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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,437 ratings  ·  159 reviews
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 incre ...more
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Published August 16th 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
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May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Time and Regret is M.K. Tod’s third novel. I’ve both of her earlier releases and was eyeing her latest long before it was made available for review. WWII is my usual stomping ground, but I find myself increasingly fascinated with the Great War and, as such, couldn’t help bumping Time and Regret to the top of my TBR when Lake Union Publishing granted my request for an ARC.

The book impressed me on a number of levels, but I was
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I believe that we all have different kinds of weakness when it comes to books, some of us have a passion for WW1 books, some of us love time travel romance, some of us can't withstand a book with a gorgeous cover, and some of us loves mystery books, etc...

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 rea
Karen Kay
Grace is a divorced mom with two kids. Her grandfather dies and leaves her with a puzzle mystery from his service in WWI. Grace goes to France trying to solve the puzzle, while we read Grandpa's diary entries and learn the horrors he suffered while serving during the war.

The story flowed nicely, jumping back and forth between the 1990's and 1910's. I appreciate the descriptions of daily life during war time and I could believe this story may have actually happened. I liked the style of writing a
A discovery amongst her grandfather's things sends a woman on a journey through the past that leads to a danger in the present.

I seem to have been drawn this year to stories with split time lines featuring a person in the present and a person in the past during the war years. I believe this is my fourth one. However, this was my first one with a WWI backdrop. War is always hell. No doubt. However, the trench warfare and massive losses of that series of battles is horrific and staggering. And tha
Karen • The Book Return
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read this Review and More on my Blog:The Book Return Blog'Time and Regret' is the story of Grace, a newly divorced career women and mother, struggling to regain her identity. Grace finds an old tackle box of her grandfather's while cleaning out her attic. Inside is a cryptic note, a journal, and several war souvenirs. Grace decides to retrace her grandfather's war travels through Europe.

The story alternates between Grace's first person view in the early 1990's , Martin's third person view during
Elizabeth St.John
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
As I settled down to read this captivating novel, strains of “As Time Goes By” filled my mind. Throughout this sensitively written and heartrending book about love, loss and redemption, the author takes us on a journey between 1990’s New York and the French battle fields of the Great War. Traveling smoothly between time and place, the writing is evocative and compelling, and with two points of view between recently divorced Grace Hansen and her grandfather, who fought in the war, we are quickly ...more
4,5 stars

The book alternates between Martin’s life during WWI and his granddaughter Grace’s life in early 1990s. Grace is recently divorced with two kids who’s trying to get her life back together. When she discovers her grandfather’s old war diaries and a message with a puzzle in her attic, she decides to visit the war sites in France.

I don’t remember if I’ve read books set in WWI before, it’ usually WWII so this was a great change. Although reading Martin’s diary entries it could have been set
Grace is going through a hard time. Her husband wants a divorce. As she is dealing with the loss of her marriage, she discovers her grandfather’s war diaries. He also left her a note that says that he regrets stealing them. What is it that her grandfather has stolen? Curious, Grace reads through her grandfather's diaries. Intrigued by what she reads, she decides to go to France to follow her grandfather's footsteps and piece together the meaning of the cryptic note that her grandfather left her

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4 *loved France* stars
Stepped out of my normal genre and decided to add a new experience. This truly was the book for that moment. This book truly has so much going for it: suspense, family, loss, secrets, gorgeous French scenery and romance.
Grace Hansen finds herself divorced in her 40s and trying to piece together a very difficult puzzle left to her by her grandfather. Not only do we have the present day situation, but we are taken on a journey that encompasses The Great War, one that I know
Sep 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dianne Ascroft
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Like her first two novels, this is a well written, poignant novel and, as I read, I quickly lost myself in the story. I was moved by Grace’s very different relationships with her grandmother and grandfather, and her grandfather’s experience of life in the trenches during the First World War.
The story deftly contrasts the dilemmas and difficulties in Grace’s modern day life with her grandfather, Martin’s experiences on the battlefield. Although I approached the book as an historical fiction, I
I have previously read Lies Told in Silence also written by M.K. Tod and looked forward to reading this new one. Though I finished this book a month ago it has still stayed with me, there is more to Time and Regret than the actual story.

