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Editorial Reviews


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.

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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: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 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: #1,246,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Aubrie A. Dionne on March 7, 2010
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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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"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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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 ways you never imagined.

Kate and Drew seemed to have the perfect life. He is a high-powered attorney and she's a up and coming artist. They have the house, the cars, the money and they seem to just be the perfect couple. But looks can be deceiving. Drew has felt closed off from his wife and has left a bombshell of a voicemail telling Kate that he's wondering if they just need a break. Kate has been feeling abandoned by her husband. He seems to choose work over her at every turn. She's heard his voicemail and as she's trying to figure out what to do next she gets a call from a hospice nurse saying her father is on deaths door after his battle with cancer.

The story takes you from deaths door to a series of earth-shattering revelations for Kate that explain a lot about why she is the person she is and why she seems to run away and hide and close herself off emotionally. Through learning about her father, her mothers death and re-living the loss she finds that she never really knew her family at all. She learns that a little faith and trust will go a long way to repairing what she thought was broken forever.

This was a quick read and there was a little of everything included. There was a little bit of mystery, a love story, tragedy and even a little bit of paranormal activity. There were a few pieces that seemed a little out of place but overall the story really did flow well and you did get a sense of who the characters were and what motivated them and you could feel the desperation and the sadness and then ultimately the joy after they did a little growing and learned how to trust and take a leap of faith.
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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 marriage being on shaky ground. This book deals with death, honesty, courage, and even a paranormal encounter.
Kate blames her father for her mother’s death and now that his life is coming to an end she is not quite sure exactly what she should feel. She always knew that an affair eventually led to her mother’s death, but she is about to learn the shocking secret her father has kept hidden from her all these years. Her husband is always by her side offering support, but things between them are strained. As often is the case, Kate would love to have her husband, an attorney working long hours, at home more often. She retreats to her studio and expresses her feelings in her paintings. She is good at what she does, but he only sees it as a hobby. The author does a very good job of drawing you into their story of struggle and self-discovery that takes each on a roller coaster ride of emotions until a near death experience wakes them up to all they share and all that they have to lose. Can their love overcome new and unexpected obstacles?
I normally read crime novels, but this was a refreshing and hopeful story of the power of love and forgiveness, not only between this couple, but between family members as well. I enjoyed the frankness, honesty, and raw emotions of the characters in this book, and I honestly did not want the story to end. I highly recommend this wonderful tale to readers of all genres.
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