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An Irish Country Love Story

(Irish Country #11)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,859 ratings  ·  222 reviews
It’s the winter of 1967 and snow is on the ground in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, but the chilly weather can’t stop love from warming hearts all over the county. Not just the love between a man and woman, as with young doctor, Barry Laverty, and his fiancee Sue Nolan, who are making plans to start a new life together, but also the love of an ailing pensione ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Forge Books (first published October 1st 2016)
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Anita Johnson If you like to read about small-town life in the UK in the '60's, I think you'll enjoy it. It helps to read an earlier one or two, such as An Irish Co…moreIf you like to read about small-town life in the UK in the '60's, I think you'll enjoy it. It helps to read an earlier one or two, such as An Irish Country Doctor or an Irish Country Village, where you'll meet all the characters.(less)
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Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I changed my rating on this one because it was much better than the last book in the series which was painful the first and second time though. The flow wasn't great in this one, but after the last book I just hard shrugged about it. The book reads a bit like filler when you get to the ending I thought.

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Well I liked this one more than the last two books which unfortunately were just back and forths between Fingal O"Reilly and when he met his first wife and lost her during the war
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the latest edition in the Irish Country Doctor Series. The story is historical fiction, but Patrick Taylor based the story on his own life as a physician in Northern Ireland from the 1930s through the 1960s. The fictional town of Ballybucklebo and its physicians, Fingal O’Reilly and his new partner Barry Laverty, are the two key characters. The story is filled with fascinating characters that make up the town and countryside. This story takes place in January of 1967 and opens with Sue N ...more
This is the kind of Irish Country book I really like!! Some of the ones immediately preceding this were told with flashbacks back to Dr O’Reilly’s time in WWII, and while they were still interesting, I am really more interested in Ballybucklebo, and particularly Dr Barry Laverty’s storyline. And that is what this one was - more of Barry and Sue’s story, as well as some of Dr O’Reilly’s, and with the old favourites of Kinky, Donal, as well as new favourites who have turned over new leaves in the ...more
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so thrilled to get to this book in the series, we were finally finished with the flashbacks to Doctor O'Reilly's time in His Majesty's Navy during World War II. I understand trying to give us the background of the doctor and show how the character became the curmudgeon that fans of the series have grown to love but it's much nicer to be back to the current time, late 1960's, and see what the other characters are doing with their lives. In this one the practice is growing, Doctor Laverty is ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
These are always a sweet read, and I enjoy them. Though in this one, I kind of felt that every once in awhile, there'd be a bit of an information dump about medicine and how patients present. ...more
Gail Amendt
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
It has been a while since I last visited the quaint 1960's village of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland, and I'm so glad I returned for another installment. This delightful series about a couple of country doctors in a small village and the the wonderfully eccentric villagers they serve is like comfort food for me. This installment looks at many forms of between a man and a woman, love between people and their pets, love for one's home and community, old and new love, and the list go ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize until now that I read this so far out of order. I think I am on book 4 in the series. It didn't matter much though as I was familiar with the town and folk already. It felt good to get back into this little world for a bit. ...more
Jenna Gareis
Oct 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Five things about An Irish Country Love Story by Patrick Taylor 5/5⭐️s

1. Just
2. Another
3. Irish Country book
4. That I
5. Loved.
I'm sure this is a fine little series, but I am going to abandon the book as it is not for me. I guess it is fair to call it heavy on old-fashioned sentiment. ...more
Peg Lotvin
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another in the long series about a country GP in a tiny Irish town. This one updates Barry and his girlfriend Sue Nolan until just before their marriage. More yummy sounding recipies from Kinky Auchenleck, and further adventures with Dr. O"Reilly keeping his adopted town running smoothly. Lovely quiet, low key reading. ...more
Fay Fawcett
Feb 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
I think it is time Patrick Taylor gave up on this series. It was like he was just putting words on paper without following the original story. Boring. He spent several chapters on the search for a lost dog.Boy was that ever exciting. I could hardly put the book down.
Sorry Patrick. Guess I am done with this series.
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love Patrick Taylor and I love this particular series of books. The stories have a wonderful, small Irish village feel to them, and it makes the reader feel like they are part of the village life too.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another in a series of delightful feel-good stories of a small town in Ireland.

