In the fictional Northern Irish village of Ballybucklebo, Christmas is quickly approaching. While the hustle and bustle is all too familiar to the long-time local medical practitioner, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, it is quite the new experience for his new junior partner, Doctor Barry Laverty. Barry has recently moved to Ballybucklebo, and as he adapts to the way of life in this little rural village, the practice becomes busier with the cold, cough, and flu season, and Barry finds himself more closely involved with his new adopted community.
Although Barry wishes to be closer to his love interest, Patricia, who is currently away attending school in England, O’Reilly and their housekeeper, Mrs. Kinkaid, help to keep him distracted. From enjoying the ongoing festivities, to helping members of the community with obstacles they face this season, to competing with the new medical practice opening up in the area, Barry finds himself playing a bigger role in this small community than he had anticipated.
Patrick Taylor beautifully incorporates the Ulster dialect in his writing, even adding a glossary for reference. This, in addition to his incredible story telling, makes An Irish Country Christmas one of those books that you feel you are really a part of. Filled with invaluable lessons, this warm read is perfect for the chilly season. I see myself reading this book for many years to come. So cuddle up under your afghan in front of the fire, and you will not be able to put this book down.
- Joseph Cassidy