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Unravelled: Two Wars. Two Affairs. One Marriage.

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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 throug ...more
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Published 2013 by Tod Publishing
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Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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There is a saying in the armed forces, that if the military had wanted you to have a family, they'd have issued you one. I used to think it a funny turn of phrase, but that was before married the marine corps. No matter the branch or position, there is always a degree of distance, a no-man's land you learn to avoid, to dance around and ignore.

Author M.K. Tod took this concept and ran with it, building a narrative around this
Colleen Turner
Reading books set during times of war never seem to fail to point out either the horrors experienced by those brave men fighting for their countries or the sacrifices and activities of the women left home to worry for their loved ones. Unravelled is the first book I can think of that combines both a husband's experiences and inner workings and that of his wife, with all the loneliness, hurt and healing that is sure to happen with the continual ebb and flow of uncertainty.

When Edward Jamieson rec
Meg - A Bookish Affair
3.5 stars. "Unravelled" is the story of a marriage set against the backdrop of the fallout of World War I and the events of World War II. The book explores how complex marriage can be especially when the two people in the relationship keep important things from each other. Ann and Edward, the couple, at various points in time keep major events and feelings from each other, which could end up derailing their marriage. This book is filled with details on how the world wars affected people on a ver ...more
This finely-researched novel takes place between 1935 and 1944 in Toronto, France and London. Edward Jamieson was in Signals in World War I and fought at Vimy Ridge; since the war he's suffered from post-traumatic shock disorder - or Shell Shock as they used to call it. He's a quiet, fairly reserved man who keeps things locked inside, though with the help of a particular doctor recommended to him by his friend from the war, Eric, the nightmares have mostly ended. After returning to Toronto he me ...more
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
UNRAVELLED is the absorbing story of a marriage challenged by infidelity and the stresses of two world wars. Edward Jamieson fought in WWI. During that time, he had an affair with a woman he never stopped loving even though they lost contact after the war and he went home to Canada where he married Ann and they had two children. A reunion in France re-surfaces both Edward’s war memories and his former lover. As Edward and Ann address these problems, another World War compounds the challenges the ...more
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: historical
I'm the author of this book so what can I say except that I loved writing it. And I equally love hearing from people who read it. ...more
Sheilagh Lee
Aug 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: gripping-drama
Book Review -Unravelled by M. K. Tod

Unravelled is the story of a couple Edward and Ann Jamieson and their relationship and how it is impacted by two world wars. The author delves into both husband and wife’s reactions to difficult conditions and distance war can bring to a marriage. The writer has done a lot of research and it shows with the attention to small details about the husband’s jobs in the wars and other character’s occupation’s descriptions. Reading about war is often fraught with te
Danie Botha
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book of Mary Tod that I've read. Loved it! And I'm on to her next work...

There is little glory to be found in war and love remains a fickle thing.

An engrossing WWI and II saga—historical fiction at its prime. A fresh retelling of the horrors of war as experienced by those who fought in the trenches and those who remained behind and fought similar demons at home. The author succeeds with her mastery of language to paint realistic and haunting pictures—of war, of love, of marria
Jul 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unravelled is an appropriate title for this book. Te secrets and lies begin when Edward, a veteran of the Great War receives an invitation to attend the dedication of the Vimy Memorial. Ann pressures him to attend and there's no turning back. Ann and Edward's marriage begins to unravel.

This is a powerful story and the research was meticulous. Having very recently taken a battlefields tour, I was very interested in many of the places mentioned in the book. The descriptions of the war are very de
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, wwii, romance
This well-researched book spans the time period between the First and Second World War and describes the effect of those world events on a marriage. I found the information on the role of the Signals branch in WWI fascinating, since I have never previously given much thought to how communication occurred in the trenches during that war. The description of the contribution made by Canada in both wars was also illuminating since so much focus is normally on the role of the major players.

During th
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 b ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Despite being set in a turbulent time and having a sombre theme, I was totally transported into the lives of Ann and Edward in this book that is full of passion and intrigue. Theirs is not an easy life, there are secrets, troubles, pain, sacrifices and the story twists and turns over the years with the reader as uncertain of what their future will hold as the couple themselves. Ann is a very strong character and by the end of the novel I was very fond of her, although there were things she did a ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
A war, a woman, and memories plagued Edward for years and became more intense after he and his wife went back to France for a dedication ceremony for the company he was in during WWI.

UNRAVELLED goes back and forth from past to present revealing feelings, desires, and regrets. The characters are likable but not lovable. Edward does the unthinkable when he is in France and ruins his life as well as his wife's life.

UNRAVELLED is the perfect title for this book because of the war and the personal si
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: highly-recommend
Edward Jamieson survived his duty in World War I as a signaller. Returning to life in Canada, eventually he meets and falls in love with Ann Winston. They marry and have two children, life is good until 1935 when they receive an invitation to attend the Vimy war memorial ceremony in France. Edward is uncertain about returning to the memories of the loss of war, and the memories of Helene Noisette, the love who got away.

As the title suggests, stories unravel on the stage of the world wars. M.K.
Elisabeth Storrs
A beautiful rendering of the healing journey of two war torn hearts.
Note: This book was given to me gratis by the author in return for an honest review.

Format: I read this in Kindle e-pub format. Navigation worked perfectly; however, the decision to place the table of contents at the end of the book is curious (and awkward.) As an aside, the cover art is gorgeous, and I was glad to see that lovely cover included on the e-book edition.

This is an historical novel set in Canada and France in the period between World War I and World War II. The mai
Ruth Chatlien
Oct 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading the historical novel Unravelled by M.K. Tod. It has an interesting premise summed up by its log line: “Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage.”

