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  • Compelling novel grounded in rich history

    This absorbing story of two young women swept up in the 1870 siege of Paris brings history to thrilling life. Author M.K. Tod’s extensive research grounds this compelling novel in rich historical detail. Set during a shattering event in French history, Paris in Ruins reveals the heartbreak and horror of war through the eyes of two strong young women. Both heroines plumb deep reserves of courage and tenacity as they navigate the treacherous landscape of their wartorn city. Unlike many of their upper-class peers, Camille and Mariele volunteer to work—one as a nurse to fallen soldiers, the other as a caregiver for vulnerable children. As the siege drags on, Camille and Mariele confront terrifying truths about Paris’s deep social and economic divides. War brings out the worst in humanity, Tod shows us, but also the very best: the friendship between Camille and Mariele is a beautiful example of our capacity for loyalty, trust, and compassion. Highly recommended.

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  • Paris in Triumph!

    A gorgeous historical fiction read on so many fronts, MK Tod’s newest novel has three compelling heroines – Camille, Mariele, and Paris. For this enthralling and powerful story of two women fighting to save their families and beloved city from destruction is ultimately the story of Paris in all its beauty, passion, heartbreak, and redemption. Ms Tod’s novel reveals the backbone and heart of these women, and as we discover their characters and beliefs, and go to war with them, Paris emerges as the star of the novel. Extraordinarily descriptive, the sights and sounds of the city are immersive and completely engulfing. I really enjoyed the people in Ms Tod’s brilliantly constructed novel, but I fell in love with 19th century Paris, and long to revisit its cafes, streets, parks, arrondissements and buildings with this book in my pocket and the story in my heart. Paris in Ruins is a wonderful ode to revolution and reconstruction, showing us that even in the deepest despair, there is hope and humanity on every street corner. Paris in Ruins? Paris in Triumph. Highly recommend.

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  • History brought to life

    If you like to explore a turbulent period in history as if you were there, you can’t do better than to read Paris in Ruins by Mary Tod. We visit Paris at the tragic end of the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s, seeing everything through the perceptions of two delightful young women, Camille and Mariele. Camille is strong and daring, and acts as a spy among republicans planning to overthrow the government. She feels sympathy for the plight of the working class, but is horrified at the thought of yet another revolution. Mariele is engaged to marry Camille’s brother, and is a gentler spirit, but both grow and develop during the terrible times. I won’t give any of the plot away, but you can find out yourself.

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  • Paris in Ruins

    I enjoyed the story as I learned about Paris in a time I was not familiar with. Good character development of all the main characters. Beautifully written.

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