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The Guardian of Lies

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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
Paperback, Australian Edition, 416 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by Simon & Schuster
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Kate Furnivall is the author you need to read if you want to immerse yourself in a time an place. This novel is set in the south of France, post-war and it’s a time of intrigue, fear and just as much danger as wartime it would seem.

The south of France is an interesting location as it’s so unexpected for a novel about Russian espionage. However that’s the Furnivall twist – a story where the setting reflects a feeling, a culture and time far away
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Guardian of Lies is an enthralling story of courage, subterfuge, love and betrayal from Kate Furnivall.

“Trust. The word spiked in my mind and wouldn’t go away. The more it sounded in my head, the louder rang the lies.”

In 1953, as the the Cold War intensifies, the loyalties of the French people are split between America, who liberated the country from Nazi occupation, and the communist ideals of the Soviet Union. Eloïse Caussade supports the alliance with the United States, and is
Michelle Ryles
I discovered Kate Furnivall through TBC on Facebook so joining that group is the best thing I ever did as I absolutely adore her books. As a keen reader of historical fiction, I know how difficult it can be to bring an era to life but Kate Furnivall does this impeccably. What an amazing talent to be able to transport the reader to miscellaneous locations and time periods; whether it's early 20th Century Egypt in Shadows on the Nile, war torn Italy in The Liberation or post-war France in The ...more
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Eloïse was born in rural France and grew up on her father's bull farm, together with her two brothers. She loves the farm, but as soon as she can, she follows the footsteps of her older brother Andre and flees to Paris. She finds a job in the detective agency, as she's fascinated by Andre's - the brother she so idolises - job as a CIA Intelligence Officer. We get to know them both right in the opening scene that feels like a scene from James Bond film, a thrilling car chase in which Andre is
Rachael McDiarmid
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I’ve read Kate Furnivall and I must say I quite enjoyed it. Has a good pace, which made we want to turn the page and find out what was going to happen. Wasn’t overly complicated so the story was enjoyable as it developed. I didn’t have to think much. The characters were a little predictable at times, our leading lady had enough strength, spunk, and attitude to keep me interested although she did shit me a bit because she was soo stubborn at times but that aside I thought ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kate Furnivall has once again brought to readers a beautifully written story, filled with intrigue, murder, lies, and espionage. Set in France amidst the cold war with the Russians and Americans both Vying for supremacy in a race for nuclear dominance over the other. This book had a sense of realism that was authentic, you could actually feel the tension it was palpitate.
Gail Atkins
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1953 and the Cold War is in full focus of the world. In Camargue country the Caussade's family home is home to horses and bulls. Their land is vast, so it wasn't a surprise that the US air force needed of some of their land to build a runway.
But the local community are not pleased. The Communists among them are determined to stop the plans and by whatever means possible.
Espionage, murders, lies and family ties are the crux of this story.
Will Eloise find out the truth?
Can she trust her brother
Emma Crowley
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Guardian of Lies has for me now leapfrogged many of Kate Furnivall's previous books and is jostling for position as one of my all time favourite by this author amongst one or two authors. This is a book that you literally don't want to leave out of your hands as it is spellbinding in its intensity with a storyline that takes you on an exhilarating journey packed full of suspense, tension, surprises, threats and danger. Kate Furnivall really can turn her hand to any period in time or setting ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A taut spy thriller which sees Eloise battling communism in post war France. As you would expect with such a setting, how can Eloise work out who to trust, even her own brother comes under suspicion.
I enjoyed this book, not as much as others I have read by this author, but it's not my usual genre.
The period is brought to life , well researched, which I have come to expect from Kate, and I was taken a little by surprise by the reveal at the end although I'd had my suspicions.
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This is my first time reading a Kate Furnivall book & whilst the premise of the book was intriguing, I was somewhat disappointed overall.

I found the story very difficult to get into. The anger & blame that Eloise’s brother & father portrayed towards her for “causing” her brother’s accident was ridiculous. Also, the death & torture of their prized bull?

