Book Review: “Tears of My Angel”

| August 13, 2012

Life is unpredictable. When we least expect it, it can be changed forever. That moment came for author Benedetta Lino when her one-year-old daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the possible result of a serious adverse reaction to the DPT vaccination. Yet in the years to come, Benedetta refused to give up hope and refused to let her daughter experience anything less than true and unconditional love. Heartwarming, yet bittersweet, Tears of My Angel recounts the years of struggle, pain, love, and hope that the Lino family endured. Benedetta recounts the early years of her daughter’s life, of the numerous tests and hospital stays, until the diagnosis finally came in 1985. But from that moment on, things only became more difficult. As Benedetta and her husband learned to care for their daughter in the comfort of their home, they found strength in each other and in the love they had for Laura. As the years passed, and the normal milestones of a child’s life passed with-out being celebrated, the family instead celebrated the beauty of life, of Laura’s courage, and of the power of love. Tears of My Angel inspires, educates, and encourages, but most of all, it reafirms the ability of hope and love to sustain us through our darkest days. The author, Benedetta Lino, was born in Palermo, Sicily. She came to the United States in 1966 an attended Our Lady of Angels grammar school and Immaculate High School. Lino resides in Elmwod Park, Illinois with her husband, Tany, their two children.

The decision to write Tears of My Angel came to me some years ago as my husband and I sat at our daughter’s bedside in a children’s hospital. Her diagnosis was severe Cerebral Palsy. The news was devaststing. This is my memoir and it recounts the years that followed. This is a book that will inspire everyone. It is a story about the power of true love and the power of hope

Tears of My Angle is available in both hardcover and paperback at and Barnes & Noble. It is also available for Kindles and Nook.

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Barbara is the publisher of People and Places Newspaper which she started in August of 2011. A lifelong resident of Schiller Park, she always felt it important that residents needed to be kept informed about their communities. Since newspaper coverage for Schiller Park stopped about twenty years ago, she made it a goal to bring a newspaper back to the area. She tries to include all of Leyden Township in her reporting and wants to keep true with the mission of the paper to "inform, educate and entertain."

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