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An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea

(Irish Country #10)

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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 ...more
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Published October 13th 2015 by Forge Books
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Obsidian
Dec 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 decided that time is short, and I refuse to read anymore books by this author anymore when there are better books to spend my time with.

Please note that if you have not read the series til now, there will be spoilers included from the previous books.

I was initially crazy about this series. The first
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Jean
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 OReilly was entering anesthesiology training at the Royal Naval Hospital Hasler in Portsmouth. Deirdre meets OReilly in Portsmouth to get married. This book picks up as OReilly enters training.

In the current time, 1964, OReilly attends a medical school reunion and a former classmate is ill. Back in Ballybucklebo Barry is depressed because his fiancée, Sue,
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Diana
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
Diana
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.
Carol
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 ...more
Janie
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."
Liselle
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!
Paula Dembeck
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it
As readers rejoin Fingal OReilley 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
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Kate
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ireland, read-in-2019
"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
Kathryn
3.5★ I did end up enjoying this, although Im feeling like Im a bit over hearing about Fingal OReillys wartime experiences - not that they arent interesting, but I actually really want more about life in Ballybucklebo and more about whats going on in Barry Lavertys life - as the Irish Country Doctor series started out. It first delved into Fingal OReillys past in A Dublin Student Doctor (and I REALLY enjoyed that book), but the bits set in the past in subsequent books havent intrigued me as much, ...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!
Amber
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just love this series.
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.
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Almira
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
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Anna
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 Fingals 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 Fingal ...more
Susan
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 ...more
Alaine
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.
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.
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!
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.
Malani
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.
Lisa
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.
Erica
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.
Susan
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
Duckpondwithoutducks
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
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Laura Edwards
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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
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Patti
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. OReilly, Dr. Laverty, Kitty, and every unique character that roams the village of Ballybucklebo, just cant let go
Its the warmth, the compassion, and the humor of Scottish village life that touches my heart.

My favorite part of
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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 ...more
Sharone Powell
Nov 08, 2017 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 (thought Taylor does it well) 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 ...more
Shannon
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Best one yet! I would have given it five stars if it had been a little shorter and a little lighter on the military details. But over all, I really enjoyed it and feel that Patrick Taylor has at last fulfilled the promise that he shows less successfully in his other books.
This book tells the story of Dr. Fingal O'Reilly's first love and marriage to Deirdre and continues with his life aboard the HMS Warspite on active duty in the Mediterranean during WWII. Interspersed with those events, are
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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 16 books)
  • An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)
  • An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)
  • An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)
  • An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)
  • An Irish Country Courtship (Irish Country #5)
  • A Dublin Student Doctor  (Irish Country #6)
  • An Irish Country Wedding (Irish Country #7)
  • Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor (Irish Country #8)
  • Home Is the Sailor (Irish Country #8.5)
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