I have a fascinating book to share with you called Room of Tears written by Linda Merlino. It is a little bit of some true history that happened on 9/11 mixed with a little paranormal.
Out of tragedies come heroes and miracles…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. The ending was something that I had no idea about until it actually was told in the last chapter.
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.
I pride myself on being able to predict most book endings but this one totally blew right by me and surprised me in one of the few times that my ability to figure out what the outcome would be did not happen.
This is a story about one woman who was married to one of the firefighters who perished in the South Tower on 9/11 and because of some unresolved issues with their marriage and a strange promise made to his wife before he left, this man's poor soul did not get to rest for a very long time.
The story is also about her son who thought he wanted to be a firefighter also but after becoming one, realized that it was not the life for him. He goes in a totally different direction but it is not news to his mother, who had a strange visit one day and was able to see the future and what her son would become.
This is a story that will chill you to the bone for several different reasons. It being about 9/11 will be one of those reasons but the second one will take your breath away.
I thought this book was too valuable to keep to myself so I am giving away the hard copy that I got to review to one winner. Open in the U.S. only. Good Luck Everyone!
Disclosure: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.