An Irish Country Girl

An Irish Country Girl

By Patrick Taylor

Forge, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780765369277, 362pp.

Publication Date: September 25, 2012


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 was born in 1941 in Bangor County Down, Northern Ireland. After medical and specialist training in Ulster, he emigrated to Canada in 1970 to pursue a career in academic medicine. He has held appointments at a number of universities and retired in 2001 to write and sail full-time. Now and in the Hour of Our Death is his fourth book of fiction. Taylor lives on Bowen Island, B.C., with his wife, Kate.

Praise For An Irish Country Girl

“Taylor, like Kinky, is a bang-up storyteller who captivates and entertains from the first word."
Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Girl

"Quietly, almost surreptitiously, Patrick Taylor has become probably the most popular Irish-Canadian writer of all time."  —The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"The cozy village of Ballybucklebo and its eccentric inhabitants make the holidays bright."
Library Journal on An Irish Country Christmas

"Taylor's novel makes for escapist, delightful fun.”
Publishers Weekly on An Irish Country Doctor

"Full of stories and vivid characters, An Irish Country Village recalls a good night in a pub."