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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 two months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium, sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twIn 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 two months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium, 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, fear and the dreadful impacts of war. In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier 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 naive 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....

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Lies Told in Silence Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-03-31 09:58

    Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....Unravelled, M.K. Tod's debut novel, made quite an impression when I read it last year. Moving and emotionally authentic it was unlike any wartime romance I'd yet encountered and if I'm honest, it set an expectation that was unusually high for an newly published author. Naturally, I was both excited and nervous about tackling the follow-up, but Lies Told in Silence proved just as eloquent and emotive as its predecessor. Written as a complimentary stand-alone, Lies Told is Silence incorporates faces and events familiar to those who've read Unravelled, but the story is in no way dependent on Tod's original publication so one needn't worry over reading the books in any particular order. That said, I personally enjoyed picking out those details that connect the two and appreciate the effort Tod put into crafting continuity despite the varied motifs and themes of each piece.A multi-generational story, Tod's chronicle of a French family during the chaos of WWI intrigued me for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I liked seeing the war from the perspective of those who bore witness to the destruction of their homeland rather than those who sought glory in its defense. I also enjoyed the contrast Tod created not only between the male and female characters, but among the different age groups represented within the narrative. Historically speaking, Tod offers a wonderfully detailed glimpse of the period, but as with Unravelled, I felt her understanding of what it means to be human amid the terror and torment of such hostilities outshone the fact-based elements of the book. Set against the backdrop of war, Tod writes of lives transformed by combat and the vitality of those left standing when the dust finally settles. Her books make wonderful war stories, but she is in her element writing of those caught on the tides of battle.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-18 08:04

    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. Read my full review here:

  • Debbie
    2019-04-14 13:05

    I went into this novel with some expectations. Since I am a long time lover of the genre, I anticipated really enjoying this book about a French family caught in the middle of the first World War. M.K. Tod DID NOT disappoint! This novel reminded me a lot of "Gone With The Wind." The characters, places, historical background and the flawless plot all made me feel as if I was reading a companion novel of the classic. Although the storyline is much different, the telling of the events that started the war and the devastation that plagues the family, is a great remembrance of the novel.But if I enlist now, I'll have better opportunities. Better opportunities! She threw the words back at him. What possible opportunity could come from your enlistment? An earlier opportunity to die or to kill men from another country? A better opportunity to watch the horror unfold? A chance to see your friends disfigured, their lives forever altered? Tell me, what opportunity, Guy? The language of this novel is very reminiscent of the old days. "Maman" is used for mother, the respect that young people have for their parents is so refreshing, I just fell in love with the writing from page one. The detail that was put into explaining the different places was exquisite.This novel takes a look at WWI from the viewpoint of Helene a young girl who is shipped off to a far off country town before the war even starts. Her Maman, grandmere, and younger brother occapuny her to Beaufort. Helene is not happy at all. Coming from Paris where all the excitement is, she can't imagine leaving all her friends and starting over in this "poe dunk town" but she goes anyway. While there, the bonds that are forged between three generations of woman is remarkable. The three women really help each other out. They get better acquainted and make the best of this horrible situation.No, she thought, war is for history books, not for us to experience firsthand. It's for faraway places known only on maps.If you are a fan of historical fiction as I am, you simply MUST pick this book up and give M.K. Tod the opportunity to "wow' you as she has me. I will soon be picking up "Unraveled" the companion novel to this one. I can't wait to read more from this writer.

  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    2019-04-06 08:03

    "Lies Told in Silence" is the story of Helene, a young French woman who is just a girl when the book begins. The conditions for World War I are starting to brew. Helene knows that her entire life is going to change. Her family moves to the country in order to be further away from the war. They want safety but as with so many in that part of the world, they find that it is impossible to get away from something that is beating down your front door.This is a story of love and what it means to pull together as a family in the time of war. We see Helene grow up in a world that is changing very quickly. She doesn't always like the changes but she understands that there is not much that she can do about it. At first, she can't believe that war is something that can actually happen to France and although her family is a little safer in the French countryside, the war still very much affects her family and changes the way that they have to live. Her father and beloved brother are sent to fight. Everyone in the family goes through changes but war may change Helene the most. She grows up with the war and at times, it seems like she may grow up too fast because of the war. At its core is really the love story between Helene and Edward, a Canadian soldier. I really, really liked the love story. Anyone who is a hopeless romantic will enjoy this story as well. The love that Helene has for Edward will change her life in ways that Helene cannot even imagine. The last third of the book really shows how this great love affects Helene and her family decades after it originally happened. I really liked the use of historical detail in this book. I also liked how some of the action in the book was told through letters, which incorporated a lot of historical detail itself. Overall, this is a good historical fiction story!

