AN IRISH COUNTRY LOVE STORY by Patrick Taylor. Forge (www.tor-forge.com), 2016, 384 pp., $25.99. ISBN 978-0-7653-8272-6. Click here to purchase.
Author Patrick Taylor’s takes us back to Ireland in 1967 with his most recent installment in the Irish County series, AN IRISH COUNTRY LOVE STORY. The gang is all here again, and life marches on, mostly unruffled.
Love is in the air -- everywhere, it seems -- and some couples seem to be headed for the altar. A wrong turn yields an uninvited dining room guest, but also provides an opportunity for redecorating. To Kitty O’Reilly’s delight, that means new curtains for the same.
Still, with all the normalcy (or as normal as you can get in the town of Ballybucklebo), I couldn’t shake the feeling of “when will the other shoe drop?” Like something is brewing; could that something be a downturn in the love life of Dr. Barry Laverty? For the past several editions, I kept waiting for prior love Patricia to pop up again, or an accident to occur. Will Sue Nolan be no more? Let’s just say something feels odd.
If I’ve counted correctly, this book is the 12th of the series. Could it really be that many? One thing I really like about Taylor is he writes quickly and doesn’t keep us waiting too long between editions. Not being a writer, I really can’t say anything negative about the process. I’m sure it comes easier for some. But I just hate to wait years for a new edition! Not that it should matter much. Like most fans, I devour the book in a day or two and then pine for months.
From the first edition, the Irish County series has been a delight. Funny, mostly lovable and sometimes downright crazy characters populate the books, but with a warmth that just envelops you. The books should come with a warm cup of cocoa, a roaring fireplace and a worn but comfy robe and pair of slippers. They make a true escape from the stresses of life.
This series is Masterpiece TV-worthy. Come on, PBS!
Till that day, buy a copy and enjoy.