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An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  2,831 Ratings  ·  365 Reviews
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 m
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Forge Books (first published December 29th 2009)
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June Ahern
Feb 09, 2011 June Ahern rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Taylor’s “Irish Country Girl” begins with Kinky (Mrs. Maureen Kincaid) inviting some little Christmas carolers indoors for hot black-current juice and a colorful scary folklore told in the way only a Celtic storyteller could. The excitement of the children mixed with Kinky’s Irish lilt is so enticing that I soon fell under Taylor’s Irish spell, settling back to hear (read) the tale of Connor MacTaggart and the Sidthe (pronounced “shee”) – the faeries in the Country Cork. The story is bea ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 24, 2010 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: The Irish Country Doctor series has been on my tbr list for a while and when I had an offer to read this fourth book, which can also be read as a stand-alone, I jumped at the chance to get my feet wet with the series.

Summary: This fourth book in the series takes a different direction than the other books by centering on Maureen Kincaid, housekeeper/cook for two country doctors in the 1960s. The book actually takes place during a few hours near the end of Book Three while Maur
It's over a year since I read this book and wrote this review, but I just realised I never posted the review!

I was initially disappointed when I realised that this book, the fourth in the Irish Country series, was not a continuation of the ups and downs of life in Ballybucklebo for Barry Laverty, but a recounting of the young Mrs Kincaid “Kinky”, housekeeper extraordinaire for Drs O’Reilly and Laverty - specifically it is a story of how she saw the St Stephen’s Day ghost (twice) and how she came
Dec 14, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Irish Country Girl (Patrick Taylor)
Novel. I really enjoyed this read. First I admit I love to read stories set in other countries, also add a bit of "magic" and add a few recipes at the end and I am hooked. This story is set in Ireland and tell of the "gift" or "curse" that Marueen O'Hannlon "Kinky" Kincaid has. She tells the story of how she discovered her "fey" ability. She seems to be able to foresee things of the future. When she encounters a gypsy woman the path of Maureen seems to be se
Nancy Black
Jan 31, 2010 Nancy Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a superior read. Did you ever want to stand atop of a huge hill and shout of Joy? Well I did when I finished this novel.

Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid, what gallant & bewitching tales this lass can spin and weave. A tapestry of colors, seasons, and rare tales of the wee folks and more.

Happiness, sadness, joy, tears, all intermingle to let us view Irish Mythology, told in the first person of Maureen KINKY Kincaid.

Kinky was a scholar destined for teaching, but along the way she met
Georgiann Hennelly
This is a story about a girl a farmers daughter growing up in the emerald hills and glens of county cork. she has a head full of dreams , a heart open to romance and something more a gift for seeing beyond the ordinary. into the mistic world of fairies, spirts, and even the dreaded Banshee, as she grows into a young women she finds herself torn between love and her fondest aspirations. an interesting and very enjoyable coming of age story.
Mar 05, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back from another pleasant trip to Ballybucklebo, Ireland and each visit has been a joy. This time it was the back story of Kinky Kincaid, housekeeper to Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and his young assistant, Dr. Barry Laverty. The story tells of Kinky's family, her schooling, her dreams, her part of Ireland and how she came to be in Ballybucklebo far from her home. I admit that when the story opened I was concerned that I would not like it as well as the others. Kinky Is telling a tale of the b ...more
Laura Bang
(2.5 stars)

I was initially excited when I heard about this book because while I enjoy the Irish Country series, I find the main narrator to be really annoying, so I was looking forward to taking a break from him to spend some time getting to know Kinky better.

Unfortunately, that didn't work out quite as well as I'd hoped.

For one thing, this story takes too long. There's only really enough for half the length of the book, so I spent a lot of time kind of bored. I mean, I'm not expecting dramatic
Jan 28, 2010 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Kinky Kincaid, a housekeeper for two doctors in the northern Irish town of Ballybucklebo. Kinky was born Maureen O’Hanlon to a farmer and grew up in the county of Cork far to the south.

It is Christmas afternoon when Kinky gathers a group of children into the lounge for a story about her adolescence. It all started the year she was fourteen on a wintry day. Connor MacTaggart, their neighbour had helped with a sheep instead of hauling in more peat to keep himself warm. Connor
Feb 02, 2010 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I will admit that I have not read the other books in the Irish Country Doctors series. I own them, but they are buried in my TBR pile. Soon to see the light of day, now that I have had a chance to wander through the enchanting world that Mr Taylor creates with his words.

