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 depended on fixture within the lives of these round her, and it frequently turns out as if Kinky has regularly been there.Nothing may be further from the truth.Some forty-odd years sooner than and lots of miles to the south, the lady who could sometime be Kinky Kincaid was once Maureen O’Hanlon, a farmer’s daughter transforming into up within the emerald hills and glens of County Cork. A precocious lady at the cusp of womanhood, Maureen has a head filled with desires, a center open to romance, and whatever extra: a present for seeing past the standard into the mystic realm of fairies, spirits, or even the feared Banshee, whose terrifying wail she first hears on a snowy evening in 1922. . . .As she grows right into a younger girl, Maureen unearths herself torn among love and her fondest aspirations, for the long run 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 robust and compassionate girl she was once regularly destined to become.An Irish kingdom lady is one other alluring story through Patrick Taylor, a real Irish storyteller.
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Although he’d been sweating from his exertions only a moment ago, Connor felt chilled. The stillness had passed and clouds covered the sky. They were so low they seemed to be growing out of the crests of the hills. A damp, raw wind blew, and a dank mist crept down the slope where Connor stood. The skin of his forearms was pimpled with gooseflesh. He slipped into his outer clothes. “Connor went to the fallen tree. Taking great care to avoid the long sharp thorns, he pulled one trunk free enough to give him room to work.
It was small, but when Da and Ma had been alive and his brothers and sister still living there, it had been a happy place. It had been his home. “His home. The word meant a lot. “He glanced back at the fox. ‘All right,’ says Connor, ‘maybe I was a bit hasty. Maybe that ould tree was your home, yours and your cubs—for I do not think you’re a faerie. So I’m sorry you’ve been evicted, but what’s done is done. If you’ll go away with you now, I’ll not say a word to the hunt. ’ “The vixen stared right back at Connor.
Billy Cadogan’s lisp didn’t stop him joining in. She liked that. “I did say that, Billy,” she said. ” Kinky saw heads nodding in serious agreement with Billy. “He did, but not just then. Connor lowered the axe, took two paces back, and walked slowly right round the tree. He looked at every branch, he peered among the roots, and then he stopped. Dead. ‘So there you are,’ says he, very quietly. “He was looking at a hole between two roots; a hole such as might have been made by a badger. He bent down and breathed in three times through his nose.
An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country Books) by Patrick Taylor