|Secrets On The Breeze
the second volume in Hazel McIntyre's acclaimed rural trilogy, (following
on from For love of Mary Kate) is an outstanding storytelling achievement
packed with intriguing characters which holds the attention to the very
From Dublin and Donegal to the streets of New York and Canada, the lives
of four women are changed irrevocably by love, fear and dark secrets that
they must keep.
Her mother living in New York, Mary Kate Quinn was brought up by her grandmother
Sara, and James Thompson, who have cherished her since infancy, protecting
her from the knowledge which might otherwise have destroyed her - the
secrets of her own origins.
Tired of Dublin life, Mary Kate applies for a teaching post in the small,
rural school where she had been a pupil. Thanks to the intervention of
her old teacher, Eleanor, she is offered the post. Back home, she becomes
entangled in the lives of the people around her, as she struggles to unravel
the malignant secrets lurking in the past.
But her heart often rules her head, Mary Kate, survives lost love, rejection
and loneliness. Finally she succeeds in finding the love she has longed
for, putting the ghosts of her past to rest.
Secrets On The Breeze
Is the second in the compelling trilogy by Hazel McIntyre which follows
the fate of the Quinn family through succeeding generations
Nobel Laurete launches new book December 21, 2001
NOBEL laureate, John Hume, has hailed Culdaff writer, Hazel McIntyre
as a tremendous ambassador for Inishowen. Speaking last Saturday night
in the Tulnaree, Camdonagh, when he officially launched Hazel's latest
novel, "Secrets on the Breeze", Mr. Hume said no-one had done
more to promote Inishowen than Hazel, through her outstanding work as
Mr. Hume, who himself has close associations with Inishowen as his father
and grandparents were all born in the peninsula, said that Hazel, through
her novels and short stories, was promoting the community and country
she grew up in to an international audience. In particular, Mr. Hume,
congratulated Hazel for her work in forging links between Inishowen and
Canada and he read a message of congratulations to the Culdaff author
on the publication of her new novel from Bill Gusen, charge d'affaires
at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin.
Messages of congratulations were also received from singer, Daniel O'Donnell,
Canadian writer, Anne Brennan, who attended this year's Macklin Autumn
School in Culdaff and Denis Noel the New Brunswick archivist who has helped
Hazel forge such strong links with Canada.
Hazel expressed thanks to her family for their continued support to her
and said as always, the opinions of those who read the new novel would
matter most to her.
She revealed that an early draft of "Secrets on the Breeze"
had been lost on a computer and when she came later upon some of the chapters
that had been saved, she decided to have another go at writing the story.
"Secrets of the Breeze" is a follow-up to Hazel's hugely successful
first novel, "For Love of Mary Kate" which was chosen by "Women's
Way" magazine for its Millennium edition, and the Culdaff author
intends to write a third novel in this compelling series. Entertainment
at the book launch was provided by the Inishowen Traditional Music Project
and by singer,