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An Irish Country Christmas: A Novel (Irish…
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An Irish Country Christmas: A Novel (Irish Country Books, 3) (2009. Auflage)

von Patrick Taylor (Autor)

Reihen: Irish Country (3)

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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. . . .… (mehr)
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Titel:An Irish Country Christmas: A Novel (Irish Country Books, 3)
Autoren:Patrick Taylor (Autor)
Info:Forge Books (2009), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages
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I seem to have failed to review this one somehow. What I remember of it was that it mostly consisted of a LOT of Barry whining at Patricia and trying to be autocratic about getting her to come back to visit. While his attitudes are completely accurate for the time and place they are set in, I mostly found it deeply annoying and wanted Patricia to dump him already, because they are clearly not well suited. In the mean time, of course, Barry is noticing other attractive women and going out with Jack to a nurse's dance, so I think his drama is even more annoying. Ah, youth. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
I'm really enjoying this series. I'm really getting to know the characters and enjoy them. ( )
  Wren73 | Mar 4, 2022 |
Book on CD performed by John Keating
4****

Book three in in the charming and popular story of 1960s country GP, Barry Laverty, M.B., his partner / mentor Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, and the people of Ballybucklebo. It’s Christmas and love is in the air.

I came late to this party, but I’m glad I finally arrived, and now it seems that I may never leave. The books are charming and entertaining and just plain fun to read. I love the cultural references to the time period, as well as learning a little about medical practices “back in the day.”

Taylor peoples the novels with a cast of eccentric villagers, and a few lovely ladies. I particularly like the doctors’ housekeeper, Kinky. And appreciate Taylor’s including some of Kinky’s recipes at the end of each book.

John Keating does a marvelous job of performing the audiobook. He really brings these characters to life. I love the way he portrays Kinky! ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 22, 2021 |
Predictable story with no " what's going to happen" parts. Lots of Irish countryside language and vivid descriptions of doctoring. Enjoyed the humor of Dr. Fingal O'Reilly, a true family physician caring for the people in his town and was glad he starts to realize he needs a personal life also. Barry got boring as his assistant pining over his girlfriend Patricia to the point that I wish she had not come, he was growing up as a person / country dr and I do not think they should end up together. Housemaid, Kinky, was more than a normal person could be or do but added some feisty scenes. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
This is the third Irish Country book and this one has a lot of moving parts. It's still one of my favorites though. Not going to lie, though I initially felt for Doctor Barry Laverty in this one, I ended up losing all of my sympathy after a while due to how he was treating the woman he is dating (Patricia Spence). Him acting as if her studies or meeting new people, seeing new things is not as important as coming home to spend a few days with him during the holidays got old after a while. The star of this one really is Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and his second chance romance with Sister (meaning nurse) Kitty O'Hallorhan. It's so weird though, the first couple of books acts as if O'Reilly and Kitty didn't really have much of anything until you read the later books. I am shocked that O'Reilly didn't look her up ages ago or at least get why she felt the way she did about him.

"An Irish Country Christmas" has the village of Ballybucklebo waiting for the Christmas season. Unlike in the first two books, we have Taylor switching between Doctor Barry Laverty and Doctor Fingal O'Reilly. Both men have the holidays and romance on their mind in this one.

Barry was an ass in this one. I can't say much more than this. I get that the book takes place in 1964 and of course men's attitudes about equality among the sexes had not set in yet, but good grief. Barry got involved with Patricia Spence in book #1 with the understanding that she was attending Cambridge. Him all of a sudden acting put upon because she is studying and meeting people got old fast. Barry I realized was quite selfish when it came to his relationship in this book.

“The same family own property with a big wood, and that was the very spot A. A. Milne called the Hundred Acre Wood in the Pooh stories.”

“Really?” He started to let his tone show his disinterest. He was certain she was using all this trivial chitchat as a smoke screen to avoid having to tell him she wasn’t coming home. “That’s interesting."

"Barry took a deep breath. “Look, Patricia, it’s great to chat, but I need to know so I can work out on-call schedules with Fingal . . . are you coming home?” He heard the edge of irritation creep into her voice. “I still don’t know.” Barry tried not to let his own disappointment show. “If you still don’t know, why did you call?” “Because, Barry, I like to hear your voice”—her tones were measured—“and I knew Jenny’s dad wouldn’t mind. I miss you, and I was happy we would be able to talk.”

I swear, after a while I started just sighing heavily and speeding past Barry's sections.

Fingal has a lot of thinking to do in this one. Kitty throws it out there that she could care for Fingal again, but she won't wait forever for him. Fingal is still haunted by his first wife's death.

The doctors are still doing what they can to take care of the villagers in Ballybucklebo. We get another antagonist in this one besides Bertie, we have an introduction to a former classmate of Fingal's, Doctor Roland Hercules Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was awful in these earlier books and one wonders why Taylor ended up getting rid of all of the doctors antagonists in this series. It has started to make things dull in these books.

The writing in these earlier works was good to me. Taylor explains diagnosis and what people did back then with regards to labor and other things.

The flow wasn't great though. I always tell people if you read these books be prepared for some repetition and slowness to things. It's not a bad way to spend an afternoon inside.

The happy ending was funny to me based on what ends up happening next in the series with regards to Barry and Fingal's romances. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
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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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