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

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I’m often asked why I enjoy history as much as I do. Some say, it’s in the past, why bother. For me, though, history is alive. Even events that happened hundreds of years ago can come alive in journals, diaries, historical documents, architecture, and in paintings. This list isn’t exhaustive of course. Also, authors who write historical fiction bring past events back to life and immerse readers into another time. Not every author succeeds completely.

World War I is a time period that fascinates me and when Emma asked if I wanted to take part in the book tour for Lies Told In Silence I immediately said yes. Life has been a bit chaotic lately and I spaced that I was signed up for this book tour. Luckily I started reading the book last week and it didn’t take long for me to become completely engrossed in the novel. If this didn’t happen I may not have finished on time or I would have had to force myself to stay up late a few nights to meet my deadline. I hate having to do that. I don’t mind reading late into the night when I’m enjoying the book, but forcing myself to read just to read is not enjoyable. Reading should be fun and not like homework.

This story, while it takes place in France during the war, is a universal story. Two young people meet, fall in love, and want to spend the rest of their lives together. Sounds simple. But nothing in life is ever simple, especially when love, war, and families are involved. The trials and tribulations that Helene and Edward endured kept me turning the pages. I smiled, wept, cheered, laughed, and gasped. It’s a wonderful story that hooked me and when I found at the end that it continues in another book I wasn’t upset at all. I’m glad it isn’t over just yet.


Lies Told In Silence

 Release date: end of July 2014

367 pages

ISBN: 978-0 991967025


In May 1914, Helene Noisette’s father believes war is imminent. Convinced Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his wife, daughter, mother and younger son to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts a few months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium with the intent of sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front.

During the years that follow, with the rumbling of guns ever present in the distance, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, constant fear and the dreadful impacts of war. In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier who was wounded in the battle of Vimy Ridge.

But war has a way of separating lovers and families, of twisting promises and dashing hopes, and of turning the naïve and innocent into the jaded and war-weary. As the months pass, Helene is forced to reconcile dreams for the future with harsh reality.

Lies Told in Silence examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice, and the unexpected consequences of lies.


Lies Told - M. K. TodM.K. Tod writes historical fiction featuring WWI and WWII.

Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED, was selected as Indie Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society.

In addition to her writing, Mary maintains the blog  where she talks about reading and writing historical fiction.
She has also conducted two well-regarded historical fiction reader surveys and in her spare time reviews books for the Historical Novel Society.

M.K. Tod is delighted to hear from readers at mktod at bell dot net.

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Now for the giveaway. Please click on this link to enter the contest. There will be nine e-book winners (mobi and epub) and it’s open internationally.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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37 Responses to Review and Giveaway of Lies Told in Silence by M. K. Tod

  1. Sounds good, I don’t like historical novels across the board but I do like the world war ones. It’s a world so near in time and yet unimaginable. I entered the giveaway 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I’m a sucker for any historical fiction, but I’m a history nerd. More contemporary history is easier for me to fathom, though. Best of luck with the giveaway. I was so relieved it was open internationally!

  2. Historical fiction has become one of my favourite genres over the last few years, and this one looks really good, so of course I entered the contest :).

  3. Beth Ann says:

    Nice review, TBM! You have such an interesting network of friends and it is always great to find more authors who have interesting stories to tell. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Hi TBM – so pleased you enjoyed Lies Told in Silence. Many thanks for taking the time to read it. I’m excited to see that some of your readers are interested as well. Warm regards, M.K. Tod (aka Mary)

  7. thanks for your nice review. The neat thing is that Unravelled has been published last year, so you won’t have to wait to read it. We had a very successful tour for it on FBT as well, I personally thoroughly enjoyed it

  8. Awesome. I LOVE history too. Those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it–that’s my take. It’s amazing as you really get into it, how much humanity is exactly the same, no matter the time period. Fascinating stuff.

    • TBM says:

      It is amazing. People, places, and events vary but essentially the big things like love don’t change that much in history. It’s good and bad.

      • And that’s why I love writing about ‘ordinary people’ in the past. I also like the tangibility of WWI – it’s history but not that far in the past that we can’t identify with people in our own families who lived then.

  9. Sounds fantastic! I like some history, and I know I watch too much History Channel. *LOL*

  10. Great review, TBM! Thanks for introducing us to MK…I’m thinking I might change my name to JW. 🙂
    Congratulations to MK on the Indie Editor’s Choice award…that’s awesome!

  11. Again, I’m hooked. HOOKED. I’ll need to live to be 150 and stop buying books soon.

  12. authors of historical fiction impress me so much – they have depth, patience, and a talent for taking the reader back in time. and it sounds like an awesome love story too! congrats!

    • TBM says:

      I too am amazed by their skill especially when it’s done well. I’ve read some that claim to be historical fiction and as a reader I couldn’t discern the time period. It’s a delicate balance of not including too many details to annoy the reader and having just enough to place them in the right time period.

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Tara. I’m obsessed with writing – and I’m a former business and IT person!!

  13. You have lots of lovely readers, TBM!

  14. cleemckenzie says:

    I once built a course around historical fiction. Never got to teach it, but I loved the idea of learning about history through stories. This one’s wonderful. I’d include it in that course, for sure.

  15. I enjoy historical movies and books, especially with heavy doses of romance. I’m pleased to meet M.K.

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  17. I always enjoy HF books and this one sounds excellent. I haven’t read any other books that take place during WWI- so this is especially appealing. Wishing MK the best of luck!

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