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An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea

(Irish Country #10)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,490 ratings  ·  155 reviews
Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly came to the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, young Surgeon-lieutenant O'Reilly answered the call of duty to serve in World War II. Fingal just wants to marry his beloved Deirdre and live happily ever after. First he must hone his skills at a British naval hospital before reporting back to the HMS 'Warspite,' where, as a sh ...more
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Forge Books
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Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Yeah the rating remains unchanged. This was just bad. I have nothing else to say about it besides that. I am still annoyed that we didn't get much time devoted to the whole Kitty and Fingal thing with her going to visit someone from her past after the space it took up in the last book.

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Well I think this series is going to continue on for some time. I am no longer going to follow it where it goes. Patrick Taylor joins a list of authors that I have read and initially loved, who I d
This book like the prior one in the series “An Irish Doctor in Peace and War” is full of flashback memories of World War II. In the prior book O’Reilly was entering anesthesiology training at the Royal Naval Hospital Hasler in Portsmouth. Deirdre meets O’Reilly in Portsmouth to get married. This book picks up as O’Reilly enters training.

In the current time, 1964, O’Reilly attends a medical school reunion and a former classmate is ill. Back in Ballybucklebo Barry is depressed because his fiancée,
This is a flashback novel in the series. It gives you more background into Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reily and his life before he came to Ballybucklebo. I absolutely love this series and will be sad to see it eventually end. I have a wonderful time escaping to this small fictional town in Northern Ireland and spending time with the unique people who live there. I picked up the first one on a whim after seeing it in my local library and I have been hooked ever since. It reminds me a bit of the old " ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book gives you more of the backstory for Dr. Fingal O'Reilly of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. This book switches between the present day and O'Reilly's time serving in the Royal Navy during World War II. The book is very sad at times when focusing on the war. I'm still really enjoying this series, and am not looking forward to when I catch up. ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Second Read: I've enjoyed this read a lot more than I did the first time. The Story is still very long, but it was a lot more enjoyable. I'm a big Patrick Taylor Fan. He is a delightful writer, and give his characters a lot of fun personality. Been a long time since I've read one, and he has written a few more, so I have some catching up to do. I went to Ireland about 10 years ago, and without a doubt, it was my favorite all time vacation. Fingal and Diedra get married, and they discuss having c ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one.

"Discovery . . . favours the prepared mind. And there are no better prepared minds in medicine than good nurses."
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 11th book in the series but they aren't getting old. This one is just as good as the early ones and I look forward to #12! ...more
Paula Dembeck
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
As readers rejoin Fingal O’Reilley and his wife Kitty, the couple are in Dublin attending the thirtieth reunion of their 1936 medical school class at Trinity College. As they prepare for the dinner, the location of the event brings back memories of the past and Fingal recalls times when he was a surgeon on the naval ship HMS Warspite during the war.

In this story, Patrick alternates two distinct time periods between the 1960s in Ballybucklebo and the early 1940s when he completed a three month s
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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"Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly came to look after the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, young Surgeon Lieutenant O'Reilly answered the call of duty to serve his country during World War II. Fingal just wants to marry his beloved Deidre and live happily ever after, but first he must hone his skills at a British naval hospital before reporting to the HMS WSarsprite. There, as a ship's doctor, he faces danger and hardship on the high seas. With the Battle of Britain underway and ...more
A much enjoyed Canadian authored series of Irish characters and locations developing the various worlds unfolding for Dr Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly. WWII and the current storyline share the stage of this novel. Political, medical, and local issues of the day and their effects on the characters of the stories come to light. Food with recipes included in end notes as well as a dictionary of local terminology used in the series' books. ...more
Diane Adams
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I do love this series, but I wasn't looking forward to this particular installment. Other books have hinted at what was coming, and I really didn't want to read about it! I was glad that it jumped back and forth between the war and the present--if it had only been about war, it would have been too sad altogether. Hoping that there's more happy times in the next book! ...more
3.5★ I did end up enjoying this, although I’m feeling like I’m a bit over hearing about Fingal O’Reilly’s wartime experiences - not that they aren’t interesting, but I actually really want more about life in Ballybucklebo and more about what’s going on in Barry Laverty’s life - as the Irish Country Doctor series started out. It first delved into Fingal O’Reilly’s past in A Dublin Student Doctor (and I REALLY enjoyed that book), but the bits set in the past in subsequent books haven’t intrigued m ...more
Kelly Fugate
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The most enjoyable in the series (thus far).
When your mind & soul need a “sorbet” between epic reads.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just love this series.
Megan Kiley
3 1/2. I am always anxious for the stories to hurry up. I have felt that every single book in the series is about twice as long as it needs to be, yet I persist.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't really sure that I was going to enjoy this one, however, I finally came round and decided that it was just what the "doctor" ordered (sorry!)

