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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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After 4 books, I think I can say that the Irish Country series are generally guaranteed good reads, and this one, the fifth in the series didn’t disappoint. I enjoy the dialect, Kinky’s recipes at the back of the book, the glossary (which I needed to make use of more this time than in some of the others!) and the cameo appearance by the author (as the main character, Dr Laverty, mused on Patrick Taylor - a medical student who had been the year behind Dr Laverty). I think this one is the best one ...more
Jan 08, 2011 Barbara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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Oct 11, 2012 Lola rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 12, 2010 Marija rated it it was ok
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
Jan 22, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 21, 2015 Cole rated it really liked it
A delightful read. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I'm a wee bit thankful the book had a glossary, so I am.
Oct 30, 2011 Mandolin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-inventory
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
Laura Bang
Note: these are not the greatest books to read when you're having medical problems.... If you are a worrier like me, you start fretting about things that aren't even related to your symptoms. :/

Irish Country series, I think this is where we part ways. It's always been a love/hate relationship, and I haven't been feeling the love as much. I know it may seem odd that I struggled through so many of these books when I hate the main character, but I really do love the setting and the supporting chara
Dianna Shimizu
Jan 20, 2016 Dianna Shimizu rated it it was amazing
Even better than the last time I read it.
The Hobbit
Jan 24, 2016 The Hobbit rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 1960s
In Ballybucklebo, middle-aged Dr Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is falling for KItty O'Hallaron. Young Barry Laverty is nursing a broken heart, dumped by his girlfriend Patricia, until Colin Brown, develops ringworm. When the rash spreads to the other boys in Colin's class, Barry visits the school and becomes reacquainted with their teacher, Sue Nolan. Bertie Bishop has convinced some of the lads who work for him, including Donal Donnelly, to invest in a horse. When the horse always comes in second, ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Beckiezra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
The first book I picked up on a whim not knowing it was the last one in the series so far. It drew me in and I had to check out the rest of the books.
Jul 20, 2015 Sheila rated it really liked it
The ongoing saga of Dr. Barry Laverty and Dr. Fingal O'Reilly is a continues in this fifth installment of the series. Barry has only a few months left in his one year apprenticeship with his senior mentor, Dr. O'Reilly but after he is jilted by his girlfriend, Barry begins wondering if he is really cut out to be a GP in a small Irish village. Fingal has recently reunited with an old flame, Kitty and is wondering if he is happy being single. He is still grieving the loss of his wife but it has no ...more
Bookworm LLC
Feb 14, 2016 Bookworm LLC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judy-bookshelf
Wonderful series of novels that are very evocative of another time and Irish Village in the 1960's.
Betty Strohecker
Jan 30, 2015 Betty Strohecker rated it it was amazing
About to complete his first year in Ballybucklebo and become a partner in Dr. Fingal O'Reilly's practice, Barry Laverty finds himself questioning whether he wants to spend his life in this small town or move on to bigger medical challenges. At the same time, Fingal is going through changes of his own, deciding to court a nurse he knew in medical school after mourning his wife who died during WWII. Romance is in the air, but so are the troubles and adventures of our well-known villagers. It is al ...more
Paula Dembeck
Aug 13, 2014 Paula Dembeck rated it liked it
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
Mar 04, 2013 Georgiann Hennelly rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 15, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Shelves: irish
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
Sep 24, 2010 Mari Anne rated it liked it
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!
Jan 07, 2011 Kaye rated it really liked it
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)
Sep 21, 2010 Lisa (Bookworm Lisa) rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, first-reads
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
Oct 09, 2010 CJ rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
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
Nov 27, 2010 Bridget rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
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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Mar 07, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
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
Mar 04, 2013 J.S. Dunn rated it really liked it
Shelves: ireland
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.
Mar 24, 2015 Melinda rated it really liked it
Such a perfect continuation to a marvelous series! I loved how the story develops the budding relationship of Fingal and Kitty, provides closure for Barry and Patricia and exposes Councilor Bertie Bishop in yet another characteristic scandal. Plus, the plotting,conniving, young Collin, who devises a masterful scheme to get himself and his friends excused from school for two weeks. As a result, school teacher, Sue Nolan, is reintroduced into the story. I hope to hear more about her in the future ...more
Sep 30, 2010 Teri rated it really liked it
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
Jul 24, 2014 Gail Amendt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hfu2014ba
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
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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 12 books)
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  • An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)
  • An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)
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