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 40-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 snowy night 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.
©2009 Ballybucklebo Stories Corp. (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
A wonderful picture into the life of Kinky Kincade, the lovable and fey housekeeper of No. 1 Main Street. The story is well written with doses of Irish lore, humor, drama, and unexpected twists in the plot.
The narration is disappointing and takes away from the beauty of the story. I am glad it was narrated by a female; but, her character voices were strained most of the time and had a whining, pleading quality during the male voice scenes. It was very difficult to listen to and I was tempted to stop listening and just read the book. There was very little change in emotion and very little difference in the voices of the characters.
I noticed several readers were disappointed by the first couple of chapters of this book. Unfortunately, they had not read the earlier books. To me it is a treat to learn Kinky's story. She is a very important character in the series. Now I know about her hopes and dreams, her childhood and young adult life. She is a lovely person who has adapted to hardships. And as the saying goes has made lemonade out of the lemons. So ...
The story was not consistent with Taylor's previous books and the reader was not nearly as compelling as the reader of the other books. You can skip this book and miss nothing in the overall series.
The story was an aberration from the main series, going back to tell Kinky's story — except it focused almost exclusively on fables and told little of Kinky's life and background. The other stories are so well told and compelling; this was drudgery to listen to.
She sounded at times like an American trying to impersonate an Irishman. The previous reader is far superior and engaging.
Rich and/or Lynn
I don't usually more than once.
Mrs. Kinkaid's storytelling to the village children on Christmas Day before she served dinner. Equally wonderful was her own story from a young girl to her marriage to Mr. Kincaid.
No I haven't
The main character's dreams to become a teacher as well as her visions. Secondly, her older sister and her love, Connor.
This book takes up right at the end of "An Irish Country Christmas."
I would recommend this to a friend because I would love to talk about the story.
When (story spoiler) Paudeen came home.
Yes, this book was amazing as Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the storyteller. Thank you for providing us a little bit of a background of Kinky. She is fabulous!
Mrs. Kinky Kincaid told the story to the children in detail and seamless, as only a seasoned storyteller could do. One needs time to develop a good story and I am glad the author took that time.
it was good but it was about kinky kinkade. And it was a story and the story it really had nothing to do with the doctors
I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to this book. But I went ahead and I am really glad I did. It's a great addition to the Irish country Doctor series. Full of ghost and fairies!
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