Tower of Tears

Tower of Tears


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Betrayal. Despair. Murder. Mystery. Blackmail.

In 1820, a young woman and her son leave Ireland for a better life in America. She soon suffers heartache and tragedy, while residing with family whom she has never met. Unbeknownst to her, the family had already set her up with employment in a factory--a factory run by a lecherous man.

This is the first book in a series that will follow the McClusky family while they become Americanized while face with the Potato Famine, the US Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781497361270
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/25/2014
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Rhoda D'Ettore is a 15 year veteran with the United States Postal Service, having written her first book about the crazy antics that the public never sees. She is a lifelong resident of a Philadelphia suburb in New Jersey, and has a degree in Human & Social Services. She has been active in community service organizations which has benefitted US Veterans and abused animals.

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Tower of Tears (The McClusky Series Book 1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
Tower of Tears by Rhoda D’Ettore is a compelling book about an Irish family, who immigrated to  America during the 1800’s, looking for a better life. What they experienced instead though, was prejudice, betrayal and even murder.  Jane boarded the ship heading for America with her son, Liam while Thomas her husband, tearfully watched from Ireland’s shore. They had never been separated before, but life on their farm had become too difficult. Thomas promised to join Jane as soon as he could. It took two years though before he could travel to America. And in those two years life had changed drastically for the two of them. Jane’s time in America had not been easy or kind to her. But her life changed from a torturous existence to a living hell when her husband Thomas showed up. I loved this historical fiction book. Tower of Tears has everything in it, a great historical time and setting, love, romance, betrayal and even a murder mystery. I found the characters easy to care for and well developed. I would highly recommend reading this book.
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Life was hard for most people in 1820. At the time in Ireland the life expectancy was only 40 years. Most people worked the fields from sun up to sun down and only had Sundays off for church. Twenty-two year old Jane made a promise to her mother that she would take a ship away from Ireland with her three-year old son for a better life in America. Jane’s husband Thomas would join her when he could afford the trip. As soon as she gets on the ship, Jane finds out she is pregnant and things are going to be harder than she thought. When she makes it to Philadelphia she finds learns the family she will live with expects her to work and pay rent. They have a job lined up for her, she then has to deal with a boss that sexually assaults her. Tower Of Tears by Rhoda D’Ettore is a hard book to put down. The story is excellent with a little mystery and quite a few twists.  The characters are great and the book does a great job showing you what life was like in 1820. After reading this I found myself thinking that if I had to live in this period I couldn’t survive. Times were hard for Irish immigrants back then with lots of businesses refusing to hire them. It was even harder for a woman, as Jane’s boss is about to sexually assault her he tells Jane to check all the signs around town that say they won’t hire Irish Immigrants and Jane feels hopeless and does what he asks. Jane’s story had me hooked right away, this woman thinks she is going to live the American dream but her dream quickly becomes a nightmare. She looks for help from the church which is unwilling to help her. This woman who tries so hard to be a good mother and wife does her best to survive but society is against her. In a time when the church is an important institution in people’s lives, Jane feels abandoned by god and is left to deal with her problems with help from her family. Tower Of Tears  shows how women of this period get treated through Jane’s story and through some of the other female characters. You see Katie,  the woman Jane moves in with deal with this man’s world in her own unique way. Woman were not allowed to own property during this period and when Katie’s husband goes missing while working in a mine, she finds a way to keep her home. One of my favorite scenes in the book was when a female friend of Jane’s who was attacked by a male intruder and had the property in her husband’s home damaged.  She has the police come to the home and they say they can find and arrest the man responsible but not for the assault on her, only for the damage to property. The woman points out how horrible it is that someone can get away with abusing a woman but this is how it is during the 1820’s. Tower Of Tears is an excellent read, I can’t say enough good things about it.  I loved how strong the female characters were and the glimpse of how society was at the time. This book even has some humor as Katie’s mother shares stories of things they will have in the future such as a washing machine. This book is a masterpiece and even if you don’t like historical fiction you will like this.
GetYaWings More than 1 year ago
A powerful read that provides a look back into history. D’Ettore is clearly very well informed, thus able to paint the reader a vivid picture of the time in which this novel takes place. I’m immediately submerged into the dramatic lives of Jane & family and pleasantly surprised when the book does not always stick to my predictions. Reading this book, I’m surprised to realize my open mind – normally I wouldn’t be able to muster up much respect for a woman who stays in a relationship with certain negative aspects involved but the times in which she lives paired with her beliefs do make sense and I find myself emphasizing with her.   Despite all the hardships, there is humor  - I rarely laugh out loud as I read but I did here. Mysteries are abundant and there were a couple twists that caught me off guard completely – this read was never dull and I cannot wait for more in this series.
MelaniePSmith_Author More than 1 year ago
