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The Room Upstairs

by (author) Ida Linehan Young

Flanker Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
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    Apr 2023
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There’s something strange going on at the Journey’s End.

Erin Sullivan has come to Hope Harbour intent on selling the old church-turned-inn. It belongs to her maternal grandmother, Jane Ross, a woman Erin never knew. The property will become Erin’s when Jane dies, which could be any day now. And considering this heartless woman abandoned Erin after the death of her parents when she was only three years old, she just wants to get it over with.

But as she uncovers details of the past, she is drawn to her dying grandmother. Jane tries to warn Erin of a great threat, but Erin doesn’t understand. In a desperate attempt to find answers before it’s too late, Erin struggles to unravel the mysteries of her parents’ deaths, the Journey’s End Inn, and the people of Hope Harbour.

Only then will she truly learn what it means to lose everything.

About the author

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. The novel was also a 2022 Bronze Medal Winner (Historical Fiction) of the eLit Awards, presented by the Jenkins Group. Ida’s second work of non-fiction, If I Cry I’ll Fill the Ocean, appeared on the Globe and Mail bestsellers list. In 2023, Ida published her first work of speculative fiction, The Room Upstairs, which appeared on the Atlantic Books Today bestsellers list. 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. Sometimes she writes across different genres just to tell a story.

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