  • Cindy
    2019-03-29 09:39

    First of all, let me finish wiping away my tears so that I can write my review. Ok, that's better. From the very first page this story swept me away to another time and place where I felt like I was reunited with long lost friends. It is a story with such wonderfully developed characters that it made the time and the people of the Great War come alive for me. M.K. Tod has a natural gift for putting words together in just the right combination to create a tale so full of history, family, pain and love, that you can't help but be drawn in. I could literally feel the tension building as war was declared and the overwhelming fear and desperation as the war dragged on and families prayed for their sons and husbands in battle. Add to that an epic love story that kept my emotions building and building as the story reached its climax and an epilogue that left me with tears streaming down my face. An author who can make a reader feel so deeply has incredible talent.

  • Lucy Pollard-Gott
    2019-04-01 07:52

    Near the end of Lies Told in Silence, M. K. Tod’s beautifully rendered story of a French family during World War I, her main character, Hélène Noisette, wonders to herself: “Is it the things you choose or the things you don’t choose that make your life?” In any novel about war, this has to be one of the central questions. It could just as well be asked by Natasha Rostova in War and Peace or Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Events people didn’t choose came to their doorstep, and character was shaped by the will to retain the power of choice in the face of those events and to exercise it wisely. Choices, very much limited by circumstance, present themselves like a great divide–life could diverge this way or that–and Hélène had to confront many such fateful choices. Tod shows them to us with sensitivity and respect for all her characters’ humanity.The book opens in May 1914, when Hélène’s father, Henri, who works in the War Ministry in Paris, determines that it is no longer safe for his family to remain in Paris. Unwillingly, 16-year-old Hélène must move out of the city with her mother Lise, and her younger brother Jean. Her older brother, Guy, stays with his father in Paris to attend military school and prepare for the war. Mother, daughter, son, and Henri’s mother, Mariele, settle in the small town of Beaufort, northeast of Paris, at a family home once belonging to Henri’s sister. Neither Lise nor Hélène have been emotionally close to Mariele (Grandmère) up to this time, so it is an uneasy household at best. Hélène is miserable; she misses the excitement and variety of her life in Paris–her friends, her school–and thinks:"How can Grandmère be so content? Doesn’t she miss her friends and the theatre and the beautiful shops of Paris? Here we are stuck in a tiny backwater because Papa is worried about something that may never happen."That was in June. By August, war had broken out in Europe and everything changed. It became clear that while Paris was threatened, Beaufort might be in the line of fire too. It seemed that Germany planned to march north through Belgium and then invade France from there. But all the family could do was stay put and wait, and learn to adapt to life in wartime, its shortages, and the need to be more self-sufficient if they were cut off from supplies and the resources of normal daily life. Something shifted for Hélène; she understood that if she wished to be more grownup she would need to start helping her mother and grandmother, learn the skills of life most needed in the situation they were caught in, and take her share of responsibility for boosting their morale. Months and years passed, and Hélène did indeed grow up:"All the vestiges of girlhood were gone. She no longer dawdled along the road or sighed over fashion magazines or complained about her lot in life. She read the newspaper with care and wrote articulate letters to her father and brother. She learned the difference between German, French and British planes so she could recognize any that flew near the house, knew how to bottle and pickle, when to prune their vegetables and how to repair the outside pump. … Hélène was busy all day and wore a look of quiet authority and purpose."Most important, the women in the neat house in Beaufort came to rely on each other, seek each other’s counsel, and share the immense challenges of living. Tod’s novel is ultimately a love story, and it begins here, with the unshakable love that grows between Hélène, her mother, and her grandmother.One day they can hear a repetitive sound that they realize must be artillery fire. It is undeniable what is happening, but Hélène cannot help but think, “No…war is for history books, not for us to experience firsthand. It’s for faraway places known only on maps.” But the war will approach them very closely indeed. Canadian troops will be stationed near them, making preparations and then fighting the battle to take Vimy Ridge. Hélène will meet a Canadian soldier named Edward Jamieson and discover the intensity of love in wartime. She will have to face the deep anxiety over the absent loved one’s safety, compounded by worry about whether love itself can survive the rigors of war.The rest of the book tells their story, and I won’t reveal much more about it. I do want to say, however, that Tod uses letters very effectively throughout the book: between the Hélène and Edward, between Lise and Henri (another love story!), and between Guy and his parents, after he joins the army. We who are so used to instant communication by many means can only imagine how desperately people waited for those letters, with some news of their loved ones’ situation, physical well-being, and state of mind. In wartime, all communication, by whatever means, is threatened, and Tod makes this precious, fragile link between her characters stand out in many heart-rending moments.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. I found the setting of Beaufort natural and convincing, precisely because it was revealed in the daily activities of Lise, Hélène, Grandmère, and Jean–I felt I knew their clean and serviceable house, with its attic retreat for Hélène; the places in town and in the countryside they visited; and the townspeople they met. I was surprised to learn in the author’s note that “Beaufort” was a fictional town, because it seemed very real to me, and I was ready to add it to my next itinerary for a visit to France! The closest I might come would be Vimy, which is in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France, on the border with Belgium. The Canadian National Vimy Memorial was dedicated in 1944.This novel was a five-star read for me, and I highly recommend it!Note: I received an electronic copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation, and the views expressed in my review are my own opinions.