Pub date 10/04/16
I read this EARC courtesy of Edelweiss and the publisher
Kathie Haffner
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Nothing happens in this book!!…I never would have finished it If I hadn't been trapped on a plane from Dublin to Toronto..Just plain BORING… ...more
Feb 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
The wonderful continuing story of Dr. O'Reilly. Dr. Barry and the people of Ballybucklebo. Dr. O'Reilly and his wife Kitty are concerned over the possibility of having to move from their beloved home/medical clinic after a truck goes through their living room. Dr Barry and Sue become engaged but Sue is away for a few months of a course and Barry misses her. The new doctor seems to be having some problems adjusting to her job. Lars, Barry's brother, is falling in love.
The townspeople continue to
Anita Johnson
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This latest in the Irish Doctor series is a warm welcome back to Ballybucklebo, the little village with a big cast of quirky characters in Ulster County, in 1967. The last two books went back and forth from the 60's to when Dr. Fingal O'Reilly served as a naval surgeon in the Second World War. I was happy to be able to stay in one time frame and to read more about Fingal's coworker in his practice, Barry Laverty, and his fiancée, Sue Nolan. Thanks to my friend, Sandy, for directing me to this qu ...more
Regina Spiker
A sweet feel-good story set in a small village in Ireland - this is number 12 in the series.
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable, sweet story from Ballybucklebo!
Anuradha Murphy
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Sweet, heartfelt and genuinely touching stories. A wonderful addition to the series.
Mar 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A love story, or two, and a story of community: "Love thy neighbor." ...more
Sharone Powell
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
There's so much to love about this series, but the more books Patrick Taylor writes, the more trivia he keeps on inserting, and it has simply become too much! I mean, he must feel encouraged by the reviewers who like that kind of stuff, no doubt Irish people. I love Ireland and these cozy stories, but I don't give a damn about the brand of biscuits or candy people ate, and that's just the tip of the minutia mountain! Yes, this is a rant, because I realized I'm going to have to say goodbye to thi ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The 12th and latest addition to the Irish country Doctor series is indeed a love story, or any number of them as Dr. Barry Laverty and Sue Nolan plan their wedding, Fingal's lawyer brother Lars has been helping Sir John and Lady Myrna try to save part of the Ballybucklebo estate by signing much of it over to the National Trust, Barry's medical classmate Jack Mills is mooning over Fingal's protege, Helen Hewitt, who is finishing her medical school classes and sitting her exams, old Sonny Houston ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again, Patrick has come up with another interesting look in the goings on of Dr's Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and Barry Laverty in the village of Ballybucklebo.

As the series started out "years" ago - it started with Barry Laverty's introduction to the village, the series has switched over to Fingal O'Reilly's story, which I have found much more interesting, with many historical highlights - so during this book, there was a great deal about Barry and his fiancé Sue, which I found rather uninte
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy all of Patrick Taylor's Irish Doctor series. ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
It's always nice to re visit Balleybucklebo and see what everyone is up to :) I love the continuing story, the generations, the descriptions of the country, and the relationships. This series, these characters, remind me of Jan Karon's Mitford series. ...more
Tom Wascoe
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story in the Irish Country Doctor series. Reading Taylor is like wrapping yourself in a warm story comforter. He, as usual, mixes good story-telling, humor, warmth and Irish blarney in his novels. Well worth reading.
Emily Schmader
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Charming story, lovable characters, set in Ireland in the late 60's. I have not read the previous novels in the series, but I'd like to go back and read them now. ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ireland, novel
This was the least interesting in the series for me. It feels like he is (understandably) getting tired of his characters.
Laura Edwards
Oct 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I enjoyed the previous few books dealing with O'Reilly's past, but I was looking forward to getting back to stories set in Ballybucklebo and connecting again with the villagers and also the other main characters. Unfortunately, Book 11 fell flat for me. Not sure why. Maybe because Barry still hasn't redeemed himself as character, in my book. I like how "love story" is used in the title, yet Barry is still ogling every female that comes along even though he's engaged. His thoughts are constantly ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ireland, read-in-2019
"It's the winter of 1967, and snow is on the ground in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, but the chilly weather can't stop love from warming hearts all over the country. Not just the love between a man and a woman, as with young doctor Barry Laverty and his fiancee, Sue Nolan, who are making plans to start a new life together, but also the love of an ailing pensioner for a faithful dog that's gone missing, the love of the local gentry for the great estate they are on verge of losing, ...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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