August 15, 2014

Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod - Book Review and Giveaway


Add to GR Button 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.

My Review

I didn't realize it until I began reading Lies Told in Silence, but I don't think I had ever read a book about WWI before now.  I realized I had no idea how it started, what the issues were, who sided with whom, none of it.  M.K. Tod does a wonderful job of weaving the historical facts of the day with the delicate and moving story of Henri, Lise, Helene, and the rest of the family.  I found myself deeply moved by the tragedy of the war and the Noisettes' place in it.  M.K. Tod is an emotive storyteller and it shines through so that the reader feels emotional and sensitive reading it.  I liked the story from the points of view of Lise and Helene best, and Grandmere was my favorite character.  She was just down-to-earth, realistic without being harsh or apathetic, and she genuinely cared about her son and his family.

It was interesting for me to note that even in the early 20th century people did more speculating and gossiping about current events than they did actually finding out anything for themselves or even acknowledging that they did not know for sure.  A man heard from his cousin who is the butcher to the ambassador for Germany.  It's like that game telephone and the number of times something is repeated is the number of times something in the story will change.  I feel like that happens now, as well, only in mass form thanks to social media and numerous opinion programs and websites masquerading as factual news and real journalism. Some things never change.

If you are looking for a page-turning story, look no further than this emotive tale about the bond of family, the fierceness of love, the horrors of war, and the complications of difficult choices.

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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About the Author

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 – – 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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