By Patrick Taylor
Readers of Patrick Taylor’s books recognize Mrs. Kinky Kincaid because the unflappable housekeeper who takes care of usually frazzled doctors within the vibrant Irish village of Ballybucklebo. She is a relied on fixture within the lives of these round her, and it usually turns out as if Kinky has constantly been there.Nothing might be further from the truth.Some forty-odd years prior to and plenty of miles to the south, the woman who could sometime be Kinky Kincaid was once Maureen O’Hanlon, a farmer’s daughter becoming up within the emerald hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious woman at the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head jam-packed with desires, a middle open to romance, and whatever extra: a present for seeing past the normal into the mystic realm of fairies, spirits, or even the scary Banshee, whose terrifying wail she first hears on a snowy evening in 1922. . . .As she grows right into a younger lady, Maureen reveals herself torn among love and her fondest aspirations, for the longer term is a secret even for one blessed with the sight. Encountering either pleasure and sorrow, Maureen finally reveals herself at the street to Ballybucklebo---and the powerful and compassionate lady she used to be regularly destined to become.An Irish nation lady is one other desirable story by way of Patrick Taylor, a real Irish storyteller.
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Every eye was on her. “Now,” she said, mimicking the words of the hostess in the BBC’s popular afternoon kiddie show, Listen with Mother. “Are you sitting comfortably? ” The girls giggled. Kinky waited for silence. “Look at the snow out there,” she said. ” “Yes, Mrs. Kincaid,” Jeannie Kennedy said. . ” Micky Corry held up his hand. “Please, Mrs. ” These poor folks from the north. They never were taught much about Irish lore. “Saint Stephen was a martyr. ” “Oooh, yeugh,” another girl said. ” Micky asked.
It is Kinky Kincaid’s story. All of this will make perfect sense to readers of the Irish Country novels who have already encountered Kinky, Fingal, Barry, and the village of Ballybucklebo. But if this is your first venture here, it will be uncharted territory, and a few words of introduction are called for. The first three books in the Irish Country series are set in 1964 in County Down, Northern Ireland, in the small village of Ballybucklebo. They concern the adventures and misadventures of Barry Laverty, a brand-new medical graduate who has accepted a temporary assistantship to the unorthodox Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly.
I looked at him sitting at the table. He was a big man. More than six feet. He’d big shoulders under his tweed jacket. I’d seen him often enough with his sleeves rolled up, and his arms had muscles on them like you might see on a bull, and yet no one had ever heard of Connor lifting his hand in anger, or indeed his gruff voice either. “He pulled a dudeen out of his pocket—and before you ask, Hazel, a dudeen’s a wee short clay pipe. You’d not see one today, but most men smoked them back then. ‘Do you mind if I smoke, Mrs.
An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country Books) by Patrick Taylor