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Room of Tears [Kindle Edition]

Linda Merlino
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Out of tragedies come heroes and miracles…

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.

Editorial Reviews:

“A true fictional tribute to the lives lost in 9/11. A beautiful and gut wrenching story...Miss Merlino weaves a flawless tale that will have you sobbing by the end of the book. With an incredible ending I didn’t see coming, this book will go down as being a classic.” —#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rachel Van Dyken, author of The Bet

“For more than a decade writers have struggled to come to terms with the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and most have missed the mark—sentimental, tasteless, tone deaf. Linda Merlino’s Room of Tears takes on that horrific day in an entirely original way, combining Vatican politics, natural disasters, even the mysteries of Santeria to examine how the ripples from one brave firefighter’s demise grow into a tidal wave of world-changing consequences. Meditative, almost prayer-like, Room of Tears illuminates the search for meaning in tragedy, and comforts with the sense that, even in calamity, there is always a plan.” —Chris Belden, author of Shriver

“Room of Tears draws the reader in from the moment Father Antonio steps into Diane O'Connor's house to unearth a deep and intriguing secret about 9/11 that ultimately affects the future of the papacy. Merlino vividly portrays the struggle and pain of one family in the days leading up to that fateful day and its aftermath, including an unexpected and compelling twist that turns the book into an instant page-turner. Great character development is matched by layered storytelling that weaves through despair and longing, yet strikes just the right balance of humor and intensity to make this tear-jerker a captivating read.” —Lisa Quintela, former Entertainment Weekly writer

“Linda's heroines are real women, feminine, witty, intelligent, compassionate and not easily manipulated by circumstances but ready to face adversity with courage, each a fighter you definitely want on your side. Just wait till you meet Diane O'Connor...You'll fall in love—I guarantee it.” —Jack Schmidt, two-time winner of International Hemingway Competition

“A complex book with lots of heart, a story in which every reader can find something that is tangible and relatable. The exquisite language and gripping narrative gets under your skin and into your heart. It is a timeless love story, with spiritual undertones, that explores the human condition and how it is affected by loss, longing and undying faith. I loved every word.” —Lauren Salkin, Priming Pamela – Shroud Magazine

“Room of Tears is multi-faceted - part suspense thriller, part ghost story, part futuristic novel - it is a powerful and moving story of love and loss, hope in the face of despair, and faith in a higher power that will overcome the unspeakable horrors of tragedy.” —Patricia F. D'Ascoli, Connecticut Muse

“I’ve just put down Room of Tears...and I am still sitting in that pool of shimmering light that a good book tosses over us...Merlino’s writing is that gorgeous...Merlino has built an original story that moves us through the still-fresh pain to a place of hope in the future. She makes us believe. She makes us believe in miracles.” —Zinta Aistars, editor-in-chief of The Sm

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About the Author

Linda Merlino is the author of Hudson Catalina and Room of Tears. She began writing fiction as a young mother on the sidelines of endless soccer practices. Linda 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 her work continues to be inspired by her children. The author 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. Her hometown is outside of Boston. She lived for many years in New York City and more recently calls Connecticut her home.

Product Details

  • File Size: 387 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 192779210X
  • Publisher: Imajin Books (November 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E254FUA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #321,051 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT 9/11 Tribute! September 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a paranormal book not a SUSPENSE! I am questioning where the suspense was at. All I read was about people feeling, seeing, and talking with dead spirits. One spirit was supposed to be a firefighter that died in 9/11. If this was a tribute to all of those fall heroes/heroine then I am at a loss to where it was at in this book. Only in two separate parts can I see that and it was 'Remember us, Father". Sorry this is not a tribute to 9/11 or the fallen heroes. This is just a paranormal attempt at creating someone talking to their husband that was one of the fallen.

To have the "she touched my d**k" in the book was too much. I almost stopped reading. Sorry I would not recommend this book to anyone.

The author used a horrible event as a background for her story. This event is horrible enough without having this author put her paranormal take on something.

The main character Diane talks/sees/hears dead people knows the future and has her dead husbands firefighting gear in her house. I can understand holding on to his gear. But to have the helmet hot is not suspenseful. This is paranormal.

The dead husband takes over his brother's body (who by the way is a priest) and they have SEX! Oh come on. Again I am asking where is the suspense?

"Suspense is created by an uncertainty about what happens next in your story." Well the reader does not get this because the author is using Diane to tell readers everything that will happen in the future.

"Evoke strong emotions." Make sure the conflict evokes strong emotions. The only emotion this reader had was a strong emotion of DISLIKE.

