Title: An Irish Country Girl
Author: Patrick Taylor
Genre: Historical fiction/fantasy
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Review copy from the author’s publicist
First line: “Run along, make your calls, and enjoy His Lordship’s booley,” said Mrs. Maureen Kinkaid, “Kinky” to her friends, as she knelt in the hall and sponged Ribena black-currant cordial from a small boy’s tweed overcoat.
An Irish Country Girl is a delightful companion to the Irish Country series by Patrick Taylor. I was a little concerned about the fact that I haven’t read books two and three in the series yet, but this book works perfectly as a stand-alone.
Maureen “Kinky” Kinkaid is housekeeper (and people-keeper) to the two doctors featured in the series. She is a fantastic cook, holds her own with the two strong men she works for, and she is fey – she has the ability to see the faerie-folk. This book is the story of how young Maureen Hanlon gained the sight – and how she met the love of her life and became Maureen Kinkaid.
Spunky young Maureen shows the seeds of the future Kinky in her desire to be different, to do more than work at the mill until a man comes along to make her a wife. Her older sister, Fidelma, is in love with Connor MacTaggart, a brawny young man who has the unfortunate experience of upsetting the Shee, or faeries. The repercussions continue for four years, during which Maureen grows into an intelligent young woman who finds love.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story that is part historical fiction, part faerie fantasy. I loved the character of Kinky when I read An Irish Country Doctor, and I loved learning her history and how she came to Ballybucklebo. I was also reminded of how much I like the way Taylor writes, and am looking forward to re-reading the first in the series, and then continuing on with books two and three, which are waiting on my to-be-read shelf.
(Disclosure: An Irish Country Girl was sent to me by the author’s publicist for the purpose of review. The above link is an Amazon affiliate link. If you click on it and subsequently purchase anything, I will receive a small percentage in commission.)