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An Irish Country Cottage

(Irish Country #13)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  824 ratings  ·  141 reviews
An Irish Country Cottage is a charming entry in Patrick Taylor's beloved New York Times and internationally bestselling Irish Country series.

The New Year brings challenges and changes to the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. The Christmas holidays have barely passed before a fire engulfs the humble thatched cottage housing of Donal Donnelly and his family. Although
Hardcover, 349 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Forge
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Doctor Barry Laverty and his wife Sue were driving home after an evening out when he had to pull over to allow the emergency services vehicles to pass. Dreading theyd find their own home engulfed, they were shocked to see good friends Donal Donnellys small, thatched cottage a raging inferno. The immediate worry was the safely of Donal, his wife Julie and their three children. Their dog had warned them, and although singed, they were all safe and well, including the dog.

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It's been a while since I visited the little village of Ballybucklebo in the North of Ireland and I very much enjoyed catching up again with it's Doctors and villagers. Even though I've only read the first few books in this series it was like meeting up with old much loved friends.

It's now 1969 and life is getting difficult for the residents with sectarian violence starting to rear it's ugly head again. The villagers don't understand why everyone can't just get along and when fire destroys the
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well this is another Christmas book though I didn't realize it at the time. I think I just skimmed over the synopsis and started reading right away.

I will say that this may be a major change for many who have been reading the Irish Country books. Though Taylor invites some history into his books, he has mostly stayed away from the Troubles in Ireland. Now though, he takes on the first signs of this when he showcases the fights between the Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland.

I am not
Judy Lesley
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books for a digital galley of this novel.

I have not read any other books by Patrick Taylor in his Irish Country series so I was interested to read his author's note where he mentioned that fans of the series seemed to be worried about having the actual historical events which began in early 1969 in Ulster impinge on the lives of the people in Ballybucklebo. The conflict could not be ignored so Taylor decided to contrast the unrest in Ulster with the
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Taylor apologizes to the reader in his introduction. He says people have written saying they enjoy escaping to the Irish village of Ballybucklebo, but time has progressed in his series, and since its 1969 he has to bring in the matter of sectarian dissension. Marches and riots in Ulster contrast with the live-and-let-live atmosphere of Ballybucklebo, where Catholics and Protestants help each other every day. This book has other differences from previous novels in the series. Theres more ...more
Clare O'Beara
While this will be best for those who have been following the series, a new reader can pick up the threads of life in Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland in 1969. The local doctor introduces us to all in the village, especially Donal Donnelly whose family escape with their lives but nothing else - except the dog - when their cottage burns down in December.

An adult thread running through the tale deals with those who have difficulty conceiving or carrying a baby, so some may find this aspect a bit
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The latest in the authors delightful Irish Country series sings gloriously to this reader who is proudly one-quarter Celtic! The trials and tribulations in the quaint village of Ballybucklebo in 1967 capture the heart and provide happy hours away from ones own challenges. 5/5 stars

Pub Date 16 Oct 2018   

Thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

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Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Taylor never fails to deliver a fantastic book and this one is another great one. Any time you can journey to Ballybucklebo, with your favorite characters from the series, you are in for treat. Highly recommend for all that love the series and for anyone wanting to experience this great series for the first time. 5 stars all the way on this one.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Book number 13 in this usually stellar series. I just didn't love this book as I have loved many others in the series. The writing was very good, but the various story-lines were not as strong as previous books. Many of the story-lines felt forced & were yawn-inducing. I will definitely read book 14, but hope it has a little more of the magic that is synonymous with this series.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Ruth Grant
A lot more political/religious/medical history than past books in this series. Ends very abruptly. I love the series, but this one was disappointing.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once again Patrick Taylor has come through with a heartwarming story about the small Irish village of Ballbucklebo. All of the favorite village characters are in full swing. after all this time, reading these novels is like "going home again".

Set in late December of 1968, Barry Laverty is driving home, when he comes upon a fire at the cottage of Donal Donnelly. The village comes to the "aid" of Julie and Donal to the relief of Barry, and good ole Dr. Fingal O'Reilly.

