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An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  5,272 Ratings  ·  582 Reviews
Patrick Taylor first charmed readers with An Irish Country Doctor, a warm and enchanting novel in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon. Now Taylor returns to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo, where there's always something brewing beneath the village's deceptively sleepy surface.Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantshi ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published 2008)
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The effortless charm of the first book was not as present here, at least not in full. The characters were much the same, and often that was a lovely thing. The rhythms of the village and its small concerns are soothing and relaxing. I think Taylor started to hint at how fragile this peace is in this book, too, lest we not appreciate that low stakes and quiet as every interaction seems to be, for people with very little, the web of comfort these doctors weave is vitally necessary and helping to h ...more
Siew Ee
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This second book in the series is much the same as the first – its slow and comfortable pace of storytelling reflecting that of life in Ballybucklebo. Not only that, the way the story is told gives readers the sense that everything will turn out ok in the end. If so, what is it about “An Irish Country Village” that makes it worth reading?

Sure, this book cannot compare with the mystery, paranormal and horror books in terms of excitement and thrills. The lack of solid, adrenaline-pumping action i
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland
This simple, absorbing book begins where the previous "An Irish Country Doctor" ended. Young Doctor Laverty, a recent medical school graduate, has decided to accept an apprenticeship with the crusty Fingal O'Reilly, GP. The WWI naval veteran and former Rugby star proves to be gruff and wise, yet uncommonly patient and intuitive with his eccentric "customers," psychic housekeeper, and petulent pets.

The residents of Ballybucklebo, a small, rustic community in mid-1960's County Down, are true Iris
Judith Teggelaar
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of the Irish Country Doctor. A down to earth novel full of human interest, occasional humor and the citizens of Ballybucklebo, Ireland.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: patrick-taylor
This is the second book in the seven part series of "An Irish Country" books. This story begins where we left off in the last book. Dr. O'Reilly has offered to Dr. Laverty to become a partner in his practice. Dr. Laverty is becoming comfortable in the quaint town of Ballybucklebo, and his relationship with Patricia finds him head over heels "in love." Dr. O'Reilly's home is endearing. Both doctors and Mrs. Kinky Kinkaid live like an everyday family. Kinky scolding Dr. O'Reilly for eating too muc ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a delightful read! The author, Patrick Taylor, introduces you to the loving, quirky, wise villagers of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. This novel (borrowing from the book jacket)is "in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon". The story goes something like this; Barry Laverty, a young doctor, has just begun his assistantship under Dr.Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in the village of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. To say Dr.O'Reilly is a bit unorthodox and even eccentric is putting it mildly. He is also ...more
Reading for the group, We Love Lisa Kleypas, Reading Challenge for March 2010... All Things Irish. This is my 2nd book of the challenge. Categories that the book falls in to: "Ireland" as the setting, "Green" in the cover art, "Irish" characters in the story, and "Patrick" in the author's name.

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DNF. This is not my type of book. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would love it, but not me. It seems to be a snapshot of a small
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-country, 2015
First sentence: Barry Laverty-Doctor Barry Laverty-heard the clattering of a frying pan on a stove and smelled bacon frying.

Favorite quotes:

Time, tide and women in their second labors wait for no man.

I think, to quote P.G. Woodhouse, Kinky is showing a distinct lack of gruntle today.

The evening air was buttermilk warm, scented with mown hay and musk mallow.

This book was just delightful. It made me relax in my chair and just enjoy each page. The way of life in rural Ireland in the mid 1960s was f
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second of ten novels in the Irish Country series concerns a few weeks in the 1960s in the Northern Ireland village of Ballybucklebo, where newly minted physician Barry Laverty has successfully completed his probationary period as assistant to the town doctor, a force of nature named Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

Trouble comes early to the young general practitioner. The widow of a patient who died shortly after Barry misdiagnosed a brain bleed is threatening to sue, but the autopsy results show
While I didn't like this book as much as the first, I still found it to be an enjoyable read. The cast of characters were a fun, eclectic cast to read about, and the story shaped up to be a good read as well.

One of my biggest beefs with the story was the to detailed descriptions about various medical procedures - while a book about Doctors, I do expect to read about medical jargon, I could have done without the step by step process with all the details about how a catheter is inserted. Which was
Iowa City Public Library
Last summer I enjoyed Taylor’s first book, An Irish Country Doctor. It was a hybrid of James Herriot (strong sense of place), Maeve Binchy (good character development), and Marcus Welby, MD. An Irish Country Village is a continuation of this story. A young doctor goes to a rural Irish village, Ballybucklebo, to apprentice with an older and experienced physician. The young doctor learns a lot about medicine, life, and the human spirit. Descriptions of the Irish countryside are wonderful and there ...more
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Uhm, OK. I finished this. I don't remember when, but I know for a fact I'm no longer reading it. I'm wondering if something went wrong, because it says I started it on May 10, and there is NO WAY I have finished a book in one month's time since school started. So...I'm guessing I did the wrong book, and that I started #3 on the 10th.

Anyhoo, I'm still liking them, but I"m not gung ho on them anymore. It may be a nitpicking thing, but I'm getting really annoyed by his use of describing scenery or
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series.

I was so excited after reading the first book I went and bought the rest of the series save one book. I am so happy I did.

