17332281See?  Told you I wouldn’t stay away so long.

Fingal O’Reilly, Irish Doctor is the 8th book in the Irish Country series.  It’s been three weeks since the events of Irish Country Wedding, and Dr. O’Reilly and the new Mrs. O’Reilly have returned home from their honeymoon to some new changes.

Mrs Kinky Kinkaid, at the end of the previous book, finally decided to let the ghost of her long drowned husband rest and start her love life over again with a local man.  And it seems that there might be another Irish country wedding in the near future.  Also, with Barry leaving to try his hand at specialization in gynecology (also at the end of the previous book) O’Reilly had to find a replacement, even if it was only temporary.  So he hired on a lovely young lady doctor Laura I think?  To fill Barry’s shoes for a wee bit until Barry decides if he wants to come back or not. 

And while the arrangement works splendidly for the household at Number One Main, it doesn’t go over so well at first with some of the residents, most notably the ratty councilor Bertie Bishops, who develops heart issues and put his own life at risk with his refusal to allow a female doctor to attend him.

The story of this installment is actually split between O’Reilly’s past and the events of his present.  As he goes about with these new changes in his life, he remembers back to when he was just starting his career as a general practitioner out in Belfast, and how he first courted and lost Kitty 30 years ago.

Believe it or not, I was actually more interested in the past than the present.  Like, I know everything will work out for the characters, they always do.  But what I was really craving was how all the characters came to be.  We already know Barry’s story as the first few books seemed to focus more on him than O’Reilly, and we know the basics of O’Reilly’s past, but this fleshes out his tale and his character more, and I just loved it.

The next and 9th in this series is The Wiley O’Reilly, and I cannot wait to see what that one has in store.  But before we move on to book 9 if the Irish Country series, let’s move on to book 9 of Ja No Read Mo 2017! Pharaoh by Wilbur Smith is next.

Pharaoh Tamose lies mortally wounded. The ancient city of Luxor is surrounded, All seems lost.

Taita, advisor to the Pharaoh, prepares for the enemy’s final, fatal push. The ex-slave, now general of Tamose’s armies, is never more ingenious than when all hope is dashed. And this is Egypt’s most desperate hour.

With the timely arrival of an old ally, the tide is turned and the Egyptian army feasts upon its retreating foe. But upon his victorious return to Luxor, Taita is seized and branded a traitor. Tamose is dead and a poisonous new era has begun. The new Pharaoh has risen — and he must be stopped…