The cover reflects the story nicely (and is gorgeous) while the title perfectly matches the story. With the modern day story taking place in 1991, where there is no need for internet and cell phones to distract.

The author did a great job with Martin's diaries.
Kelsie Engen
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgally, dnf, reviewed
Sadly, I could not get into this book. I got about 10% of the way through, but even by then I was skimming. I honestly don't think it was the author's fault, as the writing is clean, efficient, and perfectly lovely. It's just not the book for me.

I had hoped that the Parisian setting would get me past the fact that this was a war novel, but ultimately, at least in the first tenth of this book, the setting comes into play very little. I usually hate war novels and even have a hard time with much h
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
After a somewhat slow start, Time and Regret quickly became intriguing. Martin's diaries gave way to sections set during the Great War, and I was fascinated. His words weren't the lengthy sort of diary one usually gets in books like this, but brief, blunt observations that set the stage. Then, to have Grace trying to find clues… I couldn't stop reading. Things built, and the ending wasn't quite what I expected it to be. In a good way.

I especially appreciated that Grace was not a 20-something yea
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Recommended to Carlissa by: Netgalley
I have both the ebook and the audio, but I mostly listened to the Audible version of this book. The narrators, Emily Sutton-Smith and Scott Merriman, are excellent.

This book has most of the elements I like in a book - historical fiction, mystery, and just a tad of romance. It alternates between 2 time periods, WWI (1914-1918) and present day (1991) and is told in 2 points of view, Grace in the present day and Grace's grandfather, Martin, during WWI, plus Martin's journals. It did get confusing
Linda Lpp
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learn from regret: If only we would learn. The book was great on so many levels. Switching between Grace's Grandfather's WWI journal accounts and present day attempts to learn about an entirely different side of him, the book was rich .

I got a bit bogged down with the tactical war strategies and intense deadly trench conditions, but about half way into the book the quest to solve the mystery her grandfather set up for her to solve years after his death the pace picked. Then it was impossible to
Lucy Pollard-Gott
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, wwi
When a plot involves finding an old document, such as an old diary or a set of letters, I feel both an emotional tug and that insistent spark of curiosity–I am soon deeply committed as a reader. Time and Regret offers such a plot and wastes no time in getting it underway, introducing the intriguing set of diaries in the first chapter. Mary K. Tod’s heroine, Grace Hansen, is newly divorced; while sifting through her belongings to make a clean start, she finds a “battered tackle box” left in her a ...more
Julianne Douglas
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
In M. K. Tod's third novel, TIME AND REGRET (Lake Union), a ticking-clock mystery provides the link between two narratives set in different eras. In March 1991, Grace Hansen, a just-divorced single mom trying to determine a new course for her life, finds a tackle box in her attic. The box contains mementos gathered by her beloved grandfather, Martin Devlin, over the course of his deployment in France during the First World War. Included among the bullet casings, brass buttons, and photographs ar ...more
Carole Rae
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oooooh WWI. Such a bloody, bloody war. So many people lost their lives! I'm glad this story shared Martin's tale as well Grace's. It showed his journey as well as Grace's. The author did an amazing job with showing the true brutality of the war and the survivor's guilt. Beautiful job.

