His best yet! Taylor tells the story of the housekeepers youth in Country Cork. The tale is full of customs and lore and is a delightful read. — Karen Frank
January 2010 Indie Next List
“In An Irish Country Girl, we return to Ballybucklebo and listen in as fey Kinky Kincaid, the housekeeper who smoothes the life of the village's doctors, weaves a tale based on memories of her earlier years in Cork, her family, the ghost that haunts the high hill, and her young dreams.”
— Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA
The "New York Times" bestselling tale of heartbreak and hope from the author of "An Irish Country Doctor "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 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.
About the Author
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," 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 years. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.