I like reading "deep" and "heavy" books. I love history, biographies and really intense novels. But occasionally I need just a good story and I found it with An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor and the best part of it is that it's part of a series!
Here's the synopsis from the authors web site:
"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."
There's no great controversy or dilemma in the book. It's just a good story about life in small town Northern Ireland in the 1960's. Patrick Taylor is masterful at character development and putting his reader right in the moment. You will love all of the unique personalities that make up this entertaining story. It's all delivered with the wonderful Irish accent of narrator, John Keating.