In 1914 Paris half the city expects war while the other half scoffs at the possibility.
With knowledge gained from his role at the War Department, Henri Noisette fears that Germany may soon attack Paris. He therefore sends his wife, mother and two younger children to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. By late 1914, instead of a safe haven, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front.
As war unfolds, Henri’s daughter, Helene, grows up quickly and in 1917 falls in love with Edward Jamieson, a young Canadian soldier.
The novel examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice and the unexpected consequence of lies.
Praise for Lies Told in Silence
“Dramatically depicts the horror and heartbreak of war, while also celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.” – SHARON KAY PENMAN author of A King’s Ransom
‘An intricate, well-researched novel of life forever changed by WWI yet still sweet with the tender innocence of the age.’ – DONNA RUSSO MORIN author of The King’s Agent
‘M.K. Tod is a powerful new voice in the historical fiction genre.’ – AMY BRUNO Historical fiction blogger at Passages to the Past
‘An absorbing and rewarding historical read .. depicting the ruinous impact of war on human lives across the generations.’ – MARGARET EVANS PORTER author of The Proposal
‘A compelling read right up to its taut page-turning ending.’ – RICHARD LEE founder of the Historical Novel Society
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M.K. Tod has enjoyed a passion for historical novels that began in her early teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer. During her twenties, armed with Mathematics and Computer Science degrees, she embarked on a career in technology and consulting continuing to read historical fiction in the tiny snippets of time available to working women with children to raise.
In 2004, she moved to Hong Kong with her husband and no job. To keep busy Mary decided to research her grandfather?s part in the Great War. What began as an effort to understand her grandparents? lives blossomed into a full time occupation as a writer. Her debut novel is UNRAVELLED: Two wars, Two affairs. One Marriage. LIES TOLD IN SILENCE, her second novel, is set in WWI France and tells the story of Helene Noisette who featured in Unravelled. Mary has an active blog – www.awriterofhistory.com – which discusses all aspects of historical fiction and includes author and reader interviews. Additionally, she is a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. Mary lives in Toronto where she is happily married with two adult children.
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Thursday, July 31
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Book Blast at Mythical Books
Friday, August 8
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Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 29 June, 2014
Publisher: Tod Publishing
Review Written: 30 July, 2014
As a growing trend in the Historical Fiction genre, there has been a rise in fiction written on, as a whole, the Great War or World War I. Deemed to be the biggest war (at it’s time) as something that no one would hope to ever see again (sadly it didn’t happen that way), the Great War presents itself as a plethora of information that’s just waiting for someone to come along and write from it. Tod’s book does just that.
Covering the War from 1914 to 1918, Tod introduces us to an array of exciting characters. We are introduced at first to Helene, one of the daughters of Henri Noisette who over the course of the war begins to fall in love and romanticize over the possibility of a young Canadian Soldier Edward Jamieson. The novel poses the most interesting question; can love survive in a world full of nothing but war and despair. What will the cost be to keep that love alive?
Tod’s writing is superb, a fascinatingly intricate and detailed summary of Paris in 1914 while continuing to showcase the beauty of finding hope in a dark time. Smooth sentences and flowing chapters, lend to the intense yet pleasant read that this book provides.
All in all, I recommend people pick it up and check it out!