Review & Giveaway: Paris in Ruins by M.K. Tod

Paris in Ruins by M.K. Tod

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
Heath Street Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction

Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city and people they love.

A few weeks after the abdication of Napoleon III, the Prussian army lays siege to Paris. Camille Noisette, the daughter of a wealthy family, volunteers to nurse wounded soldiers and agrees to spy on a group of radicals plotting to overthrow the French government. Her future sister-in-law, Mariele de Crécy, is appalled by the gaps between rich and poor. She volunteers to look after destitute children whose families can barely afford to eat.

Somehow, Camille and Mariele must find the courage and strength to endure months of devastating siege, bloody civil war, and great personal risk. Through it all, an unexpected friendship grows between the two women, as they face the destruction of Paris and discover that in war women have as much to fight for as men.

War has a way of teaching lessons—if only Camille and Mariele can survive long enough to learn them.

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Praise for Paris in Ruins

"The story of two women whose families were caught up in the defense of Paris is deeply moving and suspenseful." -Margaret George, author of Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero

"Tod is not only a good historian, but also an accomplished writer … a gripping, well-limned picture of a time and a place that provide universal lessons." -Kirkus Reviews.

"M.K. Tod's elegant style and uncanny eye for time and place again shine through in her riveting new tale, Paris in Ruins." -Jeffrey K. Walker author of No Hero’s Welcome



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MK Tod is back with another gripping, emotional historical that will grip you from the start!

Paris in Ruins tells the story of the siege on Paris during the Franco-Prussian War through the eyes of two upper class women, Camille and Mariele. Although they are soon to be sisters-in-law the two don't become close until they are thrust into helping the city during the tumult.

Camille refuses to leave the city when her mother and siblings escape before the siege and stays to see what she can do to help. When the famous French actress Sarah Bernhardt opens a hospital to help treat the wounded Camille signs up to help.

Mariele sees the disparity in the streets. Food is either scarce or too expensive. The poor are dying from starvation and battle for the city is imminent. She soon becomes involved in a group that helps young children, while she waits for word from her fiancé who is fighting.

I was blown away by the courage and conviction of these two women, and the love they had for their city. I think this quote sums them both up pretty well:

"I'm doing it for Paris, for my family and friends, and for France. It's important, and I want to do something important. I'm privileged, Monsieur. Privileged to be part of an educated, wealthy class. With privilege comes responsibility."

Paris in Ruins is truly a remarkable read! There is never a dull moment. In fact, the scenes where Miriele and her mother try to escape seriously had me at the edge of my seat! There was romance, and a little mystery as well so truly something for everyone.

This is my first read about the siege of Paris and MK Tod did a fabulous job at bringing it to life! I highly recommend it!

About the Author

Paris In Ruins is M.K. Tod’s fourth novel. Mary began writing in 2005 while living as an expat in Hong Kong. What started as an interest in her grandparents’ lives turned into a full-time occupation writing historical fiction. Her other novels are Time and Regret, Lies Told in Silence, and Unravelled. Beyond writing novels, Mary’s award-winning blog, features the reading and writing of historical fiction. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, you can find her hiking, golfing, traveling, or hanging out with friends and family. Mary is married and has two adult children and two delightful grandchildren.

For more information visit M.K. Tod's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

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We have one paperback copy of Paris in Ruins up for grabs!

The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on April 20th. You must be 18 or older to enter.

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