish Country (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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  • An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)
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