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compelling saga of love and courage spanning three generationsBorn illegitimate
in a convent in 1920's rural Ireland, her mother banished to new York to
save the family name, little Mary Kate Quinn's future seems bleak. To keep
a hastily made promise to her daughter, Sara Quinn rescues her granddaughter
from the fate of the orphanage.Driven to seek refuge in the rambling old
house of her former employer Sara begins a new life. With patience and love
Sara and Mary Kate transform the lives of its inhabitants.Meanwhile Maura
Quinn has become a nanny in New York. She falls in love with Andrew, and
rather than reveal the past she returns home to be reunited with her daughter.
Back in Ireland Maura is torn between her child and the man she left in
First novel ‘For Love of Mary Kate’ set in Donegal and
New York was launched in her native village of Culdaff. Described as a
"compelling saga of love and courage spanning three generations,"
it is one of those books that cannot be put down.
The following are a few of the early reactions from reviewers and readers.
The story evolves around Mary Kate, how she is rescued from the nunnery.
The reactions of the people who impinge on her life are lovingly told,
with the interaction of those involved."This is a simple tale. It
is also very moving very
powerful, very compelling".
It’s a story of love and hate and a heart-
of life in 1920s Donegal a book you can’t put down until it's finished.
Cira O’ Kelly -
"Hazel Mc Intyre has made the transition from autobiography
to fiction writing with ease, with a first novel which is certain to appeal
to the better instincts of all who read it. This is surely the first of
many fine novels from this emerging Donegal writer.
"Liam Porter -
"For Love of Mary Kate is a compelling story, of all thatis good
in human nature. Ennobling and uplifting...........overpoweringly tragic......the
heroin of the novel is Sara, who in her moments of self-
testimony to the dignity of the human spirit.Hazel Mc Intyre touches the
heartbeat of the reader with this story of friendship and loyalty which
deepens into love.This book must have a sequel....
"Dr P. D. A. Mullan. Thornhill College
"I picked up ‘For Love of Mary Kate’ to have ‘a browse’
I read the book from cover to cover in one night and enjoyed every minute
of it! What more can I say?"
Maureen Sullivan. BNN TV Channel Boston MA
Where Hazel Mc Intyre gave a live thirty minute TV interview)
For Love of Mary Kate is a love story, one which touches on the particular
harshness of social and religious mores of rural Ireland in the 1920’s.
For all that, love conquers all -
cynical world, we need all the feel good factor that we can find.
We find any amount of it in "For Love of Mary Kate".
Frank Gallighan. Broadcaster and writer BBC Radio.
"This compelling saga stuns and holds from beginning to end"
Hazels is also a regular contributor to BBC Radio Foyle and radio Ulster
and other local radio stations, and also contributes regular articles
and short stories for the local press.
She also runs workshops for mental health groups, students, woman’s
Institutes and other interest groups both in the Irish Republic and cross
border. ‘For Love Of Mary Kate’ has been favorably reviewed
on BBC’s kaleidoscope. While in Boston USA Hazel Mc Intyre
was the guest on The John Clifford Show
(BNN TV), where she talked about her growing years in Donegal and her
This program has since been repeated by BNN.
Also while in Boston Hazel was the guest on the I IC center’s answer