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An Irish Country Courtship: A Novel (Irish…

An Irish Country Courtship: A Novel (Irish Country Books, 5) (edition 2012)

by Patrick Taylor (Author)

Series: Irish Country (5)

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In the small Irish village where he hopes to become a full partner in the local medical practice, Barry Laverty questions his ambitions in the face of a romantic reversal, while housekeeper Kinky Kincaid dreads the loss of her status to Dr. O'Reilly's new paramour.
Title:An Irish Country Courtship: A Novel (Irish Country Books, 5)
Authors:Patrick Taylor (Author)
Info:Forge Books (2012), Edition: First, 464 pages
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An Irish Country Courtship by Patrick Taylor

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    Sile: Same "Irish Country" series.

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In this number in the Irish Country Series, Dr. Barry Laverty has been part of the Dr. Fingal O'Reilly's medical practice for a few weeks and is learning about Ballybucklebo and its many unusual residents. The story starts with the woman Barry is madly in love with telling him their relationship is over as she cannot see herself spending her life in such a backwoods place. Meanwhile Kitty O'Halloran, a woman Fingal wanted to marry in the 1930's has re-entered Fingal's life and he struggles with the memories of his first wife who was killed in WW II and his desire to tell Kitty he loves her and wants to marry her.

There is also the racehorse that some of the local blue collar workers have invested in with the local conman who is clearly cheating them of their shares. O'Reilly and Laverty work out a scheme to fleece the conman and make the workers rich.

While all these story threads are unraveled, we also experience the every day life of a rural GP in Northern Ireland in 1962 learning of the illnesses a GP would diagnose and treat. Some of the operations and first aid are vividly described. It is accompanied by great amounts of humour for this town and its surroundings is full of characters who provided that humour in their speech and actions. Lots of fun to read. ( )
  lamour | Mar 8, 2020 |
Development of Fingal and Kitty's relationship, Barry's struggles with loss and whether he's where he should be or not. Unravelling yet another plot of Bertie Biship's
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  wyldheartreads | Jun 20, 2019 |
too cheerful. ( )
  mahallett | Feb 2, 2019 |
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. There are some big changes in store for the Doctors in Balleybucklebo but they still keep their sense of humor. Patrick Taylor comes up with some great oneliners in this one and made me laugh out loud a few times. I love these books, and can't wait for the next one to be available at the library. ( )
  Diana_Long_Thomas | Aug 6, 2018 |
I have read quite a few of these Irish Country books thanks to my husband buying them for me. This book is set after An Irish Country Girl and before An Irish Country Wedding. It is not necessary to read them in order but it does provide a narrative flow.

In this book one doctor in the village of Ballybucklebo is progressing nicely with his romance but the other has been jilted by his girlfriend and is quite downcast. However life does go on and the doctors are called to minister to common ailments as well as some tricky conditions. Junior doctor, Barry Laverty, chafes at always having to send the tricky cases to specialists and hospitals in Belfast. He is uncertain whether he will stay in Ballybucklebo after his contract is up at the end of June. Senior practitioner Fingal O'Reilly would like him to stay but he knows that Barry has to decide for himself. Meanwhile there are always problems other than medical that the people ask their doctors for help. One of the more puzzling is how Councillor Bishop is swindling eight of his employees that he talked into buying shares in a racehorse with him. Much drinking of Irish whiskey and puffing on pipes helps with the cogitations. Back home the housekeeper and cook, Kinky Kincaid, answers telephone calls, bakes and cooks and cleans and takes an interest in her doctors and the patients. Kinky has even included a few of her recipes. The one for Sticky Toffee Pudding and Butterscotch Sauce sounds wonderful. ( )
  gypsysmom | Apr 10, 2016 |
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