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An Irish Country Family

(Irish Country #14)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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An Irish Country Family is a charming entry in Patrick Taylor's beloved internationally bestselling Irish Country series.

Before Doctor Barry Laverty joined Doctor Fingal O'Reilly's practice in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, he was an intern, working long hours, practicing new medical techniques, falling in love, and learning
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Forge
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I have been reading this series from the beginning and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The story follows the life of an Irish country village called Ballybucklebo in the 1960s. The main protagonist is Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly, M.D., the village physician. Also, added early in the series is Barry Laverty, M.D., who joins O’Reilly’s practice.

The book is well written and researched. The story follows the daily life of an Irish Village. It is mainly a heart-warming story. It makes a great change of pace
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was disappointed in the previous book in the Irish Country series, since it talked so much about the violence in Northern Ireland. I’m happy to say this one was Patrick Taylor at his storytelling best. The narrative alternates between 1969 Ballybucklebo, and Barry Laverty’s medical training and hospital residency in the early sixties. In the village, everyone helps Donal and his family after their home burns to the ground, funds are raised to send children to a camp where Protestant and ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again, Patrick Taylor has brought the village of Ballybuckleboo to life.
It is very important to read the Author's Note, which is at the front of the book, as it will explain quite a few very important facts regarding note only medical terms used, medical procedures that were "discovered" during this time frame and those involved in their discoveries, but also about "The Troubles" the civil unrest of the 1960's - 1970's in Northern Ireland.

The story "flips" back and forth between 1969, when
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A Dull story about Barry Laverty current medical practice and trying to start a family and his past of becoming a doctor.
Susan Johnson
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
A heart warming story of life in a small village in Northern Ireland. It is told between 1963 and 1969 and the story of becoming a doctor, particularly a GP. There was an interesting history of CPR and a defibilitator. A big cast of familiar and lovely characters make an appearance. It's a book that will make you smile and warm your heart.

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.
Elena Mikalsen
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story, the history, the details, the characters. The writing drew me immediately in and I found I was still thinking about it after I finished.
Sharone Powell
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
In this installment of the series, we alternate between seeing Barry as an intern and the present in Balleybucklebo. The present deals with Sue's and Barry's inexplicable infertility. I suspect Patrick Taylor saw quite a few of these during his career and wanted to write about it, but it feels like it goes on forever (three books already). But we do see the end of this storyline here (I won't share any spoilers).

Not much else is going on that's new or really interesting. Once again we see the
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Irish Country Family by Patrick Taylor is a wonderful and heartwarming addition in his long-running Irish Country Village series. This book, while laced with humor, is often poignant and explores the true and multiple meanings of “family.” Set primarily in the mythical near-paradise of Ballybucklebo, the book features most of the characters that have been featured in previous books, including Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, the lynchpin of both Ballybucklebo and the series. As Taylor has ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
For fans of Jan Karon's Mitford series...You'll fall in love with the town of Ballybucklebo and it wonderful host of characters! Fingal, Kitty, Kinky, Barry, Sue, Donnal, and so many more loveable, quirky, caring characters! This book was not without sadness, hardship, and strife, the end, all is well :) Because, if all is not well, then it is not the end. I'm already looking forward to the next installment on this series!
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an advance reader’s copy from Netgalley.

I’ve dipped in and out of this series over the years; Goodreads tells me I’ve read 6 of the main novels and 1 novella. The things I enjoy about the series are the consistency and depth of the character development, the Irish setting and the pace of life in the village. I also appreciate the author’s ability to tell a different story every time, though the rhythms of village life and the cast of characters change little. Those trends continue in
Julian King
Dec 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
I find that I come to this series of Novels very late: as Dr Doctor Taylor so modestly takes care to tell us, through the voice of Mrs Maureen 'Kinky' Auchileck, one of his most charming characters, this is the FOURTEENTH occasion on which he has delighted us with his tales from the life of 'Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly'.

