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About M.K. Tod I have enjoyed a passion for historical novels that began in my early teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer. During my twenties, armed with Mathematics and Computer Science degrees, I embarked on a career in technology and consulting continuing to read historical fiction in the tiny snippets of time available to working women with children to raise. In 2004, I moved to Hong Kong with my husband and no job. To keep busy I decided to research my grandfather’s part in the Great War. What began as an effort to understand my grandparents’ lives blossomed into a fulltime occupation as a writer. Beyond my debut novel Unravelled, I have written two other novels with WWI settings. I have an active blog—www.awriterofhistory.com—on all aspects of historical fiction including interviews with a variety of authors and others involved in this genre. Additionally, I am a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. I live in Toronto and I’m happily married with two adult children. I am delighted to hear from readers. Please contact me at mktod@outlook.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Tod Publishing (August 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991967011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991967018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,301,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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UNRAVELLED is the absorbing story of a marriage challenged by infidelity and the stresses of two world wars. Edward Jamieson fought in WWI. During that time, he had an affair with a woman he never stopped loving even though they lost contact after the war and he went home to Canada where he married Ann and they had two children. A reunion in France re-surfaces both Edward’s war memories and his former lover. As Edward and Ann address these problems, another World War compounds the challenges they face.

Author M.K. Tod’s meticulous research into the battles of both World Wars and the affects these wars had on soldiers and their families makes for reading that will satisfy any reader of historical fiction. We see the effect of Edward’s battle experiences vividly as Tod skillfully moves back and forth between Edward’s present life and his time in the trenches of the Great War. As World War II takes center stage, Edward must face his demons again. Meanwhile, his wife Ann sees the war from another side as she volunteers to work with grieving women and attempts to keep her family and herself together.

Tod shares both Edward and Ann's points of view thoroughly and honestly. Another thing I particularly liked about this novel was how it delved into the impact of secrets on relationships. Secrets caused by infidelity. Secrets caused by war. The characters are complex and the author does not choose the easy way out for anyone. An excellent debut novel.
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Reading books set during times of war never seem to fail to point out either the horrors experienced by those brave men fighting for their countries or the sacrifices and activities of the women left home to worry for their loved ones. Unravelled is the first book I can think of that combines both a husband's experiences and inner workings and that of his wife, with all the loneliness, hurt and healing that is sure to happen with the continual ebb and flow of uncertainty.

When Edward Jamieson received an invitation to travel from Canada to France for the dedication of a monument to those brave men who served and died fighting during WWI he isn't sure whether he and his wife, Ann, should go or not. Edward has never fully recovered from the trauma and horror he experienced and doesn't see what good going back to the scene and letting himself remember those events will do. He has never fully told Ann about what he went through and isn't sure he will be able to keep himself sane. Beyond that, he isn't sure he is ready to see if the woman he loved, and later lost, will be there at the dedication. What will he do if he sees the woman who got away?

When Edward comes face to face with Helene, the woman who helped him heal after the war, he makes some series mistakes that put his own marriage in jeopardy. Working tirelessly to put his marriage back on track both he and Ann begin to experience some of the trust and intimacy they experienced in the early years of their marriage. That is until WWII hits.

When Edward is enlisted to be a part of some very top secret spy training for the Allies, he is forced to tell no one of his actions and to once again close part of himself off from Ann.
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Unraveled is a great title from every character's point of view. When you read this book you'll understand why.

I enjoyed this WWII novel.
It fully shows how the war affects everyone from young to old and the many ways people deal with the stress of war.
This book is about a married couple and their children. It covers both WWI and WWII Detailing the pain and destruction and the deep need for understanding and solace.
It is well written and engaging. There is betrayal and shame and forgiveness, recovery, healing and love. The author did wonderful research on both wars and found all that interesting.

It was a very good book.
But, it wasn't one that "drove" me to read it and keep reading it because I couldn't put it down. That's why I am giving it 4 stars. I do think it was excellent for what the author set out to do and she did a great job. The characters were very real, their conversations and actions believable. There is some sex in the book. Written tastefully but it may be too much for some --hence the warning I'm giving.
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M. K. Todd's historical novel of the Jamison family is as complicated and involved as a PBS drama with subplots upon intricate subplots. The women characters, especially Ann and her daughter Emily, are written with a deep understanding of the psychological and emotional issues of women during wartime. Edward, Ann's husband, is intriguing and admirable, but also very conflicted by the duties of men during war with their necessary oaths of secrecy and separation from their wives and families. I really enjoyed reading about the historical background of both wars and the many ways citizens as well as soldiers had to endure privations and hardships, both physical and emotional. I highly recommend this book to readers who are willing to take the time to follow these characters on a four decade journey of discovery, both social and psychological.
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