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M.K. Tod,

author of

Unravelled,

presented on France Book Tours,
is coming back with her latest novel !

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Author M. K. Tod

will be on Tour

September 15-24, 2014

with

Lies Told In Silence

[historical fiction]

 Release date: end of July 2014
at Tod Publishing

367 pages

ISBN: 978-0 991967025

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SYNOPSIS

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. [provided by the author]

“On a tiny French island, a couple of American dreamers redefine their lives by restoring a ruin—which in this lovely, shimmering story becomes a parable of a saner, greener, more sustainable path that we all can follow if we will but listen to the wisdom of the villagers the way the Wallaces did. The French House moves to a soulful, very funny rhythm all its own.” – Meryl Streep – See more at: http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/french-house.html#sthash.EZxaUrnJ.dpuf

“A journalist and fiction writer’s account of how a crumbling house he bought on a French island became his family’s unexpected refuge and salvation…Warm, funny and full of heart.” – Kirkus

“You’ve never been any place as beguiling as Don Wallace’s Belle Ile. He’s a funny, literate raconteur with a story full of fine twists, soulful turns, and fantastic neighbors.” – William Finnegan, author of Cold New World

“On a tiny French island, a couple of American dreamers redefine their lives by restoring a ruin—which in this lovely, shimmering story becomes a parable of a saner, greener, more sustainable path that we all can follow if we will but listen to the wisdom of the villagers the way the Wallaces did. The French House moves to a soulful, very funny rhythm all its own.” – Meryl Streep – See more at: http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/french-house.html#sthash.EZxaUrnJ.dpuf

“A journalist and fiction writer’s account of how a crumbling house he bought on a French island became his family’s unexpected refuge and salvation…Warm, funny and full of heart.” – Kirkus

“You’ve never been any place as beguiling as Don Wallace’s Belle Ile. He’s a funny, literate raconteur with a story full of fine twists, soulful turns, and fantastic neighbors.” – William Finnegan, author of Cold New World

“On a tiny French island, a couple of American dreamers redefine their lives by restoring a ruin—which in this lovely, shimmering story becomes a parable of a saner, greener, more sustainable path that we all can follow if we will but listen to the wisdom of the villagers the way the Wallaces did. The French House moves to a soulful, very funny rhythm all its own.” – Meryl Streep – See more at: http://www.sourcebooks.com/store/french-house.html#sthash.EZxaUrnJ.dpuf

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 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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TOUR QUOTATIONS

The Fictional 100

Tod has a clear, flowing writing style; her prose spins out in a rolling, companionable way with just enough added description to create a sense of immediacy for the reader–so important to the success of any historical fiction… This novel was a five-star read for me, and I highly recommend it!

Caffeinatedlife.net

Lies Told in Silence is a well-written, well-researched novel of the time period and setting. The author does a wonderful job in bringing the struggles of World War One–from the men suffering at the front, to the families waiting in strained anxiety for news of their loved ones and struggling to make do with what they have–to life in the pages…
Readers of historical fiction and novels set in France and during World War One will want to check out this title.

Readerly Musings

The descriptions in the story were nothing short of beautiful. Each one was cinematic in its writing and gave a true sense of the characters’ surroundings and experiences. At times authors focus more on action and dialogue rather than description, therefore it was a wonderful reprieve to be able to experience the story as though you were there.

Queen of All She Reads

If you like reading historical novels or historical romance, Lies Told in Silence is a book you’ll want to add to your list; filled with well-developed characters, the colorful and emotionally charged background of war and a young woman’s first romance, this is quite an enjoyable book.

Making My Mark

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.

Impressions in Ink

I became invested in the story in the first few pages. Their welfare and future kept me reading till the last page.

The French Village Diaries

This book is a powerful emotional read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and I’ll be really happy if Mary has more to write.

Words And Peace

For lovers of historical novels, the best way of reading something special at the occasion of the anniversary of WWI is to grab the latest book by M. K. Tod. Full of true to life characters and details on this somber page of French history, it will make you relive these dreadful events as if you were there, in the company of a normal family in northern France.

Book Nerd

Although a lengthy book, it was a worth the read and it was very satisfying.

The Bookish Owl

Lies Told In Silence was a lovely story and while the romantic relationship between Helene and her Canadian soldier failed to live up to my expectations, the individual growth the characters experienced amid conflict and strife is definitely worth a read.

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