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An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)

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Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peac

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Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Forge Books (first published 2008)
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Kelly
Aw, man! How much does it suck when you save something like it's a treat, like it's your favorite ice cream you've earned at the end of the week, only to unwrap it and find that in fact it's just something that sounds like your favorite, with a key word missing that you didn't see when you grabbed it so fast, so excited, at the store? It's just not the same and it doesn't count at all. You feel cheated, you know?

That's pretty much how I feel about this. I saw signs of decline in the last book, b
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Cherise
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never before read anything by Patrick Taylor, but I am a sucker for all things Irish and anything Christmas so I took a chance…and I am very glad I did!

Two country doctors care for the people in the cozy little town of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland. Dr. O’Reilly is the senior partner who has recently taken the younger Dr. Laverty into his already well established practice. Together the two of them share the office practice and on call responsibilities while nurturing there budding fri
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Donna McCaul Thibodeau
Reading this book was like soaking in a hot tub with a glass of wine. I found the characters to be memorable, and their turn of phrase and slang brought me back to the Ireland of my childhood. Highly recommended, and given a fourth star for the comfort I felt in reading it.
Chelle Bell
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the first book I've read by Patrick Taylor, and I was nicely surprised! I buy Christmas books every year as my own little tradition, to take a break from the fast paced reading that is my norm. I tend to read everything available, with a lot of thrillers, scifi and hot paranormal romance for fun. I love page turners.

An Irish Country Christmas is a true delight. I was drawn to the book after my recent vacation in Ireland, and I'm happy to report that Taylor captured the magnificent Irish
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Sue
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes James Herriot or stories set in rural Ireland
I haven't commented on the first two books I read that are in the same 'series,' so I feel I should rectify that after finishing this one (after staying up late last night to do so). When I was in high school, I read and loved James Herriot's books in the All Things Great and Small series, focusing on his daily adventures as a country vet in rural England in the 40's - 50's. If you've not read them, I highly recommend - good stories, warm characters that you take into your heart, and lots of lau ...more
Sara
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This was a heart warming 3.5* read which I'm going to round up because of how much it defied my expectations. It's not my typical type of read, but I enjoyed the language, and the medical bits reminded me of Call The Midwife. I'm so glad GRI choose this as our final monthly read of 2015.
Tricia
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Patrick Taylor's books. Irish Country Doctor and Irish Country Christmas make me long to live in a place like Ballybucklebo...but only if I could have a housekeeper/cook like Kinky!
Speedtrap63
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read! It has no politics, no deep message, just a really great story! So refreshing!
Virginia
This was a Christmas gift from a dear friend. With a strained back, I spent a day or so reading this charming book set in the fictional Ballybucklebo, in Northern ireland, wondering if the young Doctor's girl friend would come back from London for Christmas. If this sounds like chicklit to you, so be it. There are many references to Irish lore, language, etc. that rang a bell. I did get a bit of the feeling that these cultural references were a bit heavy handed and not skillfully woven into the ...more
Kristi
I'm sad to say that this book was a disappointment to me. Being part Irish myself, I was very interesting in reading this book when I saw it on the store shelf. I was even glad to see that it was part of a series, so that I might read the other titles.

However, it ended up being I had to force-feed myself the book, and it was well after Christmas before I finished it. I finished it out of sheer determination, because I have this self-loathing thing I do when I set a book down undone.

In this sto
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Kathryn
I do so enjoy the Irish Country series. These books are like comfort food for my reader's soul. This was a tale of snow and Christmas pudding, turkeys, and ham, Jameson's whisky, and Father Christmas handing out presents, which transported me from my warm Australian Christmas over to Ireland for the month of December! Looking forward to the next!
Linda
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait for Patrick Taylors next book in this series. It makes me want to visit Ireland, even in the winter. Especially at Christmas.
Janka
Jul 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romány
Priznavam sa, nemam sil, dočítať to. Nie je to nič pre mňa. Tak mi to na konci roka odrátajte z počtu strán :)
Rich
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Andrea
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
EASY read. Part of a series - won't continue as it's not my type of book, but needed easy through the holidays. Small-town doctors in Ireland. I suspect Mr. Taylor more than over exaggerates the HEROIC feats of the doctors in this story, but the doctors' methods got me thinking (once I got past the ridiculous banter and silly dialogue). Medicine used to be practiced by DOCTORS, not their various nurses and assistants who do nothing but weigh, measure and take notes on the masses to pass on to th ...more
Lauren
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A cute setting and two likable characters, but there wasn't much holding the story together. Just the day to day ramblings of two country doctors before Christmas. I was in the Christmas spirit enough to stick with it, but it was slow-going for much of it.
Guin
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not enjoy this one as much as the other two. Barry is kind of annoying in his insecurities surrounding Patricia. But overall, it is a cute story of a time and town that would never work in today's world...sadly.
Leslie
Oct 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland
An Irish Country Christmas is the third of a series of beautifully covered novels sent in the Irish Ulster village of Ballybucklebo in the 1960's. All the characters I have grown to love are back and continuing right where they left in An Irish Country Doctor. The stories all center around two doctors, young Dr Barry Laverty, pining after his lovely lassie who has gone off to Cambridge on an engineering scholarship and may or may not be falling out of love with him, and the more senior, Dr Finga ...more
Carol
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: patrick-taylor
This is the third book in "An Irish Country" series set in 1964. For me, this book is different than the first two books which were filled with great character development and the quirky things going on in Ballybucklebo. About half way through this book, I was bored and had the desire to skip pages (but didn't). It seemed that the writing was overly descriptive, and I was tired of listening to Patricia, who was more concerned with her freedom on school break, then being with the man she loves?! ...more
Bridget
Dec 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
This is the second in the series by Patrick Taylor that I have read, and it was truly enjoyable. Once again, we visit the tiny town of Ballybucklebo, County Down, Northern Ireland, to spend Christmastime with Final Flahertie O'Reilly, M.D., his young partner, Barry Laverty, M.D., and their housekeeper, "Kinky" Kincaid.

