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Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
A middling effort this time around with not as interesting storylines. The last chapter is a bit over the top happily wrapping up various events. A nice, but not satisfying visit with the folks in Ballybucklebo.
I love this series of books, and I'm looking forward to the next one! I started with the first book in the series and got hooked! These books have made me long to visit Northern Ireland (but the 1950s, 60s one... which exists only in memory now...), and to wish I'd known the people he created... esp. Fingal! I enjoy the excellent and well-researched medical aspects of all the books, which I find fascinating, as well as the history, and the recipes- all of it. And I love that at the bottom of it all, his people are just plain Nice- they take care of each other, watch out for each other, and they aren't mean... what a lovely, refreshing concept!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you are new to the series, I would recommend starting with a another book in the series to get a feel for the history of the characters. For readers familiar with the series, it was good to meet familiar characters again. Characters that you can relate to and feel involved in their stories. Am looking forward to the next book in the series.
I may be crying for awhile..😮😯😤😕is this the last of the series?I LOVE these books. Edifying Educational Engrossing, Engaging, Enchanting.If this is the last one...I will imagine what happened with the main characters and all the rest until the day I die. Oops sounds like a other one will be available in Oct. 2020...well phew! So glad to k is that...This one .at be one of the very best in the series . Much good news in Ballybuck!ebo.
What is not to love about this book? It grabs your attention from the start-- wraps you in a lovely tale-- spins you with medical drama of patients....family and friends-- and floats you gently back to reality. I want to thank you for the continuing rich saga of Irish Country Books, and I am patiently waiting for the next installment of the grand adventure! Cheers!
Doctor/author Patrick Taylor continues to hit the high notes with his series of An Irish Country Doctor novels. As one of his followers I've assimilated into the family of characters' lives he portrays. Every reading is a coming home experience with the intertwining lives of now familiar country folks of varied stature inhabiting sleepy Ballybuckleboo, NI. The author will tug at each of your emotional elements, humor topping the list.
I loved every single word of this and all of his Irish Country books. One his truly emerged into Ulster living and is placed in the middle of lives that are deep in so many ways, always endearing, and though I dislike having to finish one of these books, I always read the last words with two thoughts: I will re-read it again soon and I am so fortunate to be able to read an author of such, almost, unbelievable talent.
I have read all of these books in the series. This one is back to true form after the last slight deviation. We learn more about Dr. Laverty's early training at the hospital and focus a bit on his issues with starting a family. All is well in the village and is as it should be. A good book to read when it's cold outside.