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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Champagne Books (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926681193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926681191
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even though it is a fictional story, it made me reflect on my own life, and how I shouldn't wait until it is too late to let people that I love know how I feel, or to apologize if I need to. --Chicago Sun Times, Paige Lovitt for Reader Views

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

From the Author

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 all 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.

More About the Author

Kaylin McFarren is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters' lives - taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.

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.


FUN TIDBITS

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 36 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.

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This book is a page turner.
K. Hall
"Flaherty's Crossing" is the story of Kate Flaherty as she tries to come to terms the truths that surround her life that she has often ignored.
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The characters are well done and the story is moving.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aubrie A. Dionne on March 7, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
McFarren's latest novel, Flaherty's Crossing, is about so many crossings on physical and metaphorical levels. The story delves into complex relationships between a husband and wife and a father and daughter, and explores how the past can affect the future. McFarren unravels a rich history of events that lead to the decisions that the characters make throughout the novel. She weaves in complicated topics of death and religion in a masterful manner that helps shape the plot. Told from a rotating viewpoint, the story illustrates how there can be two sides to an argument, and how both parties must set aside pride to pave the way toward forgiveness. McFarren's writing is powerful and detail oriented, making the story come alive and creating a suspenseful atmosphere that sustains to the last page. A brilliant exploration of women's fiction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terri Patrick on March 11, 2010
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"Flaherty's Crossing" by Kaylin McFarren is an award winning novel, a poignant story of Kate Flaherty's journey through the death of her father and saving her marriage. The texture and beauty of Ms. McFarren's writing brings the characters alive within the space and time of the story. The sensory style and attention to detail absorbs the reader into a personal connection with Kate and her husband Drew. These points alone justify the awards and rave reviews of "Flaherty's Crossing".

"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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Hall on March 10, 2010
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I read Flaherty's Crossing and was very impressed. It takes a great book to keep me interested and to keep reading. This book is a page turner. I had to keep reading to find out what would happen. I have read contemporary books before and they were so-so, but if contemporary books were as well written and held the interest of the reader like Flaherty's Crossing does, then there would definitely be more interest for these books. This book has mystery, love, paranormal, death, coming to terms with your life, secrets that can tear you apart or give meaning to your life. This book has it all and is very descriptive. You can see it in your mind as you read exactly what is happening, the colors, the feelings, the fear, etc. This is one book that you will be glad to say that you have read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dottie on March 10, 2010
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Kate Flaherty, an artist, is married to Drew, who is an attorney. Between her gallery showings and time spent painting and her husband's all-consuming struggle to make partner, their marriage is suffering. Drew wants to start a family, but she is not sure that she will make a good mother. Kate lost her mother when she was eight years old. After an argument between her mother and father, her mother left the house and a drunk driver hit her, killing her instantly. Afterwards, her father changed; he was cold to her and rarely home. As a truck driver, he spent most of his time on the road. Her Aunt Sophie moved in and raised her. For the past two years, her father has been going through chemo for his cancer, changing from the robust man she knew.

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.
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