I am not sure as to the dramatic date of Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's first appearance in the pages of the
Laura Edwards
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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The Hobbit
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This entry in the series started slowly with technical descriptions of Barry Laverty's last year in medical school as a houseman. Alternating chapters were set in 1969 when the Troubles were occurring in Northern Ireland. Ballybucklebo was spared the sectarian violence. In their village the Catholic priest, Father Hughes, and the Presbyterian minister, Rev Robinson, appeared at functions together. Loyalists and Republicans drank together at the Mucky Duck and the Sports Club. Mayor Bertie Bishop ...more
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: international
An Irish Country Family is the 14th story in Patrick Taylor's Irish Country Series. This outing features Dr. Barry Laverty and gives readers a glimpse of his early medical years, as well as, his current medical practice, life in Ballybuckleboo, and his new marriage with Sue. I enjoyed this outing and learned more about how Dr. Laverty became the caring doctor that he has and realized that he has always fallen too quickly and too hard in love with his girlfriends. Barry and his wife are ...more
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had real trouble putting down the latest volume in this enchanting series. All of the characters feel like family now, and it's just lovely to visit them again. This book has two timelines - it's 1969, Barry and Sue are struggling with fertility issues, The Troubles are causing waves nearby so the fine people Ballybucklebo are wanting to set an example of bipartisan friendship, and the Donnelly's house is almost finished. But there are also flashbacks to 1963-4, when Barry is housman (intern) ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Although I loved, loved, loved this series of Irish Country books, I believe it's time to say goodbye to Fingal O'Reilly and all his cohorts. I think the author really had to stretch to get this book written, a lot of old stories were retold and no real character building. I struggled to stay with this book, although it did pick up near the end. The loss of two patients that Barry became close with and how that really affected the doctor he would become gripped me and made this book a worthy ...more
Peg Lotvin
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
If this is #14 in the series, I guess I have read all of them. Because the titles are so similar sometimes I am not sure if I read that particular one. No matter, they all invite you into the circle that comprises the (fictional) town of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland. There is always drama surrounded by everyday goings on in and about the town. They have a marquis and his sister, two religious leaders, Catholic and Protestant, the doctor at the center, and the rest of the towns people going ...more
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
#14 of series alternates between Barry and friends are in their newly qualified houseman’s year, rotating through the specialties every three months. Barry’s convictions of wanting to be a GP so he an truly get to know his patients are strengthened. The parallel
Storyline in modern day and dealing with cancer, infertility, and proving to greater Ireland that The people of Ulster know how to get along and be friends no matter differences in politics, religion, old vs young. A good read with a
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stars 10...20...30...

I may be crying for this the last of the series?I LOVE these books. Edifying Educational Engrossing, Engaging, Enchanting.If this is the last one...I will imagine what happened with the main characters and all the rest until the day I die. Oops sounds like a other one will be available in Oct. 2020...well phew! So glad to k is that...This one .at be one of the very best in the series . Much good news in Ballybuck!ebo.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are new to the series, I would recommend starting with a another book in the series to get a feel for the history of the characters. For readers familiar with the series, it was good to meet familiar characters again. Characters that you can relate to and feel involved in their stories. Am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great story as always, by Patrick Taylor. This book in the series of Irish Country books, focuses around the life of Barry Laverty as he completes his medical training, doing 3 month rotations in the University hospital. Novel alternates back and forth between present day withDr. Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly and the goings on in Ballybucklebo. What is really wonderful is how well the reader gets to know each of the real life characters in this Irish town.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: taylor-patrick
I loved this book and how he blended two different times 1963 and 1969 to answer questions and bring some things to resolution. Taking from actual issues of the times, it unites and inspires. If you are new to the Irish Country series, you may want to read some of the previous stories before you read this one. They are all wonderful, powerful reads and full of Irish vernacular - complete with glossary in back for pronunciation and definition of Irish words contained within.
Diana Davis
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read!

What is not to love about this book? It grabs your attention from the start-- wraps you in a lovely tale-- spins you with medical drama of and friends-- and floats you gently back to reality. I want to thank you for the continuing rich saga of Irish Country Books, and I am patiently waiting for the next installment of the grand adventure! Cheers!
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I love this author and this series. I’ve read all of the books. The characters are fun and down to earth. The reader feels like they are in the story. Like they live in the village. The author deftly deals with serious issues such as infertility and terminal illness in a way that touches this reader. I look forward to the next installment.
Kathy Ludwig
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy his books. He is a wonderful character writer. I feel like I can smell the peat burning in the fireplace as I read Patrick Taylor's books. And I don't mean that in a derogatory way. I just feel like I am magically brought right into the midst of Ballybucklebo and all the characters seem so real to me.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edelweiss, fiction
It's the third book I read in this series and I'm starting to become addicted to this series.
The well crafted plot, the fleshed out cast of characters and the vividly described historical background make this book engrossing and entertaining.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Joanne Channell
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you have been a fan of this series, which I have loved, this one has been exceptional. It's so touching and sometimes so sad. But I learned how compassionate Barry Laverty is. In both his personal and professional life, he is an amazing husband and doctor. Patrick Taylor wrote a wonderful continuation of this series. You'll be brought to tears sometimes.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Irish Country Family

Normally, I'd give this latest Irish Country series, a 5 stars.

But in this book,I gave it a 4. Mainly because of jumping around between the years.

Otherwise this is a great read
Faith Hazelton
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As the hectic holiday season is coming to an end it is a pleasure to spend time in the village of Ballybucklebo with Dr Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly and the local characters. It’s an easy gentle story with happy endings for all the denizens that we have come to love.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Having read all of this series I liked this book the least. I'm not a fan of jumping back and forth in time each chapter. Mr. Taylor was either being paid by the word or secretly wanted to write a textbook on medical inventions. Disappointing!!!!!!!!!!!
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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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