Today I am thrilled to welcome Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours to the Book Binder’s Daughter. They have put together a great blog tour for the historical fiction novel Lies Told In Silence by M.K. Tod. You can read my review and win a copy of your very own to enjoy.
Helene Noisette is sixteen years old and living with her well-to-do family in Paris on the eve of World War I. Helene’s father works at the Department of War Ministry so he is privy to sensitive information as far as national security matters are concerned. He knows that if a war with Germany breaks out that his family could be in danger, so he moves entire family, including Helene, to country home in the rural town of Beaufort.
M.K. Tod provides the reader with details about the causes that led to so many countries declaring war. Henri, Helene’s father, works for the government and through his conversations and observations the author creatively gives us an informative and interesting history lesson.
Helene and her family are changed by the war in ways that they never could have imagined. Mary Tod masterfully depicts the struggles of everyday life in war torn France. Families and friends are separated, love is put on hold, and ordinary life is greatly altered. Helene, her mother and grandmother, who are all used to a pampered existence that included servants, shopping and social gatherings are now forced to fend for themselves in the remote town of Beaufort. As they cook and sew and spend more time together, they have a chance to form stronger relationships that they would not otherwise have forged. Helene learns over the course of four years in her forced “exile” that she has become a strong, independent woman capable of making her own decisions about her life.
While they are in Beaufort, Helene meets Edward Jamison, a Canadian soldier whose regiment is stationed not far from Beaufort. When Helen meets him at a small social gathering, her life is changed forever. Will the war keep these two apart, or will they be able to find their way to each other when the fighting ceases?
Helene’s oldest brother, Guy, is also fighting on the front lines in France. He is wounded twice in the battles and the descriptions of his illnesses and the hospital conditions bring into vivid focus the horrible consequences that this mechanized and deadly war had on a generation of youth. This was a very emotional read for me, as I went from feeling sadness, to joy, to anger, to hope all in the span of its 368 pages. Do yourself a favor and read LIES TOLD IN SILENCE, if not only for the emotional read, but also to gain a deeper appreciation for the complexities of The Great War. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to win a copy for yourself. Open Internationally.
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 – 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.
Lies Told in Silence Blog Tour & Book Blast Schedule:
Thursday, July 31
Book Blast at Royalty Free Fiction
Saturday, August 2
Book Blast at Mythical Books
Friday, August 8
Book Blast at The Maiden’s Court
Wednesday, August 13
Review at The Writing Desk
Sunday, August 17
Book Blast at Brooke Blogs
To win a copy of M.K. Tod’s Lies Told In Silence please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway form below. Giveaway is open internationally! Click here to enter: Rafflecopter Giveaway.
*Giveaway ends at 11:59pm on August 18th. You must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter on August 19th and notified via email. Winner have 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.
Thanks so much for stopping by on the book tour and thanks to M.K. Tod for a great book. Historical Fiction Virtual book tours has a lot of other great tours going on right now, so be sure to check out their website.