• An Irish Country Yuletide

  • An Irish Country Novella
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (115 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An Irish Country Yuletide is a charming Christmas entry in Patrick Taylor's beloved internationally best-selling Irish Country series.

December 1965. ‘Tis the season once again in the cozy Irish village of Ballybucklebo, which means that Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, his young colleague Barry Laverty, and their assorted friends, neighbors, and patients are enjoying all their favorite holiday traditions: caroling, trimming the tree, finding the perfects gifts for their near and dear ones, and anticipating a proper Yuletide feast complete with roast turkey and chestnut stuffing. There’s even the promise of snow in the air, raising the prospect of a white Christmas.

Not that trouble has entirely taken a holiday as the season brings its fair share of challenges as well, including a black-sheep brother hoping to reconcile with his estranged family before it’s too late, a worrisome outbreak of chickenpox, and a sick little girl whose faith in Christmas is in danger of being crushed in the worst way.

As roaring fireplaces combat the brisk December chill, it’s up to O’Reilly to play Santa, both literally and figuratively, to make sure that Ballybucklebo has a Christmas it will never forget!

Bonus: This heartwarming Yuletide tale also includes several mouthwatering recipes, straight from an Irish country kitchen.

A Macmillan Audio production from Forge Books

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2021 Patrick Taylor (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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A real disappointment!

The story takes place after book #8, Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor, during the 1965 Christmas holiday season. Fingal and his new wife, Kitty O'Reilly (nee O'Halloran) are celebrating their first Christmas as a married couple and their housekeeper is newly engaged to be married. The same main characters from the previous books are present in this story; Lord John MacNeill, Myrna MacNeill, Fingal, Kitty and Lars O'Reilly, Barry Laverty, Sue Nolan, Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid (nee O'Hanlon) and Archie Auchinleck. One of the problems I have with the book is that nothing much new happens to them that we don't already know about from the other books. No wonder the book is so short!

There are a few new characters introduced in the book; Andrew MacNeill and the Driscoll family, Declan, Finella and Jill; however, these new characters don't appear in any of the books set in later years. Are we to assume that they just go back to where they came from and don't become residents of Ballybucklebo?

I was really looking forward to a continuation of the Barry, Sue and Ella Hope Laverty story, among other things. This book could have been set as a continuation of that timeline rather than a jump back to an earlier time. It really wouldn't have made any significant difference to the storyline.

The whole thing just seems like a rush job to turn the project in to the publisher on deadline. What a disappointment!

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A Heart-warming Holiday Tale

This book was much shorter than most of the Irish Country series, which was a little disappointing. It takes place six months after Fingal and Kitty were married, and has all the familiar characters along with a few new ones. This was about family, both the one we a born into and the one we choose, and we see more than one family who need the help of Dr. O'Reilly and crew to heal. This book will warm your heart!

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it's ok

it's the weakest story in the series, it kinda breaks some cannon from previous books but overall not bad

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Good timing but the content was disappointing

The Dr. O’Reilly books have always been highly entertaining with a rich cast of characters and a plot line that more than keeps your interest. The timing of this new title was very welcome yet the mediocre plot, lack of substance and short length made it somewhat of a disappointment.

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so Disappointed!

I own ALL of the Country Doctor kindle books and audibles; loved them all, until this one! BORING story!!! Where were the most beloved characters? And only one doctor story with Barry and the little girl. I think this short book was written with the hopes all the fans would by it, but this fan regrets her purchase! :(

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...for Us, it was... ENORMOUS!!!

Given the grief present in our world today, for me, this Wonderful book could not come at a better time!!!

Author Mr. Patrick Taylor brings tears of joy and the warmth of the Blessed CHRISTmas Holiday to life!

Narrator Mr. John Keating's darling voice puts me in with Dr. Fingle O'Reilly et Al and allows me to Enjoy the Holiday with the people in Bally Buckle Bow!

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Great as always, but shorter than expected

As always, Patrick Taylor has given us a wonderful tale and John Keating a wonderful narration. However, I was disappointed that this is a shorter than usual Irish country story. It is a Christmas story and goes back to 1965 without Moving the tale of the residents of Ballybucklebo forward.

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Recommend for rainy weekend read.

Loved the storyline. The story does come to life, the characters are like old friends. Narrator caught each character exactly how I saw them.

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Because I have listened to the series, the book was enjoyable since I am familiar with the characters. However, the story lacked depth, and held my interest because I had high hopes there would be a plot…which there really wasn’t.

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Merry Christmas

I was so excited to see this book come out. This is one of my favorite series in the world, and I come back to it often. The Christmas stories are always so rich. I love this series, and I love these side novelas that give us insight into what happens in the world of O’Reilly and Company in addition to what we learn in the larger bucks. I love the Irish Magic of the series. Mrs. Kincaid brings a bit of magic into them, which I appreciate. I can wish the doctors themselves were devout Christians, and I think he’s working on it and praying on it on their behalf. Happy fall, and it’s way too early, but merry Christmas!