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An Irish Country Christmas

by Patrick Taylor

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    An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor (Sile)
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This was a lovely book to relax into at bedtime. A little too predictable and a bit too much repetition on one topic. Sweet characters. This is the third book in a trilogy. I'm sure I would have gotten more out of it if I had started at the beginning. I think I will try the first one and get some of the background. ( )
  njcur | Jan 24, 2017 |
A new young doctor joins the practice of an older established doctor in a small country town in Ireland. They take care of the people's various ailments as Christmas approaches and as the school prepares for the Christmas play. Both doctors have a few girlfriend difficulties.

This was a gentle story that had a bit of humor with likable characters. The older doctor was gruff but caring and the younger doctor was enthusiastic as he learned the ropes. Although a bit longer than necessary, it was an enjoyable read for the season. ( )
  gaylebutz | Dec 27, 2016 |
This is the third in Taylor's series of the adventures of two country doctors in Ulster in the early 1960's. His lead characters, Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly, long-time resident doctor in the rural village of Ballybucklebo, and Barry Laverty only recently arrived from Queen's College Medical school in Belfast, settle in for the Christmas season with the denizen's of Ballybucklebo and the surrounding townland. Hilarity, neighborliness, quirkiness, and the loving kindness of the season and the folkways of rural Ulster, ensue. A warm, funny and uplifting read for a Midwinter's evening by the Christmas tree with a hot cup of tea. ( )
  ktho64152 | Aug 6, 2016 |
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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 peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

Along with his senior partner, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, Barry has his hands full dealing with seasonal coughs and colds, as well as the occasional medical emergency. To add to the doctors’ worries, competition arrives in the form of a patient-poaching new physician whose quackery threatens the health and well-being of the good people of Ballybucklebo. Can one territory support three hungry doctors? Barry has his doubts.

But the wintry days and nights are not without a few tidings of comfort and joy. Between their hectic medical practice, Rugby Club parties, and the kiddies’ Christmas Pageant, the two doctors still find time to play Santa Claus to a struggling single mother with a sick child and not enough money in the bank. Snow is rare in Ulster, and so are miracles, but that doesn’t mean they never happen. . . .

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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 peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland. Along with his senior partner, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Barry has his hands full dealing with seasonal coughs and colds, as well as the occasional medical emergency. To add to the doctors' worries, competition arrives in the form of a patient-poaching new physician whose quackery threatens the health and well-being of the good people of Ballybucklebo. Can one territory support three hungry doctors? Barry has his doubts. But the wintry days and nights are not without a few tidings of comfort and joy. Between their hectic medical practice, Rugby Club parties, and the kiddies' Christmas Pageant, the two doctors still find time to play Santa Claus to a struggling single mother with a sick child and not enough money in the bank. Snow is rare in Ulster, and so are miracles, but that doesn't mean they never happen.--Publisher description (http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0837/2008033808-d.html viewed Dec. 8, 2008)… (more)

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