NOVELS BY M.K.TOD
Stories of Resilience, Strength, and Hope
The Admiral's Wife

Published by Heath Street Publishing 2022

“Instantly gripping and heartbreaking, The Admiral’s Wife is a lush dual-timeline novel set in kaleidoscopic Hong Kong. Tod deftly unrolls the parallel stories with the flair of a master storyteller.”

Alice Poon, author of Tales of Ming Courtesans

The Admiral's Wife

The lives of two women living in Hong Kong more than a century apart are unexpectedly linked by forbidden love and financial scandal.

In 2016, Patricia Findlay leaves a high-powered career to move to Hong Kong, where she hopes to rekindle the bonds of family and embrace the city of her ancestors. Instead, she is overwhelmed by feelings of displacement and depression. To make matters worse, her father, CEO of the family bank, insists that Patricia’s duty is to produce an heir, even though she has suffered three miscarriages.

In 1912, when Isabel Taylor moves to Hong Kong with her husband, Henry, and their young daughter, she struggles to find her place in such a different world and to meet the demands of being the admiral’s wife. At a reception hosted by the governor of Hong Kong, she meets Li Tao-Kai, an influential member of the Chinese community and a man she met a decade earlier when he was a student at Cambridge.

As the story unfolds, each woman must consider where her heart belongs, the meaning of family, and what she is prepared to risk for love.

“A riveting tale of clashing cultures, ruthless corruption, and the consequences of corrosive lies.”

James R. Benn, author of Road of Bones and other Billy Boyle mysteries.

“Plenty of plot twists and turns and two compelling heroines make this well-paced novel a delight. Highly recommended.”

Carol M. Cram, author of The Towers of Tuscany

"Irresistible and absorbing, The Admiral's Wife deftly weaves together the stories of two women born a century apart, bound by obligation, and linked by a secret that could destroy lives and families."

- Janie Chang, bestselling author of The Library of Legends

A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.

- Samuel Johnson -

Paris in Ruins

Paris 1870. Raised for a life of parties and servants, Camille and Mariele have much in common, but it takes the horrors of war to bring them together to fight for the city and people they love.

A few weeks after the abdication of Napoleon III, the Prussian army lays siege to Paris. Camille Noisette, the daughter of a wealthy family, volunteers to nurse wounded soldiers and agrees to spy on a group of radicals plotting to overthrow the French government.

Her future sister-in-law, Mariele de Crécy, is appalled by the gaps between rich and poor. She volunteers to look after destitute children whose families can barely afford to eat.

Somehow, Camille and Mariele must find the courage and strength to endure months of devastating siege, bloody civil war, and great personal risk. Through it all, an unexpected friendship grows between the two women, as they face the destruction of Paris and discover that in war women have as much to fight for as men.

War has a way of teaching lessons – if only Camille and Mariele can survive long enough to learn them.

“Tod is not only a good historian, but also an accomplished writer, capturing here the febrile atmosphere of a Paris about to be under siege, the vise tightening, the sense of security eroding.”​

Kirkus Reviews

Published by Heath Street Publishing: 2021

"The story of two women whose families were caught up in the defense of Paris is deeply moving and suspenseful."

Margaret George, Author of Splendor Before the Dark: A Novel of the Emperor Nero

Published by Lake Union: 2016

"M.K Tod is an impressively gifted storyteller who creates relatable conflicts and believable dangers. Highly recommended."

Margaret Porter, author of A Pledge of Better Times

Time and Regret

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 is available in paperback, ebook and Audiobook formats.

"With fluid prose and a keen eye for detail, M.K. Tod takes readers on a decades-spanning journey of wartime loss, family secrets, and ultimately, redemption.”

Holly Smith, Managing Editor, Washington Independent Review of Books

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Lies Told in Silence

In May 1914, Helene Noisette’s father believes war is imminent. Convinced Germany will head straight for Paris, he sends his wife, daughter, mother and younger son to Beaufort, a small village in northern France. But when war erupts two months later, the German army invades neutral Belgium, sweeping south towards Paris. And by the end of September, Beaufort is less than twenty miles from the front. During the years that follow, with the rumbling of guns ever present in the distance, three generations of women come together to cope with deprivation, fear and the dreadful impacts of war.

In 1917, Helene falls in love with a young Canadian soldier wounded in the battle of Vimy Ridge. But war has a way of separating lovers and families, of twisting promises and dashing hopes, and of turning the naïve and innocent into the jaded and war-weary. As the months pass, Helene is forced to reconcile dreams for the future with harsh reality.

Lies Told in Silence is available in paperback, e-book and audiobook format.

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"M.K. Tod is a powerful new voice in the historical fiction genre and I eagerly await her next release."

- Amy Bruno Historical Fiction blogger at Passages to the Past

Published: 2014

"Dramatically depicts the horror and heartbreak of war, while also celebrating the resilience of the human spirit."

Sharon Kay Penman, author of A King's Ransom

Published: 2013

HNS Indie Reviews Editors choice

Unravelled: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage.

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 through the French countryside with his wife Ann, Edward sees nothing but reminders of war. After a chance encounter with Helene at the dedication ceremony, Edward’s past puts his present life in jeopardy. When WWII erupts a few years later, Edward is quickly caught up in the world of training espionage agents, while Ann counsels grieving women and copes with the daily threats facing those she loves. And once again, secrets and war threaten the bonds of marriage.

Unravelled is available in paperback from Amazon (USCanada and elsewhere), and in e-book formats from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and on iTunes.

“A compulsive and convincing read: a story of webs that were innocently woven - and lives that subsequently become unravelled.”

Helen Hollick, author of historical fiction

“An engrossing historical saga. With narrative insight, compassion, and a strong sense of time and place, M.K. Tod observes the inner workings of a marriage as it’s affected by the uncertainty and tumult of both world wars."

Sarah Johnson, Historical Novel Society Book Review Editor