In what is one of the most unique stories that I have ever read, today I present Unravelled by M.K. Tod, as part of the France Book Tours. Please be sure to check the other tour stops – but be sure to enter the giveaway here. Open to everyone, I have one eBook copy of this title to give away to one lucky winner. Drawing will close at 23:59 (EST) on 14 November, winner will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is announced.
Particularly relevant with the seemingly unending conflicts around the world, M.K. Tod gracefully presents the effects of war on the soldier and the women he loves wrapped up in a story that is hard to put down, despite moments of heartbreaking pathos. Focusing on the lesser-described veterans of WWI, the story begins with an invitation to attend a memorial dedication in France. Edward has spent the years since returning to Canada from the war working to overcome the effects of his time in battle (we would classify him as suffering from PTSD today). Part of his ‘dealing’ with the issues is to NOT discuss his experience with his wife Ann. Married with two children, he’s worked hard to be a good husband and father, and make the bad memories go away. This invitation is just a kettle of worms he’s not sure he wants to open.
Ann is the wife, feeling shunted off and often helpless to be of assistance when she sees her husband struggle. Far from strong and silent, his issues are affecting the entire family: what she doesn’t yet know is things are going to get worse. The invitation is accepted, and during his time in France Edward briefly finds Helene, the woman he loved and yet left when he shipped back home. Reawakening feelings and issues that he would rather lie dormant, what none of them see is that war will again bring separation and more grief.
Tod manages to incorporate all of the political and diplomatic manoeuvers as the world again teeters on the brink of another war: with Edward now serving by training men, and Ann doing her part by counseling women and families left behind, both are thrown face-first into their fears, and need to confront issues and questions that they would rather not. Told in the points of view of BOTH Ann and Edward, the slow dissolution of the marriage is almost mirrored in the difficulties that each character experiences with new revelations, or as they are being forced to confront old unsettled wounds. Strangely enough, their marriage almost seems to have a correlation to the buildup to the real overly hostile actions in the early years of WWII, as they each have their own fears about the other, never thinking that their own worst fears will be realized, and something even more hurtful is unleashed, almost appearing without warning. Truly this is a beautifully crafted story, full of emotion, detail and history that will keep readers entranced for hours. A stunning debut effort, sure to be on the top of several must read lists.
Title: Unravelled: Two Wars. Two Affairs. One Marriage.
Author: M.K. Tod
Genre: Historical Romance, Literary Fiction /Family Saga
Published by: Self-Published
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Two Wars. Two Affairs. One Marriage.
In October 1935, Edward Jamieson's memories of war and a passionate love affair resurface when an invitation to a WWI memorial ceremony arrives. Though reluctant to visit the scenes of horror he has spent years trying to forget, Edward succumbs to the unlikely possibility of discovering what happened to Helene Noisette, the woman he once pledged to marry. Travelling through the French countryside with his wife Ann, Edward sees nothing but reminders of war. After a chance encounter with Helene at the dedication ceremony, Edward's past puts his present life in jeopardy.
When WWII erupts a few years later, Edward is quickly caught up in the world of training espionage agents, while Ann counsels grieving women and copes with the daily threats facing those she loves. And once again, secrets and war threaten the bonds of marriage.
With events unfolding in Canada, France and England, UNRAVELLED is a compelling novel of love, duty and sacrifice set amongst the turmoil of two world wars.
A copy of this title was provided via Author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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