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 Even events that happened hundreds of years ago can come alive in journals, diaries, historical documents, architecture, and in paintings.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
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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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 www.awriterofhistory.com 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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