It was probably only the last quarter of the book that began
Juliet Bookliterati
Kate Furvinall is another of those authors whose books I always look forward to reading, so was very excited to be invited to be part of the blog tour. The Guardian of Lies is set in France in 1953, during the Cold War and with the fear of Communism very real. Elöise moved to Paris to follow her elder brother André, who is working for the CIA. Elöise wants to be part of his world but instead has to settle for working as a Private Investigator and helping him out occasionally. After an accident ...more
Linda Hill
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eloïse finds that all is not as it might appear in her life.

The Guardian of Lies opens with thrilling pace and action which Kate Furnivall maintains throughout the entire novel so that I was completely spellbound by her storytelling. This is a narrative that twists and turns and is as duplicitous as the spies and agents featured in its tale. I thought it was excellent, particularly because I was as manipulated and tricked as is Eloïse.

What Kate Furnivall does so well is to create a sense of time
Bree T
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I seem to have a knack lately for picking books that share similarities one after the other. The last book I read contained an element of espionage/spying etc and so does this one, albeit in a very different time. This book is set in the early 1950s when the threat of Germany in World War II has been dispatched but now there’s a very different sort of threat looming, that of Russia and communism. Set in France, this is the struggle of keeping that communism at bay and out of France. The ...more
Jo Barton
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Guardian of Lies opens in 1953, and is a dramatic look at the events in Europe in the aftermath of the Second World War, when peace was a fragile commodity and the threads of the Cold War between Russia and the world were beginning to pull ever tighter. Eloïse Caussade and her brother, André, have a close relationship however, when Eloïse inadvertently gets caught up in the dangerous game her brother is playing as an intelligence officer in post-war France, it opens up a whole series of
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Guardian of Lies is yet another brilliant page turner of an historical novel from the skilful pen of the always incredible Kate Furnivall. Set in France during the Cold War, it tells the story of a family that has been torn apart by secrets and conflicting allegiances. It centres on Eloise Caussade, a courageous young woman who idolises her older brother, André. So when he leaves to become an Intelligence Officer working for the CIA in Paris to help protect France, she soon follows him. But ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast and twisty plot full of switches and, as expected from the title, plenty of lies. At times I found it difficult to follow every facet of the plot and certain aspects of the writing didn't help.

The descriptions of the Camargue marshes and farmland are beautiful and it is clearly an area of France the author knows and loves. The post-war context was also interesting with no evident shortages and a very visible American presence.

So why did I say the writing sometimes made reading difficult?
Heather Copping
Firstly would like to say that I love the front cover of this book, it has a certain amount of intrigue about it, is the woman walking away from something or walking into a trap!
Set in the Camargue area of France in the years set during the Cold War and a young woman Eloise is worried about actions that have been happening to her family and her fathers farm. Her brother Andre has suffered injuries from persons unknown and her father has a farm that raises bulls and after the brutal death of her
Charles Bevan
Dec 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author.
What a load of rubbish! The main Character in this tale is made out to be some super sleuth, chasing around various agents not knowing who they worked for but believing they were somehow involved in threatening her brother. I lost interest a few pages in as it was all too unbelievable, she was made out to be some sort of 007 character but Inspector Clouseau kept appearing!
Fantasy tale with nothing interesting but loads of waffle and padding.
Kelly Callaghan
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Kate Furnivall, but not my last.

Initially set in Paris the action then moves to the Camargue (south west France). t’s the early 1950s and the fear of a communist takeover is very real (McCarthy in the US). Eloise was raised on a farm and as soon as she can she follows her brother to Paris, where he works for the CIA. Both are involved in a car accident that Eloise believes is her fault, that puts her brother, Andre, in a wheelchair. He returns to the family farm to recover, although
1953, South of France. The fragile peace between the West & Soviet Russia hangs on a knife edge. And one family has been torn apart by secrets and conflicting allegiances.