"Let readers root for the characters." Kind of hard to root for characters where they are dead.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The 9/11 Trbute that should hav been July 28, 2013
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If I could have rated this story in parts, I would have given the first two thirds or so a five star rating. I received an email from a friend asking me to purchase this book to help keep the memory of 9/11 alive. I was so drawn into the story - elegant prose, characters and locations that just drew me in. And such an interesting blend of present, past and future. The memories of that terrible day were evoked and I wanted to be able to pass along the email so others would buy this book.
*SPOILER ALERT* Stop reading my review if you are going to purchase this book!
And then out of the blue comes the voice of Billy, the married Billy, at the funeral for his Mother, describing how his ex-girlfriend is trying to "touch his dick" and the subsequent attempts to have sex with her. The story further devolves into a coupling (oops, sorry should have said tripling since the author compares this to the Holy Trinity) with Billy's dead spirit, his brother the priest's body and his wife to produce a future Pope!
I was left to wonder what the heck just happened? The change of style was so abrupt and unnecessary that I almost believed there were two different writers at work here. This turned out not to be the poignant reminder of the victims and survivors of 9/11 that it started out to be, but just another reflection of our culture of immorality and apparent need for shock and edginess.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wondering What November 3, 2013
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This book was recommended to me because of the 9/11 tribute. I have to say I am at a loss for words. The writing seemed disjointed near the last 1/3 of the book. It really did not go with everything in the beginning.

Being someone that lost someone in the towers I admit that this book is not a tribute to anyone. Sorry I just do not see anything. To much dealing with everything except the horrible event that happened.

I admit to crying while reading this not because it was well written but because someone was so cruel as to write something like this calling it a tribute. Clearly this person does not understand the loss some of us suffered that day.

Then to read at the end of the book someone told her to write this. Again sorry honestly do not believe this is what that person had in mind.

So sad to see someone trying to monetary gain from this horrible event. Who ever wrote this should be ashamed of themselves. Would not recommend this book or the author.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical, Mesmerizing Book August 4, 2013
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I just finished reading the novel, ROOM OF TEARS, a mesmerizing book with a big heart. The author tackles 9/11 - a subject still raw in the national consciousness - and how that day affected the lives of the O'Connors, a fictional family. The story, with supernatural undertones, lyrically moves the reader through the story of Diane O'Connor, a widow of a firefighter, and Friar Antonio Orvitz, a servant of God and bearer of a message that resolves a mystery, while exploring the demons they both wrestle with.

ROOM OF TEARS focuses on Diane's mission to heal her family with the truth that has remained hidden for many years and her struggles with the memories of the moments leading up to 9/11 that could not be changed with fantastical "what ifs." ROOM OF TEARS may rankle some because of its supernatural undertones that runs throughout the book, but the message is clear, "Never forget!" And Merlino handles the subject matter with respect, empathy and adeptness. Her writing is musical and her characters are real, their stories linger long after the reader has turned the last page of the book.

Though every reader is entitled to his or her own opinion, I was particularly offended by the reviewer who took a quote out of context in relation to the end of the book. It was only one tiny piece of a puzzle that culminated in a satisfying finish to a beautifully written, heart-wrenching story that pays tribute to the heroes of 9/11 and the loved ones they left behind, a day that still leaves a collective hole in the heart of the nation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for more
I wanted it to be more. Found myself able to put it down and go back later which for me means it really did not hold my interest. Confusing at times.
Published 3 months ago by darbygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears haven't stop yet by me, reader
Wow is all I can say, thank you. What is your next book available ? Will past this book on.
Published 8 months ago by msviki
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Love Tale
This was a strange story that is seeped in what happened on 9/11 and to one firefighter and his family. The story has far reaching consequences that even boggled my mind. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mmbear
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest
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... Read more
Published 9 months ago by T. Gleichner
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Story
Once again Merlino has written a novel that will intrigue and delight the reader. She has created a compelling bittersweet story that intermingles history, love and religion... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gail L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and capturing book
The story gets your interest from page one and keeps you wanting to go to the next page because you can't help to want to figure out the misteries hidden on this book. Read more
Published 9 months ago by maluliriano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!
The characters were endearing and kept me guessing where this story was headed. I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed it more than I had expected. Great read!
Published 10 months ago by luciano
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Time, a dominant agent in the Room of Tears, relentlessly flexes this story's past and present, inserting five indelible main characters into undone stages of loss, recovery and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Readerist
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting journey
Room of Tears is a good read. It is different then what I usually read but I enjoyed it. This is a deep story that encompasses so much. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maggie Thom
3.0 out of 5 stars a different kind of mystery
it was an interesting read, but no what I expected. Although it gave you some insight into 9/11, the characters did not see true to me. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bev b
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More About the Author

I am a long hand writer. As a mother of three children with an itch to write, I had to find the time, anywhere any place. There was no sacred space in my car during soccer practices, under an umbrella on raindrenched sidelines, or in fast food restaurants and in chain hotels.

Those beginnings were many years ago - but I continue to be inspired by my children. Blessed in so many ways, I embark on this authors journey to invite you the reader to know and love my work. Please feel free to leave a review.

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