The Admiral’s Wife – Official Launch

Drumroll please …. today is the official launch day for THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, my fifth novel. The story – a dual timeline novel set in Hong Kong – has been ‘in the works’ for quite some time and I’m delighted to share it with you.

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

In 2014, 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, Isabel 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 loyalties lie and what she is prepared to risk for love.

Some wonderful authors have taken the time to read and endorse THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE. I’m grateful to them all. Many thanks to my beta readers and early readers. I also want to thank Jane Dixon-Smith for her amazing cover. And to my husband Ian, who has been with me on the journey and has been the talent behind getting the novel formatted and onto various retail sites – his love and brilliant support mean everything to me.

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 

Instantly gripping and heartbreakingThe 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. Her exquisite prose brings light and nuance to the novel’s grand themes of racial bias, identity and cultural and generational conflicts.” ~ Alice Poon, author of Tales of Ming Courtesans

A cleverly knit dual timeline story, featuring two intrepid heroines more than a century apart, as they deal with the old-world expectations and the new-world opportunities of glittering Hong Kong. It’s a fascinating glimpse into that society, and a compelling read.” ~ Gill Paul, author of The Collector’s Daughter

“The Chinese American daughter of a powerful Hong Kong banker is caught between two worlds and two eras as she struggles to understand both. Patricia Findlay—Li Mingyu—stumbles across dark family secrets in this 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.

“M. K. Tod vividly conjures up the old Hong Kong in 1912 and the modern, bustling city with rich, descriptive passages of streets, parks, and gardens. Family secrets and personal ambitions, east and west, collide in this compelling, deeply moving novel.” ~ Weina Dai Randel, award-winning author of The Last Rose of Shanghai 

“The Admiral’s Wife by M. K. Tod is a dual-time story that immerses readers in the captivating sights, sounds, and smells of Hong Kong at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. 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

“Richly evocative and sumptuous with the sensations and cultural secrets of Hong Kong, Tod’s dual-period novel launches the reader headlong into the labyrinths of a seductive family mystery that keeps the pages turning swiftly. A marvelous reading experience.” ~ Glen Craney, author of The Cotillion Brigade

THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE is available at Kindle US, Amazon paperback US and Canada, Kindle Canada, Kobo, B&N Nook. It’s also available on other Amazon country sites.

Please pass the news along to all the readers you know 🙂


M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel is THE ADMIRAL’S WIFE, a dual timeline set in Hong Kong. Mary’s other novels, PARIS IN RUINS, TIME AND REGRET, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads or on her website

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9 Responses

  1. Congratulations, Mary! I’m so happy for you, and I look forward to reading your newest work. Reviews, shares to follow.

  2. Just purchased my copy, Mary. Have always wanted to visit Hong Kong so here’s my first chance. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog posts leading up to your launch. I too have lived abroad as an expat and much of what you described resonated with me. Looking forward to reading The Admiral’s Wife.

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