March 30th Giveaway: Patrick Taylor Irish Country Series

An Irish Country Doctor, by Patrick Taylor
ISBN 978-0-7653-1995-1
343 Pages
Published by Tor/Forge (2004, 2007)

An Irish Country Village, by Patrick Taylor
ISBN 978-0-7653-2023-0
419 Pages
Published by Tor/Forge (2008)

An Irish Country Christmas, by Patrick Taylor
ISBN 978-0-7653-2072-8
479 Pages
Published by Tor/Forge (2008)

This week, thanks to publisher Tor/Forge,  I will be giving away the first three books in Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country Series to ONE luck winner. The drawing will take place on March 30th.


An Irish Country Doctor

Read an excerpt from the book.

Listen to Patrick Taylor talk about his novel An Irish Country Doctor:

From the author’s website:

Barry Laverty, MD, can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and glens of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice. At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie OReilly. The older physician, whose motto is never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things, which definitely takes some getting used to. At first, Barry cant decide if the pugnacious OReilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met, or possibly the best teacher he could ever hope for. Ballybucklebo is a long way from Belfast, and Barry soon discovers that he still has a lot to learn about country life. But if he sticks with it, he just might end up finding out more about life and love than he could ever have imagined back in medical school.

An Irish Country Village

Read an excerpt from the book.

From the author’s website:

Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantship under his eccentric mentor, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, but he already feels right at home in Ballybucklebo. When the sudden death of a patient casts a cloud over Barry’s reputation, his chances of establishing himself in the village are endangered, especially since the grieving widow is threatening a lawsuit. While he anxiously waits for the post-mortem results that he prays will exonerate him, Barry must regain the trust of the gossipy Ulster village, one patient at a time. But not all their challenges are medical in nature. When a greedy developer sets his sights on the very heart of the community, the village pub, it’s up to the doctors to save the Black Swan (fondly known as “The Mucky Duck”) from being turned into an overpriced tourist trap. After all, the good citizens of Ballybucklebo need somewhere to drink each other’s health.

An Irish Country Christmas

Read and listen to an excerpt from the book.

Watch a tour of the village (by the author) which inspired the book:

From the author’s website:

Barry Laverty, MB., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. He has little time to dwell on romantic disappointment. Though Christmas may be drawing nigh, there is little peace to be found on earth for a young doctor working in the glens of rural Ireland. Along with his senior partner, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly, Barry has his hands full dealing with seasonal coughs and colds, as well as medical emergencies. To add to the doctors’ worries competition arrives in the form of a patient-poaching new physician whose quackery threatens the health and well-being of the people of Ballybucklebo. Can one territory support three hungry doctors? Barry has his doubts. But the wintry days and night are not without tidings of comfort and joy. Despite their hectic medical practice the two doctors still find time to play Santa Claus to a struggling single mother with a sick child and not enough money in the bank. Snow is rare in Ulster, and so are miracles, but that doesn’t mean they never happen…


Patrick Taylor was raised in Bangor, Northern Ireland, and received a medical education in Ulster. He practiced first in a rural Ulster village before taking specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After living in Belfast through the first two years of the recent Irish Troubles (1969-1994), he and his family emigrated to Canada where he pursued a career in medical research and teaching in the field of human infertility which have been honored with three lifetime achievement awards including the Lifetime Award of Excellence of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society.

Taylor’s scientific works include 170 papers and six textbooks. For ten years, (1991-2001) he was editor-in-chief of the Canadian Obstetrics and Gynecology journal. Taylor has since published a short-story collection, six novels, including the Irish Country series (four books).

Read more about Patrick Taylor and his work on the author’s website.


Want to be eligible to win a copy of each of these novels? It’s simple…either join my project Reading for a Cure OR sponsor someone who has joined OR make a one-time donation to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (being sure to select the button for Reading for a Cure and then AFTER you’ve donated, come back and leave me a comment to let me know you did it). But hurry – you must do one of those three things BEFORE the drawing takes place on March 30th!

Once you’ve done ONE of those three things to become eligible, tweet about the giveaway (and come back to let me know you did it) and you can get a second chance to win!

Read all the details of the book giveaways for March and how to be eligible for them…including joining the challenge or sponsoring a participant.

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6 thoughts on “March 30th Giveaway: Patrick Taylor Irish Country Series

  1. These look like entertaining, probably heartwarming reads — and based on your previous review, I’m sure they’d make me want to plan a trip to Ireland! Have you read any of these ones?

  2. This is such a generous giveaway, and the books look wonderful! I will have to set about getting myself entered in this one if I can!

  3. Mome Rath: I have not yet read these books – but I have them on my shelf…and they have gotten quite positive reviews from other readers.

    Serena: thank you for the shout out!!

    Nicole: To be entered in the giveaway you must either join Reading for a Cure, sponsor someone who has joined or make a donation to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. If you’ve done one of those things, PLEASE let me know so I can add your name to the giveaway list!!

    Zibilee: Let me know when you decide! I’d love to add your name to the eligible giveaway list 🙂

    Beachreader: THANK YOU for your donation to the PCF. I’ve added your name to the giveaway list and will let you know if you win 🙂 By the way, your name will also be eligible for the giveaway of An Irish Country Girl 🙂

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