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Time and Regret by M.K. Tod
When Grace Hansen finds a box belonging to her beloved grandfather, she has no idea it holds the key to his past—and to long-buried family secrets. In the box are his World War I diaries and a cryptic note addressed to her. Determined to solve her grandfather’s puzzle, Grace follows his diary entries across towns and battle sites in northern France, where she becomes increasingly drawn to a charming French man—and suddenly aware that someone is following her…
Through her grandfather’s vivid writing and Grace’s own travels, a picture emerges of a man very unlike the one who raised her: one who watched countless friends and loved ones die horrifically in battle; one who lived a life of regret. But her grandfather wasn’t the only one harboring secrets, and the more Grace learns about her family, the less she thinks she can trust them.
Praise For Time and Regret
“With fluid prose and a keen eye for detail, M.K. Tod takes readers on a decades-spanning journey of wartime loss, family secrets, and, ultimately, redemption.” – Holly Smith, Managing Editor, Washington Independent Review of Books
“Spiced with mystery and a spark of romance, TIME AND REGRET is an immersive journey into one man’s brave but terrifying slog through the killing fields of France and Flanders during WWI. Tod’s prose brims with exquisite atmospheric detail, drawing the reader into an unforgettable story.” – Juliet Grey: author of the acclaimed Marie Antoinette trilogy
“Time and Regret, equally captivating and suspenseful, presents well-drawn characters who strive to resolve past mysteries and overcome present obstacles. M.K. Tod is an impressively gifted storyteller who creates relatable conflicts and believable dangers. Highly recommended!” – Bestselling author Margaret Porter
“Hugely satisfying – impossible to put down.” – Elizabeth St. John author of The Lady of the Tower
“Time and Regret is something as rare as a treasure hunt with heart. Between the gritty trenches of World War I, the romantic allure of present-day France, and the cut-throat New York arts scene, M.K. Tod has spun a gripping family drama that delves deeply into the effects of war on the human soul and takes us on an intriguing journey of self-discovery. It is a book rich in hard-won wisdom and crucial historical insights, and Tod’s perceptive voice leads us unfaltering through some of the darkest chapters in human history to a very satisfying conclusion.” – Anne Fortier author of The Lost Sisterhood
This is the first time reading a book by M.K Tod and Time and Regret is a very intriguing story. The story is about Grace Hanson and a box her grandfather Martin left for her to find when the time was right. (I won’t rewrite the blurb) I really thought reading her grandfather’s diaries was very interesting, I am a nosy person and love to read old journals and diaries. Well I would like to anyway. While reading Martins account of the war really had me thinking. I don’t read a lot of war type books and the author I thought gave an amazing view of what it is like to be in a war. My thought OMG thinking of all those young men and some women who served in any war and what they had to go through. It just opened my eyes. To me there are four parts of this story, the diaries that Grace was reading, Martin’s story of the war, Graces travel to France and her family in New York. Every part was so interesting. I loved reading about the historical places that Grace went to, makes me want to go as well. The characters were well written and the emotions of everyone in the story and who they were in this story was fantastic. This was a book I didn’t want to put down. This book was great all the way to the end of the book. Then I had to think about it. That is of course one of the reasons I love historical fiction. If done correctly makes you want to think of the time period, that the story is happening in. I can really tell that the author researched the information for this book. I think that is very important part of reading historical fiction is to still have some facts of the time.
I am so thankful to have been able to read this story. I want to thank the author M.K Tod and also hfvirtualbooktours.com for providing me an ARC. I received a free copy of a book in exchange for an honest review
About the Author
Time and Regret is M.K. Tod’s third novel. She began writing in 2005 while living as an expat in Hong Kong. What started as an interest in her grandparents’ lives turned into a full-time occupation writing historical fiction. Her novel Unravelled was awarded Indie Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society. In addition to writing historical novels, she blogs about reading and writing historical fiction on www.awriterofhistory.com, reviews books for the Historical Novel Society and the Washington Independent Review of Books, and has conducted three highly respected reader surveys. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and is the mother of two adult children.
Blog Tour Schedule
Wednesday, August 17
Guest Post at The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
Tuesday, August 23
Review at The Book Return
Wednesday, August 24
Spotlight at Broken Teepee
Thursday, August 25
Interview at Let Them Read Books
Sunday, August 28
Review at Carole’s Ramblings
Monday, August 29
Spotlight at A Literary Vacation
Wednesday, August 31
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
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