17332254So this is a nifty little coinky dink. An Irish Country Wedding by Patrick Taylor is the seventh book in the Irish Country series, and also the seventh books for Ja No Read Mo 2017!

And I am so glad that it is.  It has been a long time since I last visited Ballybucklebo, I’ll try not to stay away so long next time.

So for those unfamiliar with this series, it’s all about country life in Ireland, as lived by two doctors.  Dr. Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly has been practicing in the small village of Ballybucklebo for 19years, when fresh out of med school Dr. Barry Laverty comes along to give the life of a country GP (general practitioner) a try.  They experience their share of ups and downs, and this is the latest installment (for me at least) of their adventures.

For those who follow the series, it’s about four months after the events of Irish Country Courtship and we follow our two doctors around as they prepare for the next big steps in their lives.  Fingal and Kitty have been romantically reunited after 30 long years, and they’re finally getting married here in Irish Country Wedding.  Barry is slowly but surely getting over having his heart broken by one Patricia Spence, a task made easier by a young school marm named Sue Nolan while he prepares to leave the practice for a time to get some specialization training and see if he would prefer that to being a country GP. But a huge wrench is thrown in the works early on when their housekeeper Kinky Kinkaid is taken ill, hospitalized, and operated on.

Aside from these big events we see the usual tricks of small town life in Ballybucklebo.  Barry saves the life of a pet ferret, acidentally costs a local her job but he and O’Riley are able to get her another, Kinky finally warms up to Kitty and no longer feels threatened in her home.

All in all a lovely read, not sure what took me so long to come back to this series but I’m glad I did.  I fell in love with the language of the writing and the locals all over again, and aside from a few dull spots where they go on for a page or two on Irish history where is seems the author is trying to educate, I thoroughly enjoyed Irish Country Wedding and look forward to the next one.

But not yet!  Next up we have the eigth book for Ja No Read Mo 2017, and at this rate I think I’ll make and beat my goal of 13 books for the month!  The Angels Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon is next.

4912857In this powerful, labyrinthian thriller, David Martín is a pulp fiction writer struggling to stay afloat. Holed up in a haunting abandoned mansion in the heart of Barcelona, he furiously taps out story after story, becoming increasingly desperate and frustrated; thus, when he is approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems almost too good to be real, David leaps at the chance. But as he begins the work, and after a visit to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes there is a connection between his book and the shadows that surround his dilapidated home and that the publisher may be hiding a few troubling secrets of his own. Once again, Ruiz Zafón ventures into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a breathtaking tale of intrigue, romance, and tragedy.