5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2011
I purchased this book as a New Year's present for a friend of mine because I think it's an awesome book.
It's the first of the Irish Country series, where Dr. Barry Laverty is a new medical graduate from Queen's University in Belfast, who is off to apply for his first medical job working with Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in a small town call Ballybucklebo. The book is hilarious as you get to meet the colourful characters of the town, along with Mrs. Kincaid "Kinky", the housekeeper to Dr. O'Reilly who is originally from the area of County Cork.
It is a book about small town life in Ireland in the summer of 1963, and where Dr. Laverty falls in love and gets his first taste of what life is like for a small town family doctor like Dr. O'Reilly, his mentor.
There are five books in the series and if you like this one, I would highly recommend reading the others as well. They all take place in the summer and fall of 1963, and the last one takes place in the winter of 1964.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2011
This book was given to me by my mother and I have since given it as gifts to others (not my copy, of course). It is a witty remark on rural life as seen by a 'city' doctor, full of interesting characters and memorable encounters. It made me laugh out loud!
on May 8, 2012
After reading the first three in this series, I am hooked. I recently ordered the next two, "Irish Country Girl", and "An Irish Country Courtship" and look forward to thier arrival so I can return to "Balleybuckleboo" and Patrick Taylor's wonderful characters. I will be ordering "Dublin Student Doctor" and "Irish Country Wedding" when they become available in paperback.
The books are well written and easy to read. There is also a glossary of the Ulster terms Mr. Taylor uses at the back of every book (Being of Ulster Irish decent meself, I found myself using some of these terms in my daily dialect.)
Also at the back of every book "Kinky" offers up some of her recipes featured in the many meals these two Doctors are treated to. I haven't tried any yet, but some sure sound good.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2011
I enjoyed this novel, the story had me laughing out loud, a treat when one reads the news of these days. I immediately purchased the other books that Dr.P. Taylor has written with the theme of an Irish country doctor and the folks of the vilage he has his practice.
on March 15, 2015
Irish Country Doctor is book #1 of The Irish Country Doctor Series by Irish born Canadian author Patrick Taylor.
Whilst I can't say these books will be multiple award winning material, they are lovely and cozy books to curl up to; there may not be a ton of depth to the characters or plot, but sometimes we all need to pick up a book where we know nothing bad will happen and is full of warm fuzzies.
Now if you'll excuse me I need to go find myself a nice, cozy little village like Balleybucklebo.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2010
This is the first of a great series. I went to Ireland a few years back to see where my grandmother was from. His book describes the area where she grew up and it reads like a story from my grandmother. I can still picture the Irish countryside and the quirky folks I encountered. LOVE IT