Readers Comments on Reverend Mother’s Daughter
"You had me from the first sentence I couldn't put it down until I finished it. Wonderful.”
"Still spell bound by your book...wanted you to know I'm in awe."
"Hello again, I want to tell you how much I enjoyed reading Reverend Mother's Daughter. Having never gone through what you have, but having an adopted brother who came to us at age 5 and a half, I had some sensitivity for your story. I cried on the last page when you were invited to the wedding and met family members for the first time. What a day that must have been. I told my mother she must read your book."
My Dear Mary,
"I'm in London, England at the moment visiting my daughter for her half term. I decided to bring your book with me to read while I was here. I just finished reading it today and only started it yesterday. I couldn't put it down. Such a wonderful book, Mary! I loved learning more about you through reading your life story. As I read I could hear your voice, which made it even more special! I didn't want it to end, but end it did. I love looking at photos and spent a long time studying yours. You are such a talented writer!
Love, Liz :) November 2014
"I've read Mary’s book and loved it! I woke up last Sunday morning at 3:00 am and couldn't put it down until I finished it about 10 or so this morning. You’re right an excellent read. Truth be known, it would make an excellent movie. I hope that you've sent a copy to Opray Winfrey!”
"I'm already half way through the book and find it so interesting; what an incredible life you've had...and so beautifully written."
"What a touching read, sensitively told, with many evocative moments-and a lovely touch of romance."
"Congratulations Mary, on the amazing journey of your book. It's a well deserved honour. May the Lord bless and encourage people as they read it."
"What an amazing testimony and so well written...I won't be at all surprised if it becomes a best seller."
"I told you I was busy and would not read it right away. I made the mistake of reading the first chapter. I'm hooked."
"I am enjoying your book…it is excellent, and this will give it the attention it deserves!"
"I finished your book on the weekend. What a big job, to bring all the memories of a lifetime into a logical order, pick out the key ones, and make readers care. You did a great job! I finished with a feeling of warmth and peace. What a great way to end.”
“Thank you for signing my book. I began reading it that day and couldn't put it down. You write with beauty and grace and tell of a beautiful life well lived…”
"Mary, you have a most interesting way of telling your story and what a story! I’m sure this book will bless and encourage many people.”
"On Saturday my daughter and I stopped at Scott’s Parable, a major Christian bookstore north of Calgary…I was delighted to find your book on the shelf and bought a copy. I started reading Saturday night and finished Sunday afternoon. What a moving story! You did so well telling it! I smiled to myself because I already knew the story of the tall distinguished man with the silver grey hair. May the Lord bless people as they read it. I’ll be passing it on to my daughter because she wants to read it too.”
"Quoting one of your endorsers:, “Her book is difficult to put down.” Your skill and sensitivity are warmth and enrichment to my soul.”
"I finished half the book that night."
"I want you to know I read it and I loved it!"
"Let me tell you I started this book and I couldn't put it down until I finished it"
"An awesome story and it flows."
"Marie Read to me on the way home, as long as her voice would hold out. We consumed more chapters this morning. You have a winner here."
"What a beautiful story! Thank you for sharing it with us. Praise God for showing you how special you are! You were meant to be. I am sorry about many of the sad things that you experienced-the near drowning, the sexual abuse, the way Mario left you. You could have become bitter about it all."
Judge’s comments for The Word Guild of Canada Awards.
Mary Haskett is clearly a remarkable person. Orphaned and raised in an institution, she survived the war, racism and sexual assault to become a specialized nurse, a mother and a writer. Not only that, she’s a good writer. This is a sophisticated and engaging read, with excellent use of narrative, history and quotes blended into the compelling story of her life. Never maudlin or self-serving, it is indeed inspiring.