We have known Fingal through so many books, and his love "Kitty" who is now his wife, however, there has been mention of his first wife, Deirdre, in most of the previous books, so with the "real" introduction of Deirdre I was sort of jealous for Kitty. As is the case in so many series, authors start at the "present" and then we have to go
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book lived up to my expectations of it, carrying on from the previous one, (An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War)in a satisfactory way. We learned about Fingal’s further experiences during the war as a medic aboard a warship in the early part of WW2, as well as events in mid sixties Ballybucklebo, following his marriage to Kitty and that of his housekeeper Kinky. The historical aspect, i.e. the 1940 time period, interested me more of the two covered in the book. I enjoyed reading about Finga ...more
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Taylor never disappoints, nor does John Keating on the audio books! Taylor seamlessly weaves his tales of the characters' pasts with the "present." He is a teacher as well as a wonderful story teller and I look forward to any future stories--always loving and warmly entertaining. He reviews enough of the series history and details to jog the old memory. This also had interesting background of the British navy in the Mediterranean and Africa. Always interesting to see how medicine has pro ...more
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I fell in love with the characters of Ballybucklebo in the first installment of the Irish Doctor. I am always entertained by their exploits. The only reason I did not give this book 4 stars is the amount of naval/war information. For the first time I found myself skimming paragraphs. Although some may enjoy the information, it's just not my cup of tea. I highly anticipate the next "Irish Doctor" book. ...more
Peg Lotvin
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I like this whole series though the titles are so similar I get confused as to whether I have read them or not. This contrasts O'Reilly's life during WWII as a Dr on a British naval ship and his first days as a newlywed with his later life as a GP in a tiny Irish village with his first love but second marriage. Read the earlier ones first. ...more
Mary Boyd
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this series! Was so happy when I saw this latest book at the bookstore! It is as wonderful as the others! A must read for those who Dr. O'Reilly and all the other characters who reside in Ballybuckleboo! ...more
Diane Davis
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. There were several times that I laughed so hard I had to hold my tummy. Patrick Taylor sure knows how to tell and Irish tale. And I love the Irish sayings and language.. Thank you Mr. Taylor.. Can't wait for the next episode. ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
One of the best in the series. Taylor has done an excellent job with a tricky task.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this entire series. This one provides much back story that fills in Fingal's WWII time and relationship with first wife, Deirdre. ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I love this series. But this book felt like it was trying to do too much, like it was designed to tie up loose ends. Still enjoyable but not compelling.
Another excellent installment in the series. This book picked up where An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War left off. As in the previous book, this one alternated between Fingal's past and his present. The "past" part of the book began with Fingal reporting to the naval hospital at Haslap for additional training in anesthesia and trauma surgery. He was looking forward to the next three months, as he and Dierdre planned to marry during this time. But there were unexpected obstacles to their plans. ...more
Things I like about this series:
- The mid-century setting in Ireland, centered around a country doctor's practice
- The curmudgeonly main character

Things I didn't like about this particular book:
- The fact that the main character's personality seems watered down a bit now
- The way that every time a character says a word in another language, or quotes a Latin epithet, they immediately explain or translate the phrase. This is generally not what people do in real life. Many times people understand t
Laura Edwards
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I did love Deirdre so, even if she was a little too perfect (aside from her cooking). But you know what? She is perfect in Fingal's memories, so that's how she is presented to the reader. Patrick Taylor really gives a good sense of the worries, concerns and lives of those living on the home front while their loved ones are at war. The book definitely packed an emotional wallop with many of the story lines (Deirdre and Fingal, Ronald Fitzpatrick, Richard Wilcoxson's son).

I'm definitely sad to se
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irish Country Doctor: In Peace and at War is #9 in the Irish Country Doctor Series. I have read and enjoyed each one and will continue to do so with every forthcoming adventure from the computer/pen of author Patrick Taylor. Those of us who have loved the adventures of Dr. O’Reilly, Dr. Laverty, Kitty, and every unique character that roams the village of Ballybucklebo, just can’t let go…
It’s the warmth, the compassion, and the humor of Scottish village life that touches my heart.

My favorite par
Mary Ellen Carlson
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've listened to all the other audiobooks in the series and plan to finish the series. Actor John Keating is outstanding as the reader and he makes the characters really come to life. By now, the characters Fingal, Kitty, Barry, and Kinky are like old friends that I love checking in with. This book alternated between Ballybucklebo in the 1960's and the early days days of Fingal's marriage to Kitty, and his romance and marriage to Dierdre during his time in the Navy during World War 2. As a nurse ...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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