After Barry's first month as an assistant to crusty Dr. O'Reilly, he has been offered a permanent spot. But Laverty's excitement is dashed when one of his patients unexpectedly dies. The damage to his reputation is enormous, and he and O'Reilly must work to resolve the question of Barry's responsibility for the death.
They also have to figure out how to save the 400-year-old village pub. Plans are afoot to not renew the 100-year lease and instead transform the old pub into a sparkling new tourist trap. To make matters even worse, Patricia Spence, the love of Barry's life, announces she is trying to win a scholarship to distant Cambridge University, all the way in England.
Beautifully evocative of a gentler, simpler time, An Irish Country Village magically captures the charm, wit, and ribald humor of a vanished Irish countryside and its people.
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This book starts immediately after the first volume (An Irish Country Doctor) and is equally enjoyable. Sometimes a bit over the top with the description of minor acts the story itself develops beautifully. The characters resemble a mixture of original characters that one would probably not find in reality. Rural life in 1964 has a slower pace than now and the people seem approachable. Excerpts of human behaviour make this book amusing and entertaining.
There are generosity and revenge, new medical practices, lawsuits against doctors as a new form of sport, longing for not yet existing mobile phones, friendship, horse races, salmon rights, blackmail, love and anxiety to be found. Above all the story has a warm tone and you feel like curling up on a comfortable armchair in front of a fireplace to listen to this audio book.
There is a thin line between charm and kitsch and the author manages beautifully to stay on the interesting and readable side.
The Narrator reads the Northern Irish accent quite well and it sounds fairly authentic. I also loved the short interview with the author at the end.
<strong>Result: enjoyable and recommended.</strong>
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Sure those times are gone
Very charming, heartwarming tale of the Ireland long gone. I did love the northern Irish accent, the pace and the passion the narrator is displaying.
Certainly are really nice audio for a rainy weekend.