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Flaherty's Crossing Kindle Edition
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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?
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Yet shortly there after, the plot takes a twist that leads the reader on a roller coaster of delight.
Driving home at night, distracted and upset, Kate’s in an accident. I hesitate to elaborate on any more of the story for fear of giving too much away. But what follows is a well crafted story that left me wanting more. The author ends most chapters with a cliff hanger that makes it very difficult to put the book down. The writer manages to blend the characters and events with a heartwarming message that leaves the reader with a smile.
Ms. McFarren weaves themes of love, faith, and forgiveness throughout her novel. She does so in such a manner that makes the book very easy for anyone to relate to. Love is an integral part of our lives, and the author does a very nice job of showing us how true love intertwines with and is strengthened by both forgiveness and having faith in those you love. It’s a timeless message that resounds throughout Flaherty’s Crossing.
The author reminds us how difficult it can be to forgive yourself as well. Later in the story, she introduces Paul, the man who had killed Kate’s mother by driving drunk. She elaborates on the toll that guilt has taken on his own life and again has nice closure for a very difficult situation in a believable manner.
My least favorite part of the book is the beginning. I feel like it took the author a bit too long to build up steam and get the reader to bite. But I was so pleasantly surprised from then on. I loved how she was able to end many of the chapters in such a manner that you simply had to start the next chapter for more of an explanation. It was overall a delightful book to read. It was also a book that left me feeling happy and hopeful. So it was for that reason that I rated the book a 4 out of 4 stars and look forward to more from this writer.
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 voicemail telling Kate that he's wondering if they just need a break. Kate has been feeling abandoned by her husband. He seems to choose work over her at every turn. She's heard his voicemail and as she's trying to figure out what to do next she gets a call from a hospice nurse saying her father is on deaths door after his battle with cancer.
The story takes you from deaths door to a series of earth-shattering revelations for Kate that explain a lot about why she is the person she is and why she seems to run away and hide and close herself off emotionally. Through learning about her father, her mothers death and re-living the loss she finds that she never really knew her family at all. She learns that a little faith and trust will go a long way to repairing what she thought was broken forever.
This was a quick read and there was a little of everything included. There was a little bit of mystery, a love story, tragedy and even a little bit of paranormal activity. There were a few pieces that seemed a little out of place but overall the story really did flow well and you did get a sense of who the characters were and what motivated them and you could feel the desperation and the sadness and then ultimately the joy after they did a little growing and learned how to trust and take a leap of faith.
Kate blames her father for her mother’s death and now that his life is coming to an end she is not quite sure exactly what she should feel. She always knew that an affair eventually led to her mother’s death, but she is about to learn the shocking secret her father has kept hidden from her all these years. Her husband is always by her side offering support, but things between them are strained. As often is the case, Kate would love to have her husband, an attorney working long hours, at home more often. She retreats to her studio and expresses her feelings in her paintings. She is good at what she does, but he only sees it as a hobby. The author does a very good job of drawing you into their story of struggle and self-discovery that takes each on a roller coaster ride of emotions until a near death experience wakes them up to all they share and all that they have to lose. Can their love overcome new and unexpected obstacles?
I normally read crime novels, but this was a refreshing and hopeful story of the power of love and forgiveness, not only between this couple, but between family members as well. I enjoyed the frankness, honesty, and raw emotions of the characters in this book, and I honestly did not want the story to end. I highly recommend this wonderful tale to readers of all genres.