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.
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by Patrick Taylor
"Taylor's novel starts slowly as Maureen Kincaid tells a group of children a ghost story. As the story she tells sparks memories of her youth, Terry Donnelly's reading gradually enchants listeners as much as it does Maureen's fictional audience. Donnelly's Irish brogue creates a strong sense of place. He's especially good at emphasizing emotion: the warmth with which the woman who once dreamed of teaching tells her tale, the worry with which she first greets her psychic gift, or the sadness with which she remembers her late husband. Nostalgia, the lost dreams of youth, and a mystical world of spirits combine to keep listeners spellbound. J.A.S. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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