I very much wanted a good Irish read...and I have found it in the writings of author Patrick Taylor. His series of delightful books remind me a lot of the "All Creatures Great and Small" book. This opening volume is a period piece set in Ireland with physicians as the protagonists. It is a light, fun read with good doses of medical problems as the center pieces of the action in the novel. The characters are well drawn and the scenes are beautifully described. The characters are richly detailed....so as for me to care and want to read on to find out more about them. Again, fun, light read for those who want to spend some amazing time with new friends in the countryside of old Ireland.