An Irish Country Christmas

An Irish Country Christmas

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Disappointed to learn that his sweetheart will not be joining him for a first holiday season in a rural Northern Irish community, doctor Barry Laverty keeps himself busy by caring for his patients and struggling to outmaneuver a newly arrived quack physician.

McMillan Palgrave

A heartwarming tale of yuletide merriment by the New York Times bestselling author ofAn Irish Country Doctor

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. . . .

& Taylor

Disappointed to learn that his sweetheart will not be joining him for a first holiday season in a rural Irish community, doctor Barry Laverty busies himself by caring for his patients and struggling to outmaneuver the manipulations of a newly arrived quack physician. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : A Tom Doherty Associates Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780765320704
Characteristics: 495 p. ; 24 cm


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JessicaGma Feb 20, 2018

I adore this series even if I felt poor Barry was getting a little overly distraught over missing his gal for the holidays. But the stories remain a delight as the doctors keep an eye on Ballybucklebo and all the citizens within.

Aug 14, 2016

Most enjoyable read. And, my, Kinky's cooking is sublime!

May 03, 2016

Just love this series, great stories and wonderful characters.

May 19, 2012


This is the best book I have read in some time. It is a long story and I felt as if I was leaving friends behind when I finihed it. I am no longer a Daniel Boone user, having just relocated to the Cleveland OH. area and the first thing I did was get my library card. I picked this book up just by accident and found it delightful. My experience with Danlel Boone was a wonderful one. I will miss my time with all of you and this goes especially for you DEB in outreach.

Dec 18, 2010

Another heartwarming tale from Patrick Taylor

Nov 29, 2009

great book full of humor

DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

SPL Shelf Life column Dec. 12, 2008


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DanniOcean Jun 15, 2009

Think of James Herriot but set in rural Ireland instead of Yorkshire, and where the patients are human instead of the four-legged kind, and you’ll have a good understanding for the atmosphere of Patrick Taylor’s books.
In this third novel we follow the young Doctor Barry Laverty as he is about to spend his first Christmas in Ballybucklebo with his mentor, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly. As Dr. Laverty hopes that his girlfriend Patricia will make it home for Christmas, Dr. O’Reilly finds himself finally letting go of the torch he has carried for his young bride, killed in the WWII blitz of Belfast.
Together they take keep an eye on the competition - a new doctor in town who went to school with O’Reilly – take care of the villagers’ usual and unique ailments, and even work a few old fashioned Christmas miracles...

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