Review by Danielle A. Signe
Have you ever talked with your grandparents about their time during WW1 and/or WW2? In her debut novel, Unravelled, M.K. Tod has penned a story set during that era. There is a mixture of sacrifice, survival and emotional turmoil in this historical fiction novel.
The story begins in October 1935 when Edward Jamieson receives a letter inviting him to the Vimy War Memorial Dedication. When he tells Ann, his wife, he doesn’t want to celebrate the war and it unlocks all the gruesome memories he kept to himself. It was a time he never revealed much to his wife and kids.
His memories of World War 1 are so vivid, it is like the battles just happened. The lice, the poor food, gas attacks and the killings were just part of what he locked away all this time. As the oldest son of 8 brothers and sisters, Edward was close to his dad, Ernest. However he could not tell him everything from that era. Without a word to his wife, Edward finds the box of letters from his love before the war, Helene. He never got over the pain of the fact that she never waited for him to return home from the war. It is because of the potential to see her at the monument ceremony that he finally agrees to go. The longing to know why keeps him going despite the strong flashbacks while en route.
“Paris was beautiful, despite the war.” Edward told Ann as they toured old battle locations in France prior to the monument dedication.
As the army of ghosts, deceits and secrets attack Edward, will he survive or withdraw from the life he built since the war?
This insightful and compelling story has a flourishing pulse that will take you through two wars, two affairs and one marriage.
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M.K. Tod had a successful business career until a move to Hong Kong prompted a hiatus. She used that time to research her family history, and Unravelled was the result. Currently she is a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. She is a mother of two adult children and lives in Toronto.
M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is available in paperback and e-book formats from Amazon (US, Canada and elsewhere), Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes.
Danielle is a mom to two, an avid reader and can be found writing about being a Motherless Mom over at Motherless Moments. Danielle lives with her family in Langley, and is grateful for the 100-mile-diet as there are many wineries from her doorstep. She is a Twitter-a-holic and loves chatting with her many friends worldwide. You can find her anytime on Twitter: @motherlessmom or @DanielleASigne.