Thursday, February 11, 2010

An Irish Country Girl

An Irish Country Girl
by Patrick Taylor

Mrs. Maureen Kincaid is housekeeper to Dr. Fingal O’Reilly and his assistant, Dr. Barry Laverty. They live in the village of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. While preparing Christmas dinner for the doctors, Mrs. Kincaid, affectionately known as Kinky, invites the Christmas carolers in for a snack and decides to tell them a story about her past. The story centers around the O’Hanlons neighbor, Connor MacTaggart, and the Dubh Sidhe (dark faeries) and what happened when he cut down a Blackthorn tree and ignored the advice of Kinky’s mother.

Kinky, like her father, was an excellent storyteller and had entertained the children with her tale. When the children finished their snack and left for home, Kinky continued with dinner preparations. The story she told brought back memories of her childhood and family traditions. While preparing dinner, Kinky couldn’t help but reminisce about her past, family, and when she met her husband.

Patrick Taylor is a great seanachie (storyteller) because of the way he mystically presented Kinky’s life story. Hopefully his storytelling will continue with another sequel.

- Rose

1 comment:

Annie said...

This book , as with his other books is absolutely delightful. Myself and my mom are sharing the audio series as its a wonderful way to drift off to sleep! I highly recommend the series!