Thursday, September 29

Book Review: Irish Country Doctor

Title: Irish Country Doctor

Author: Patrick Taylor

Pages: 343

Summary: Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the Northern Ireland village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there. But Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

The older physician has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can't decide if the pugnacious O'Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through O'Reilly, Barry soon gets to know all of the village's colourful and endearing residents and a host of the other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor.

Ballybucklebo is a long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about country life. But with pluck and compassion, and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life - and love - than he ever imagined back in medical school.

My Rating: 9.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: A very entertaining and fun read, I found myself really enjoying the book, and falling in love with the characters of Ballybukelebo. I loved the way the book was written, and how it included the Ulster slang. It took me a while to get used to it, but in the end, I thought it helped create more rounded characters and setting for the book. A small Irish town, that contains all the colourful characters you'd probably find living there if the town actually existed. One character in particular I enjoyed was Dr. Fingal's. He had a great personality, with multiple sides, and some interesting methods in dealing with some of his patients. The characters really make the book, there were many times I was laughing at the character's and their interactions with each other.

The plot itself was also well done and it had me interested throughout the book, it may not have been engaging with a lot of action or plot devices, but I loved how it focused on the characters, town, culture to create a very wonderful and light-hearted story some parts were a little predictable, but I still really enjoyed the book and its tone. Beginning to end, you're able to get the feel for the small town and all it's good and bad inhabitants. The author does a fantastic job at painting a picture of the town for the reader, making it seem very realistic. The ending was good, it didn't stand out from the rest of the book, but I enjoyed it. It tied everything up, perfectly, but it was done in a way where it kept the plot and characters intact - the author didn't force the perfect ending, it came naturally.

Overall, this was a great read and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. I found the book to be well written, funny and entertaining. It has a cast of intriguing, odd yet loveable characters and well worth reading.

What to read next: Ireland, Tipperary, the other books in the Irish Country Series

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, A - Z Challenge, Canadian Reading Challenge 5, Fall into Reading Challenge, Ireland Reading Challenge


  1. Glad to see you liked the book. My husband just gave me a copy for my birthday because he knows how much I like books set in Ireland. I'd never heard of this author before. I ran across your review on John Mutford's page.

  2. gypsysmom - It was a very enjoyable read. I also enjoy books set in Ireland - and this author is the perfect choice for that.