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Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

The older physician, whose motto is to never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can't decide if the pugnacious O'Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met, or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through O'Reilly Barry soon gets to know all of the village's colorful and endearing residents, including:

A malingering Major and his equally hypochondriacal wife;

An unwed servant girl, who refuses to divulge the father of her upcoming baby;

A slightly daft old couple unable to marry for lack of a roof;

And a host of other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor.

Ballybucklebo is long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life--and love--than he ever imagined back in medical school.

An Irish Country Doctor is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate readers from the very first page--and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by.

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An Irish Country Doctor
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4.2 / 5
June 1st, 2015
Well done! The author brings not only the characters but also the location alive! I would love to have them as my doctors and to meet the villagers that populate this book! I can't wait to read the next in the series.
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An irish country dr
January 26th, 2014
Loved it I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next
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December 2nd, 2013
Very well written and engaging story. You finish it and want to keep reading.
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October 5th, 2013
An Irish Country Doctor was the first book I read by Patrick Taylor. I was hooked right from the start. Not only the remainder of this book but his other titles as well. I wish that I had known the chronology of his books. As interesting as this and other books were, I would have enjoyed the series even more. The down to earth storytelling puts the reader in the small (although fictional) villages & neighbouring towns. Now I am anxiously waiting for his next release.
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Small Village Life
June 28th, 2013
Irish storytelling with engaging, bigger than life characters.
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