Tower of Tears is an historical fiction novel set in the early 1800’s.  It follows the life of a young woman (Jane) and her son (Liam) as they leave their husband and father (Thomas) behind in Ireland to travel to America in hopes of a better life.  Thomas plans to remain in Ireland with Jane’s brother (Michael) until he can raise the funds to join his family at a later date.  Although Jane and Thomas were happy together in Ireland, the separation proves catastrophic for both in the end.   Jane discovers she is pregnant on the long journey to America making for a difficult voyage.  Things go downhill from there.  Rather than living the American Dream she had hoped for, she is forced to endure a nightmare.  Jane physically survives trauma after trauma but is emotionally broken.  Meanwhile, back in Ireland Thomas begins to fall apart.  He can’t cope with the loneliness and depression he endures while missing his wife and son.  The choices he makes will have lasting consequences for his family both in Ireland and in America.   In addition to the story of Jane, Thomas and Liam, Rhoda D’Ettore weaves in numerous secondary characters to keep the story interesting.  The characters are believable and well developed.  This book has it all; heartache, tragedy, suspense, murder and love.  There were very few grammatical errors or typos and the story flowed smoothly throughout.  I would certainly recommend this story to those who enjoy historical fiction.  
susanneleist More than 1 year ago
This is a superb tale of an Irish woman, Jane McClusky, who travels to Philadelphia with her son. Her husband is left behind to raise money for his voyage and to support them. It is the 1820's. Women are treated like second class citizens. Jane is weakened by this journey and all else that happens to her in the promised land. The book describes the poor living and working conditions of immigrants. It also shows the contempt people had for the Irish as they overflowed into Philadelphia. Jane lives with relatives but she is told that she must work. She finds out she's pregnant and fears for her job. She is raped by her boss but she is powerless. The priest tells her to ask forgiveness for her sins. Her life gets worse when her husband comes to the city. He drinks heavily. She cares for her cousin Richard, who in turn loves her. She spurns her husband's advances, which leads him to physically abusing her. Then the murder and mystery begins in the plot. There are murders by likely and unlikely people. Right when you become complacent with the story, the plot twists and turns. This story held my attention right from the start.
amyshan More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this down. The story of Jane, who immigrated to American in the 1800's from Ireland, bringing her only son, but having to leave behind her husband, because they couldn't afford to go to America together. It demonstrates the horror and sadness of having to leave behind her love, travel on a ship for weeks in disgusting conditions, only to get to America. To live the American dream, when it is not all that she hoped it would be. It's a constant struggle for the characters, which are very likeable and with all the adversity this family faces, extended family included, I truly rooted for each one to overcome it. Jane is a powerful character, and her connection with Katie and Richard is unforgettable. "She left Ireland to find a better life. She found Hell instead." The story is full of surprises and with the sadness and tears, brings shocks and more anticipation for the next surprise. I can't wait to read more in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Tower of Tears by Rhoda D’Ettore is a captivating tale of immigrant life in the 19th century. The story captures the hardships, tragedies, and fears of 19th century immigrants. The harsh realities of discrimination and hard times come as quite a shock to the Irish who come looking for a better life in the shadow of crop failure and starvation. The overbearing, misogynistic Catholic Church adds to the plight of female immigrants who look to their church for solace but find only judgment. I appreciated the underlying themes of family, loyalty and strong work ethic. Rhoda D’Ettore’s characters are well developed and consistent. There were no shocking changes in personality even as shocking plot twists are introduced. The plot is well paced and the portrayal of immigrant life is realistic. Tower of Tears is a very enjoyable, albeit heart-wrenching, first book in D’Ettore’s McClusky Series. Fans of historical fiction will find this book appealing. ***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tower of Tears by Rhoda D’Ettore, which I received through a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for a review, caught my attention immediately.  This is the story of Jane, a female Irish immigrant who arrived in the Philadelphia area during the early 1800’s.  She came with her son to live with relatives whom she did not know.  Her husband was left behind to work the farm and to save money for his own passage. This story captures the hardships, the tragedies, the fears, the heartaches and takes the reader on an emotional ride.  There are secrets, surprises, despair, mysteries and unexpected twists which result in the reader continually wanting to get to the next page.  I was totally entrapped into the story, completing it in two sittings. The characters were wonderfully created.  Jane, the main character, was a strong, intelligent, loving mother to Liam who was a delightful, happy, fun-loving little boy. He laughed, loved and played with his cousins with carefree abandon.  It was no surprise that Jane died in childbirth and it was sad that 3 children were left behind with no parents.  However, given the time, the place and the circumstances, this may not have been so very unusual.  Richard, Eva, Katie, Michael, Thomas, Mr. Landon, Mrs. Poole all had unique personalities.  Each one of them remained consistent in their character throughout the story. Some of the other themes that surfaced throughout the story included the importance of family and the family relationships, the need for a strong work ethic and the rigidity of the Catholic Church. A criticism that I have, is that the story changes in the latter chapters to a much lighter tone ................ perhaps the author intended that ............... however, for me, it felt out of place.  Also, there seemed to be an over abundance of time spent on the shortcomings and rigidity of the Catholic Church toward the concerns of Jane and then Michael. Overall, I found Tower of Tears to be a fascinating and captivating read.  I highly recommend this story.