Artist Kate Coleman, who is beautifully written by McFarren, has suffered greatly in her young life. At a young age she lost her mother, and as the story begins, she has to say goodbye to the father who she grew to hate. After visiting her father on his deathbed, Kate is involved in a car accident that will change her life.
Seeking shelter from her accident, Kate happens upon a diner. Inside the diner, a lone man named Mick sits with Kate and talks to her for what seems like hours. As she talks to this stranger, Kate evaluates her part in her broken marriage and her anger towards her father. Kate and Mick’s time together is a hefty part of Flaherty’s Crossing. I liked that McFarren used this avenue for Kate instead of a more clichéd one. I enjoyed reading Mick’s kind, and gentle, interpretations of Kate’s life. He was really sweet and very understanding. Or was he
A plot twist I was not expecting evolved with Mick’s character. I was on the edge of my seat for a few chapters. McFarren did a marvelous job mind-tripping me. I tried to figure this one out, and fortunately, I did not. I love it when the author outsmarts the readers.
Let’s not forget Drew Coleman, Kate’s estranged husband. At first I disliked his character. I almost gave up on him until he redeemed himself. Read and you will find out. Drew, a workaholic lawyer, does not know when to say “no” to work and “yes” to his wife. He may blame Kate for their miserable marriage, but he soon discovers his own part in it. His journey will have the readers loving him, hating him, and loving him again.
Overall, I thought McFarren did a fantastic job. The plot was new and exciting, the writing was great, and they meshed perfectly. There were a few minor hiccups. The biggest one was the rushed ending. I wished Drew and Kate’s journey could have stretched out a little bit longer. The believability factor would have been better if the last chapters could have been longer and more detailed.
To conclude, Flaherty’s Crossing does not disappoint. Run out and get a copy.
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.