An Irish Country Christmas

An Irish Country Christmas

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An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor, John Keating

In An Irish Country Christmas, the third book in Patrick Taylor's Irish Country Books, 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. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781427205209
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Series: Irish Country Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 820,132
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 5.72(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

Patrick Taylor, M.D., was born and raised in Bangor County Down in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, Dr. Taylor worked in Canada for thirty-one years. He now divides his time between Canada and Ireland.

John Keating's numerous acting credits include Roundabout Theatre's production of Juno and the Paycock and La Mama ETC's production of Cat and the Moon, as well as various parts with the Irish Repertory Theater and the Irish Arts Center. He is a regular performer with the Independent Shakespeare Company and can also be seen in the HBO original mini-series John Adams, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney. John's audiobook narrations have earned Earphone Awards and an Audie nomination. Most notably, he's read Eoin Colfer's Airman, Avi's The Traitors' Gate, and Jenny Nimmo's The Snow Spider. He also lent his voice to An Irish Country Doctor and An Irish Country Village, both by Patrick Taylor.

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JayneAustenHealey More than 1 year ago
This was my first "trip" with Patrick Taylor and his lovable characters but I am looking forward to many more. This is the sort of book you pick up on cold rainy/snowy days when you don't really want to be alone but you are. In a very few minutes the problems of the world will be forgotten as you slide back to the Irish Countryside of the 1960's. Patrick Taylor uses language so well that you can smell the smells, feel the warmth of a fire and laugh at the daily trials of his characters.

Sure to be on every best-seller list, I can promise that this would be a welcome gift or a treat to oneself. In fact, I'd like to see the series done in illustrated box sets because they possess so much character!

Whether or not you are of Irish ancestry, you will love this return to s simpler time. A time when values are less corrupt and the heart is warmer.
When the read is done, you will be sorry not to have this place to go!
Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
An Irish Country Christmas is a look at the holiday season through the eyes of two country doctors in the small Irish town of Ballybuckleboo. I haven't read the first two books in this series, but I had no trouble following the story line. This book reminded me of the Mitford series by Jan Karon except with a bit more grit and depth to the characters. Still, An Irish Country Christmas is about gently humorous, basically good people struggling to get by and do the right thing. I really liked the characters and found myself cheering on Doctors Barry Laverty and Fingal Flahertie. While there is enough action to make this an entertaining read anytime of the year I enjoyed the holiday atmosphere. I listened to this book on audio and the soft, lilting Irish accent of John Keating really added to the pleasure of the story. I will be looking out for other books read by him and I will also be seeking out the first two books in this series.
BeeABee More than 1 year ago
I was so glad to see a third book by the author of Irish Country Doctor. Now, I am looking forward to more, or as the late Paul Harvey would say, the "rest of the story." Taylor does a marvelous job of depicting Ireland and his characters. However, he held the reader in suspense in this one....and I think we were even torn determining which girl would be best for him. I am sure there are more stories coming, and can't wait to go on with the doctors. Even though Taylor does provide enough background that one could read this book as a first, I recommend that the first two books be read before going to this one in order to become properly acquainted with the characters and the story.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the quaint Irish village of Ballybucklebo, Dr. Fingal O'Reilly and his partner Dr. Barry Laverty deal as always with the vast ailments of the townsfolk while also dealing with respective attractions to the opposite sex. Fingal has doubts about courting effervescent Kitty O'Halloran except when he is near her; than he has no rational thought. Barry is upset because his girlfriend Patricia Spence at Girton College informs him she may not make it in time for his first Christmas in the small Irish village.

However, all that pales compared to a new doctor in town who steals their patients with remedies that should have the man barred. To country doctors O¿Reilly and Laverty, Dr. Fitzpatrick should be called Dr. Quack, but as ridiculous as his prescriptions are, he is gaining patients.

The third Irish County medical cozy (see AN IRISH COUNTRY DOCTOR and AN IRISH COUNTRY VILLAGE) is a fun tale as O¿Reilly and Laverty continues to take care of the villagers by combining modern medical practices with homespun ¿cures¿ like dressing up as Santa. The story line is warm and uplifting even when Patricia looks like she will not make for the holidays and Fitzpatrick causes harm to the patients he steals. Readers who enjoyed the previous entries will especially want to read this one as the two physicians spend their first holiday season with fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a continuation of the Irish country doctors adventures. I enjoyed reading it however not as much as the first two. It seemed to drag in parts a bit. I do plan to continue on to read the remaining adventures. Enjoy
whippit More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book about the lives of country doctors. It has humor and seriousness.
MerlinCA More than 1 year ago
If you have Irish heritage you will love this series. Great read, good humor and well written. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply a fantastic read. A heart warming story set in a simpler time among the richly warm characters of Ireland.
b21958 More than 1 year ago
The characters in the Irish Country series are well written and humanly believeable. The swearing gets a bit tiresome, but that's a different matter.
Fan4SFGiants More than 1 year ago
Patrick Taylor delivers a wonderful book about a fantastic Irish Christmas-perfect for Christmas reading! Kids will love it too. Gather the family around the fireplace on Christmas Eve and read it outloud. Everyone will love it! Whenever I read this book,I think of all the Irish people my parents and/or I know.
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Perfect for reading around the Holidays. Love these characters and stories.
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have not read it yet
PSR911 More than 1 year ago
THis was a great book. It kept me interested throughout. I can't wait to read more from the series.
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SunnySJ More than 1 year ago
Rather a unique way to strengthen the character, Mrs. Kincaid. Suggest reader begin the Patrick Taylor story of the Country Doctor from the beginning. Each book leaves you with a warm feeling of belonging.
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Love the Irish country series. I've read the first three and will read the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Continuing saga of Fingal and Barry. Want to hear more.
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