- Paperback: 366 pages
- Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (Aug. 16 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1503938409
- ISBN-13: 978-1503938403
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #288,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Time and Regret Paperback – Aug 16 2016
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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.
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"We are weapons now, not men. Men decide whether or not to kill. Weapons merely kill." (quote from the book)
This is a poignant, powerful and at times painful account of Grace Hansen's journey of self-discovery as she follows her grandfather's World War I diaries through France after finding them with a cryptic note, among other items, in an old tackle box.
I enjoyed this book not only for the historical war accounts, but for the mystery interwoven into the novel. I was immersed in the dual story line between Grace's need to find out what her grandfather's regret was and his war diaries. The conditions the soldiers had to deal with, along with their harrowing battles, were horrific. They were cannon fodder! The battles of the Somme, Vimy Ridge, and Passchendaele that the Canadian 19th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Division fought were heartbreaking. Her grandfather's diary entries regarding trench warfare and the bucolic landscape that Grace viewed in 1991 on which they fought were so stark in contrast.
The mystery within was well done. Between the 'Fedora Man', who Grace felt was following her, and Pierre, the charming Frenchman, kept you guessing. I did figure out what her grandfather's regret was but the how remained elusive. I also was glad the ending did not leave me wanting. I felt this was a fitting tribute to read in November 2017, 100 years after World War I. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Tod's novels.
For me when it came to this book was first the gorgeous cover and then the tantalizing blurb. I just adore parallel storylines with a mystery that a relative or a stranger has to solve in "modern" time. So, I was thrilled to get a chance to read this book.
And, that makes it quite sad to write a review about a book that I thought I would love, but that I just couldn't connect with. Sometimes that happens, sometimes I just can't find myself enjoying a book, despite my deep will to do so. And, this one, oh I wished so that I had found the characters and the story to my taste. But, alas, it was not to be.
For the right person is this probably a great book. We have a woman that is trying to find out more about her beloved grandfather and discovers more than she could dream of. A secret that has been waiting to be revealed. Unfortunately, neither the past and the present story really caught my interest, and the secret was pretty easy to figure out, and there come a time when I thought everything that happens was way too convenient. And, the romance between Grace and Pierre just didn't rock my boat. If the mystery had been more engrossing could I have overlooked the romantic story, but it wasn't and that meant that I couldn't find much enjoyment with the story.
So, this was not the great book that I had hoped it to be, still just because I couldn't find myself enjoying it, doesn't mean that you can't...
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