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Historical Fiction | The Guardian of Lies | Kate Furnivall

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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 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?

Book cover for The Guardian of Lies by Kate Furnivall

The Guardian of Lies by Kate Furnivall is out now, published by Simon & Schuster, priced £8.99 in paperback.


The Guardian of Lies is an historical tale based in post-war France as the Cold War intensifies.

Eloise Caussade is a courageous young lady from rural Arles and follows her brother, Andre to Paris and supports the resistance during the war. After an accident they both return home and Eloise is torn between friends and family of whom she can trust. An American air force causes friction in her town and threat of Russian espionage is also rife.  I enjoyed the relationship between Eloise and police captain, Leon Rousell.

This is an interesting story with engaging characters and wonderful plot.  

I love reading Kate Furnival books as I find her writing compelling, vastly interesting alongside great storytelling. I found The Guardian of Lies highly addictive.

A highly recommended read.

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Kate Furnivall was raised in Wales, went to London Uni and worked in advertising in London. She now lives in blissful Devon with her husband, snuggled up close to Agatha Christie’s house for inspiration. She has two sons and a manky cat.

Her first historical novel, The Russian Concubine, was inspired by her grandmother’s real-life story – she fled the Russian Revolution and became a refugee.

Kate has written ten historical novels, two of which have been shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year Award.

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