The best part about these books for me is the way they describe the day-to-day lives of small-town inhabitants in 1960s Ireland. The townspeople are well-drawn, and seldom caricat
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Kathy
Jan 24, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to Patrick Taylor's "An Irish Country Christmas" as I drove around this past month. In the beginning I found the slow pace of the tale a bit hard to get use to, but once I did I enjoyed the fictional town and the lives of the two country doctors situated in Northern Ireland in 1964. The story began to drag a bit again in the end, with too much review of the characters and a great deal of predictability.

I did enjoyed the "history lesson" in small town medical care… reminded me of my c
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Snap
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Doctors Laverty and O'Reilly are preparing for Christmas in Ballybucklebo. It will be Doctor Laverty's first Christmas in this cozy village and he's looking forward to it until he finds out that his lady love might not be joining him for the holiday. There is no time to dwell on disappointment. There are plenty of patients to care for not to mention the rugby parties and the Christmas pageant for the kids with Dr. O'Reilly as Santa. This series was recommended by a dear friend, and he was correc ...more
Sarah
I really liked this book, but probably not for the same reasons as most readers. I listened to the audiobook, over 12 hours of it, to send me gently off to sleep at night. It doesn't really matter if you miss bits, or listen to passages twice, because it's the antithesis of a thriller! The story is sprinkled with lots of description of the Irish countryside and winter weather conditions, and slowly goes on to its predictable end. But it is delightfully relaxing and old-fashioned storytelling. Ju ...more
Kshydog
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Predictable story with no " what's going to happen" parts. Lots of Irish countryside language and vivid descriptions of doctoring. Enjoyed the humor of Dr. Fingal O'Reilly, a true family physician caring for the people in his town and was glad he starts to realize he needs a personal life also. Barry got boring as his assistant pining over his girlfriend Patricia to the point that I wish she had not come, he was growing up as a person / country dr and I do not think they should end up together. ...more
Glenda L
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really do enjoy reading this series ... however, books are quite lengthy. The characters in the book really come to life and become your friends and you learn a lot about the doctoring that takes place in Ireland ... back when doctor's made house calls and knew all of their patients on the street. What a fun read!!!
Suzanne
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fall in love with two doctors in Ireland who enjoy being a country doctor. The experienced Dr. O'Reilly welcomes his new assistant Barry to his practice in a wonderful Christmas book. This. Book came from the public library on Overdrive.
Amber
Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading these books, I imagine, is what it is like to live in a Thomas Kinkade painting. Beauty in simplicity.
Colleen
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is all about being warm, and cozy. It does that spectacularly well, so even though there is not what you would call tension, or suspense, or surprises, it doesn't matter, because the pleasure is in reading about delightful characters in a charming setting.

Couple things I did note: first, Tyler is sometimes a bit impressed with his own research-- as far as rural Ulster goes, that works out great, because it means beautiful detailed background about the setting. It sometimes comes off a
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Julie Akeman
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Irish tale to sip a Guinness by, or in this case a Hot Irish since this one is a Christmas novel. I love these warmhearted books with the trademark Irish Humor, I never can get enough of it. This book should have you laughing out loud, the shennigians that go on here is not to be missed. The next story I will be picking up soon, An Irish Country Girl, that focuses on Kinky the cook and housekeeper of the senior doctor in this series. I am looking forward to hearing her backstory. Each on ...more
Paula Dembeck
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For readers who are already familiar with the fictional village of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland, this is the third in the series that follows the medical practice of two physicians: Dr Fingal O’Reilly and his young assistant, and soon to be full partner, Dr Barry Laverty. Several characters from the previous two books reappear and both Barry and the reader are quickly becoming knowledgeable about the various villagers and where they live. We are also introduced to some new characters and a ...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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Other Books in the Series

Irish Country (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Home Is the Sailor (Irish Country)
  • An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)
  • An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)
  • An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)
  • An Irish Country Courtship (Irish Country #5)
  • A Dublin Student Doctor  (Irish Country #6)
  • An Irish Country Wedding (Irish Country #7)
  • Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor (Irish Country #8)
  • An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War (Irish Country #9)
  • An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea (Irish Country #10)
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