"Disconnected sentences gradually gave way to a flood of words as Ann disclosed her fears that Edward would never return, that her marriage was over, that life would never be the same, that she would not have the strength to go on. When she finally stopped, they sat in silence again for several minutes. A calm, comforting silence."
~Unravelled, M.K. Tod
Unravelled is a page turner and then some. Passionate, exciting, and intense, this book depicts the profound effects of both wars on people and focuses on the marriage and family life of the Jamiesons. I was moved to tears a few times. The novel gives us the private, innermost thoughts of both protagonists, Edward and Ann. We're privy to their secrets, and they earn our compassion. We feel their anguish and joy and everything in-between; we witness their struggles to keep their marriage--and themselves--intact. (I'm married, and I enjoy reading about married people; so many books focus on singles searching for love.) The themes in the book are serious--war, death, survival, love, marriage, sex (including adultery)--so this book is best suited for adults. Because Edward and Ann spend a lot of time apart, they experience loneliness and uncertainty, and their marriage becomes noticeably strained during wartime. They make mistakes which threaten to destroy their marriage and family. (I wanted to admonish them at times, but of course, characters in a book do not listen to readers!)
The battles and campaigns mentioned in the book are based on actual events, and the entire feel of the book is authentic. Although I'm not an expert on WWI or WWII, the book is well researched (sources are cited by the author in the Afterword), and M.K.Tod brings them to life in a riveting fashion. This novel will appeal to those who relish novels about WWI and WWII, as well as stories about love, marriage, and family. As for me, I could not put this book down! I think it would make a great historical movie (although I haven't decided yet who I'd cast as the male or female leads). I'm currently sleep deprived, as Unravelled has kept me up late the past few nights. But it was definitely worth it.
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Thanks to Emma from France Book Tours for sending me a copy of this novel. For additional reviews of this book, please visit the other stops on the book tour for Unravelled. Although this is not an epistolary novel, it features several letters and telegrams which contribute substantially to the story, so I've linked my review to the Postal Reading Challenge on Melwyk's blog, The Indextrious Reader.