An Irish Country Cottage

An Irish Country Cottage

Book - 2018
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The New Year brings challenges and changes to the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. The Christmas holidays have barely passed before a fire engulfs the humble thatched cottage housing Donal Donnally and his family. Although the family escapes the blaze more or less unsinged, Donal, his wife, their three small children, and their beloved dog find themselves with nothing left but the clothes on their back. Good thing Doctors O'Reilly and Laverty are on hand to rally the good people of Ballybucklebo to come to their aid. Rebuilding the cottage won't be quick or easy, but good neighbors from all walks of life will see to it that the Donallys get back on their feet again, no matter what it takes. Meanwhile, matters of procreation occupy the doctors and their patients. Young Barry Laverty and his wife, Sue, frustrated in their efforts to start a family, turn to modern medicine for answers. O'Reilly must tread carefully as he advises a married patient on how to avoid another dangerous pregnancy. As a new and tumultuous decade approaches, sectarian divisions threaten to bring unrest to Ulster, but in Ballybucklebo at least, peace still reigns and neighbors look after neighbors.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2018.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765396815
Branch Call Number: FIC Taylo
Characteristics: 349 p. ; 25 cm.


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Apr 16, 2019

Less successful, less quirky and charming than the other episodes in the Irish Country Village series. It seemed like the author padded it with very, very long digressions on the history of Catholic politics and a boring, overly technical and repetitive mini-tutorial on infertility. The mentions of the political turmoil in Ireland also add to the length but these fit fairly easily into the narrative.

Mar 04, 2019

Very pleasant digression with the Donnelly family in this tale of Ballybucklebo. Taylor hints at troubles to come in future tomes, while trying to avoid all out violence. A nice diversion from some of the more medically oriented tales of O'Reilly and his young doctor, Laverty.

Jan 12, 2019

This series has grown on me as I have read it.

In book #13, Barry Laverty is a partner in the medical practice with Doctor O'Reilly in a small Irish village in 1964. More doctors have been added to the practice so life is a bit less hectic.

The pace is slow but regular. In this book, there are two main medical issues--problem in conceiving and the need by a Catholic patient to prevent another conception. For the first time, the author has added information on the political divisions In Ireland. It is done in such a way that it is integrated well in the story and also provides the reader with good background information on the Ulster issues.
Right at the beginning of the book, a small family house is consumed with fire and throughout the book, there are heartwarming stories of how people of the community, both Catholic and Protestant, work together to help the family.

I do like fiction that helps me learn or relearn about history that I have long forgotten....

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