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An Irish Country Cottage

An Irish Country Novel, Book 13
Written by: Patrick Taylor
Narrated by: John Keating
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
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An Irish Country Cottage is a charming audiobook in Patrick Taylor's beloved New York Times and internationally best-selling Irish Country series. 

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 of 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 division threaten to bring unrest to Ulster, but in Ballybucklebo at least, peace still reigns and neighbors look after neighbors.

©2018 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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  • Linda M. Stern
  • 2018-10-20

Love the series but not the best

I enjoyed the book and I love the series but overall but this installment was disappointing for several reasons. The series has been so enjoyable because of the quirkiness of the characters and the ability of Dr. O’Reilly to solve problems in a clever way. In this story, O’Reilly was mostly a bystander and not part of the story. There really was no conflict to be solved. The part about sectarian violence was awkward. I understand the author’s desire to include the unrest that existed in Northern Ireland during the time period in which the story takes place but it seems very forced. It is patently unbelievable that Bertie Bishop would turn so completely into a “perfect” person who so dearly loves his wife and has become so faultlessly generous. It is also unbelievable that Fitzpatrick would also turn completely into a kind person. It was nice to see the Donnelly’s featured so prominently, but Donal was portrayed as too sweet without the usual devilment he has demonstrated in the past and that has mad him so much fun. Overall, the whole story seems like Mr. Taylor “phoned it in.” He has done better. Perhaps it’s time to retire the series. Too bad. I’ve been a big fan.

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  • Deborah
  • 2019-02-27

Wonderful !

I love love this series!!! Funny, heartfelt characters! I'm always sad when it ends but left with knowing goodness is out there.

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  • Doris F.
  • 2018-11-16

Flat

Does not compare with the earlier novels. The characters are flat, very much lacking their earlier color and personality. And too much on the emotional stress of desired pregnancy.

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  • B. Mims
  • 2019-05-08

Pure joy

I have listened to everyone of the Irish country Novels and have enjoyed each. They have only gotten better. I love the little bits of medical and historical facts woven into the stories.

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  • Yellow labby girl
  • 2019-03-13

A lovely Irish story

I love this series and the narrators. This is light, airy, refreshing reading, and you begin to love the characters. I just want to know what happens next. Where is book 14.

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  • nihl
  • 2019-01-08

Well, That Was Different

What I liked:
1. I liked learning about the Irish 'uprising' in the '60s and '70s. I was so busy going to school, working, and raising my own family that I never paid much attention to the causes. I saw information on the news, but since it was not really part of my immediate world, I gave it very little attention.
2. I liked that Dr. O'Reilly is no longer trying to personally solve all the village people's problems. His ego had been a bit overbearing in earlier novels.
3. As always, I enjoyed learning about Irish culture.
4. I enjoyed the story about Donald and his family (and, of course, little Tori).
5. I noted that a certain Dr. Patrick Taylor inserted his name as a doctor in the book. :)
6. I was glad no one died.
7. As usual, I enjoyed the whole book.

What I did not like:
1. There was an 18 months gap between the last story (book) and this one. I looked in my lists to determine if I had missed a book.
2.Being a woman, I would have enjoyed hearing about Dr. Laverty's wedding and honeymoon (if there was one). All of a sudden, he has been married for awhile.
3. I would also have enjoyed hearing about Julie's pregnancy with the twins. All of a sudden, there were twins.
4. I like a continuity between books that this one lacked.

Other than the above four dislikes, I loved the book and am longing for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-07

BRAVO!

In my view there is nothing about this story and its narration that isn't perfect. The evocative and heartwarming warmth and richness, the keenly defined sense of time and place, the humor and pathos of all the players and what life brings to them, makes me feel so glad to be invited into this world. Reading this series is always fulfillingly enjoyable and time incredibly well spent, and I hope Patrick Taylor will continue to treat us with so much more.

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  • mairin
  • 2018-11-12

Another wonderful story about Ballybucklebo!

What can I say, Patrick Taylor writes the most captivating stories about a little Northern Irish village of Ballybucklebo and it's inhabitants. Dr. Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly, Dr Barry Laverty, their wives and all the other inhabitants of the village. From the minute it starts you are enthralled, you never want it to stop. John Keating's fabulous voice fits perfectly for each character. When the story ended I was distressed, I wanted more!! #Irish, #family, #fun, #everydaylife, #tagsgiving, #sweepstake

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  • Martha L.
  • 2018-11-11

Irish Country Addiction

Patrick Taylor's new addition to his Irish Country series was a long awaited listen. #Delightful!! John Keating delivered the perfect performance again! #Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly #Ballybucklebo #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • mumsy
  • 2018-11-07

Love it!

As usual Patrick Taylor and Patrick Keating take us back to Ireland . Wonderful story with wonderful characters.p