An Irish Country Courtship

A Novel

Irish Country Books (Volume 5 of 10)

Patrick Taylor

Forge Books

Download Image Patrick Taylor An Irish Country Courtship

Available Formats

BookAudio BookeBook

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.

Connect with the Author

Patrick Taylor

Official Sites


Related Links


Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

1
A Crowd Is Not Company
Barry Laverty—Doctor Barry Laverty—stood in a jam-packed drawing room where the sound level was as intense as the racket of riveting guns in Harland and Wolff’s shipyard. Over the noise of many conversations the gramophone blared.
How much is that doggie in the window?
Barry smiled and squeezed Patricia Spence’s hand. Having her back home in Ulster was wonderful even if she had left it to the last minute to get here. He looked at her deep brown eyes, bent to her, and tried to make her hear.

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for An Irish Country Courtship

“Taylor . . . is a bang-up storyteller who captivates and entertains from the first word.”--Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Girl

“Taylor masterfully charts the small victories and defeats of Irish village life.”--Irish American magazine on An Irish Country Christmas

“Full of stories and vivid characters, [An Irish Country Village] recalls a good night in a pub. Good, light entertainment.”--Booklist

“The cozy village of Ballybucklebo and its eccentric inhabitants make the holidays bright.”--Library Journal on An Irish Country Christmas


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Patrick Taylor

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.

Patrick Taylor

©Patrick Taylor
Patrick Taylor

Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

An Irish Country Courtship
A Novel
Patrick Taylor

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429960618
ISBN10: 1429960612
464 pages
$9.99

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
September 2010
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427210593
ISBN10: 1427210594
5 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches, Audio Run Time: 14:00
$39.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2010
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427210609
ISBN10: 1427210608
Audio Run Time: 14:00
$19.99

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765321749
ISBN10: 0765321742
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$25.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
6/3/2014
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765377388
ISBN10: 0765377381
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 512 pages
$7.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
January 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765321756
ISBN10: 0765321750
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages
$14.99
Back

From The Publisher

Forge Books

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back