This week I'm listening to An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor. This is the third novel in Taylor's Irish Country series (I read the first two before I started blogging, so no reviews here).
It's been one year since Barry Laverty received his diploma from Queen's University in Belfast. Instead of staying in the city and becoming a high-powered specialist, he has joined the household and practice of one Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, where he is learning that being a country GP takes more skills than just doctoring.
In 1964, the village of Ballybucklebo is still very traditionally country but close enough to Belfast to take advantage of the latest trends. The older folks are charmingly old-fashioned but not totally removed from modern life. If you want to travel to a simpler time in an Ireland beyond the familiar conflicts, stop by and visit the quirky patients of the doctors at 1 Main Street.
The Tea. I'm drinking Stash Tea's White Christmas, which is one of my favorite teas. The company describes it as a "unique blend of white tea, cool peppermint, and a hint of ginger." It is a perfect tea for a winter's night, with just the right amount of spice and sweet.
The Assessment. Barry and his girlfriend might try a white tea, if they could find one in Belfast in the 1960s. But Mrs. Kincaid, the housekeeper, would likely poo-poo such a fancy concoction in favor of something more familiar, such as a good Irish breakfast tea. On the other hand, could it be a better match? White Christmas tea for a book that takes place during the Christmas season.
Now it's your turn: What are you reading or listening to this week? What's in your mug or glass?
An Irish Country Christmas at Amazon
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Thursday Tea is hosted by Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog. Here's how it works: Tell us what tea you are drinking (and if you like it). And then tell us what book are you reading (and if you like it). Finally, tell us if they go together.
Source: Review copy (see review policy).
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.