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An Irish Country Girl

(Irish Country #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  4,466 ratings  ·  533 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
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Forge (first published December 29th 2009)
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Honestly not much to say. This is still my favorite in the series next to the first book in this series. Even though events take place around Christmas, this is a great book to read around Halloween or during the cold winter months.

Previous review.
I read this for 12 Tasks of the Festive Season: Task the Third: The Holiday Party:
-Read a book where a celebration is a big part of the action. Examples would include holiday parties, country house hunting/weekend parties, weddings, etc.

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June Ahern
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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
Two stars might appear that I didn't like this, but since GR scale for a two-star rating is "it was okay" fits my evaluation of this fourth book, I'll leave it there. I love the character of Kinky in the series, but I found my interest fading with this book about her. Now I'm ready and eager to get back to the main story with An Irish Country Courtship. ...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
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bit of a slow start as we're introduced to all of the kids listening to Kinky's story but really picks up partway through and then held my attention all the way to the end. It was great to learn about Kinky's past and of her relationship with Paudeen. Looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't expect the departure from the main story line. I like Kinky, but didn't expect an entire book to be written from her perspective. I felt I had a pretty decent understanding of Kinky and her past without an entire book about her. Hoping the next in the series returns to the perspective and style of the first 3. ...more
Kristin Eoff
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was another enjoyable installment in the Irish Country series. It largely departs from the main story of the Ballybucklebo characters, but Kinky's backstory is very interesting, with more than a touch of the supernatural. I just wish the ending had been a little more fleshed out. It has a great story of how Maureen wants to be a teacher, and then suddenly she gets a job as housekeeper for the doctors and forgets all about wanting to be a teacher, with little explanation. I know that life ha ...more
Oct 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
After 3/4 of the book, I just skipped to the end, very boring book. I haven't read any of the series, thought this book should stand alone. Thought I would get a feel for Ireland in the 1920s.

The first 1/3 of the book is Kinky telling a story to a group of children. It really interrupts the flow of the story, set in the past, when suddenly this happens. "That's what my dad says" said Colin. I would have to stop. Who is Colin? Is he in the past in the story? Oh, wait, he's a kid in the present li
Elisha (lishie)
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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 the feeli ...more
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book in the Irish Country series focuses on the life of Maureen "Kinky" Kincaid the woman of all work for Doctor O'Reilly. It shows more of how some of the Irish still believe in the Sidhe, and those who feel that the paranormal touch them, so it has a bit of a supernatural bent. Kinky was originally from a farming family in what is now The Republic of Ireland, she was a girl who wanted more that what most girls could have in the '20's. She wanted a family and a profession, in a time where ...more
Dec 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Georgiann Hennelly
Jan 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Casey Samollow
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not nearly as good as the rest of the series (and side note- the narrator for these is not nearly as great as the man who did the first three books on tape).
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I find it interesting that this was the next book on my reading shelve and I read it on Halloween. The supernatural and Irish superstition are a large part of the plot. It is great to get the back story of one of the characters in this series. Some of the Irish traditions I knew while others I did not.
Oct 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Well written yarn about the country doctor's housekeeper before she became his housekeeper. Lots of Irish "ins & outs" of their colorful expressions with a large glossary at the end to better help us understand what they are saying. ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you like folklore the first half of this book will interest you. This book tells the story of a young Mrs. Kincaid, Maureen (Kinky) who eventually becomes the Doc's housekeeper. She has a special gift of being able to sense things that others cannot. She has many dreams growing up of what she wants to do with her life; she wants to be a teacher. When she meets and falls in love with Paudeen, she finds she may have to choose between marriage and a teaching career. During these times, it is unt ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I want to get a book on Irish lore fore sure!
Avery Watkins
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another good book in the series! I enjoyed taking a step away from the two doctors and learning all about Kinky and her life.
Laura Edwards
Nov 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Are usually like these books but this is the one that I could not get through at all. There was no real medical stuff or no new adventures for the two doctors and that’s mainly what I read these books for so so far this is my least favorite book of the series.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have enjoyed all the books I've read so far by Patrick Taylor but this one I REALLY enjoyed. I had a hard time putting it down. Though I don't personally believe in ghosts and faeries and such as is in the book, I found it fascinating and interesting. I loved having the Glossary in the back with all the Irish words and meanings. I was surprised that most of them I could figure out the meaning before looking it up! ...more
Jan 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Henrik Havighorst
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Boy do I love a good rural ghost story, especially when paired with a heart-warming tale of love and loss with that beautiful Irish language that soothes my souls and tickles my linguist bone. Lovely tale!
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
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

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
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Nancy Black
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 and
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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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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