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An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War

(Irish Country #9)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  2,115 ratings  ·  225 reviews
Doctor O'Reilly heeds the call to serve his country in Irish Doctor in Peace and At War, the new novel in Patrick Taylor's beloved Irish Country series

Long before Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly 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 o
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published October 14th 2014 by Forge Books
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Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
This one had my mind wandering. The past and present narrative structure did not work as well with this one. I think I fell asleep a few times trying to finish this one. I also did not care about Fingal's first wife Deirdre at all and reading about their relationship (two years in) didn't do much for me at all. I also still think Fingal getting jealous about Kitty's past was beyond ridiculous.

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This is book nine in the Irish Doctor series. It is best to read this series in order as Taylor builds the next story on the past one. In this book Taylor flashes back and forth between Northern Ireland in the 1960s and the Wartime travails of 1939 to 1945 at home and at sea. Dr. Fingal O’Reilly served in the Royal Navy during World War Two. The author tells of O’Reilly’s wartime courtship of his wife, Deirdre. Deirdre was a nurse midwife in training when they met.

I found the part of the story a
Jan 24, 2015 rated it liked it
The Irish Doctor series makes pleasant reading. However, I admit to feeling extremely distressed by a reference that the author makes to Wilfred Owen (page 317-hardcover). Fingal is reflecting on war: "He could hear the voice of his father, the late professor of Classics and English Literature, quoting Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori," 'How sweet and right it is to die for one's country." The hell it was, although Professor Connan O'Reilly could perhaps be forgiven for being ...more
The Library Lady
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book switches smoothly from Dr O'Reilly's adventures in WWII to 1965 Ballybucklebo where perpetual scapegrace Colin wants to take an exam for higher learning, but his da wants him to follow in his footsteps in a trade, scheming Bertie Bishop's heart attack seems to have truly affected his heart, and Mrs Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid marries her mailman beau Archie, causing some changes in the O'Reilly house. Barry Laverty is back, though he doesn't appear much here, and in the WWII era chapters we ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Re-read 2018

This book looks more in-depth at Dr. O'Reilly's time on a warship during World War II. It also has some flash-forwards to the late 1960's in Northern Ireland which is the present day for this series. There are fewer patients seen in this book, with more of every day, non-work, issues taking over the narrative. While I enjoyed this book, I didn't like it as much as the earlier books in the series. I'm starting to get into the books that I haven't read before and hope that more of the
I still love this series, but this volume was not one of my favorites. The chapters alternate between the current setting of the book and Fingal's time in the war, but the war chapters are somewhat heavy with war details of naval maneuvers and attacks. However, Taylor uses all this to tell the backstory well. ...more
Paul Weiss
“It’s no place for a man when his wife’s having a wean”

Prenatal classes and the notion of a man holding his partner’s hand and coaching her breathing as she gave birth? Forget it! In 1960s Ballybucklebo (as in most of the “civilized” world at that time), when it came to the birthing process, most men simply beat a hasty retreat and waited in their local with their friends while the event played out. Misogyny and male machismo was culturally endemic and equality of the sexes was an idea whose
Emily Schmader
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favorite of the series so far. The back and forth between WWII and 1960s Ireland kept my interest and gave insight into both periods of history.
Paula Dembeck
Oct 18, 2015 rated it liked it
In this book,the ninth in the Irish Country Doctor series, Taylor moves back and forth between 1960s Northern Ireland and Fingal’s wartime experience in the late thirties and early forties. He continues to move the story forward but fills in some gaps in Fingal’s past.

As Taylor brings us up to date from the last book, Kinky and Archie marry and settle in their new home. Kitty and Fingal are very content, are enjoying life and becoming accustomed to the new living arrangements. Jenny Bradley has
Lisa of Hopewell
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
UGH! I LOVE this series, but Patrick Taylor you are BORING ME TO DEATH with stuff that should have an asterisk and a footnote! I don't want stilted conversations that are lifted from a medical text book or, this time, from the Royal Navy handbook for officers. And, jeeze Pete! is there a literate human being who doesn't understand "Davy Jones Locker?" Need we have a Welsh Royal Navy Doctor named, you guessed it! Davy Jones TELL us the meaning? UGH! And if Dr. O'Riley is so smart he can become a ...more
Sharone Powell
Jan 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Though some books in the series are very enjoyable, this one is not one of them. Simply put, there is no story here, but a mere collection of anecdotes. Fundamentally, jumping from past to present between two stories leaves us with two "wanna be" stories. But there is no inciting incident, conflict, and resolution (an easy example of that is book one in the series: Barry Lafferty needs to decide whether or not he likes to work with Fingal and living in Ballybucklebo - leading to his experiences ...more
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I actually listened to the audio version of this book, having come across it in our library. The voice actor who read the book did a beautiful job of evoking all the characters - from the rough Irish brogue to the polished "plummy" upper class British accents.