It is the beginnings of the
Traci Haley
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I always enjoy the Irish Country Doctor series, but this one was particularly good. I appreciate how Taylor weaves in important moments in Irish history. It reminds me of Call the Midwife, but with doctors instead of nurses!
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed this series of books. You never know what some of the characters might end up doing.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rather wordy story of life in an Irish Village. The Donnellys cottage burns to the ground, drs ORelly an Laverty are on hand to help. The village people turn out to help the Donnellys and young Dr Laverty is learning how to be a general practioner in a small village. Dr Laverty and his wife are trying to start a family. Mrs Laverty is getting involved in trying to keep peace between the laws of the Catholic and non Catholics. ...more
Christine Cheripka
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I have read a lot of the books of Patrick Taylor, but I found this one a shade difficult to finish....there was a lot verbiage of Ireland's reproductive issues in the light of the Church and a lot of political issues between Religions that were a bit difficult for me to follow...I sensed more agendas of the time being raised then the delightful story of Ballybuckleboo and all the charm it held.
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
1969 is off to a rough start in the Small Irish village of Ballbucklebo. A fire has destroyed the house and belongings of Donal Donnally and his family. Doctor Fingal O'Reilly and Dr. Barry Laverty and the rest of the people in the village do whatever it takes to help the family, but the doctors are dealing with other issues as well. Dr. O'Reilly has a patient who needs sound advice on contraception and Barry and his wife are seeking advice from a fertility expert. However, it's the growing ...more
Oct 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really looking forward to reading the latest in this series. It was good revisiting the characters but it was slow reading. Not my favorite read in this series. Will definitely give this series another read.
Paula Dembeck
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
In this the thirteenth addition to the series, Patrick Taylor has made some significant changes. He continues his stories about the residents of the small village of Ballybucklebo but has brought his narrative up to the late nineteen sixties a time when people the world over were clamoring for civil rights.

The potent mix of religious and political identity has always been an important part of Irish history. For the most part, the landed gentry in the country were Anglican and the working poor
Nov 23, 2018 rated it liked it
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this was disappointingly my least favorite of the series. either i had grand expectations, or dr. taylor is getting so be an "old softie." i always have considered these books "gentle, easy" reads, but this one felt saccharine. and don't get me wrong, i like "nice," it has its place. but i felt like i overdosed on pecan pie after thanksgiving dinner--a "taste" of something sweet can suffice, but too much can be gratuitous. will no longer be on the edge of my seat for the next one.
Carol Van Der Woude
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have read other books in this series about an Irish country doctor. This one I had difficulty keeping track of all the characters, keeping the Nationalists and the Loyalists straight. I was frequently turning back to previous chapters.
I am still mulling over a doctor's decision to use some deception in order to encourage his patient to take the b.c. pill.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
When it has been a week since I started the book and I am still not finished, it does not have me hooked. The pace of the book is very slow, and then there was more about the political scene than I wanted to know.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
lots of words but it really does not go much of anywhere. Not as charming as some of the earlier books in this series. Maybe because he is bringing it into the more recent past (1960's) and all the troubles in Ireland.
Laura Edwards
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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"Bad luck strikes the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. A fire engulfs the Donnelly family's cottage, leaving them with only the clothes on their backs. Fortunately, Doctors O'Reilly and Laverty are on hand to bring the good people of the village together to come to their neighbors' aid.

"Meanwhile, young Barry Laverty and his wife, Sue, frustrated in their efforts to start a family, turn to modern medicine for answers. O'Reilly must tread carefully as he advises a married patient on how
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The year is coming to an end and the characters in this Irish village are facing tumult on several sides.

A fire in a cottage has put a family out of their home and the inhabitants of this village from the manor to the humble thatcher come forward to give their support in getting the family on its feet.

Then we have the strong division between the Protestant and Catholic faith. Not just division, but feelings of no common ground, very much understood by me as we face these divisions on a daily
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
The thirteenth book in the series, so obviously this must have its fair share of adoring readers, unfortunately, it just wasnt the right book for me.

A community rallies to help a family displaced by a fire, while one couple deals with infertility, and Ireland deals with religious differences.

This is the first book Ive read in the series, while Im sure the reading experience would be enhanced by having all the information of the previous books, its easy enough to jump into this one, as despite
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This reminds me very much of All Creatures Great and Small. I've never read any of the books in this series before and picked it up because it was on the new shelf at the library. I love all things Irish and Scottish and the title caught my eye. It was a refreshing look at the 1960s, Uster, Northern Ireland and the troubles. I loved learning some new words albeit did making reading this book harder. So many different ways of speaking. Scots, Scot Irish, Uster Scots, French, Irish Gaelic, British ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. I have faithfully read every book in Patrick Taylor's "An Irish..." series. I find them to be mildly entertaining and enjoy the descriptions of the Northern Ireland landscapes as well as the colorful and apparently quite authentic characters. They usually rate a solid 3-stars from me. However, this one went from disappointing to restiveness very quickly as we were subjected to what amounted to lectures on: Irish politics, (perhaps inescapable given the time period of ...more
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

In many ways, I can't write a fair review of this book. When I requested the book, I was not aware that it was part of a series. Reading the book was like walking into the middle of a movie. Much of the time I was trying to figure out what happened before I started the book.

The doctors in the book are old fashioned small-town family physicians. Here in Boston I am lucky if I can see my doctors for ten
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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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