Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Room of Tears by Linda Merlino Book Review

Room of Tears
Title: Room of Tears
Author: Linda Merlino
Publisher: Imajin Books
Pages: 152
Language: English
ISBN-10: 192779210X
ISBN-13: 978-1927792100


At 9:59 a.m. on September 11, 2001, Diane O’Connor’s life as a firefighter’s wife changes forever, shattering her faith. Four decades later, a note still hangs on her kitchen cabinet in Queens, the paper yellowed with age. Diane knows the scribbled sentences by heart; she’d left them the morning of 9/11 for her husband, Billy. In the summer of 2041, Diane invites Friar Antonio Ortiz to her home. He is a man destined to become counsel to the first American pope – her son, Peter. Antonio asks no questions and arrives in secret, promising to wait nineteen years before passing Diane’s journal to Peter. Only then will Billy’s story be told, along with answers to Peter’s questions about his father’s last days.

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My Review

When I found out that this book was about 9/11 I jumped at the opportunity to review it.  But, I was pleasantly surprised by a book that did feature 9/11, but was about so much more. This book has many different elements to appeal to all readers, paranormal, suspense, faith, time travel...what more could you ask for?

 In 2041, Diane O'Connor makes a special request of Friar Antonio Ortiz - a request whose mystery will unravel as the story unfolds. She hands him a letter and a recording, one that was made right after the 9/11 tragedy.  Diane's believes that her son, Peter, is destined to become the Pope. The Friar is to hold the items until Peter is ready to rise to become the Pope.  While at her house, Diane spins a tale, a mystery that will leave you hanging throughout the entire book.

The flow of the story is one of the best I've read. Diane lost her husband, a firefighter, during the 9/11 attack. You relive her account and the letter and recording, along with diary entries - transported back to the past in a way that is extremely well written. I have read two of Merlino's other books, but I think this might be her best yet. This book is extremely creative and will appeal to many.  


Linda Merlino is a writer and the author of Room of Tears (July 23 2013), Hudson Catalina (2008-Belly of the Whale & re-release 9/14/12), Swan Boat Souvenir (self-published 2003) She began writing fiction as a young mother on the sidelines of endless soccer practices and wrote anytime any place. A manuscript filled a carton in the back seat of her car. Many years have passed since those early beginnings, but Linda’s work continues to be inspired by her children. Ms Merlino has a fascination with heroes and writes her fiction to honor ordinary men and women who react unselfishly in extraordinary circumstances. She extends her gratitude to all who keep us safe and free. Linda grew up outside of Boston, after leaving Massachusetts she lived for many years in New York City and more recently calls Connecticut her home. socialize  

Room of Tears Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, September 16 - 1st chapter reveal at Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
Thursday, September 19 - Book featured at Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem
Monday, September 23 - Guest blogging at Review From Here
Wednesday, September 25 - Interviewed at Broowaha
Thursday, October 4 - Book review and 1st chapter reveal at Books and Needlepoint
Monday, October 7 - Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Tuesday, October 8 - Book reviewed at My Cozie Corner
Wednesday, October 9 - Book reviewed at I'm Shelf-ish
Thursday, October 10 - Book featured at Authors and Readers Book Corner
Friday, October 11 - Book reviewed at Mary's Cup of Tea
Friday, October 11 - Guest blogging at Between the Covers
Monday, October 14 - Guest blogging at Allvoices
Tuesday, October 15 - Book featured at The Writer's Life
Wednesday, October 16 - Interviewed at Examiner
Thursday, October 17 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Friday, October 18 - Guest blogging at Straight From the Authors Mouth
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  1. Great review! This book sounds so interesting.
    Thanks for sharing it!

    Because reading is better than real life

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