“Mary Flinn’s Allegiance is a beautiful glimpse into the lives of characters so rich and authentic you feel every heartache, triumph, loss, and gain. A story of fidelity, heroism, friendship, and family, Flinn leaves you in complete bliss but still wanting more long after you’ve turned the last page.”

 — Sabrina Stephens, author of Banker’s Trust and Canned Good

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A Girl Like That is the story of the girl we love to hate—Elle is the bad girl hell-bent on making trouble. As Flinn’s characters so often do, though, Elle surprises us with a complexity and humanness that make her sympathetic and even likable. She is good and bad, hard and soft, sweet and saucy—and we recognize Elle’s battle very clearly because we all know girls like that, or truer still, because in some way, we are all girls like that.”

— Sabrina Sells Stephens, author of Banker’s Trust and Canned Good

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“Author Mary Flinn pushes the borders of romance once again with her new novel Breaking Out, the story of a twice married, once divorced, and once widowed, middle-aged woman who is facing the prospect of spending the rest of her life alone. Dr. Susannah Brody has a flourishing career as a dermatologist in the small community of Magnolia Village, but that doesn’t leave her a lot of options for meeting eligible men.”

— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., and award-winning author of Arthur’s Legacy and The Best Place

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“Mary Flinn is a fantastic writer! I could not put The  Nest down. I felt sad that it was over. I had to have a moment to let go once I finished  the book.  Flinn’s novel felt like I had been to the movies where the music pulls you in and takes you on a ride! The characters Cherie, Dave and their two grown  daughters,  Hope and Wesley are not cast as the typical “perfect” family, yet they are loving and supportive just as you would want for your own life.”

— Janet Reeves for Reader View 

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“After reading Mary Flinn’s romance novel trilogy—The One, Second Time’s a Charm,  and Three Gifts —I thought I had heard the last of her characters Kyle and Chelsea Davis—after all, a trilogy is three books. But Mary Flinn and her readers love these characters too much to say goodbye to them, and so they return in A Forever Man.”

— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance

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“Throughout Three Gifts, you will be rooting for Chelsea and Kyle, young marrieds so appealing, yet real that you’ll wish you could clone them. They settle in the mountains near Boone, North Carolina, and when they are faced with tragedies, they handle them with courage and grace. Even those oh-so-human doubts and fears that threaten occasionally to swamp them are banished through humor and the abiding love that sustains them.”

 Nancy Gotter Gates, author of the Tommi Poag and Emma Daniel mysteries, and women’s fiction Sand Castles and Life Studies.

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“Mary Flinn is the female equivalent of author Nicholas Sparks. Her characters are as real as sunburn after a long day at the beach. Hot days and hotter nights make Second Time’s a Charm an excellent sultry romance that will stay with readers long after the sun goes down. The second book in a trilogy, this story is a movie waiting to happen.”

— Laura S. Wharton, author of The Pirate’s Bastard and Leaving Lukens

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“Powerful and timeless, The One is a heartwarming story illuminating a love that is, in this age, truly rare. Flinn’s depiction of a young woman’s ability to remain true to herself in the face of many trials is unrivaled as she powerfully proclaims the importance of faith, family, friendship, and above all, love.”

 Meredith Strandberg, Student, North Carolina State University

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A native of North Carolina, award-winning author Mary Flinn long ago fell in love with her state’s mountains and its coast, creating the backdrops for her series of novels, The OneSecond Time’s a CharmThree Gifts, and A Forever Man. With degrees from both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and East Carolina University, Flinn retired in 2013 from her first career as a speech pathologist in the N.C. public schools. Writing novels was always a dream for Flinn, who began crafting the pages of The One when her younger daughter left for college at Appalachian State University in 2009. The characters in this book have continued to call to her, wanting more of their stories told, which bred the next three books in the series. A follow-up story featuring one of the series’ characters, notorious mean girl, Elle McLarin, whom everyone loves to hate, will be released in May of 2015 and is entitled, A Girl Like That. read more



  •  A Girl Like That won a 2015-16 Reader Views Literary Book Award for general fiction, and a B.R.A.G. Medallion.
  • The Nest won a B.R.A.G. Medallion book award.
  • A Forever Man won an honorable mention in the Reader Views Literary Awards 2013.
  • Three Gifts placed first in the Romance Novel category in the Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and won Pacific Book Review’s Best Romance Novel of 2011.
  • Second Time’s a Charm won an honorable mention in the Readers’ Choice Awards.