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An Irish Country Courtship

(Irish Country #5)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,313 ratings  ·  415 reviews
Welcome to the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where two doctors work hand in hand to mend the bodies and spirits of the town's diverse and engaging inhabitants. But who is looking after the wounded hearts of the doctors?

After less than a year, young Barry Laverty, M.B., is settling in to the village, with only a few months to go before he becomes a full partner
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Forge (first published 2010)
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Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Enjoyed in parts, then other parts felt overly drawn out.
After 4 books, I think I can say that the Irish Country series are generally guaranteed good reads, and this one, the fifth in the series didn’t disappoint. I enjoy the dialect, Kinky’s recipes at the back of the book, the glossary (which I needed to make use of more this time than in some of the others!) and the cameo appearance by the author (as the main character, Dr Laverty, mused on Patrick Taylor - a medical student who had been the year behind Dr Laverty). I think this one is the best one ...more
To be honest, I’m not sure if I would have bought it if it wasn’t $3 at the library’s store. I think because the first one (or two, really, with a little leeway), was so wonderful that I keep hoping that others will match its quality. They haven’t come close so far. And Barry has become wildly annoying into the bargain. There were two village subplots, one of which was actually cute and the other of which, about horse betting, went on endlessly and would not stop explaining itself- I started ski ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
So much fun. Already looking forward to the next book in the series.
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Re-read 2018

This book in the series goes back to focusing on Doctor's O'Reilly and Laverty and their medical practice in 1960's Balleybucklebo, Ireland. Widower Fingal O'Reilly has a love interest in this book, he reconnects with a woman he knew as a student nurse in his own student doctor days, it's entertaining to see him try to figure out dating as an older man in the 1960's. Doctor Laverty has come to a crossroads in his life and has to make some hard decisions about where he wants to go. Th
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
I’ve always enjoyed watching those British serials on PBS about small town life like Cranford and Last of the Summer Wine. And when I saw An Irish Country Courtship, advertised on Goodreads giveaways, I expected to find the book as something just as fun and pleasurable—a doctor story mixed with small town humor, gossip, mischief and matchmaking. However upon reading it, I must say that I wasn’t very impressed.

I just felt that that book was missing something. What I always found so entertaining
Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delightful book! It's one I wished would not end BUT I will just get more of Taylor's books to read. This is the first of his I've read--thanks to someone who donated it to the Hibbing, MN library. I love this section of the library & re-donate all books I buy from them so they can make some bucks all over again on the same books as well as others I donate--a nice way for people to own books if they cannot afford to buy them new. So please donate to your library--maybe someone will find a new ...more
Paula Dembeck
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the fifth book in the ongoing Irish Country series.
In the last volume, the author provided a background story for Kinky Kincaid, the reliable and beloved cook and housekeeper who keeps the doctors’ home and office running like a well-oiled machine. This time we are taken back to the village of Ballybucklebo and meet all the familiar characters we left behind just after Christmas in book three. This story opens in the period between Christmas and New Year and Barry has just welcomed bac
Jeffrey Thiessen
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's like going back and visiting old friends. ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-inventory
It's time to visit Ballybucklebo again and peek into the lives of Barry Laverty and his mentor, Dr. Fingal O'Reilly. After looking back in time to learn more about Kinky Kincaid's childhood in An Irish Country Girl, the author picks up where we left the two doctors in An Irish Country Christmas. Each is learning to appreciate the other and even, possibly, anticipating a permanent partnership. Before that can occur, however, Barry suffers a serious heartbreak and begins to question if the life of ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have begun reading this book and love it just as much as the others in the series. It reminds me of the quaint way that James Herriot brought his experiences to life for us. This author has the magic of telling the tale in way that helps you step into the pages. I sincerely hope that someone will find these treasures and make a BBC series out of them. The story is of a young doctor in the north part of Ireland who joins a country doctor in his practice in a small village. The villagers are qui ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good story!

I love a good description, and this one about a jellyfish is one:
"He once showed me a simple jellyfish and asked me to admire its exquisite filigree architecture. I've never forgotten that phrase."
"Filigree architecture," Sue said. "I like it."