The novel opens in 1935. Canadian veteran Edward Jamieson has received an invitation to go to France to commemorate the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Edward has struggled to overcome what we now call PTSD and later hidden his memories of the war from his wife Ann. So, he’s not eager to return to the place where he survived such horror. Yet, s
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Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review

This is a novel based on turbulent times and dealing with conflicting emotions. We meet Edward and Ann, a Canadian married couple, in the year of 1936 when Edward has been invited to attend the unveiling of the war memorial at Vimy Ridge, one of the places Edward fought in during the 1st World War. For Edward this invitation sparks a flood of carefully buried memories and emotions of fighting in the trench
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Particularly relevant with the seemingly unending conflicts around the world, M.K. Tod gracefully presents the effects of war on the soldier and the women he loves wrapped up in a story that is hard to put down, despite moments of heartbreaking pathos. Focusing on the lesser-described veterans of WWI, the story begins with an invitation to attend a memorial dedication in France. Edward has spent the years since returning to Canada from the war working to overcome the effects of his time in battl ...more
Histoire et fiction
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading “Unravelled”, and although it took me a little while to identify/empathise with the main characters, I found it hard to put the book down after starting Part II.
The novel takes us to Canada in the period from the end of WWI to WWII, during which a former WWI soldier and his wife see their marriage challenged by the difficult circumstances. The two things I liked most about the book was (1) to discover how the Canadian had been impacted by the two world wars (as a European, I di
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Unravelled was a fascinating novel with quite an interesting setting and perspective. It touches on themes of marriage, trust, duty, sacrifice and the effects of the two world wars on families, regardless of where in the world they lived in during this time; no one is spared from these events. I really liked that the reader got bits of what Edward was going through with his PTSD from his experiences during World War One.

The novel also gives an interesting look at the push-and-pull, ebb-and-flow
Sophie Schiller
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
M.K. Tod's haunting, beautiful novel explores the unraveling of a rock solid marriage when people and events of the past invade the present. WWI veteran, Edward Jamieson is desperately in love with his wife, Ann, but is haunted by memories of the past: the grim trenches that almost took his life, and a beautiful Frenchwoman, Helene, who captured his heart, but inexplicably vanished. When Edward spots Helene at a WWI memorial, he is forced to question the path his life has taken, and whether or n ...more
Jina Howell-Forbes
This was an informative book, that gave an immense amount of detail about the feelings of the men fighting and the families they left both of the World Wars. The main character was just the right age to have been a young man at the front lines in the first war, and a middle aged man of high rank doing espionage work in the second.

I learned from the book, but I didn't really like it. As is pretty obvious from the title, the guy and his wife both had affairs during their marriage. This i
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway I entered. It was one of those giveaways where you will win one of a number of books but you won't know which one until the very end. I was pleasantly surprised when I finally got around to reading it. This is the history of a Canadian family (husband and wife) caught up in both World I and World War II. It is based on the author's grandparents. There is quite a bit of actual history included. It is the story of how this family stayed together despite two affairs--t ...more
Maryline M's Bookshelf
I loved how 'Unravelled' showed you both sides of the war: the political, the fighting in the trenches (to story we all "know" best), but also the human side. The struggles that go on in their private lives. How the war effects their relationships, but also what effect it has on their family and loved ones. It was very emotional to read about the heartache those who got 'left behind' had the endure: the mothers, fathers, wives, sisters, sons, daughters. To me, M.K. Tod's writing is a tribute to ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was partway into this book when I thought the plot was really familiar, and realized that I'd read the same plot in M. K. Tod's other book, "Lies Told In Silence" but told from the point of view of another main character in this book. Interesting to see part of the story told from two different perspectives. This book continues on from WWI to WWII and really showed the effect of war not just on soldiers but on their families too. I also enjoyed the connection with Canada's espionage training c ...more
Larry Launstein
Nov 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: wartime action readers, romance and intrigue
Recommended to Larry by: MK Tod
Shelves: must-read
MK Tod’s book Unravelled is a perfect start to a story that ends with Lies Told In Silence. Both books are centered around World War 1. There is romance, intrigue, and action from two world wars in Unraveled, told from a Canadian point of view. Her follow-up book was from the French point of view. Unravelled starts with a trip back to France, where long-ago memories and feelings are stirred up, and end with more secrecy in another world war, and more longing and romance. I thoroughly enjoyed the ...more
Apr 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Although I read M. K. Tod's "Unravelled", after I read "Lies Told in Silence", I believe they can be read in any order in which you discover them.

They are both well written and researched novels about two beautiful love affairs which take place during WWI and WWII. Both books center on a Canadian soldier who is involved in both of these wars.

Since I have enjoyed these novels by M. K. Tod I am looking forward to her next publication "Time and Regret".
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Och! love and its ways.
War time romance, adultery aftermath amidst war time struggles are woven into this story that tugs at the heart in some parts. Due to their individual circumstances, you will find yourself empathizing with each of the characters.
Nov 14, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5/5 I enjoyed the story and the setting. This was a story that kept my interest, I just didn't feel a strong connection to the characters. I did enjoy reading about both wars and how they affected this family. Overall, a good read. ...more
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Hi - I'm M.K. Tod, Mary actually, the author of the newly released PARIS IN RUINS, as well as TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED. I have enjoyed a passion for historical novels that began in my early teenage years immersed in the stories of Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer. After a 20+ year career in business, in 2004, I moved to Hong Kong with my husband and no ...more

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