Today I’m really excited to be taking part in the Book Tour of, 

Paris In Ruins by, M.K. Tod, which is being hosted by HFBT!

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

This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers.

Paris In Ruins is another remarkable, unforgettable book by the author by M.K. Tod

Set to the backdrop the the Franco-Prussian War and the civil war of the radical movement the Paris Commune.
This is a riveting emotionally charged story that explores, friendship, bravery, perseverance.

Following Napoleon III’s defeat, Prussian forces laid siege to Paris, and through Todd’s seamless narration we see first hand the horrors of a besieged city. As civil strife and unrest mount between two distinct factions within France.

Camille Noisette, has lived a life of privilege, along with her brother Bertrand fiancé, Mariele de Crecy. Camille father has been very light handed with Camille since the death of her sister. She’s been able to dodge any betrothal, but is intrigued with a young gentleman named André Laborde.

When things start to develop further and a siege to Paris is in the horizon. Most of the Well-to-do aristocratic families flee the city. Camille has convinced her father that she is quite capable of taking care of herself.

Marielle family has waited to long and have missed their chance to leave the city undetected. Nothing prepares these young women the calamity that befalls the remaining residents left in Paris. As the storyline unfolds a notable french actress Sarah Bernhardt establishes a military hospital. Our young heroine Camille steps up to volunteer. Mariele is moved by the despair of those barely hanging on, as the food becomes scares for everyone especially the poor. She does what she can and finds she is passionate about working with young children.

Seeing first hand disparity of the people, both Camille and her friend Marielle, form a strong bond. We follow these two young woman as their characters grow and evolve, into strong resilient women.

M.K. Tod writing grabs you from the very first in this memorable book.The pace was brisk and vividly rendered, each scene is richly atmospheric. The romance was depicted wonderfully, and I felt invested in both Mariele de Crecy and Camille Noisette lives.

M.K. Tod has created an engaging and memorable heroines, and her highly accomplished writing ensures that the reader is swept along in this propulsive emotional historical fiction.

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.

Tuesday, March 30
Guest Post at Novels Alive

Wednesday, March 31
Review at Passages to the Past

Thursday, April 1
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, April 2
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Sunday, April 4
Review at Carole’s Ramblings

Monday, April 5
Review at Madwoman in the Attic

Tuesday, April 6
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy

Wednesday, April 7
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Thursday, April 8
Feature at Mia Reads

Friday, April 9
Review at Bibliostatic

Saturday, April 10
Review at Girl Who Reads

Monday, April 12
Review at Reader_ceygo

Tuesday, April 13
Interview at Reader_ceygo

Wednesday, April 14
Review at 100 Pages a Day
Excerpt at Wishful Endings

Thursday, April 15
Review at Unabridged Chick
Review at Books, Writings, and More

Friday, April 16
Interview at Unabridged Chick

Monday, April 19
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Tuesday, April 20
Review at A Darn Good Read
Review at The Enchanted Shelf
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Review at With a Book in Our Hands

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.

Paris in Ruins

2 Comments on “Paris In Ruins Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway

  1. Many thanks for the lovely review, Gwendalyn. I’m so delighted that you enjoyed the story along with my two heroines! Sending warm wishes … Mary (M.K.) Tod


  2. Thank you so much for hosting Paris in Ruins + for your great review! I’m so happy that you loved it!

    HF Virtual Book Tours


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