Sunday, December 30

Book Review: Irish Country Village


Title: Irish Country Village

Author: Patrick Taylor

Pages:  431

Summary: Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantship under the eccentric Dr. Fingal Flathertie O'Reilly, but he already feels right at home in Ballybucklebo. When the sudden death of a patient casts a could over Barry's reputation, his chances of establishing himself in the village are endangered.
While he anxiously waits for the postmortem results, Barry must regain the trust of the gossipy Ulster village one patient at a time. From a put-upon shopgirl with a mysterious rash to the troubled pregnancy of a young lass who's not quite married yet, Ballybucklebo provides plenty of cases to keep two country G.P.'s busy.
When a greedy developer sets his sights on the very heart of the community - the village pub - it's up to the doctors to save the Black Swan (affectionately known as the "Mucky Duck") from being turned into and overpriced tourist trap. After all, the good citizens if Ballybucklebo need some place to drink to one another's health.

My Rating: 7.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While I didn't like this book as much as the first, I still found it to be an enjoyable read. The cast of characters were a fun, eclectic cast to read about, and the story shaped up to be a good read as well.

One of my biggest beefs with the story was the to detailed descriptions about various medical procedures - while a book about Doctors, I do expect to read about medical jargon, I could have done without the step by step process with all the details about how a catheter is inserted. Which was one, of many detailed procedures - this is a case where less would have been more.

The plot was well done, although it does follow the same formula as the first book, with a lot of the same themes. It does pick up right after the other left off, which was part of the reason why this happens, but there were times where I felt like it was the same book. And after a while some of the eccentric characters can get on your nerves, as their personalities and events that occur around them become repetitive after a while. Still, despite the issues I had, it's still a fun read. And I will continue on to the next book, and likely finish the series.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. It wasn't as good as the first, but still worth reading. Also as I said above, it likes to give all the in-depth details about the medical procedures being preformed. (I watch medical dramas, and they don't give me as much detail as the book.)

What to read next: Irish Country Christmas


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