Normally I prefer one POV over the other, but for this one, I really liked both. Both had me hooked and I couldn't wait for the continuation of both. The author did a good job with the switching between WWI and the
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Time and Regret is a well-written touching story with a dual timeline. Grace Hansen's story takes place in 1991 New York. She is a successful woman who works in marketing for an insurance company and is the mother of two teenage sons and dealing with her recent divorce. She finds a tackle box belonging to her late grandfather in the attic that contains his WWI diaries and a puzzle left for her to solve. This propels her to trace his footsteps by going to all the different towns and places in Fra ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Recently divorced Grace finds a mysterious tackle box in the attic. The box contains her grandfather’s diaries written while he served in World War I, a cryptic letter addressed to her in which her grandfather expresses regret over a past deed and some memorabilia. Grace and her grandfather, Martin, had always loved puzzles and this is just the diversion she needs at this point in her life.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Source: Free copy from M.K.Tod in exchange for a review

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
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mystery/Suspense lovers
M. K. Tods Time and Regret captivated me right from the beginning. The twin viewpoints the story is told from moves the reader from what Grace reads in her Grandfathers journals, and experiences as she retraces his journey through World War I France; and tells the story as Martin, her Grandfather, experienced it. The writing was superb, flowing easily, keeping the plot interesting and intriguing, while building the ever changing French country side in a way that made it easy to imagine being the ...more
Aug 12, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
I have to say two things upfront 1) I received this book as a Goodreads Kindle giveaway 2) I did not finish the book. So take my review how you see fit. I knew going in the book was going to be a bit out of my comfort zone when it comes to genre. I'm not usually a historical fiction reader. But the description of this book sounded interesting and maybe not as heavy on the historical, but more of a mystery, which intrigued me. So I gave it a chance. I stopped reading at 45%. I didn't realize, for ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first time reading a book by M.K Tod and Time and Regret is a very intriguing story. The story is about Grace Hanson and a box her grandfather Martin left for her to find when the time was right. (I won’t rewrite the blurb) I really thought reading her grandfather’s diaries was very interesting, I am a nosey person and love to read old journals and diaries. Well I would like to anyway. While reading Martins account of the war really had me thinking. I don’t read a lot of war type boo ...more
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure- I received a Kindle copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways (thank you Goodreads!).

As the book opens, Grace is still in the process of recovering from an unexpected divorce, and cleaning out the attic, separating the stuff she wants to keep from the stuff she wants to get rid of (all the other rooms in the house have already been sorted, this is the last one). She rediscovers a tackle box which contains her grandfather's diaries from his time in WWI along with a mysterious
Kati Berman
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Time and Regret is a historical fiction novel of sorts. Part of it takes place in World War I, parts of it in 1990's New York and France. Grace, the main protagonist in the novel is a recently divorced mother of two teen age sons, doing the best to raise them, holding down a full time job at an insurance company. She was raised by her grandparents after the death of her father and her mother's mental illness. One day she finds ...more
Karen M
This book is written in two POVs (point of view) and two different time periods. The story weaves it’s way back and forth between the period of 1915 to 1919, World War I, in which we meet Martin, a young Canadian who enlists and 1991 when Martin’s granddaughter, Grace, takes on the task her grandfather has set for her.

Grace’s marriage is over and she is struggling to maintain a civil relationship with her ex-husband for the sake of their two sons. While clearing out the attic she comes across a
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Time and Regret" is a story told in two different times. In the early 1990s, Grace is going through a messy divorce and is trying to put her life back together. She discovers diaries and a mysterious package left in her attic by her beloved grandfather. During World War I, Grace's grandfather, Martin, is fighting on the fields of France. What he experiences will change him forever. He keeps a detailed diary about all that he experiences including some secrets that he will keep for the rest of h ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grace and her Grandfather shared a close relationship, close enough for him to set her a puzzle and know that one day she would work out his secret and help to put right what he couldn’t. With his war diaries and cryptic clues Grace heads to France, alone, hoping following in his footsteps will make solving the mystery easier. Visiting the memorials, cemeteries and museums that are in abundance in northern France, Grace meets Pierre, a welcome friendly face, as she soon realises she is being fol ...more
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Hi - I'm M.K. Tod, Mary actually, the author of 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 job. To keep busy I decided to research my gr ...more
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