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.
Publication Date: June 29, 2014
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Formats: eBook, Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
This is my first book by M.K. Tod, Unravelled is her first but in no way do you have to read it before this one )because I didn't). But if you are like me you'll automatically want to read, mine is already loaded on my kindle ready to go.
"No, she thought, war is for history books, not for us to experience firsthand. It's for faraway places known only on maps."
Taking another look at World War I, through the eyes of a young girl. The raw and personal affect his war had on the citizens of France, especially the Noisette family, is played out in these 353 pages. There are no wasted words or filler pages here. Though mainly focusing on the daughter Helene, the author has painted a real picture about how this war has transformed the lives of family, friends and neighbors. As the title indicates there are lies here, deceit, scandal as well as relational issues within the family, all things that make a great read.
I really like Mary Tod's writing style. There is no beating around the bush, she tells it like it is (or was) that had me not just feeling this story but visualizing it also. Her research is cleanly shown here in this book. Definitely an author I will be reading more of. This book will appeal to those that like reading about WW I, especially taking place in France or that just like a good HF read.
It is the things you choose or the things you don't
choose that make your life.
choose that make your life.
‘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
Praise for Lies Told in Silence
‘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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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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