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An Irish Country Wedding (Irish Country Books) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Patrick Taylor

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Title:An Irish Country Wedding (Irish Country Books)
Authors:Patrick Taylor
Info:Forge Books (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 432 pages
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Tags:General Fiction, Small Town Fiction, Ireland

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An Irish Country Wedding (Irish Country Books) by Patrick Taylor (2012)



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Another delightful installment in the Irish Country Doctor series, An Irish Country Wedding by Patrick Taylor sees one of the doctor’s embark upon a marriage while the other is leaving Ballybucklebo for advanced training in obstetrics.

Of course before either event the doctors have to deal with various illnesses and crises that arise in this rural Irish village. Their beloved housekeeper needs emergency surgery and the village then rallies round to ensure the doctors are feed. A new romance is blooming and both doctors are planning for the future.

Chock full of Irish wit and charm, these are heart-warming books that tell of Irish village life in the 1960’s. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Dec 15, 2016 |
Can't wait for the next one! ( )
  nhnative | Jul 31, 2016 |
(SPOILER) I enjoyed many aspects of this book, most particularly the details of life in Northern Ireland in the time before the troubles, and the compassion and (general) good humour of the characters. I appreciate the "cozy" form, but the transition from "the comely but suspicious political activist" into the "I accept that you are above politics because of your job and shall henceforth twinkle my toes at you without reservation" love interest was too cutely and swiftly done. The characters in general are well rounded and I was disappointed when the story of Kinky was pushed into the background once she came home and got to work. And I have to say, having only read this book, and not fallen under the spell of the main character and his fiancee over many years, I found the endless wedding itself hard to wade through. Three chapters! Great for committed romantics, I am sure, but I am not used to reading books whose climax is the hooking up of characters, and I wanted to get back to the story after a bit. I was also disappointed not to get to see the archaeological dig revealed. Nice the poor folks get the cottage, but I want to see what's under the earth! (Which reminds me. He made an error in attributing all earthworks, including crannogs, to the Neolithic people. Crannogs were built in the middle ages as defensive modes of living.) The writing is good, the story keeps you going, but there is something about it that slips eventually through my grasp, so that I give it a half start less than I considered. Still, for people interested in something other than The Troubles, it is a nice contrast. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Mar 24, 2016 |
I have to admit, I didn't finish the last few chapters. I got tired of it. Taking a break before I pick up the next one. I like to listen to these books better than read them. ( )
  csobolak | Jun 30, 2014 |
Why did I read it? I have thoroughly enjoyed all the other books in the Irish Country Doctor books by Patrick Taylor in audio, and this is the seventh book of nine (thus far).

What's it about? It seems Dr Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and Kitty O'Hallorhan are going to make it down the aisle after many years, and Dr. Barry Laverty is set to say his farewells to Ballybucklebo. Of course, there are the usual shenanigans of the residents of Ballybucklebo to negotiate, and patients for the two doctors to tend to.

What I did I enjoy? This seemed a return to form for the series, where we are back in the 1960s, northern Ireland village and hearing about the everyday lives of the two doctors, their housekeeper, Mrs Kinky Kincaid at No. 1, and everyone else in Ballybucklebo. The last few books seem to have taken a diversion to the past, and I wasn't so enthralled as I was with this book. The stories may not have mysterious, "you'll never guess" endings, but that is part of the pleasure. Gentle humour injected into hard times, a sense of community shown with rose-tinted glasses; pure escapism is what these "Irish Country" books provide and I adore them.

The audio versions of these books are superb. John Keating does an excellent job of narrating these stories; I could not imagine anyone else taking up the challenge. What a joy it is to listen to these books during long, boring commutes on grey days - Mr Keating's readings really lift the spirits.

What didn't I enjoy? There is a surprise patient in this book, and I must admit I was very concerned, and a little upset, despite knowing the books generally have uplifting endings. It was certainly unexpected.

Would I recommend it? Oh yes. These books can be read out of order, but I suggest reading them all from the beginning; you won't be disappointed. ( )
  Sile | Oct 14, 2013 |
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"Kitty O'Hallorhan," said Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, looking into those familiar grey eyes flecked with amber, "you don't look a day over thirty-five, and you're lovely."
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An Irish Country Wedding is another heart-warming tale from New York Times bestselling author Patrick Taylor.

Love is in the air in the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly has finally proposed to the darling of his youth, Kitty O’Hallorhan. There’s a wedding to be planned, but before O’Reilly can make it to the altar, he and his young colleague, Barry Laverty, M.B., must deal with the usual round of eccentric patients—and crises both large and small.

Being a G.P. in a place like Ballybucklebo often means more than simply splinting broken bones and tending to aches and pains. It can also mean helping a struggling young couple acquire their first home, clearing the name of a cat accused of preying on a neighbor’s prize pigeons, and encouraging a bright working-class girl who dreams of someday becoming a doctor herself. And, if you’re Barry Laverty, still smarting from a painful breakup, there might even be a chance for a new romance with a lovely school teacher, if her passionate political convictions don’t get in the way.

Much has changed in Ballybucklebo, and bigger changes are in store, but the lives and practices of these Irish country doctors remain as captivating and irresistible as ever.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:42 -0400)

Resolving to handle his usual round of eccentric patients before marrying his sweetheart, Dr. O'Reilly helps clear the name of a pigeon-hunting cat and encourages a promising student while his assistant, Barry, considers a romance with a politically outspoken teacher.… (more)

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