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An Irish Country Christmas
Mass Market Paperback
Release Date: November, 2010
Publisher: Forge 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. . . .
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Posted by Stephen Richmond on 11/2/2008
While this new addition to the author's IRISH COUNTRY series has all the warmth, quaint vivacity, quirky denizens, and quite the quintessence of the Gael and Hibern character and locale, the holiday setting makes it especially evocative of gentility and folksy celebration. The pace is slow as it often is in the gentle reads of which this is yet another fine example. Readers of Jan Karon, James Herriot, Phillip Gulley, and even the venerable Miss Read will find much to love here. Indeed, the present tale very much produces the desire for more of the same and there are two early novels in the series. A sweet gift and a veritable buffet of delight when dark December descends.
Good Book for a Snowy Day
Posted by William a Bourne on 11/9/2008
This book was a delightful read, allowing the reader to observe life in the Irish countryside in Ireland in the 1960s. I understand from the introduction and first few chapters that this is not the first book from the author with these characters, but no gaps, no "how did we get here?" feelings disrupted the flow of this tale. The rhythm and flow of the story reminded me a bit of the All Creatures Great and Small series, with the new and old local doctors as the central characters, viewing the residents of the area which they serve, recounting the happy and sad events of the people. Add in the occasional medical explanations (fascinating and, due to the author's medical profession, undoubtedly accurate)and you have a entertaining, enjoyable, gentle read. If you're looking for wonderful character development that provides hooks to retain your interest, I highly recommend "An Irish Country Christmas."