UNRAVELLED by M.K. Tod ~ Book Review

Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. Set at the intersection of love and war, Unravelled delivers a page-turning mixture of emotion and sacrifice.

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.  

About the Author
M.K. Tod had a successful business career until a move to Hong Kong prompted an unexpected hiatus. Using that time to research her family history ultimately resulted in Unravelled  and a new career as a writer. Beyond her debut novel, Mary has written two other novels with WWI settings. She blogs at and is a book reviewer for the Historical Novel Society. In 2012, Mary conducted a unique international reader survey on the topic of historical fiction.


As a historian, I'm always wary about historical fiction, especially books set in my field of study.  That said, I was thrilled when a piece of historical fiction goes above and beyond my expectations.  That is what happened with Unravelled.  The book drew me in from the first page and didn't let me go until the end. The writing was superb, the characters engaging, and the history sound.  The title intrigued me as many a marriage didn't survive the war or its after effects. This isn't a light read but it is well worth the emotional investment, especially for anyone at all interested into the more personal side effects of war.

Written by Jenn Annis - Jenn is a voracious reader, and has been since childhood.  She is currently attending the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University after deciding that her love of teaching trumped the doctorate she was working towards.  Her passions include Canadian History, Football, Music, and Social Media.
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  1. It's great to have your endorsement as a historian, Jenn. I'm looking forward to reading Unravelled.

  2. This sounds very interesting! I'm no historian, but I think the personal side of the war will really draw me in. Thanks for this recommendation via twitter! :)

  3. It can, if the love is strong enough.


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