Tower of Tears (The McClusky Series, #1) by Rhoda D’Ettore (Review by #NerdGirlJulie)


Title: Tower of Tears (The McClusky Series, #1) 

Author: Rhoda D’Ettore

Published Date: May 1st 2014

Genre: Historical Fiction


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“If God be good, Mr. Landon shall burn in the eternal flames of hell. If God be bad, he shall suffer much worse.”

Despair. Love. Abuse. Murder. Mystery. Tragedy.

In 1820, Jane McClusky sets out for Philadelphia from Ireland with her toddler son, hoping for a better life. Her husband remains in Ireland, trying to save money for his voyage, while she resides with cousins she has never met. Jane must meet the challenges of crossing the Atlantic, residing with virtual strangers, and working a factory job in a new land.

She soon faces tragedy, betrayal, and heart ache. The New World was not what she expected it to be.

Each book of this series will follow different generations of the McClusky family as they become Americanized, while facing such events as the Potato Famine, the US Civil War, and the Industrial Revolution.


***Review Advises there is a rape scene but it isn’t graphically described***
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***#NerdGirlJulie Review***
Tower of Tears by Rhoda D’Ettore is a captivating tale of immigrant life in the 19th century. If half-stars were available, I would give this story 3.5 stars.

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.


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