Monday, April 12, 2010

Review: Flaherty's Crossing by Kaylin McFarren

About The Book:
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.


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.

My Review:

This was a beautifully written story that touched on so many of life's issues.
Animosity toward one's parents, love (or lack thereof), losing ones you love, coming to terms with everything life throws at you, and coming to peace with yourself are some of the things touched on in this book.
I saw a story that taught of love and forgiveness. Above all, I came away with the message that we need to forgive ourselves. I could be very wrong about what Kaylin was trying to get across in her story, but this is what I came away with it, and we all know that the message we take from a book is both an individualized and personal thing.
I really enjoyed this one and found it to be inspiring in ways. I'd recommend it, as I think a lot of people can relate to this one in some way; a very touching story.

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


  1. I'm delighted you enjoyed Flaherty's Crossing and like you say, everyone finds a special message in every story they read. I think you've touched on the perfect explanation with forgiveness being the necessary tool to move on in one's life. :)


  2. What a wonderful review, Kris. This sounds like such an amazing book. I hope to be able to add it to my TBR mountain soon!!

  3. Great review and sounds like a really good read. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kris:

    Would love to see your great review posted on Is this possible?

    If so, thank you!! :D