(Review) Time and Regret by M.K. Tod

 Time And Regret   

Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Lake Union
Genre: Historical mystery
ISBN: 978-1503938403
Pages: 366
Source: Free copy from M.K.Tod. I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher.
Rating: 4 stars for very good
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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.


Time And Regret MK Tod 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. Please visit her website and her blog A Writer of History Subscribe to her mailing list or contact her at mktod [at] bell [dot] net Follow her on Facebook and Twitter on Goodreads and Pinterest Buy the book (print, ebook audiobook): Amazon


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My Thoughts:
I love the story,Time and Regret. It is a blend of a granddaughter's search for her grandfather's World War I experience and her own search in a new life experience. In researching her grandfather's life, Grace comes to understand her own life in a new and meaningful way.
Time and Regret is also a travel log. Grace travels through northern France and Belgium. Through her lens and taste-bud, I too experienced delicious food and the beautiful sites.
Grace has endured a dramatic change in life. Instead of wallowing in pity, she takes a chance and this alters her life.
Grace is a likable person. She is not eccentric or quirky. She is a person all women can in some way relate to. She is admirable in not falling apart after a sudden change in midlife. She is admirable in being independent and adventurous in traveling alone to foreign countries. She is admirable and brave to uncover the story of her grandfather's life.
The mystery of the novel is a little predictable, narrowing down the small amount of characters, as well as the behavior of characters, I had at least decided who had something to hide.
The last few paragraphs of the story, on page 349, is beautiful. It is wise advice for all of us.


  1. thanks for your nice words on this book. Glad you enjoyed it. Emma

  2. Many thanks, Annette for your very kind words. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the story and that it spoke to you personally! All best, M.K. (Mary) Tod

  3. My great-uncle died in WWI, and my dad took us all every year to his uncle's hometown to see his name on the cenotaph there.

  4. Thank you so much for the kind comments.


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