  • Margaret
    2019-03-26 08:59

    "No, she thought, war is for history books, not for us to experience firsthand. It's for faraway places known only on maps."This is my first book by M.K. Tod, Unravelled is her first but in no way do you have to read it before this one )because I didn't). But if you are like me you'll automatically want to read, mine is already loaded on my kindle ready to go.Taking another look at World War I, through the eyes of a young girl. The raw and personal affect his war had on the citizens of France, especially the Noisette family, is played out in these 353 pages. There are no wasted words or filler pages here. Though mainly focusing on the daughter Helene, the author has painted a real picture about how this war has transformed the lives of family, friends and neighbors. As the title indicates there are lies here, deceit, scandal as well as relational issues within the family, all things that make a great read.I really like Mary Tod's writing style. There is no beating around the bush, she tells it like it is (or was) that had me not just feeling this story but visualizing it also. Her research is cleanly shown here in this book. Definitely an author I will be reading more of. This book will appeal to those that like reading about WW I, especially taking place in France or that just like a good HF read.It is the things you choose or the things you don't choose that make your life.

  • Elinor
    2019-04-12 12:38

    I came across author M. K. Tod through her excellent website, A Writer of History, and decided to read one of her three self-published novels about the First World War. It is told from the viewpoint of a young French woman named Helene, whose family is fully engaged in the conflict. With her brother fighting in the trenches and her father working in Paris for the war effort, Helene evacuates to a village with her mother, grandmother, and younger brother, and there they struggle to cope with the deprivations of war and their fear for their loved ones (and their country, naturally). The battle is raging so close to them that they can hear the thunder of the big guns. Life becomes even more complicated for Helene when she meets a handsome Canadian soldier who was wounded at Vimy Ridge. There is a real authenticity to this novel, based on the author's research and her own connection to the Great War through her grandfather, who served in France with the Canadian Army.

  • M.K.
    2019-03-23 15:48

    As an author, trying to decide which of your own books you like best is like a parent choosing which child he/she likes best. Each book is unique and a thrill to write. Because everything in Lies Told in Silence is fiction, the writing process was quite different from Unravelled. I love its setting and having three generations of women living together and becoming friends under the hardship of war. Of course the love affair is central to the story and I enjoyed creating its twists and turns. Another aspect I enjoyed as a writer was researching WWI France - a very different experience from any of Britain, Canada or the US. I hope you love Lies Told in Silence as much as I do.

  • T.B. Markinson
    2019-04-20 08:43

    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.

