Ireland on My Mind

If you enjoy fiction that is charming and full of fun, you should give the Irish Country Novels a try. I thoroughly enjoy them and recommend them to readers who also like Maeve Binchy. The series is written by Patrick Taylor, M.D., who was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland; he currently lives in British Columbia.

Because the author is a physician himself, the stories of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly ring true. Dr. O’Reilly is a GP in the small village of Ballybucklebo. The stories will transport you to a different time and place; they occur just before, during, and after World War II. Dr. O’Reilly is gruff, impatient, and stubborn, but he cares greatly about his patients.

There are the usual characters that readers would expect in stories such as these,  i.e. the village mischief-maker and the town gossip, but they never become caricatures. They are as real and true-to-life as can be.

These stories make me feel as if I am part of the village life. It is best to read the series in order:  An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Girl, An Irish Country Courtship, and A Dublin Student Doctor.


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