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An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  1,930 ratings  ·  282 reviews
Readers of Patrick Taylor’s books know Mrs. Kinky Kincaid as the unflappable housekeeper who looks after two frequently frazzleddoctors 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 ma
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Forge Books (first published December 29th 2009)
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June Ahern
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
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
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
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.
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
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

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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Staci by: ARC
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2. Words to describe the book: Irish to the core with a healthy dose of storytelling

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* 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This was my first I.C.D, almost didn't continue.
Maureen 'Kinky' Kincaid, Dr. O'Reilly's housekeeper, grew up in County Cork. She was the youngest daughter of a farming family, and has inherited the 'sight' from her mother. At the beginning of the book, she tells a story about the St. Stephen's Day ghost to the local children. The ghost was someone she and her family knew when Kinky was a girl. While preparing the Christmas dinner for the Doctors, she reminisces about meeting the fisherman Paudeen Kincaid,her true love, and their brief marriag ...more
I wasn't going to read this book right now because I was suffering from author fatigue, but it came up to be my turn at the library and I didn't have anything pressing to read. I'm glad I did. This book is quite different from Patrick Taylor's other books I have read. This is the story of how Mrs. Kinky Kincaid, housekeeper to the doctors in Taylor's other books, became fey and got "the sight". It is a wonderful story, told through a story that Mrs. Kincaid tells to visiting children, and then t ...more
Patrick Taylor goes to a slightly different location & time in his fourth "Irish Country" novel, in order to tell the story of Dr. O'Reilly's much-loved housekeeper, Mrs. "Kinky" Kincaid. Told from the perspective of Kinky herself as she tells a Christmas day ghost story to a group of local children out caroling in order to give them a chance to warm up & have a snack, the story takes place in a small village in County Cork, at the opposite end of Ireland, in the 1920's. It's a very diff ...more
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Gail Cooke
Narrator Terry Donnelly is a deft voice performer who easily segues between accents from American to English to Irish. And when her text calls for Irish her voice is as authentically Irish as it can be. Her accent is true, crisp, and her voice is often lyrical as she switches to different characters by changing pitch. Thus, her reading of the fourth in Patrick Taylor's Irish Country series is a delight.

With AN IRISH COUNTRY GIRL we learn more about a favorite character, Kinky Kincaid, housekeep
Michelle Pape
I won this book on our GoodReads give away! I was so pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. Having never read any other of Patrick Taylor previous works, I was concerned that the story would contain holes which could have only been filled by reading the preceding stories. But happily, this was not the case. I love books about ordinary people. Ordinary people who experience extra ordinary moments along the road from birth to death. Moments,that I believe create "Their finest hour". Thes ...more
This is the fourth book in the Irish Country series. I haven't read the previous three so I wasn't sure what to expect. The story starts out in Ballybucklebo in Ireland during 1964. It's Christmas day and Kinky Kincaid, housekeeper/cook to Dr.O'Reilly is getting ready to cook dinner. A group of young children had been carolling outside and Kinky invites them in for hot drinks and a snack. While they are eating, she tells them the story of St. Stephens day ghost, complete with banshees, faeries a ...more
An Irish Country Girl was a fun, quick read. It took me some time to finish the book because I had to keep putting it down to do homework and tend to my family. Every time I had to put the book down I kept thinking about the characters and what would happen to them next. I thought Patrick Taylor did a good job with writing this story. He starts out having Mrs. Kinky Kincaid telling children a story she expierenced when she was a teen and then when the kids go home, the story is continued with he ...more
Iowa City Public Library
Patrick Taylor’s new book focuses on Kinky Kinkaid, who was once known as Maureen O’Hanlon, and her story about growing up in the 1920s in County Cork, Ireland. Readers who have followed the series know that Kinky Kinkaid is the quirky housekeeper for Drs. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and Barry Laverty who has the gift of foretelling the future and runs a tight house. In her early years, Kinky was a feisty honors student who was determined to strike a balance in her life between a career and love. ...more
This one gets a firm four stars from me. I probably wouldn't have read it if I hadn't won it from Goodreads' Firstreads. I got an advance copy to look over and review for promotional purposes. I had not read all the books in the Irish Country series, but I did read the one just before this, An Irish Country Christmas. I liked that one okay, but not enough to make me want to read the rest of the stories. This one, though, was more my cup of tea. I'm really glad I didn't miss out on this story. It ...more
Mrs. Maureen Kincaid is an amazing house-keeper who looks after the welfare of her two doctors in Ballybucklebo. They don't question anything about her, they just accept that she has their best interests at heart, she cooks and looks after them as a mother would. And in their insensitive manner, they simply don't give a thought to anything before Kinky, if she existed before, they have not ever asked the question, except maybe what the next meal would be. Thoroughly cossetted by their Kinky. Thi ...more
Like her father before and like the author himself, Kinky Kincaid is a gifted seanachie or storyteller and her skill is amply displayed in this fourth Irish Country book. The book opens on Christmas day, as Kinky sees her beloved doctors out the door and welcomes some small, caroling travelers inside to listen to her tell the story of her childhood in County Cork and her encounters with the St. Stephen's Day Ghost. Using magical language that captivates both the children and the reader, Kinky we ...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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