If I Cry I'll Fill the Ocean
The Catherine Linehan Story
Set in North Harbour, Newfoundland, this is one woman’s true story of fortitude and love.
In a life layered by tragedy and loss, Catherine Linehan’s ingrained response is to put one foot in front of the other and not succumb to grief. For the mother of ten children, five of whom perished in a house fire, this means “making some kind of best” out of the rest of her life.
If I Cry I’ll Fill the Ocean is the true story of how tears of cleansing and forgiveness are sacrificed to keep memories alive . . . and sanity in reach. This kind of courage only exists in the hearts and souls of those who have endured the unendurable.
“An amazing, shattering story told by an amazing, unshatterable woman.” — Marjorie Simmins, Author, Journalist, and Teacher
Toronto Star Best Seller List - May 4, 2022
#1 - Atlantic Books Today Top 5 Best Seller List for NL - April 2022
Globe & Maill Best Seller List - May 6, 2022
Hamilton Spectator Best Seller List - May 7, 2022
Catherine Linehan’s story is tragically awesome. The depth of anguish malevolent Fate has heaped on Catherine is heart-wrenching, yet the strength of will she exhibits to carry on is astoundingly awe-inspiring.”-- Harold Walters, LOTP: Life On This Planet --
This is such a well-written and captivating book. Ida Linehan Young delicately and movingly tells her mother’s story with honesty and integrity. Though she herself endured this great loss too, she remains unbiased and writes about the layers of her mom’s life with a deep sense of admiration and respect. While it may be difficult to read about such a monumental loss, it is one that readers will feel forever changed by. It’s a loving tribute to a strong woman who devoted her life to her family and is the epitome of courage in the eyes of adversity (even though she probably doesn’t know it). So if you can only read one book this summer, I’d suggest picking this one up and spending a little time with the Linehan’s. You’ll see that while there will always be tears, there can still be laughter and love can carry you through. -- Christa McGrath - Edward's Book Club --
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