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This is the lan of opportunity that Jane, an Irish immigrant, and her son land in. Needless to say, it's a harsh awakening, and they discover a country that's somewhat less than enthralled to meet them. Tower of Tears is the story of a family struggling to get by and the lengths they go to just to make it from day to day. It's not an easy book to read but the best books rarely are. Tower of Tears will take you places, and even if those places aren't always nice they're places everyone should know about.
Tower of Tears is as much a history lesson as it's a work of fiction and the world becomes just as much a character as the rest of the characters in the book. The world around Jane, Liam, Katie, Michael, Thomas, and the rest influences their decisions and drives their motives, and that makes for an interesting read. All too often historical ficiton focuses exclusively on the role the environment and ignores the characterization of the people driving the narrative. Tower of Tears manages to effectively blend the environment and the characters to
Jane is hoping for a better life in America for her and her son. She is forced to leave behind her husband and everything she knows to go live with relatives whom she has never even met. From the moment she arrives, nothing is as she thought it would be. That "better life" has a much higher cost than she ever imagined. Forced to work and suffer the many indignities that women of that time period went through, she does it for her son and with hope of being reunited with her husband. She hopes that life with her husband in this new country will be worth the suffering. Not everything lives up to what you hope it to be and people are not always as good as you make them in your mind. Unfortunately, Jane learns her lessons the hard way.
Every time something good seems to be coming for the sweet and caring Jane, it doesn't. Her life is one sadness after another. I guess her story could be called a tragedy.
The author has woven the strife and the circumstances that existed at the time with the tale of hope and freedom in a delicate and heartfelt way. The only word fitting enough to describe this story is beautiful.
L'Ettore balances good writing with compelling storytelling in Towers of Tears. The characters are believable and real. Jane McClusky, the main protagonist, jumps right out of the pages and right into your heart. From the first page you can't help but to totally fall in love with her and feel for her plight. The whole time you're on the edge of your seat wondering what catastrophe is going to be around the corner for her and her son, Liam.
I seriously can’t say enough positive things about this book. It’s a compelling adventure with some truly heartbreaking moments. The history of the early nineteenth century in American comes alive. The book contains some of the most well developed characters I’ve read in a while.
Usually I gravitate more toward murder mystery books, but I loved this book nonetheless. If you're looking for a good book in the historical fiction genre, I highly recommend Tower of Tears by Rhoda D'Ettore!
It was a dull, drawn out saga about an already much written about period in history (Irish migration to the US) but none of the characters had any depth and the story was simply silly in parts (all those murders without any consequences? Really?). The only character of any interest was the main character, Jane, but we never really understood her and then she was killed off in a single paragraph about 3 quarters of the way in.
The writing style was tedious and unrealistic. And the authors constant (and I do mean CONSTANT!) use of phrases such as "what say you?" and "God be good" had me rolling my eyes and laughing. Even the historical aspects were suspect.
I got through it cause I had nothing else to read but the thought of purchasing book number 2 is not even on my agenda as a possibility.
I'm not quite sure how it has managed to garner such a high rating. But if you want a decent book to compare it to, then please go and read the amazing Angelas Ashes or A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - then you will see how a story is really meant to be written.