To celebrate Spring and the Spring Reading Thing, Sidetrack’d is hosting a book giveaway!
An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
This was a light and fun read that left me with much the same feeling as the books in Jan Karon’s Mitford series. Living in the small, rural Irish town of Ballybucklebo during the mid-twentieth century, the two main characters endear themselves to you with their quirks, faults, and the way they interact with each other and the interesting clients of their medical practice. If you are looking for a warm and happy read, I would recommend you check this one out.
From the back of the book:
Barry Laverty, M.B. can barely find the Northern Ireland village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there. But 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 O’Reilly.
The older physician has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can’t decide if the pugnacious O’Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through O’Reilly, Barry soon gets to know all of the village’s colorful and endearing residents and a host of other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor.
Ballybucklebo is a long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about country life. But with pluck and compassion, and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life – and love – than he ever imagined back in medical school.
If you would like to be entered in the drawing for this book, leave a comment on this post; you don’t have to be a blogger to win, just be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you comment. I will close the contest around noon on Friday, March 28, and determine a winner using the random number generator at random.org. The winner will be announced here at Sidetrack’d and notified by e-mail and/or a comment on their personal blog. This is my personal copy of this book, so it has been gently read. I will be happy to ship to US addresses via USPS parcel post or media mail.
I hope to have a couple more giveaways during the Spring Reading Thing, so check back over the next several weeks.