In An Irish Country Girl, I am introduced to Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid. All I know of her as I start reading is that she is the beloved housekeeper for the good doctors of Ballybucklebo (say
Jul 29, 2010 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: ARC
Shelves: 2010-reads
2. Words to describe the book: Irish to the core with a healthy dose of storytelling

3. Location or characters you met:

* Maureen 'Kinky" Kincaid: A housekeeper for the doctor in the village of Ballybucklebo. She is getting the house ready for Christmas dinner and in the course of the day she tells the young children stories about fairies, spirits, and the banshee. Once the children leaves, she takes a break and spends time with the memories of her family, her dreams and ambitions, and how she ha
Aug 18, 2010 Teri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the most recent in the series by Taylor about Dr. Laverty, who arrives in the tiny northern Ireland town of Ballybucklebo during the early 1960s. Unlike the first 3 novels, however, which trace Dr. Laverty's adventures, this novel focuses on the housekeeper, Maureen Kincaid, affectionately called Kinky. Kinky is "fey" -- she sometimes sees into the future because she has a unique Irish gift. As Kinky is preparing Christmas dinner for the doctors and their guests, she tells a St. Stephen' ...more
This is between 3 and 4 stars. I loved the sense of place the author created. It made me want to visit Ireland. It was painted in a charming way. I think the characters also were painted in that same way because they exhibited the same charm. They were likable, but the reason for 3 stars and not 4 is that the story was singular in focus. I liked the beginning with the woman telling the kids a great story that included ghosts.....then it shifted to romance, which isn't my favorite thing.
Elisha (lishie)
I got this as a Goodreads, First Read, which makes me excited. But, I'm having a hard time reviewing this one... I'll fess up- it's not my usual "type" of fiction to read... what, with fairies, spirits & banshees & all. It only has a teeny tiny bit o' "historical-ness" to it... Also, some of the dialogue seems repetitive which may just be the Irish way of speaking. That being said... as I began the story, I thought, oh no, how am I going to get through this book? The "tale" begins with t ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: patrick-taylor
This is the fourth book in this series. This book is about the life of their housekeeper and cook, Mrs. Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid. On Christmas day, several school children singing Carols are invited in to hear Mrs. Kincaid's story. First she has them sit around her, (quite pleased that the boys took the floor, so the girls could sit on the chairs.) Then she gives them homemade sweet mince pies and hot black-current juice and begins her story about a young girl, Maureen, a farmer's daughter growin ...more
Feb 06, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very different from the books I usually read. The story begins as a tale being told to children and the author uses all of the story tellers techniques to pull the reader in. My Grandmother left Donegal around that time so I loved all the details about the Irish way of life during the time period.
The story was a little bit spooky, a little bit sad, but with a satisfying ending.
I have not read any other books by this author, so I was not familiar with the grown up Kingy as a Housekeepe
Dec 19, 2010 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My second foray into the Irish Village/doctor series. This book departs, however, from the doctors and delves into the early life of their cook/housekeeper, "Kinky" Maureen Kincaid.

If you've read any of the series, (and I myself only read one before this book), you learn/know Kinky is
fey - or has the sight. Basically, she is physic an an see into the future.

This book focuses on how and when she came into her gift (or curse, depending on how you look at it). It is a very poignant story and ver
Jul 12, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story! I quite liked it, but I may have liked it more if I had read the other books first. I want to pick them up now and read more about the doctor and Kinky. I loved the writing style and hearing all the cool Celtic words thrown in!
Dianna Shimizu
Jan 17, 2016 Dianna Shimizu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No matter how many times I read this series, I always get something new out of it which makes them even more enjoyable.
May 24, 2011 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished "An Irish Country Girl" by Patrick Taylor. I have in mind a story I would like to write that includes fae-folk, so in the meantime, I picked this one up from the library. It would've been several hundred words shorter with the word "so" removed! Unfortunately, the story only started talking about the Sidthe ("shee"), and then for much of it, they were no more than a bit part. It was otherwise a love story bordering on romance novel. The ending was much like the ending of some stories I' ...more
Jun 12, 2015 Larissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fourth book in the series takes a different direction than the other books by centering on Maureen Kincaid, housekeeper/cook for two country doctors in the 1960s. The book actually takes place during a few hours near the end of Book Three while Maureen is at home preparing Christmas dinner and the doctors have gone out. During this time Mrs. Kincaid reflects back on her earlier life in the 1920s, specifically following the years she was fourteen to eighteen years-old. The book tells the sto ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The fourth book of the "Irish Country" series in publication order, this is the first of the three books I missed when I skipped from An Irish Country Christmas to An Irish Country Wedding. The fact that it mostly takes place in a flashback helps to explain my sense of not having missed anything vital to series continuity.