  • Sherrey
    2019-03-25 13:03

    Are you a fan of historical fiction? I am, but accuracy plays a large role in historical fiction. Fully researched, all details correct to time and place, including the dress of the day, the architecture, food, drink…I think you get the idea. M.K. Tod is a master of researching historical detail.Prior to reading Lies Told in Silence, M.K. Tod’s books had not come to my attention. But with a father-in-law who served in World War I stationed off the coast of France, I picked this one up. Color me happily found by an excellent historical fiction author.Tod manages not only to research details well, she also writes beautifully. Her characterizations are realistically drawn, places vividly colored, and language beautifully taken from the era of the First World War and in France. The frequent use of the French “maman” for mother lent a rare depiction of the respect shown in generations of this time period.Among the three women characters, there are both good and not so good times. The three characters–Helene, the main character and youngest; her mother; and her grandmother. During their time away from home in a smaller town for safety’s sake, the three women grow closer. Helene’s romance adds twists and turns to their story and their days. Sweetly shared, the Canadian soldier Helene falls in love with adds a bit of military texture to their lives.The war itself is seen through Helene’s eyes, a young woman who has dreamed of a perfect world and life. Now it all seems to be falling apart all around her. Will she love only to lose the man she has found? She questions many things, and her questioning brings back vivid memories of when my generation went to war in Vietnam. These are growing times for Helene in many respects.If you are a lover of historical fiction and perhaps even WWI, this is a not miss, must read book from M.K. Tod. Lies Told in Silence will keep you reading and turning pages as you not only learn more about the complexities of this ware, but also the impact it had on the people caught up in it.

  • Dianna Rostad
    2019-04-19 13:49

    An engaging view of World War I in the French countryside from the perspective of those who lived alongside the trenches and fell in love with the men who fought in them.There's an undercurrent of commentary in this novel that I found interesting and real. The relationships aren't idealized, fairytale loves. But the grittier and more painful kind. The kind that don't work out, are never meant to be, those that only work when partners forgive the worst transgressions or conceal their heart's true wish. Love is the very thing sacrificed for safe haven of children and family. A well written and accessible historical novel for all lovers of contemporary and historical fiction.

  • Louise
    2019-04-05 13:36

    I enjoyed this story very much. M.K. Tod has an engaging style of writing, with particularly vivid descriptions. The family dynamics helped to propel the story, especially the relationship between the MC Helene, her mother and her grandmother. I enjoyed the Canadian aspect of this story very much. Now I am looking forward to reading this author's previous book, Unravelled.

  • Susan
    2019-03-24 15:49

    Engaging story of a Parisian family exiled to the country during WWI, which happened to be much closer to the action than was Paris. Really interesting insights into how the population managed during this War. It is a prequel to a book, Unraveled, which I have not yet read.

  • Laura Lee
    2019-03-26 13:02

    Had some good parts. Mostly just ok. Not very exciting. Maybe I am a little burned out on WWI novels.

  • Kayla D
    2019-03-23 11:53

    A free digital copy of this book was provided by the author and France Book Tours as part of a review stop on a blog tour. Thank you, Ms. Tod and FBT!Lies Told In Silence is unlike other war historical fiction stories that I have read in the past. For one thing, it takes place away from the front. For another, it is relatively peaceful and a strange sense of tranquility permeates amidst the backdrop of a quaint French village.This book tells the story of Helene Noisette, a young girl whose family is uprooted from Paris by her father, a prominent politician. Helene, her mother, her grandmother and her youngest brother are all sent to live in Beaufort while the patriarch of the family stays in the capital to oversee the political side of the Great War as well as her older brother, Guy who enlists in the army. It is in Beaufort where Helene grows into a young woman – a lady different from who she would have become had she stayed in opulent, extravagant and social Paris. It is in Beaufort where the family’s bonds are tried and strengthened and it is in Beaufort where Helene finds love in the form of a Canadian soldier named Edward.“He told me my mother’s philosophy, that parents should give their children the gift of independence. We should live our own dreams, not what our parents dream for us.”From the get-go, it is clear that Lies Told In Silence would not be focused on the plot for indeed, apart from the Great War and other pivotal incidents, nothing much happens in the book. It is a character oriented story, concentrating on the gradual development of Helene from a naïve and self-centered girl to a selfless and independent woman. In fact, the first half does not make mention of any romantic relationships at all but rather at the development of the Noisettes who lived in a fair degree of isolation at Beaufort – a far cry from their lives at Paris.I felt that there was something bittersweet about Helene’s development as an individual for I am the same age as her when she was sent to live in the country. I felt that this similarity made me more capable of identifying with her for indeed during the first half of the novel, I found myself able to empathize with her more easily as compared to book’s latter parts. Because of the war and the circumstances they were under, Helene was forced to give up her childhood and help sustain the family. That experience was unimaginable to me and I think that it was because of this that I was very forgiving of the novel’s faults.“Germany will not rest until France is on her knees along with Britain and Russia,” Monsieur Sembat said.Or rather, fault, for Lies Told In Silence did not do Edward and Helene’s love story justice. They are fictional, yes, but this star-crossed couple could have embodied the romances that took place during the Great War; relationships that spanned years and oceans and prejudices against race or nationality. Because Edward shows up around 60% into the novel, his character wasn’t developed much for the reader to feel any sense of connection to him. He was a one-dimensional figure and his relationship with Helene was rushed and forced. Their letters and their gestures were sweet but the lack of development in Edward’s character and in their relationship failed to stir in me any feelings for their love.Helene’s relationship with a Canadian soldier should have been one of the stronger points in the novel but it fell short. However, one of the actual strong points of Lies Told In Silence was the epilogue, which I really enjoyed reading. I thought it fitting that the reader who had been with Helene during the roots of her formation of her identity would be there for its denouement and lasting legacy. I am grateful to the author for letting me experience the turning point of Helene Noisette’s life and its irreversible impact to everyone surrounding her.“…Regardless of what you said, he knows you love him, but he also needs to know that you believe in him. Doubt is the enemy of good soldiering and effective officers. You and I must not be the source of his doubt.”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.

