An Irish Country Courtship: A Novel

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Tom Doherty Associates, Sep 28, 2010 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Welcome to the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where two doctors work hand in hand to mend the bodies and spirits of the town's diverse and engaging inhabitants. But who is looking after the wounded hearts of the doctors?

After less than a year, young Barry Laverty, M.B., is settling in to the village, with only a few months to go before he becomes a full partner in the practice. He's looking forward to becoming a fixture in the community, until an unexpected romantic reversal gives him second thoughts. Will he truly be happy tending to routine coughs and colds for the rest of his career? After all, even when a more challenging case comes along, like a rare tropical disease, all he can do is pass it on to a qualified specialist or big-city hospital. As much as Barry enjoys the rough and tumble of life in County Down, is running a humble GP's shop all he wants out of life?

Barry's mentor, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, is going through some personal upheavals as well. After mourning his deceased wife for decades, he's finally allowed a new woman into his life. But this budding courtship is not going over well with Kinky Kincaid, the doctors' redoubtable housekeeper, who fears having her position usurped by O'Reilly's new flame. Tact, diplomacy, and a fair amount of blarney may be required to restore peace to the household.

Meanwhile, life goes on in Ballybucklebo, presenting both doctors with plenty of distractions from their own troubles. From a mysterious outbreak at the local school to a complicated swindle involving an unlucky racehorse, the two partners will need all of their combined wit and compassion to put things right again--just in time for their lives to change forever.



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User Review  - DeltaQueen50 - LibraryThing

The fifth book in his Irish Country series, An Irish Country Courtship brings the story back to the Northern Irish village of Ballybucklebo in the days immediately after the New Year of 1965 has been ... Read full review

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I love this series. They're ideal audiobooks, because I love the Irish accent of the reader, and the way he does voices for a very character-driven novel setting. I don't know why I find novels about ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Authors Note
9
1 A Crowd Is Not Company
17
2 Nothing but to Choke a Man
27
3 Flee from the Cruel Madness of Love
37
4 Tired with the Labour of Far Travel We Have Come unto Our Own Home
45
5 Im More Than a Little Sick
53
6 Put the Car Away
63
26 Ill News Hath Wings
224
27 Shorten and Lessen the Birth Pangs
231
28 Willing to Pull His Weight
238
29 In a Handbag?
248
30 Yet Meet We Shall
255
31 Considerably Worried and Scratched
263
32 Things Fall Apart
271
33 Dreamless Uninvaded Sleep
280

7 To Comfort All That Mourn
71
8 My Kingdom for a Horse
78
9 No Man Gets a Full Meal
88
10 We Have Drunken of Things Lethean
93
11 Your Name upon the Soft SeaSand
102
12 My Bones Are Out of Joint
111
13 And GreenEyd Jealousy
118
14 Tread Safely into the Unknown
124
15 Thaw Not the Frost That Binds
131
I Have Found It
136
17 How Blessed Is He Who Leads a Country Life
145
18 Shoot Folly as It Flies
153
19 To Hear Him Crow
161
20 I Wish He Would Explain His Explanation
170
21 Thy Waves and Storms Are Gone Over Me
179
22 Have Seen a Glorious Light
189
23 Dangerous to the Lungs
198
24 A Faithful Friend Is the Medicine of Life
205
25 Dance til Stars Come Down from the Rafters
216
34 Earnest Advice from My Seniors
289
35 To Have a Friend Is to Be One
298
36 Each to His Choice
310
37 The Schemes o Mice an Men
320
38 You Have Sown Much and Bring in Little
332
39 On the Kingdom of the Shore
339
40 To These Crocodiles Tears They Will Add Sobs
347
41 Let Me Be Dressd Fine
360
42 Come to Our Own Home and Rest
365
43 More Beautiful Than Thy First Love
373
44 Le Déjeuner sur lHerbe or The Car Boot Lid
383
45 Are Said to Understand One and Other
396
46 Theyre under Starters Orders
403
47 But One Receiveth the Prize
410
48 He That Bringeth Glad Tidings
416
Your Questions Answered
425
Afterword
433
Glossary
439
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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, and An Irish Country Girl. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, County Down in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one years. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

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