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 New York..
Her 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".
Cormacian - News Letter. December 1996
Its a story of love and hate and a heart-warming story
of life in 1920s Donegal a book you cant put down until it's finished.
Cira O Kelly - Boston Irish Reporter. December 1996
"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 - Donegal
"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-revelation is
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
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 1920s.
For all that, love conquers all - in Ireland or America-and in this increasingly
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, womans
Institutes and other interest groups both in the Irish Republic and cross
border. For Love Of Mary Kate has been favorably reviewed
on BBCs 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 centers answer