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    Richly detailed story of WWI in France

    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.
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    Beautiful!

    I loved this novel. It's a beautiful depiction of love and profound sacrifice during what can only be called one of the most horrific wars of our time. Being a Canadian who's both grandfather's fought in the battle of Vimy Ridge. there were moments in the book that brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. The author's narrative depicting the horror and the pride of this epic contribution of the Canadian forces was so profound. Couldn't put this book down. Absolutely loved it!!
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    Lies told in silence

    Excellent book! i was so sad to finish it. I really cared about the characters and didnt want the story to end. Well worth whatever price they are asking.
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    Lies told in silence

    Loved the book. I had a similiar fate to Helene.... Not during a war, but military men were involved .....it
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    Lies told in silence

    powerful writing. The scenes of the French countryside are very evocative.
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