The Room UpstairsAuthor Ida Linehan Young ISBN 9781774571347 Binding Trade Paper Publisher Flanker Press Publication Date April 07, 2023 Size 140 x 216 mm
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Erin Sullivan arrives in Hope Falls intent on selling a piece of property, an old church turned B&B, that will become hers upon the death of her only living relative, Jane Ross, a maternal grandmother she's never seen nor known existed. Erin, having been orphaned at three years old, is anxious to get the deal done and move on. But she is curious to see the heartless woman who didn't claim her only grandchild after the accident that took her parents' lives nor make any attempt to contact her.
Meanwhile, Jane struggles to make sense of the regrets of the past and the threat of the present so her sacrifice will not have been in vain. How can she warn her loved ones of the danger associated with the B&B when she can no longer tell what is real herself?
As Erin uncovers details of the past, she is drawn to both her grandmother and the property. Can Erin figure out what Jane is trying desperately to tell her? Is it merely the ravings of a senile woman trying to make amends, or is there truth in what she's revealing? Can Erin figure it out before it's too late and everything is lost? Can she grasp what "everything" really means?
First and foremost, Ida Linehan Young is a grandmother to the most precious little boys, Parker and Samuel, a mother to three adult children, Sharon, Stacey, and Shawna, and a wife to Thomas. In her busy daily life, Ida works in the information technology sector of the federal government of Canada, and she volunteers her time in the community of Conception Bay South with the Kiwanis Club of Kelligrews.
Ida had a fascination with writing in her high school days, when she dabbled in poetry and essays. In 2012, she became serious about her writing with a story to tell, and that led to her memoir, No Turning Back: Surviving the Linehan Family Tragedy, in 2014. Having found a passion for writing, and with a love of local history and lore, she published four works of historical fiction: Being Mary Ro (2018), The Promise (2019), The Liars (2020), and The Stolen Ones (2021). In June 2021, the first three novels were issued the Silver Medal for Best Series? Fiction by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. The fourth novel in the series, The Stolen Ones, won the NL Reads 2022 competition and the Margaret Duley Award.
With strong influences from the familial art of storytelling passed down by her father, Ed Linehan, and her maternal grandfather, Frank Power, Ida writes stories about her beloved province, Newfoundland and Labrador. She enjoys researching events of the late nineteenth century and weaving fictional characters through historical tales that complement that cultural richness, renewing interest in the province's storied past.
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