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Flaherty's Crossing Paperback – February 1, 2010
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A well-written book, dealing with difficult issues of love, loss, healing, and faith, and never slipping into maudlin territory. A great debut novel! --Sacramento Book Review
It is also a novel I will promote to writers to review to see how good storytelling and strong writing can merge with exceptional honesty and create something that will live in readers hearts for many years, and be reread many times. --Terri Patrick
This story will be with me for many, many years and I am sure that you will find this 5 star book to be with you for just as many! --Buukluvr
This story will have your heart so captured and your mind so full of Kate Flaherty that you will see exactly what a true page turning book should be like.This story will be with me for many, many years! --Marta's Meanderings
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Although Kaylin wasn't born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.
Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest, and is currently the president of the Soulful Giving Foundation - a non-profit she and her husband founded and continue to support.
She is proud of the fact that her great aunt Bessie B. Cordell, an evangelistic missionary during WWII, was instrumental in opening an orphanage in Tientsin, China and also wrote two published novels, Precious Pearl and Blossoms of the Flowery Kingdom, documenting her dangerous, harrowing experiences.
She keeps a glass of wine close by while writing love scenes, Kleenex on her desk while writing heart breakers, and has been known to empty a box of chocolates when she's completely stumped.
A consummate "pantser" and perfectionist, she writes and edits as she goes, and uses photographs of models and actors from tabloid magazines to visualize her characters.
She loves her husband of 40 years dearly. However, if Brad Pitt or Orlando Bloom came knockin', well... their marriage just might be put to the test.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
Kaylin sat before her computer writing FLAHERTY'S CROSSING as a source of personal therapy after losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him, at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse situations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about the resolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale of this book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundation's colon cancer research department in her father's name. She's now convinced and proudly shares her belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if you just take the time to open your heart.
Top Customer Reviews
"The journey begins..." are the opening words and is the promise from the author to the reader who will join Kate Flaherty through her story. For the next 85 pages, the story unfolds with rich imagery, deepening emotional connections, lighter reveals, and some mysterious chills. Every detail is clean and has purpose. Then the honesty of the story truly gets its voice.
Kaylin McFarren presents Kate and Drew's story with an emotional openness, no stone is left unturned, as these characters reveal their issues and philosophies to love and faith. There's a poignant simplicity to the events and revelations that take the characters one-step closer to inner wounds never acknowledged before the moment they appear on the page, that lead to the next issue to resolve. Many are issues developed through the eyes of a child that now are revisited with the understanding of an adult. Kate and Drew explore how these wounds can be healed, and are led to understand more about themselves, and each other.
Through Kate and Drew's eyes we meet other characters like Brian, Wanda and finally Sophie, that add more depth and light to this journey of a daughter, learning about her father, that touched my soul. The final chapters are exceptionally satisfying as they add new twists and powerful truths.Read more ›
Drew could see his marriage dying. That's why he made the ultimatum, which he left on the answering machine. He hoped that scaring her by telling her that they needed to take a break would shock her into talking things over with him when he arrived home. He knew that he spent a lot of time at work, but he needed to do it for them. She did not want to go to business dinners with him and he had missed her showing due to business. In addition, six months earlier, he had dinner with an old girl friend, Lindsey, and Kate still would not let it go.
When Kate received the phone call that her father was on his deathbed, she dropped everything and drove to the house where she grew up. Drew was on his way home from a business trip and she had heard the message on the phone. But, though she wanted to save her marriage, she had to tell her father goodbye. She hardly recognized the emaciated and unkempt man in the bed as her father. However, when her father woke up, he thought she was her mother.Read more ›
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Kaylin McFarren and I exchanged books while at a Writers Conference. I learned "Flaherty's Crossing" is being made into a Hallmark film and when I began to read it, I could... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kayce Stevens Hughlett
Flahertys Crossing is an entry into women's fiction that focuses on a myriad of complex issues. Kate is somewhat emotionally stunted, as her father became distant after her mothers... Read morePublished 18 months ago by atomskeater
Flahertys Crossing is about a couple having problems and is considering divorce when Kates father dies. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Chris Carlsen
This was a story of what can happen if you just have a little faith and trust in others. Be willing to open yourself up and let the people you love in and you will be rewarded in... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shannon P.
The past always has a way of affecting the future. Kate comes to grips with this fact as she faces the death of her father and the fact that she may well be responsible for her... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lennette
Kate goes to see her dad for the last time, as he lies dying of cancer. In the hours and days following, revelations will test her sanity and marriage. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Julie Baswell
This is one of those novels that I keep looking back on and remembering fondly. I read it about 4 months ago now, but I can't get it out of my head. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Kumitekat
Flaherty's Crossing is a good book about love, family, marriage and dealing with the loss of loved ones no matter how estranged. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by WiseBearMedia
4 1/2 stars. Just when you think the novel is headed in one direction, Kaylin takes a different route that kept me turning the pages. Very well done!Published on August 13, 2011 by Amazon Customer