Helene Noisette’s father believes war is imminent. Convinced that Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his family to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts a few 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, 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 at 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.
The novel examines love and loss, duty and sacrifice and the unexpected consequence of lies.
Lies Told In Silence will be published in July 2014.