Eloise Caussade is a courageous young Frenchwoman, raised on a bull farm near Arles in the Camargue. She idolises her older brother, Andre, 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
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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.”
A gripping Cold War story by Kate Furnivall, I was hooked from page one, it was a real page turner. Our heroine, Eloïse Caussade, a young and courageous Frenchwoman goes from her home on a bull farm, to exciting Paris, having followed her brother, Andre who has joined the CIA. Following her brothers death and her guilt
Fiona Moreira
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of Eloise who, while dreaming of herself becoming a CIA agent to help her beloved France during turbulent times in the 1950’s, is involved in a life changing car accident and is summonsed back to the family farm in Arles by her elderly father. But the city of her childhood does not reconcile with the turmoil she encounters between her family and friends and with the establishment of a US Air Force base, tensions run high.

Another fantastic story from Kate Furvinall, mixing family
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Guardian of Lies is the latest historical fiction novel from Welsh author, Kate Furnivall. Set in 1953, during the Cold War, it is the story of two protagonists, Eloise Caussade and Leon Roussell. With themes of war, women, family, farm life, trust and relationships, this is a fast paced read that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Eloise was a farm girl, but not your average farm girl. Raised on a bull farm near Arles, Camargue, she lived with her father, who, along with
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a gripping yarn. When Eloise, the main character, returns home from her life in Paris, where she has been working with a detective agency, she finds that even family may not be the people she thought they were. She blames herself for her brother's accident and hopes to make amends. Her help is not welcomed however.
Plenty of action, if that is what you are looking for. (Maybe a little too much to cope with at times.) It explores the problems caused in France with the aftermath of the war:
Linda Humberstone
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book from Kate Furnivall that I have read and I really enjoyed it. The story is good, unusual,and although at a time after the second world war when the cold war between Europe,USA and Russia had started in full swing, it does not have the stamp of 'just another war story'. As it is set in the Camargue, in France, you get a feel for the beautiful freedom of the countryside and the way of life for the staunch people who live there. The story progresses with little twists and ...more
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Guardian of Lies is an intriguing historical fiction set in post-war France that had me captivated with lots of twists and turns and kept me guessing. As the Americans and Russians vie for nuclear supremacy, Kate Furnivall takes you on a thrilling ride of espionage, fear, murder, mystery and betrayal and where love, loyalty and courage also shine through. Overall I enjoyed Guardian of Lies and look forward to more from Kate Furnivall in future.

Thanks to Beauty and Lace and Simon &
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Furnivall and a captivating plot with fascinating historical and cultural details lived out by equally interesting characters. A bit like a gangsta thriller set in rural France the story raced a long at a fast pace with many twists and turns. The pressure on France during the Cold War to support the US in nuclear Power or to side with Communism was not something I’d read about before. The feisty farming family with their competing loyalties and affiliations brought that time and place ...more
Bethany Gordon
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fast paced novel from Kate Furnivall set in France and centred around Eloise and her family which is full of secrets, past and present.

Set around the time of the cold war, it drew on the fears that and tensions that occurred at that time. Full of treason, subterfuge, lies and gritty determination it kept you wanting to read more. Kate Furnivall is good at setting a novel around a historical time, but bringing it to life with the setting and characters. With twists and turns, Eloise is
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast and full of action and featuring a spunky, spirited and loyal heroine, this was a very good read set in post WW2 France and the Cold war era.
Guilt at breaking her brother's trust in her and causing the injuries that have ended his career make Eloise stay away from home.
Until she is called back by her father into a less than ideal situation where she has no clue which side anyone is on including her own family.
Eloise is clever and determined and her refusal to back down makes her the kind of
Pnina Savery
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping historical mystery, set in the post-war era where the Cold War wrought havoc with war-torn Europe. The beautiful setting of the south of France along with a fast paced plot made an enjoyable read that I couldn't put down as I wanted to discover the truth behind the events. I love all of Kate Furnivall's books and this one had a darker element to it, but was still equally enjoyable to read. It taught me a lot about this period in history. I highly recommend this!
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Kate Furnivall was raised in Penarth, a small seaside town in Wales. Her mother, whose own childhood was spent in Russia, China and India, discovered at an early age that the world around us is so volatile, that the only things of true value are those inside your head and your heart. These values Kate explores in The Russian Concubine.

Kate went to London University where she studied English and