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Flaherty's Crossing

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  34 reviews
From Pacific Northwest's award-winning author Kaylin McFarren comes a powerful novel about love, loss, and the power of forgiveness...

Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother's death.

While racing home, Kate's car mishap leads her to
Paperback, 235 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Champagne Books
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Quinn Barrett
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Flaherty's Crossing is a good book about love, family, marriage and dealing with the loss of loved ones no matter how estranged. Author Kaylin McFerrin is an excellent writer and storyteller with tremendous descriptive abilities.

Kate and Drew are a married couple with successful careers who, not surprisingly, have drifted apart. Kate is an artist busy with painting and gallery exhibits. Drew is an up and coming attorney who is tempted to find comfort in the arms of another women if Kate doesn't
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kate Flaherty Was angry At The Father Who Withheld His Love When Her Mother Died In A Car Accident, Killed By A Drunk Driver. Colin Flaherty Stayed On The Road Driving A Semi-Truck While Her Aunt Sophie Raised Her. She Had Received A Call From A Hospice Volunteer That His Cancer Had Spread And He Only Had A Short Time To Live. She Was Angry That He Stopped His Treatments Without Choosing To Discuss It With Her And Without Thinking She Forgot To Leave Drew A Note, Not That He Would Care As They H ...more
Melissa at My Chaotic Ramblings
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
I am a sucker for books about love and forgiveness. When I was sent a copy of this book, I fell in love with the cover. I wasn't expecting what I got when I started reading. The main character Kate, was someone that I can identify with on certain levels. I never forgave my father for all the things he done wrong and most of my relationships have suffered for it.
From the moment Kate has her accident until the end of the book, I couldn't put it down. I laughed, I cried and I was terrified right a
Wow! It has taken me a year to finish this beautiful story about trust; love; family; abandonment; and forgiveness. Last year a beloved family member lost his battle with cancer, two months before I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. I read the first few pages as Kate looked down at her father on his death bed and I knew it was too soon, for me, to tackle this topic. Now I am so glad I waited. There are so many beautiful layers within these pages: Kate's anger at her father's rejection; her ...more
Gina Harper
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, 5-stars
Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father....but when the night takes an unexpected turn, Kate is forced to look into herself for the true reasons her marriage is failing, desperate for the faith that can only be found in forgiveness.

This book was given to me by a friend (Thanks Jaclyn!) I would have never read it hadn't "found me". I am so glad it did. This book drew me in from the beginning and kept me emotionally invested in the characters till the very last page. It may be
Adrienne Lewis
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Flaherty’s Crossing by Kaylin McFarren is a fascinating mix of romance and mystery, with a plot that will keep the reader guessing throughout the book. This fictional story starts off with Kate Flaherty at her dying father’s bedside, and the story that follows is one of Kate dealing with her guilt over not knowing her father better.

Kate experiences what could be her father’s last moments on earth, and she tries to come to a place where she can let go of her father without the past coloring thin
Gabbi Grey
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Golden Heart winner is a must listen (an audio review)

I loved this book. I say that a lot, but it is completely appropriate for this book.

The set-up for conflict in this book was pretty clear and a story we have seen before – a woman dealing with her dying father and her crumbling marriage. The execution, however, was anything but predictable. Kate is a strong character whose life is teetering. The book opens with her at her dying father’s side, unable to tell him how she really feels. She opens
Terri Patrick
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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 b
Charline Ratcliff
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Normally in my reviews I start with information about the book but in this case I am going to start with the author. I found Kaylin McFarren to be a very descriptive writer. She is able to describe people and situations in a clear yet interesting manner without becoming too wordy or boring. I would liken her writing style to that of Danielle Steele and I think her works will make a wonderful addition to the romance genre.

“Flaherty’s Crossing” is a heartfelt story about a woman whose entire life
Feb 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
From my blog...
Flaherty's Crossing by Kaylin McFarren is a deeply moving novel of not only love, but also of forgiveness. Kate, a fiercely independent married artist with a longing to be loved, receives a call she has been dreading, her father, Collin Flaherty, has passed away. Kate is already struggling with her marriage and is now faced with doubts about who her father truly was and if he stopped loving her when her mother passed away. Kate's husband Drew, a high-powered attorney rapidly movin
I thoroughly enjoyed Flaherty's Crossing while reading it and I already miss Kate and Drew as characters. This novel was such an exploration of what love is, what it is like to lose a parent and forgiveness. How is this done? Drew and Kate are married but seem to lost track of each other and their marriage, they are both at the breaking point, but after an accident and as time passes the two start to work together and talk together again. But can some secrets that still remain ruin the reignitin ...more
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
I won this book through the First Reads Giveaway and I'm glad I did. Kate Flaherty is at a crossroad in her life. Her estranged father is on his death bed and her marriage is at risk. Tired of not being needed or feeling wanted, Kate's husband Drew is ready to call it quits. Despite the fact that Kate doesn't want her marriage, she doesn't know how to allow herself to trust Drew either. Once upon a time Kate's mother trusted her father and he broke that trust and now she's dead - Kate blames him ...more
Sep 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: z-won
3.5 stars

"From Pacific Northwest's award-winning author Kaylin McFarren comes a powerful novel about love, loss, and the power of forgiveness...

Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother's death.

While racing home, Kate's car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to confront the true reasons her marriage h
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobookboom
I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

I had just finished the "Threads" series by the same author "Kaylin McFarren", before starting listening to this book. I had absolutely loved that series and thus had high expectations from this book as well. And yet, I wasn't prepared for what I got in this book.

This book is deeply emotional and makes you think about your life and your loved ones. Even though the lead character in this b
Aubrie Dionne
Jun 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Flaherty’s Crossing by Kaylin McFarren

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
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read
A FirstReads win. Kaylin McFarren has written an emotional book that draws you in and keeps you attached to the characters. After you finish, it leaves you reassessing relationships in your own life.
After losing her mother at a young age, Kate has an estranged relationship with her father and is left with many trust issues in her life. At her father's death several events happen that make Kate face truths in herself and come to terms with issues in her own marriage.
Flaherty's Crossing is about
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes, the deepest darkest moments allow us to finally recognize the light in our lives. Only when we face our pain can we move onto something better. So it seems for Kate Flaherty.

Kate was at a crossroads. From the moment her mother died, everything changed. Her father became distant. As she watches her father succumb to cancer, Kate realizes that she was very much her father's daughter. She'd lost her mother, would soon lose her father, and if she wasn't careful her husband would give up
Apr 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Kate has never been close to her father. Her father's stand-offish behavior toward her ever since her mother died has Kate in a tangled emotional web. When she finally visits her dad, he is dying. Kate seems to have a tough time with the male species. First, her father failed her and now her husband isn't living up to expectations either. Their marriage is in shambles and neither of them know what to do to fix it. Life throws a few curve balls and Kate and her husband realize what is really impo ...more
Julie Baswell
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. Will she come away stronger, or will it destroy her?

It’s always hard to learn that things aren’t just black and white, that there’s usually a story behind it. I love the way Kate’s life makes full circle. I liked Kate but I have to say that the neighbor Wanda Finch was my favorite. This story brought out strong emotions in me, and had me crying b
Jul 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a read that I finished in a day or two because I was so attracted to the author's writing. It's a motivating story with details to keep you interested throughout and throughout the entire novel I found myself rooting for the title character. Any book that makes me any bit relate to the character or sympathize so strongly with the character is a good read in my opinion, and this was definitely so. ...more
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most interesting books I have read in a long time. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen a new twist or turn showed up. I got mad at Kate and Drew a few times, but they were never boring. The story made me laugh and cry, it was intense at times. I didn't want to put it down, I read half of it the first day. My thanks to Goodreads Giveways for my free book. It was a wonderful read. Looking forward to reading more of Kaylin McFarren. ...more
Vernon Luckert
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Anyone that has lived long enough will almost certainly have had life experiences that will allow them to identify with one or more characters in this book; but more importantly to identify with one or more of the emotional experiences described by this fine author. I suspect that there will be few readers of this story that will remain dry-eyed.
Jun 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story of love, life and forgiveness. For a debut novel, this should prove or a promising career for Kaylin McFarren. I received this book on one of the raffles through Goodreads and would encourage anyone to pick it up. I really enjoyed this book.
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It's a really good book so far. The characters really draw me in and I can't wait to see what happens in the end. :) ...more
Sheila Sefton
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book. It kept you in suspense with lots of twists in the story. I would recommend reading it.
Ferrer Joey Fesico
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was the longest journey. The enticement was saved to last :D
Samantha Russell
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful heartfelt journey of forgiveness, anger, torment and loss.
Kaylin McFarren
Nov 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
An inspiring story guaranteed to touch your heart and change the way you view people in your life. Merged review:

"Flaherty's Crossing goes beyond Kate's coming to terms with her father and her memories of him, and the obvious couple with relationship problems finding that they still love each other after all. McFarren not only realistically presents Kate's emotional roller-coaster, but also gets into Kate's husband's head, presenting male emotions within a troubled relationship. A well-written b
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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 voi
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
I haven't received yet, just received notice I had won. 8/31/11
Received Saturday and started yesterday. 9/11/11
Finished last night. 9/13/11

Kate Flaherty's an artist whose father is dying. She is summoned to his home, and hears a death bed confession. On the way home she wrecks her car into a ravine, and encounters Mick a younger guy that works at the diner up the street from the wreck. Her husband comes to her rescue and her father passes away.

This book was well written and had an interesting e
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Kaylin McFarren has received more than 50 national literary awards, in addition to a prestigious RWA Golden Heart Award nomination for FLAHERTY'S CROSSING - a book she and her oldest daughter, New York Times/USA Today best-selling author Kristina McMorris, co-wrote in 2008. Prior to embarking on her writing journey and developing the popular THREADS psychological thriller series, she poured her pa ...more

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“You see, Katie," Pastor Ron said, "that’s what makes faith so tough to grasp, but also makes it so wonderful. It’s all about believing in something—whether it’s God, or other people, or even yourself—when you’ve got nothing else to go on. Nothing but a little voice inside telling you it’s more than a hunch.” 3 likes
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