Wednesday, July 28, 2010

'An Irish Country Girl' by Patrick Taylor

1. Title of book: An Irish Country Girl by Patrick Taylor

2. Words to describe the book: Irish to the core with a healthy dose of storytelling

3. Location or characters you met:
  • Maureen 'Kinky" Kincaid: A housekeeper for the doctor in the village of Ballybucklebo. She is getting the house ready for Christmas dinner and in the course of the day she tells the young children stories about fairies, spirits, and the banshee. Once the children leaves, she takes a break and spends time with the memories of her family, her dreams and ambitions, and how she handled being born 'fey' or also known as the sight.
  • Ireland : you can't read this book and not feel that Ireland isn't a main character. I could feel the breeze, see the multitudes of flowers, experience the stinging cold of the blizzards, smell the sheep, taste the food. I truly felt that I was there!
  • Maureen's family and friends: Each family member has something to add to the story and I loved how the author weaved them into the tapestry of the pages seamlessly. They all were needed and not once did they detract from the story.
4. Things you liked/disliked:
  • Loved the setting
  • The storytelling...I felt like I was at a cozy pub listening to an Irish folkteller. It reminded me of the days when I was younger and my grandpa would get all of us grandkids into one room and he would regale us with stories of his youth. I could sit there for hours and listen to his grand tales!
  • The characters- they felt like family by the time I finished this story.
  • The Irish Mythology was very intriguing and I love learning about different cultures and their folklore.
5. Rating:  4.5/5 

Thank you to Nicole Bruce of The Book Report Network and Forge for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.
They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

Review Style patterned after Show Me 5 Saturday.


  1. Cool! A SM5 Saturday on Wednesday. I never thought to do this but it's a great idea. You are one smart cookie!! Glad you enjoyed the book. Have a great week, Staci.

  2. I really liked how you wrote this review :D
    Sounds like a good one and I do love mythology

  3. It sounds delightful, Staci!

  4. That was a great review. The style was very different! I liked it!

  5. Wowwwwwwwwwwww....this sounds GOOD!!! And I had to giggle at the word "banshee" lol lol lol...I used that WORD A LOT in my house...when the kids are acting CRAZY...I tell them to stop acting like a banshee! LOL :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. I like learning about other cultures too! Glad you enjoyed this one.

  7. I love books set in Ireland too, so this sounds fabulous!

  8. These books do sound good. I was supposed to receive them but they never managed to make it to me so I probably won't be reading them for a while. I do love a good Irish setting though. Glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Sounds lovely. I'll add it to my tbr list! Love the new review style.

  10. I love Irish stories! This sounds like a great book!

  11. I so want to read Patrick Taylor's books. Great review!

  12. Ever since Nan started reviewing these I've had them on my list. Now you are prodding me to move them up in the list. This one just sounds like so much storytelling fun.

    I like the form of the review too.

  13. I love the fact that the setting is pretty much the main character. I tend to be really drawn to books that do that.

  14. Love this review style! These books have been on my list for a while, too...

  15. Looks like a winner! Ireland is my next dream vacation :)

  16. I have this on my tbr. Glad to read it's a good one. I also like this style of review too. You are good!


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