M. K. Tod on Tour September 1-10 with
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.
When Grace Hanson’s life abruptly changes, leaving her devastated and unsure how to cope, she soon embarks on an unexpected journey to follow the clues left behind by her grandfather and discovers not only a new mindset and appreciation for her family and fallen soldiers but also finds herself along the way. With her grandfather’s war diaries and her puzzle solving mind, Grace uncovers a lot more than she bargained for and even gets into a little trouble.
I really enjoyed Time and Regret. The title fits really well with the themes of the story with all the time between the events with Martin’s war accounts and Grace’s modern day dilemmas. Grace learns to focus not only on her own regrets but also realizes that both her grandfather and grandmother had plenty of their own, too. It was interesting to read as Grace broadened her worldview.
The look into a soldier’s life and the great mystery left behind by Grace’s grandfather was interesting. I thought the clues were clever and even though figuring out what exactly Grace was looking for took some time, it made for quick reading just to have the curiosity satisfied of how she would solve the puzzle and fulfill the nearly lifelong task left unfinished by Martin.
I’m thoroughly satisfied with how everything beautifully wrapped up. It’s a little sad to end this journey with Grace, but I’m happy for her and optimistic that she gets to change her life for the better based on her own direction in life.
A must read.
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 at http://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.
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