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20 April 2010

Book Review: Flaherty's Crossing by Kaylin McFarren

Title: Flaherty's Crossing
Author: Kaylin McFarren
Publisher: Champagne Books
Publication Date: February 2010
Paperback: 234 pages
ISBN: 978-1-926681-19-1
Genre: Mainstream Fiction/Women's Fiction


About the Novel:

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 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.

My Review:

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 moving up the corporate ladder yet still overshadowed by the achievements of his now deceased father, is striving to make their marriage work and to convince Kate that he can indeed be there for her, believes in her, and loves her. Flaherty's Crossing is a rollercoaster ride of events and emotions as McFarren delivers a delightful cast of characters, which include friends, family, hospice workers, and Kate's gossipy neighbour Wanda, each delivering a special message to the narrative. The diner scene is a stroke of literary brilliance as Flaherty's Crossing reminds the reader it is never too late to change, apologise, and forgive; a narrative that reminds one that love transcends time and place and can never die. To anyone looking for an insightful and uplifting novel, I highly recommend Flaherty's Crossing.

About the Author:

Linda Yoshida, aka 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.

You can visit Kaylin online at or visit her book’s website at

Kaylin McFarren’s FLAHERTY’S CROSSING VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ‘10 officially began on February 1st and will end on April 30. Follow the tour at Pump Up Your Book Promotion!

I received a complimentary copy of Flaherty's Crossing by Kaylin McFarren from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

Thank you for another fine review. I especially appreciated the interesting insights into the author on this one. Thanks, again.

Bill ;-)

Hope you'll check out my book giveaway:

Tea said...

This one sounds really great. Love your review.

Kaylin McFarren said...

Thank you for the beautifully written review, Jennifer!! If you get a chance, would you "please" post this on for me? I know readers would appreciate your opinion as much as I do. :D

Kaylin McFarren said...

Thought I'd let your readers know that Flaherty's Crossing is now available in trade paperback. Stop by and grab a copy at:

Thanks! Kaylin