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An Irish Country Girl: A Novel | [Patrick Taylor]

An Irish Country Girl: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Connie 07-06-10
    Connie 07-06-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Stick with it!"

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia Fulton, MO, United States 07-12-11
    Marcia Fulton, MO, United States 07-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Shanachie"

    If you like Irish folktales, this is a book for you. Just sit back and listen to the entertaining story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 05-28-13
    Mark Corrales, NM, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2003
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    "If you are looking for Ballybucklebo it's not here"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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!


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Taylor’s story?

    Boring, a story about a kid chopping down a tree drags on forever and ever. Get over it--it's a tree!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator appears to be faking an Irish accent. I liked the male reader of the other books in this series much better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No, none that I can see.


    Any additional comments?

    skip this one and read the Irish Country Doctor, Dublin City Student, and Irish Country Village.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra raleigh, NC, United States 12-06-12
    Debra raleigh, NC, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Love this series"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S tucson, AZ, United States 01-23-10
    S tucson, AZ, United States 01-23-10 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Wounderful!!!!!!!"

    I makes me homesick for Ireland altho I've never been there.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Marshall, MI, United States 09-17-14
    Jeff Marshall, MI, United States 09-17-14 Member Since 2012

    Most of my reading/listening is research for the novel I'm working on, which takes place in Ireland and Chicago.

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    "Best of the Series"
    What made the experience of listening to An Irish Country Girl the most enjoyable?

    This one is steeped in Irish lore and culture, and Terry Donnelly does an amazing job with the accents, characters and dramatic delivery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Irish Country Girl?

    The story of how a young man's losing tussle with the mysterious shape-shifting Shee for cutting down a blackthorn tree was memorable, as was the story of how Kinky Kincade came to be with the love of her life, a County Cork fisherman named Paudeen.


    Have you listened to any of Terry Donnelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my only experience with Terry Donnelly's narration, but I'd love to hear more from her, especially an Irish setting.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I can't listen to anything for more than an hour, but I'd listen to this longer than most.


    Any additional comments?

    Did I mention this is the best of the series?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 05-12-14
    Vickie Oakley andalusia, al 05-12-14 Member Since 2011

    book keeper

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    "Love this story line of Kinky Kincaid"
    Where does An Irish Country Girl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the story line that Patrick Taylor has developed from the original series of Bally Buckle Bo.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of An Irish Country Girl?

    When she discovered her gift of sight.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The night the "Sheperd" rescued then young man and led him to Kinky's house.


    If you could rename An Irish Country Girl, what would you call it?

    I would not want to rename the book. An Irish Country Girl is the perfect title.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to see additional writings based on Kinky Kincaid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly United States 11-30-13
    Holly United States 11-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This series You will be disappointed by narrator"
    What would have made An Irish Country Girl better?

    Love the series but couldn't listen to this narrator. Ruined the series for me


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patrick Taylor again?

    yes


    What didn’t you like about Terry Donnelly’s performance?

    I didn't care for it. It ruined the series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry 09-22-13
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    "Not up to par"
    Would you try another book from Patrick Taylor and/or Terry Donnelly?

    Yes, I have read other books in this series and will go on to the rest.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The next in the series.


    What didn’t you like about Terry Donnelly’s performance?

    Although the varied children's voices were good, the overall performance was without much emotion.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Sorry, but no.


    Any additional comments?

    I am very disappointed in this book. I am absolutely hooked on the series and the characters in the village. It would have been nice to hear Kinky's story done well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    RV 09-14-13
    RV 09-14-13

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    "Agree with many other reviewers."
    What did you like best about An Irish Country Girl? What did you like least?

    I didn't care at all for the story line of this book, but I was prepared since I had read other reviews that were disappointed with the story line. It was such a departure from the rest of the series, I had a hard time finishing it.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll still continue to read the series. For the most part, it has been delightful!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Rambling vegetarianism!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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!


    Would you recommend An Irish Country Girl to your friends? Why or why not?

    No see above


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    As the story rambled on very slowly this would be impossible


    What character would you cut from An Irish Country Girl?

    Kinky Kincaid


    Any additional comments?

    None

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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