  • Annette
    2019-04-13 15:38

    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. 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.

  • Maria
    2019-03-31 10:44

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest and fair review. I rated the book 4.5 out of 5 Stars.When I first agreed to review Lies Told in Silence by M.K. Tod, I did it without even realizing that we are commemorating the 100 year anniversary of World War 1. As someone who majored in history, and loves reading books and watching movies about both World Wars, this was quite an oversight for me. While I have not read Ms. Tod’s debut novel, Unraveled, which also touches on the lives of the characters in Lies Told In Silence, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this book not only stands on its own but that for me, it was better to read this book first since I like reading a characters progression from start to finish. 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.In May 1914, realizing the political climate is primed for war, Henri Noisette sends Lise, his wife, Jean, his youngest son, and Helene, his young teenage daughter, to Beaufort, a small town in northern France, hoping to keep them safe. Sending his mother to watch over his family, Henri and his oldest son Guy, plan to stay in Paris and face whatever comes. When war breaks two months later, the German army heads to France determined to capture Paris. However, in order to get to Paris, they first have to invade northern France and Helene and her family find their lives changed forever by war.Ms. Tod does a wonderful job developing Helene’s character against the backdrop of the war. As Helene and her family are drawn together by their experiences, and the war grows larger and uglier, she is forced to become an adult sooner than she would have had there been no war. Through their shared experiences, Helene becomes closer with her mother and grandmother as their time in Beaufort extends past the first few months. I enjoyed watching the three women grow closer and how this helps Helene as she grows up. I also enjoyed learning Helene’s viewpoints on the war and about her involvement. Reminding us that war isn’t only about death and misery, Ms. Tod introduces us to Edward Jamieson, a Canadian soldier injured in battle, who becomes Helene’s first real love interest. While Edward seems somewhat reserved, it’s clear that Helene has also captured his heart. Their romance, like many things in this book, is portrayed against the backdrop of life in a small French village and the beauty of the French countryside. Will Helene and her family survive the war? Will her romance with Edward lead to a happy ending? You’ll have to read Lies Told In Silence to find out. I can’t wait to read Unraveled next.

  • Lianne
    2019-03-24 13:43

    I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a book blog tour that I participated in. This review in its entirety was originally posted at’s name didn’t quite register with me straight away so I was pleasantly surprised to learn while reading this book that this is a prequel of sorts to Ms. Tod’s first novel, Unravelled! However, you don’t have to have read the first novel in order to understand the events of this novel; this novel works well as a standalone and for those who read her debut novel, this novel provides a glimpse into past events and a different perspective to the romance.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.At the centre of the novel is Helene Noisette and her family and their struggles together and apart. It was interesting to read their daily life throughout the war, the waiting and the coming and going of people and troops, and just the interaction between all three generations of women. The letters that flow between family members, friends, and lovers provide further glimpses of the war effort and its effects on everyone involved.And then of course there is the romance, which is sweet and magnetic and heartbreaking. The reader watches as Edward’s love for Helene provides a sliver of light amidst the depression and carnage of war. It was heartbreaking to read what happened to them afterwards and the difficult decisions that Helene has to face afterwards. Lies Told in Silence works well as a standalone. It iterates the harsh realities of the war efforts and the consequences of the war front on those waiting back home. Readers of historical fiction and novels set in France and during World War One will want to check out this title.

