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An Irish Country Cottage

(Irish Country #13)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,128 ratings  ·  163 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 they’d find their own home engulfed, they were shocked to see good friends Donal Donnelly’s 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 c
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Nothing has changed with my re-read. Just read below and my comments stayed the same for the most part. I just felt more bored if that was possible while re-reading this one.

Previous review.
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 most
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 it’s 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. There’s mor ...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
Literary Redhead
The latest in the author’s 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 one’s 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. ...more
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 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I usually pick up a book from this series when I want to escape to a place where times were kinder and gentler. It’s my feel good spot. But this book is different. Taylor tackles some heavy subjects and suddenly Ballybucklebo isn’t quite the usual calm escape. While I understand why he felt he needed to go there, I look forward to wrapping up this storyline in the next book and, hopefully, returning to the peaceful place I know and love.
I've not known much about the troubles in Ireland before now, and I kept getting mixed up between the different groups and what they all stood for! But other than that, I really enjoyed the time spent in Ballybucklebo with Barry and Sue, Fingal and Kitty, with the various other characters coming in and out. ...more
Homey stories of Irish life centre readers in a world uniquely described in each book of this series. Authentically represented and capably authored by Irish born Canadian Patrick Taylor. ...more
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 Donnelly’s cottage burns to the ground, drs O’Relly 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.
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 viol ...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 w
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. ...more
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. ...more
I know the author explained why he got into politics in this one, but I don't read this type of book to be dragged into stories of terrorism. I'm looking for fiction, plain and simple. ...more
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
Betty Strohecker
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Patrick Taylor began this series, he said he wanted to focus on Irish life in a small community and stay away from the politics and violence that has plagued Northern Ireland (where most of the series concentrates) and the Republic of Ireland. However, since the series has now moved forward from 1964 to 1969, Taylor acknowledges that he couldn't leave out significant events and be true to history. He even apologizes if the inclusion of strife and turmoil offends his readers. This reader fin ...more
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 bas
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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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