Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Guardian of Lies by Kate Furnivall. Another fantastic historical fiction from one of my favourite authors!
1953, the South of France. The fragile peace between the West and Soviet Russia hangs on a knife edge. And one family has been torn apart by secrets and conflicting allegiances.
Eloïse Caussade is a courageous young Frenchwoman, raised on a bull farm near Arles in the Camargue. She idolises her older brother, André, and when he leaves to become an Intelligence Officer working for the CIA in Paris to help protect France, she soon follows him. Having exchanged the strict confines of her father’s farm for a life of freedom in Paris, her world comes alive.
But everything changes when André is injured – a direct result of Eloise’s actions. Unable to work, André returns to his father’s farm, but Eloïse’s sense of guilt and responsibility for his injuries sets her on the trail of the person who attempted to kill him.
Eloïse finds her hometown in a state of unrest and conflict. Those who are angry at the construction of the American airbase nearby, with its lethal nuclear armaments, confront those who support it, and anger flares into violence, stirred up by Soviet agents. Throughout all this unrest, Eloïse is still relentlessly hunting down the man who betrayed her brother and his country, and she is learning to look at those she loves and at herself with different eyes. She no longer knows who she can trust. Who is working for Soviet Intelligence and who is not? And what side do her own family lie on?
I will read anything Kate Furnivall writes. Simply as that. She has written some of my very favourite books, The Survivors, Russian Concubine but I think The Guardian of Lies probably is my favourite so far!
This time Kate took us to Paris in 1950s. I didn’t think I was reading a book, it felt like I was watching a movie being played right in front of my eyes. The Guardian of Lies is so full of unexpected twists, actions, dangers and adventures. It is thrilling but also very romantic. Kate has the ability to transport us back to time and make us witness all the events as if we were right there with Eloise. Speaking of Eloise, she is fierce, determined and so very lovable! Like all the other female characters created by Kate, her female protagonists are all very independent and strong, which I just love love love!
What I also love most about this book is how Kate makes me want to keep reading! I didn’t want to stop. The tension from the very start of the book was so brilliant that set the tone and the sense of time and place for the entire novel.
The Guardian of Lies is another outstanding novels from Kate. Thank you so much Rubi and ED PR for sending me this beautiful copy to review!
The Guardian of Lies by Kate Furnivall is out now, published by Simon & Schuster, priced £8.99 in paperback.
ED PR and Simon&Schuster have kindly offered to giveaway one copy to one of my followers. Head to my IG page to see how you can win this beautiful copy!
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