It's Christmas 1965 and Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid is making a special dinner for Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and his assistant, Dr. Barry Laverty, at No. 1 Main Street, Ballybu
H.l. Anderson
Jan 31, 2015 H.l. Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going in, I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. Only because it suddenly deviates from the life of O'Reilly and Barry and jumps to the life of Kinky Kincaid.

Well, it's more about Kinky's past. It starts out with Kinky having just sent the doctors off to a Christmas party while staying behind to cook their Christmas dinner. A group of carolers show up and Kinky invites them in for snacks.

The children beg for a story and Kinky tells them a story from when she was a girl. She wasn't always
Yves Brunet
Jun 21, 2015 Yves Brunet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I skipped this book and read An Irsh Country Christmas and went straight to An Irish Country Courtship. It seemed to me like I had not missing anything. To my surprise, I found out about the existence of this book and that It took place in between both books mentioned earlier. This book takes place in about 8 hours where Mrs. Kincaid tells a story about her childhood to a bunch of kids. It then continues as she is cooking Christmas dinner for her two doctors. At first it was a story about Irish ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Callie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I realize I read this book out of order. I picked it up at the library randomly because it's close to St. Patty's Day, and I thought reading a book about Ireland would be fun. And if it was good, I reasoned, I could go back and read the first three. I'm on the fence about the first three, but I will read the first one.

After having visited Ireland, this was such an enjoyable read. The storytelling is excellent, and the characters are entertaining and undoubtedly Irish. There's a fair amount of G
Paula Dembeck
This is the fourth book in the Irish Country series and takes a different approach from the first three. Those who have already enjoyed the first three volumes in the series cannot help but become endeared to Kinky Kincaid, Fingal and Barry‘s solid and reliable housekeeper, who not only cooks fabulous mouth watering meals, but also keeps the entire household ticking like a well-oiled clock. In past stories we have come to know that Kinky was once married to a fisherman who lost his life at sea. ...more
Betty Strohecker
An Irish Country Girl is the story of Mrs. Kinky Kincaid, housekeeper, cook, friend, and confident to Drs. Fingal O'Reilly and Barry Laverty. Heretofore, readers were familiar with Kinky's steadfast loyal support and care of her two doctors. This book goes back in time to 1922 when Kinky was a young girl in County Cork growing into womanhood and finding a sweetheart. She was known to have 'the sight' which proved true on one fateful night. Filled with Irish folklore, stories of fairies and bansh ...more
Although I enjoyed discovering so much more about the background and history of Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid, I was not as drawn to this novel as I have been with the ones about Doctors O'Reilly and Laverty. It was interesting to read how her mystic powers developed and how they intertwined with her own growing up story, how her parents and siblings interacted with her, especially her sister Fidelma, how she met her future husband, and how she came to be so happily situated in her present employment. ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Patrick Taylor's Ballybucklebo and its cast of quirky but lovable characters. As such, I was annoyed that book #4 veered off from the village to tell the backstory of Kinky Kincaid, Dr. O'Reilly's housekeeper. However, once I gave it a chance, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easily read as a stand-alone, one needs no knowledge from the rest of the series to enjoy this book. It tells of the young Maureen growing up in County Cork. We meet her parents, her siblings, her one true love - even ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Joanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing read. I am a big fan of Patrick Taylor's Irish Country series, but this book did nothing for me. The previous three books were much better. I found it to be very slow moving and boring. I want to read all the books in order, so I persisted, hoping to gain more insight into Kinky's character. I can't really pinpoint what the problem was, because most of the book is well-written. The descriptions are good, and technically, the book is well-written. Perhaps it is just the subject ...more
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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Girl, and An Irish Country Courtship. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one
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