This is a charming - and at times thrilling - novel of an Irish doctor who experiences horrific sea battles during World War II in the British Navy - but ends up in a bucolic Irish town later in life. His descriptions of the big guns on th
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was not one of Mr. Taylor best books in this series. I found the conversation lacking and trying too hard. I found there was a lot "Remember when..." type dialogue. Instead of just regular discussion. The storyline did not grab me like the previous stories have, it was kind of disappointing. ...more
Cinzia Cera
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nice story, but a lot of threads end up nowhere. I then read it is the 9th book in a series, which explains it.
Nov 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Largely a look back at Dr. O'Reilly's wartime experience, including the beginnings of the story of his relationship with Deirdre (which the author says will be concluded in the next book). And the story of life in Ballybucklebo advances as well, sometimes intertwining with the stories of the past. ...more
Mary Syrenne
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
This book was much more serious than others I've listened to in the series. It did not make me laugh. It was pretty dry. Meh. ...more
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
My least favorite of the series so far, due to the emphasis on war story.
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of it was good, but some parts bored me to tears. Sometimes it seems like the author is showing off his knowledge and it gets to be tedious.
Catherine Casey
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very good read filled with human feelings and the anguish of the War. It portrays Fingal and others living their lives , supporting and caring for each other through loss and joy.
It has been a while since my last visit to Ballybucklebo, and I frequently found myself wondering how Barry and Sue's romance was going, how Fingal and Kitty were settling into married life, and how the other residents of the village were doing. I finally pulled this book off the shelf and dove in. Like the book Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor, this book bounces back and forth between the past and Fingal's current life. While the transitions aren't seamless, for the most part, they aren't jarring ...more
Laura Edwards
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Long before Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly became a fixture in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was a young M.B. with plans to marry his sweetheart, Deirdre Mawhinney, and settle down. But those dreams are complicated by World War II and the call of duty. Assigned to HMS Warsprite, a formidable thirty-thousand-ton battleship, Surgeon Lieutenant O'Reilly soon finds himself face-to-face with the horrors of war, tending to the dreadnought's crew of twelve hundred as well as to th ...more
This Irish Country novel is one where the action goes back and forth between Dr. O'Reilly's 1960s present and 1940s wartime past. I personally prefer the Irish Country novels where all the action is in one time over the ones where it goes back and forth in time. In particular I found this one jarring because the past detailed Dr. O'Reilly's courtship of his first wife, whereas the present scenes discusses the early part of his marriage to his second wife.
Maybe I was just in a really nitpicky mo
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've visited Ballybucklebo but this visit, like all the others, was an enjoyable one. As always, I find Taylor's insight into the heart of a country doctor so on-target and his descriptions of Dr. O'Reilly's "modern" form of medicine throughout his training and practice and of the history of medical advances that came before so interesting. This look back at Fingal's time in the naval service during the second world war adds an even greater depth, for it captures Fingal's ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another in the series by this Irish Canadian author, I read this as a light diversion while reading more serious and stress-filled books. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it more than I anticipated, and read it exclusively until it’s end. It is classical Patrick Taylor, and his main character Fingal O’Reilly stayed loyally in character. I’m generally not a fan of war stories, but surprisingly, I found Fingal’s experiences as a medical officer and ship’s surgeon aboard a warship interesting, if at times a ...more
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Love, love, love this series. I go onto other things in between, but when a book in the series pops up when scrolling through books on my Kindle, I always hesitate. Sometimes, I want a light, uncomplicated read. These are not; but they are fully of goods stories and wonderful characters, the most engaging of all is Fingal Flattering O'Reilly himself.

This one flips between his time on a naval ship during World War II and his current reality, which is about 1966 in Ireland. As the book progress th
Stephanie Pieck
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-fiction
This novel alternates between rural northern Ireland of the mid-Sixties and the early part of World War II aboard a British naval ship. Dr. O'Reilly wasn't always the long-serving local doctor in Ballybuckleboe whose compassion, temper, humor, and decency see him through all manner of situations. As a naval surgeon, he questions his ability to deal with the casualties of war and tries to keep a diary of how the war changes him. Romance remains a possibility, too, as he and his bride-to-be corres ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Wonderful writing, as usual by Patrick Taylor. He is quite the storyteller. However, this story is one that, in my opinion, would have been better told strictly in the past, rather than moving back and forth between past and present. The backstory of Fingal and Deidre's marriage and early life together is one I have been curious about, to be sure. Filling in those gaps makes sense. But there really is no need to go back-and-forth between that story and the present in the telling. The "present" s ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I continue to really enjoy this series -- Fingal now at war, learning his new duties. Dierdre onshore and the wedding still in the future. I really appreciate the depiction of life on the Warspite -- I had a headmaster who served as a gunner in WWII and suffered both hearing loss and lame leg because of it. This book gave me a new perspective on what his experience might have been like. Pretty awe-inspiring. One of the things about this series that I find completely fascinating is hearing more a ...more
Interesting in the areas where Taylor uses the frame story to present specific things he has studied; in this instance the early months of WWII. As in previous volumes that flipped back and forth chronologically, for some reason he repeats himself on pretty basic points, seeming not to trust that the reader will remember details from one time skip and a few chapters ago. That was a minor drag; in this book, the more significant drag was the presence of two competing female romantic characters. I ...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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