FLAHERTY'S CROSSING By Kaylin McFarren
Publisher : Champagne Books
Description

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 hangs in the balance. When her night takes an unexpected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.


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The Story Behind This Book
FLAHERTY’S CROSSING was originally inspired by Linda's father, Merle McPherren, who passed away on July 15, 1991, with the love of his life, his wife Jean, at his side. His Irish wit, stubbornness, and the bravery he exuded during his relentless battle with terminal cancer sparked the idea for a novel and was further developed and edited with the assistance of author Kristina McMorris, Linda's eldest daughter. Not only does this faith-seeking tale delve into the complex emotions of bidding a final farewell to an estranged parent, but it also explores the strain placed on a marital relationship when childhood issues go unresolved.

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Praise and Reviews

"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 on their marriage. She had to make some changes and fast. Flaherty's Crossing is an inspirational story about learning to let go and love fully for the sake of love. Who are we under our masks of pain? How would it feel to have those burdens lifted? A story well-worth reading."

  • Tami Brady, TCM Reviews

"Flaherty's Crossing captivates readers with a moving story about the complexities of loss and love with unexpected turns and revelations. Kaylin's writing is heartbreaking, funny, and tender. For anyone who has loved immensely and faced a painful loss, this book is a bridge to healing, forgiveness and an open heart."

  • Regina Ellis, Founder, CEO The Children's Cancer Association

"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."

  • AUBRIE DIONNE, Author , SynergEbooks

"Be warned: do not start this novel if you anticipate any pressing obligations - a need to sleep, say - or without a handful of tissues within arms reach. Flaherty's Crossing is a compelling and imaginative story, not just about death but about life and emotional growth, a broken woman's journey towards learning to trust again. Beautifully written, heart wrenching yet inspirational, this is a 'must read' for anyone who has loved and lost."

  • ELIZABETH JOY ARNOLD, USA Today bestselling author of Pieces of My Sister's Life

"Before you start reading Flaherty's Crossing, clear your schedule. You will not want to look up until the last page is turned. Suspenseful, poignant and ultimately soul-satisfying, this life-affirming tale of shattering secrets will keep you on the edge of your seat. Don't miss it!"

  • JOY NASH, USA Today bestselling author of Deep Magic

"FLAHERTY'S CROSSING immediately engages the reader with lyrical prose, a plot equally moving and suspenseful, and real, compelling characters. The writing is as fresh as it is evocative. From heart wrenching to heartwarming, inducing laughter and tears, this virtual roller coaster of a tale won't let the reader go until reaching the final turn of the ride. A superb novel bearing a message not easily forgotten."

  • ANGELA FOX, Publisher of Oregon City News/Clackamas Review

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kaylin McFarren
Kaylin McFarren minored in English in college and for the past twenty years has led PR/marketing efforts for several companies within her family's international conglomerate. She  More...
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