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
I was undeterred by all of the reviews I had read here and purchased this book. It was my first by this author. The first few chapters, when Kinky is telling her story to the children is very off-putting and, to be honest, I almost abandoned it in agreement with the negative reviews. However, I stuck with it and ended up enjoying this book very much! Definitely worth it if you persist past the first few chapters.
If the author had stuck with the characters and town that the other books in this series are about. This one is a boring long winded story, told to some kids by housekeeper Kinky Kincaid. Some demons or spirits didn't want her neighbor, when she was a young woman, to chop down a tree. So he chops down the tree and now ooooh scary, all these supernatural things are happening. I think Patrick Taylor had a left over short story in his files and thought he could make it part of this series by having good ol Kinky tell the story within the story. Its a huge disappointment!
Boring, a story about a kid chopping down a tree drags on forever and ever. Get over it--it's a tree!
Narrator appears to be faking an Irish accent. I liked the male reader of the other books in this series much better.
No, none that I can see.
skip this one and read the Irish Country Doctor, Dublin City Student, and Irish Country Village.
At first I was disappointed that the narrater was different to the previous books in the series but this is Kinky's story and Terry Donnelly did a great job. I enjoyed getting to know Kinky and her family. Now knowing her story will I've no doubt make the remaining books even more enjoyable.
I have enjoyed every minute if the Irish Country Doctor series by Patrick Taylor. I will say that this was my least favorite of all the books but evem with that said, I still loved it.It was great to have a backstory on the lovable houskeeper, Kinky Kencaid. I also would have preferred that the same narrator had read this book. It was a little disconderting for Kinky to have a new voice. Thank you Mr. Taylor for many hours of enjoyment.
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.
More meat in the storyline , less rambling on! Compared to the others in the series this was like a story written to a deadline rather than to any level of quality. Any literate person could have conjured this out of the other books in the series without stretching their creativity . Poor effort!
No see above
As the story rambled on very slowly this would be impossible
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