So do I!
Nancy Cook-senn
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Not as entertaining as others in the series, since Dr. Laverty spends so much time whining about losing his indifferent girlfriend, but romance wins out for Dr. O'Reilly, and the crooked councilman gets his comeuppance at the racetrack. ...more
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful read. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I'm a wee bit thankful the book had a glossary, so I am. ...more
Dianna Shimizu
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the last time I read it.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to, fiction
He gets a little whiney about Patricia in this one... Looking forward to the next one.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main reason I gave this 4 stars is that you are going to get sick of hearing Barry lamenting how Patricia Spence broke up with him. I swear, Barry could make a Saint shake him. It gets real old in this one. This book does a great job though of showing the budding romance between Fingal and Kitty. We have Fingal coming to a decision about letting go of his dead wife and maybe trying to start again with Kitty. There's some really funny things going on per usual in Ballybucklebo and we get the ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly love this long-running series set in rural Ireland; the books travel back and forth through time, sometimes dealing with the main characters "in the now" of the early 1960's, other times drifting back to their younger days. This one is set during 1965 and again centers on Barry Lafferty, fledgling GP and assistant to the venerable Fingal O'Reilly. Barry's love life takes a tumble, Fingal's picks up considerably, and Barry must decide whether he wants to continue being a country GP or wheth ...more
Ann Otto
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Taylor's books are for those liking cozy fun, lovely, quirky characters and learning Irish brogue. Books in the series include Q and A on Irish country life in the 1960s, a glossary of Irish colloquial terms and several of housekeeper Kinky Kincaid's recipes. The doctors love to eat! Who would think so much could happen to an array of characters in a tiny Irish town like Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland? ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A young doctor in a rural area doesn't have long to go until he is a full partner in a medical practice. however, he isn't sure he was to work in a general practice or if he would like to go back to school and be a specialist (maybe in OB) The older doctor in the practice has been a widower for many years, but now has a romance. He can't decide if he should further the romance or not. ...more
Simon Gibson
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this with Julie.
I found this a gentle story without the modern drama of high speed car chases and crazy internet shenanigans! Taking me back in time when access to a telephone was limited and mobile phones didn't exist. The author describing a rural doctors practice in Ireland. The young doctor's heartache over a relationship that ended. How he was becoming a part of the community and treating patients using the skills he had learnt/ Also importantly learning how his senior partner
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoying this series- nice to have one to read during a busy time as they are fun and full of delightful characters. Romance, intrigue, and a bit of justice!
A cozy read to soothe my soul during the early lock-down days of Covid.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
As with the other books in the Irish Country series, author Patrick Taylor provides a fun, comfortable stroll through 1960's Ulster with all the folks in the village of Ballybucklebo. After reading several of the books, the characters become old friends. ...more
Laura Edwards
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This took me SUCH a long time to get through. Some of this was because I was borrowing it on audiobook. But some of it was the fact that Barry wallowing is not that much fun, that much of his and O'Reilly's personal challenges felt contrived (and their resolutions obvious), and that the plot basically meanders. For all that -- that meant it took a while to get through, not that it wasn't enjoyable. Some of the denizens of Ballybucklebo are starting to become pretty clearly caricatures (Sissy Slo ...more
Regina Spiker
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Melissa Cunning
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad to see that this book was back up to the standard that I'd come to love about The Irish Country books. This book brought back all the small town medical stories that I love along with the odd Irish humour that makes me laugh out loud as I read! The previous book was lacking that and made for a very boring read.

So glad to read the next steps in the lives of Barry and O'Reilly. I had really grown to dislike Patricia Spence so I'm glad to be introduced to Sue Nolan and know that Barr
Laura Bang
Note: these are not the greatest books to read when you're having medical problems.... If you are a worrier like me, you start fretting about things that aren't even related to your symptoms. :/

Irish Country series, I think this is where we part ways. It's always been a love/hate relationship, and I haven't been feeling the love as much. I know it may seem odd that I struggled through so many of these books when I hate the main character, but I really do love the setting and the supporting chara
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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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