Irish Country Welcome
by Taylor, Patrick

In Ballybucklebo, Ireland, young doctor Barry, eagerly awaiting the arrival of his first child, and his fellow physicians, including a fledgling doctor, deals with a range of medical issues while still finding time to share the comforting joys and pleasures of this very special place. 75,000 first printing.

PATRICK TAYLOR, M.D. was born and raised in Bangor County Down in Northern Ireland. Dr. Taylor is a distinguished medical researcher, offshore sailor, model-boat builder, and father of two grown children. He lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. He is the author of the bestselling Irish Country series, including An Irish Country Cottage, An Irish Country Practice, An Irish Country Doctor and many more.

New arrivals come to Ballybucklebo in Taylor's (Irish Country Family, 2019) heartwarming fifteenth novel in the popular Irish Country series. It's 1969, and Number-One-Main partners, doctors Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and Barry Laverty, take on trainee Dr. Sebastian Carson despite reservations about his suitability for their practice. Sebastian joins the team, which also includes doctors Connor Nelson and Emer McCarthy and the matchless Kinky, who serves as cook, housekeeper, and office manager. Will Sebastian pass muster with the doctors and the Ballybucklebo folk? Why is he always eager to rush off at the end of his shifts? Dr. Laverty and his wife, Sue, are expecting their first child. The momentous reality of the dangers and responsibilities of parenthood weigh heavily on Barry as he encounters expectant mothers and sick babies on his daily rounds while Sue faces a bumpy pregnancy. Sectarian violence breaks out in parts of Ulster, men land on the moon, but the stories, shenanigans, and essential goodness of the doctors and townspeople continue to provide a welcome balm for their souls, and, in these tough times, for ours. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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