  • Jacqueline
    2019-04-06 10:50

    I really enjoyed Mary’s fist novel Unravelled, so was looking forward to reading Lies Told in Silence, which although not a sequel, is about the same characters Edward and Helene. This book is Helene Noisette’s story from before she met Edward to her later years. I assumed I knew the basic facts from Unravelled and was expecting this book to add the flesh. Well, all I’m prepared to say is expect the unexpected. This book gave me much more than I had imagined.Helene is a sulky 16 year old in 1914 when her father sends the family away from Paris as he fears war is inevitable. Unbeknown to him at the time, Paris would probably have been a safer place than the village in the north east of France that eventually finds itself on the front line. His mother, wife and daughter form a special, close bond during the difficult times they find themselves in and Helene matures to a woman who is more than capable of running a household and making decisions about her own future. It was interesting to read about the war from Helene’s point of view and to see how it changed her and her family.When she meets Edward, a Canadian soldier injured at Vimy Ridge, love arrives in her life and changes things forever. The letters they write to each other during the war are desperate and full of emotion and their snatched moments together wild and exciting. This is a real love story with passion and pain in equal measure. This book came alive from the pages, I felt her heart break and the dull ache of disappointment you feel when someone lets you down and I felt the anger when she discovered the lies that had been told. Lies that had repercussions for many lives over many years.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.

  • Melinda
    2019-04-12 13:53

    “Sometimes the heart asks more than life can give”Lies Told in Silence is a gripping story. I could not put this book down. With every turn of the page I became more emotionally involved.Tod sets the pace of the narrative through the setting with the looming threat of war, eventually a frightening reality. You witness the Noisette’s lives and others turned upside down. Reading of their losses, forced sacrifices to the unknown is deeply affecting. The angst and fear of pre war as well as the telling eruption of WWI is clearly apparent to the reader through Tod’s powerfully solid prose.The narrative is moving, forceful and tender. A clear examination of love and loss, duty and sacrifice and the unexpected consequences of lies of a family as well as that of Helene Noisette singularly. The collapse and success of a young woman caught in a savage net of history rips at the readers heartstrings.Tod delivered on characterzation. Providing just enough insight on the entire Noisette family, we familiarized ourselves with their collective trial and tribulations as well as their individual blessings and contentment.I absolutely adored this novel with its powerful themes and strong female character at the center, maneuvering her way past vulnerability and loss of control. Tod has gained my undivided interest with this unforgettable story set against a momentous period in history. I look forward to reading Tod’s next showpiece. A must read hands down.

  • Deborah Lincoln
    2019-04-06 12:48

    I'm only beginning to read WWI historical novels -- it's a period I'm finding is rich in fascinating, complex stories waiting to be discovered. Lies Told in Silence is a wonderful introduction to the genre: packed with a sense of place and time, the brooding tensions of being close to a war front and passions that arise when death is close by. We in the US have looked at both world wars as a time when we swooped in and saved the day; this novel expertly tells us how those wars must have felt to the people whose countries were ravaged. M K Tod has written a beautiful love story as well as a story of family relationships and conflicts. Her knowledge of the military movements and battles taking place in northern France is detailed without being heavy-handed; her descriptions provide rich context and background without being pedantic. This is Tod's second book in a multi-generational saga, a prequel to her debut novel Unravelled. I'm glad I read this one first -- Unravelled made more sense -- but both books can stand alone. The ending to Lies leaves the reader hanging, wanting more -- a very good thing, since there are more installments to come. Highly recommended.

  • Ben
    2019-04-13 09:01

    So glad I read itMy wife read "Lies Told In Silence" some months ago and told me , "You have to read this book!" Well, I demurred after she gave me a quick summary of the story, thinking it was too much of a romance novel for me. In fact after quite a while, she deleted it completely from her Kindle. But then for some reason , the book popped back into my mind. Well, it is about WWI, and my wife had traveled to France to take a tour of battlefields of both wars and Paris. So I purchased my own copy of "Lies told in Silence." And was I glad. What a joyful and profoundly moving book. Wonderful writing, a great sense of history, and deep insight into the characters. Anyone who has loved, who has longed for someone can read and understand Helene and Edward and Francois.This is one of those books that would make a great film..except that the emotions could never be protracted on screen as well as they were on the page.A full five star recommendation for everyone..

