Review: Lies Told In Silence by M.K. Tod, plus a giveaway

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Publisher: Tod Publishing, July 2014.
Genre: Historical Fiction, France, France Book Tours, World War I.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 367.
Rating: 4 Stars for Very Good.
Source: Free copy from M.K. Tod, and France Book Tours, in exchange for a review. All reviews expressed are of my own opinions and feelings. 


About The Author:
M.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.
Author's websiteGoodreads, Facebook, Twitter. 

Summary:
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]

My Thoughts:
Until a couple of years ago and before I took part in the War Through The Generations Challenge/WWI, I was ignorant of World War I. Since this time I have read several books, and I'm always on the look-out to read more books, as well as watch documentaries on television pertaining to this war. My paternal grandfather was in WWI. He arrived in France in 1918. I do not know any stories about his mark history. I was eight months old when he died. He had not shared stories with other family members. It is a loss, a tragic loss when family history is not passed down for future generations. 
Lies Told In Silence, gave me a solid view of how a French civilian lived during World War I. At times the story is from the voice of Helene, at other times her father or mother or grandmother takes over as the main voice. This gave a panoramic view of the war and of the story itself. Each character had a contribution from their feelings, losses, individual response to a war, previous memories of living through another war, and naivete at never having witnessed a war. 
Sacrifice is shown in Lies Told In Silence. When the book begins the rumblings of war has begun. Helene's father is on edge because he knows war is coming, but does not know when or where or how long it will last. He is terrified for the safety of his family. A loving father places his family's safety first. He makes sacrifices for the sake of his family. Even though his decisions were unpopular, the decisions were made out of love. The sacrifices of the men who fought for their country are shown, from distant and yet descriptive scenes of battle, to intimate personal experiences, for example, Helene's older brother, friends, and a lover.  
I became invested in the story in the first few pages. Their welfare and future kept me reading till the last page. 
I was disappointed in that I'd figured out how the story traveled and ended. I did not like the ending. 
I understood why the ending decisions were made, but I did not like it. 
Helene had been a smart and reasonable girl who had kept her logical mind. Her character had a transformation which was not a benefit and it had lasting consequences. 

Tour Information: 

Monday, September 15
Review Interview + Giveaway at Caffeinatedlife.net
Tuesday, September 16
Review + Excerpt + Giveaway at Book Nerd
Wednesday, September 17
Review + Giveaway at Making My Mark
Thursday, September 18
Review + Giveaway at Words And Peace
Friday, September 19
Review + Giveaway at Readerly Musings
Review + Giveaway at The Bookish Owl
Saturday, September 20
Review + Giveaway at The Fictional 100
Monday, September 22
Review + Giveaway at Queen of All She Reads
Tuesday, September 23
Review + Giveaway at Impressions in Ink
Wednesday, September 24
Review at The French Village Diaries

To enter the giveaway click on the title of book: Lies Told in Silence. 
Nine winners will be chosen to receive either a epub or mobi/Kindle ebook. 

Comments

  1. Hi Annette - many thanks for taking the time to read and review Lies Told in Silence. Sorry that you didn't like the ending :-( I'm curious - what would have worked better for you? Always trying to improve my writing!
    Warm wishes,
    Mary (aka M.K. Tod)

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  2. Thank you for posting a comment.
    I had debated on whether to elaborate more on this in the review but did not want a spoiler.
    In a situation that Helene was in according to the culture/society in which she lived she did not have a choice. I feel the ending where she revisited, they both knew what would happen as well as her husband. This was a let down, followed by another let down in that it did not work out. Either way a heart break was coming. The story is a tragic story, but this adds to the haunting and memorable quality of a love story. The what ifs and should not haves, etc.
    That a little of my two cents.

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  3. glad to see a dialog here between blogger and author. The ending may be tough for the romantic in me, but I personally thought it showed how war had made Helene grow into a very loving woman ready to sacrifice herself for the better good of others. Glad the book gave you a great view of daily life during WWI. Unravelled, by the same author, shows the same story from a different perspective, very good too

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