An Irish Country Girl

An Irish Country Girl

Book - 2009
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The New York Times bestselling tale of heartbreak and hope from the author of An Irish Country Doctor

Readers of Patrick Taylor's books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzled doctors in the colourful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a trusted fixture in the lives of those around her, and it often seems as though Kinky has always been there.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Some forty-odd years before and many miles to the south, the girl who would someday be Kinky Kincaid was Maureen O'Hanlon, a farmer's daughter growing up in the emerald hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious girl on the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head full of dreams, a heart open to romance, and something more: a gift for seeing beyond the ordinary into the mystic realm of fairies, spirits, and even the dreaded Banshee, whose terrifying wail she first hears on a snowynight in 1922. . . .

As she grows into a young woman, Maureen finds herself torn between love and her fondest aspirations, for the future is a mystery even for one blessed with the sight. Encountering both joy and sorrow, Maureen at last finds herself on the road to Ballybucklebo---and the strong and compassionate woman she was always destined to become.

An Irish Country Girl is another captivating tale by Patrick Taylor, a true Irish storyteller.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2009
ISBN: 9780765320711
Branch Call Number: FIC Tayl
Characteristics: 319p

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reeread
Oct 29, 2017

Took me quite some time to get into the story with its faeries and spirits. Evocative, descriptive, often melancholy, slightly eerie...

ontherideau Feb 04, 2016

Lovely Irish storytelling

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khnielsen
Sep 01, 2015

An Irish Country Girl is beautifully written, emotionally expressive, and considerably less in cost than an airline ticket to Ireland. Bonus feature: a terrific, and often amusing, glossary of words, sayings, and names graces the back pages of the book. I recommend that the reader begins his/her journey at the glossary.

Mr. Taylor's books are the rare type that one wants to read, reread, and then read again. They are full of vivid imagery, local color, folklore and fairie tales....can you tell that I heartily recommend his work?

mrsgail5756 Jan 22, 2014

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

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RockHeron
Jul 16, 2013

I enjoyed the Irish legends and mythology infused into a story that would have been good, but not nearly as good, without them. The third-person narration involves the reader so much that it seems sometimes to be first-person narration.

sablegirl Jan 16, 2013

Not as good as the first Patrick Taylor book I read but not terrible. I recommend it but it was a bit strange.

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SusieQ856
Feb 13, 2012

I didn't enjoy this book at all. It is one long Irish story told to children during Christmas by Mrs. Kincade. If you like Irish folk tales then you may enjoy this, otherwise don't bother to read it.

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SusieQ856
Feb 13, 2012

I didn't enjoy this book at all. It is one long Irish story told to children during Christmas by Mrs. Kincade. If you like Irish folk tales then you may enjoy this, otherwise don't bother to read it.

DanniOcean Jul 05, 2011

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette's Shelf Life column

DanniOcean Feb 01, 2010

Stratford Gazette Shelf Life for Feb. 5, 2010

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DanniOcean Feb 01, 2010

The Irish-doctor equivalent of James Herriot opens an Irish Country Girl at the exact moment is previous book, An Irish Country Christmas ends. In 1960’s Ulster, Doctors Laverty and O’Reilly are on their way to a Christmas party, being seen out the door by their housekeeper. But this novel is a departure from the ups and downs of the rural county practice of the doctors. Author Patrick Taylor picks up the tale of the housekeeper, Maureen “Kinky” Kincaid, as she welcomes a group of young carolers into the parlour and spins them the tale of a St. Stephen’s Day she experienced forty years before. In the 1920’s, the Great War is just over, but local belief in the Dubh Sidhe – the dark fairies – is still strong, especially for people like Kinky’s mother who has the gift of second sight. It is a talent she passes on to her daughter, for Kinky hears the banshee keening for her sister’s sweetheart, and when she does, her life changes forever. It is a gift that was not always welcome, however, and Kinky is also influenced by her teacher, Miss Toner. Miss Toner has fairly progressive ideas for women in 1920’s Catholic Ireland, like women having the vote, or having both careers and marriage. Knowledge of the ancient ones battles with Kinky’s hope for new ideas and the future, and she may find it unwise to ignore one at the expense of the other. Patrick Taylor has written another enjoyable novel rife with colourful local lore, language and characters, and he includes an excellent glossary of the local dialect and even some of Kinky’s own recipes to try, in case you want to sample the flavour of Ireland before his next book is published, which is rumoured to take up the threads of the doctors once more.

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