  • BCW
    2019-04-11 08:48

    This book follows a French family's WW1 experience. The family is torn apart by the war, yet members grow closer in trying circumstances. The author uses points of view of a number of family members to present perspectives from a variety of ages. But perhaps the heart of the story is the coming-of-age of Helene, a teen-ager, who finds both her place in the family and war-time romance. Characters grapple with timeless conflicts such as duties to the family or personal happiness; honesty or deceptions designed to protect; and personal choices that run afoul of the norms of society. Vivid scenes with historical detail bring alive a small town located near the battle zone, the Canadians' attack at Vimy Ridge and a seaside village in northwest France. I found myself comfortably back in time with the Noisette's as they navigated the challenges of the war years.

  • Danie Botha
    2019-03-30 15:03

    Through attention to detail, thorough research, and sterling prose, M.K. Tod succeeds in recreating the horrific realities of war, without succumbing to gore or sentimentality. Lies Told in Silence, her second accomplished novel, based on WWI, is proof once again, that she is a strong new voice in early 20th-century historical fiction. She enchants and mesmerizes with her ability to paint brief and vast word pictures through economical use and mastery of the English language. This is Helene’s story.What I came to appreciate even more, as with her first novel, Unravelled, is her ability to depict war as it is—brutal, stark and without glory. But, in doing so, also wove the intricacies of falling in love, falling out of love, and growing up and older and wiser, and surviving the horrors, into another powerful read.

  • Ruth Burns
    2019-04-15 09:46

    World War I France. This story is of the strong women in a well to do family. The husband/father has determined that Paris is not safe for his family, so he moves them to a small community away from Paris and the troubles brought along with the war. I love history, and this book chronicles the challenges that these privileged women face. Learning to survive without household help, cooking, gardening and keeping the house. The women discover the strengths of each other, and the wisdom that is required to insure their survival in an uncertain period. The story tells of love. Love of family, love of country, love of heritage and also brings in love that is found in the upheaval of war. Heartache, loss and return to hope and trusting in the future. This story is beautifully told, history is intertwined throughout. The twists and turns of this book keep you reading.

  • Sheila
    2019-04-10 14:45

    This book is described as complimentary to Tod's first book, Unravelled, but it works well as a stand alone. The writing is great and with fully developed characters, who range from a young girl to an elderly grandmother, all against the background of WW I France.Helene is a teenager who grows to an adult woman after being forced out her upper class life in lovely Paris to a country home where the war forces all to change their lives in many ways.Not just a coming of age story or a romance, we get fully involved in all the characters. I don't want to give anything away, but it is refreshing that one of the main characters is Canadian. The multiple story lines and great depth to the story.

  • Diana
    2019-03-21 07:39

    review at http://booknerdloleotodo.blogspot.comCopy received from France Book Tours for an honest reviewI couldn't wait to read "Lies old in Silence" by M.K. Tod. I've read so many great reviews, I wanted to see for myself if I would enjoy the story. I can honestly say I loved it! This was a beautiful adventure, romance, and in some ways coming of age story. Set during WWI! we see the other side of the war from the French perspective. Helene was a beautiful female character and watching her life unfold despite the war and at times limited because of it was a very emotional journey. Although a lengthy book, it was a worth the read and it was very satisfying.

  • Larry Launstein
    2019-04-17 12:00

    M. K. Tod’s current book “Lies Told In Silence” starts out a bit slow. But that’s not a bad thing, as it allows her to set up the plot and introduces us to the main characters and gives the book room to develop its pace. It begins to really take off as World War I starts. There are several things involved here - the home front during a major war, the closeness of that war to where they are, the conscience of the characters, good and bad, and intrigue and deception. And there is a very tender love story here as well. This book, in my opinion, is good for war buffs, historical fiction fans, and those who like romantic novels. An excellent read and highly recommended by me.

  • Mae
    2019-03-28 10:05

    Familiar plot lines - female members and younger son of affluent French family move to their country estate for safety as their husband/father remains in Paris working for the War Department. The three generations of women form a bond that enriches all of their lives.....enjoyed this development. Of course war does break out and in the course of those challenges the daughter Helene falls in love with a Canadian (****) soldier. The story definitely picks up from there - interesting twist that provokes thought and makes this a worthwhile read.