This book picks up right where the last one left off. So much so, some of the issues faced in the first book resurface. One of Barry's patients has died and their relative is threatening to sue for malpractice. Did Barry do something wrong? This hangs over Barry's head for most of the book. Also, Barry's girlfriend is up for an engineering scholarship and
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series about Irish country Doctors Laverty and O'Reily. They have a small practice in a little town in North Ireland called Ballybucklebo. Dr. Laverty is a young doctor still serving his assistantship with the more experienced Dr. O'Reily, but Oreily is anxious to have the young doctor stay on permanently. While they treat a variety of unusual cases, they also find themselves in the role of town peacemakers - especially when dealing with the cantankerous Councilor ...more
This was a sweet little read. It was endearing and I especially liked that it was set in Carrickfergus Antium where my ancestors the McCanns came from. They were Scottish and ended up in Ireland and finally in the USA. The two doctors were altruistic and had some great adventures. I will say I got tired of the glorification of drinking that seemed to be such a big part of the story. Everyone was encouraged to get falling down drunk all the time and even the parson was chided if he didn't drink. ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for an available audio book from the library and happened on An Irish Country Village. I wasn't half way into the first chapter and I was hooked. This isn't a mystery. It's not a thriller. It's a novel about every-day people. Taylor's clear development of characters, though just ordinary people, are folk I'd like to have living next door. He gives his characters personality, humor, and empathy so the daily struggles they (or I) may face make the readers feel like we really have mov ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: kindle, f-general
This is my second Irish Country books and it's somewhat like "oatmeal" or grilled cheese sandwiches; my comfort food (books) when I'm stressed. The story of a young man who is going to take over the practice of a country doctor in a small town in Ireland. The players are all simple folks, except his girlfriend, but you get to know them and like (or hate) them; even in this one....the plot is predictable but it's something like the Andy Griffin series on TV in the 60's, except this is in Ireland ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Loved this book!!!!

I get so caught up in exploring and reading my favorite genre (mysteries), that I forget to explore "fiction", which is another favorite of mine. I love the eccentric characters in this book (more than just the "experienced" doctor - even the young protagonist, in his way, is eccentric).

Just love the evolution and interplay of the various characters, especially the two vets which are the focus of the book. Could not wait to see how the story evolved. Not at all as I expected
Betty Strohecker
Patrick Taylor continues his Irish Country Doctor series with book two set in the Northern Ireland town of Ballybucklebo. While new assistant Dr.Barry Laverty is getting to know the ropes and trying to develop a rapport with Dr.O'Reilly's patients, an untimely death threatens to put an end to his early career. While waitng for an investigation to convict or exonerate him, Barry must continue to win the trust and support of this small village's citizens.
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read both this book and its predecessor during our beach week. There was enough drama, humor, and happiness to make it a great vacation read. I will probably read more in the series but maybe not immediately.

I would never want to be in the medical profession but the descriptions of ailments and treatments are interesting to me. The minor characters in the village are a bit overdrawn but the doctors, the housekeepers, and the new loves in the doctors' lives seem true enough.
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite as engaging as the first book, but pleasant nonetheless. I do look forward to reading the next one, however. In this story, Dr. Laverty must repair his reputation among the villagers after a former patient dies. He still has faithful followers, though, so it's not so bleak as it seems. I love the great banter between the doctors and Kinky. The village and the people living in it are delightfully flawed and humorous in their antics. A comforting read.
Joy Gerbode
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I did the first book in the series. I love the real life stories of the people of the village, even though they are ficticious. I love the humorous characters, even the "bad guy" is quite funny ... and just like some people I know. And I love the Irish ... language, foods, humor, people, and countryside!
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-lit, audio
Cute on a stick! I jumped in on this charming series about a small Irish Village on book two, and can tell you it's not one of those series where you need to start at the beginning. The audio was beautifully done, and it is a perfect read for either James Herriot fans (doctoring Irish Villagers is actually quite fascinating) or those who love Jan Karon's Mitford series.
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-it, ireland, 2013
I love this series. This book was just like the first one, albeit sometimes not different enough (a lot of the same plot line and development), but I loved it nonetheless.
Fun look into life in Northern Ireland. Can't wait to read the 3rd book in the series.
Suzanne Mundy
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series! "An Irish Country Village" continues the story of Doctors O'Reilly and Levarty in Northern Ireland. There are eleven books in the series I am hoping to read every one! I recommend to this to anyone who loves James Herriot's books.
Evelyn Porter
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful continuation of An Irish Country Doctor . Brings you in and draws you to the characters that make Ballybucklebo such an interesting little village.
Yvonne Carter
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great relaxing read. Just enjoy Ireland and their people in the small villages. A continuing story of Drs. Laferty and O'Brien.
Henrik Havighorst
Following the same ye olde Antics of our most beloved fictional Irish country village is both a comfy blanket to wrap into before going to bed as well as a quite tedious experience of "more-of-the-same". To me, the balance between trodding down the established path from the first book and introducing new narrative elements is just a tad too tipped towards the former. By "resetting" Laverty's status back to zero due to his alleged wrong diagnosis, the whole career is turned back to the starting p ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-leave
This is a lovely book (made lovelier by being read in audio in an Irish accent). The anecdotal feel of the first book weaves together, here in the second book, into a more cohesive, overlapping narrative, in a way that really makes this a story of a whole village. Particularly as Barry is more deeply inducted into the roles his mentor, the town's doctor but also its main mediator, confessor, and financial advisor, plays in making things in this urban idyll run along smoothly.

The only drawback i
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although this story was very entertaining and lovely in it's own way, I found that the excessive cussing and misuse of the Lord's name distasteful. I'm sure in part the use of such language is just the way that Ulstermen talk, but I still found it too much. Also distasteful were the normalcy of pre-marital adultery and some bedroom humor. Other than these things, the story was very interesting. It was exciting to see the day-to-day lives of two country doctors in Ireland during the '60s. The wri ...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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  • An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)
  • An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)
  • An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)
  • An Irish Country Courtship (Irish Country #5)
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