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It's the winter of 1967, and snow is on the ground in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo, but the chilly weather can't stop love from warming hearts all over the county. Not just the love between a man and woman, as with young doctor Barry Laverty and his fiancée, Sue Nolan, who are making plans to start a new life together, but also the love of an ailing pensioner for a faithful dog that's gone missing, the love of the local gentry for the great estate they are on the verge of losing, or Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly's deep and abiding love for his longtime home and practice.

For decades, ever since the war, Number One Main Street, Ballybucklebo, has housed O'Reilly and his practice. In recent years it has also opened its doors to O'Reilly's wife, Barry Laverty, and a new addition to the practice, Dr. Nonie Stevens, a sultry and occasionally prickly young woman who may not be fitting in as well as she should. It is to Number One that patients young and old come when they need a doctor's care for everything from the measles to a rare and baffling blood disease. An unexpected turn of events threatens to drive O'Reilly from his home for good unless the entire village can rally behind their doctor and prove that love really can conquer all.

An Irish Country Love Story is a new and heartwarming installment in Patrick Taylor's beloved best-selling Irish Country series.

©2016 Patrick Taylor (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 07-31-17

Charming story

This is the latest edition in the Irish Country Doctor Series. The story is historical fiction, but Patrick Taylor based the story on his own life as a physician in Northern Ireland from the 1930s through the 1960s. The fictional town of Ballybucklebo and its physicians, Fingal O’Reilly and his new partner Barry Laverty, are the two key characters. The story is filled with fascinating characters that make up the town and countryside. This story takes place in January of 1967 and opens with Sue Nolan saving the life of a sailor that has capsized his boat into the fridge bay water. Sue jumps into a nearby kayak and paddles out to save the man. Sue and Barry’s marriage also takes place in this story. One of my favorite characters is Kinky with her Cork accent. Kinky is the cook and housekeeper for O’Reilly. Kinky also provides the reader with an education on Irish food.

The book is well written and is a delight to read. This is a feel-good book that leaves you with a smile. I started reading this series reading large print hardback books but switched to audiobooks. This series is definitely better read as an audiobook to obtain full enjoyment of the various Irish accents and the correct pronunciation of the Gaelic words.

The book is fourteen hours long. John Keating does an excellent job narrating the story. Keating is an Irish actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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Charming and refreshing

Would you listen to An Irish Country Love Story again? Why?

Yes ~ it's a "feel good" book, and it is good to feel good especially in these times.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters, the story lines, Ballybucklebo, happy endings ~ everything.

Which character – as performed by John Keating – was your favorite?

That's like choosing a favorite child - they are ALL my favorite!

Who was the most memorable character of An Irish Country Love Story and why?

Can't decide - everyone was memorable in their way.

Any additional comments?

Love this series of books ~ will listen to another one soon.

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Very Enjoyable Series

I very much enjoy these audible stories. The stories, characterization and narration are all wonderful.

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Fantastic book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was one of my most favorite in the series. The Country doctor books are do funny and entertaining. Patrick Taylor is so talented with his gift of words. The narrator John Keating really brings the words to life with the inflections he uses to to deliver this wonderful story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!

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All's Well That Ends Well

John Keating gives his best performance yet in this Patrick Taylor series. He picks up many new characters and depicts Kitty, Barry, Kinky and Fingal with the same affection and love of characters as he has done thought-out. This last book by Taylor (or is it) ties up many loose ends and some old enemies become dear friends. A perfect way to perhaps end the series but we're all hoping that Taylor is as busy a bee on a hot brick and continues the story

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Great Read!

Patrick Taylor does it again. I had been looking forward to my next trip to the wonderful town of Ballybucklebo to see what our wonderful doctors and the crazy characters of the town are up to. John Keating brings the story to life, and I get lost in the story every time . I highly recommend the entire series!

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Sappy, but heartwarming

Another great performance by the narrator. I look forward to the book in the series.

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Wonderful series!!!

I was disappointed that they left off before Barry's wedding. I was kind of hoping that he would end there. Now I have entered true Ballybucklebeau withdrawal.

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Will make you fall in love with Ireland

If you could sum up An Irish Country Love Story in three words, what would they be?

Irish, Funny, Knowledgeable

What did you like best about this story?

The descriptions of food ,scenery, characters

What about John Keating’s performance did you like?

What a fabulous performer. Made me feel like I was in Ireland in the 60s

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes I have several times.

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Love all of Patrick Taylor's books. Have bought the entire series and have read them several times.Love Patrick Taylor's writing and John Keating's performances.

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Another outstanding book!

This series is never tiresome, but each book further develops the characters and draws you into another level of this heartwarming story.