Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book Review; Road to Tomorrow

Sometimes, I swear, if I didn't have my head super-glued to my neck, it would just fall off... I'd agreed to do this review and posting, but somehow, the email thread got deleted and I completely forgot about it....

But that was mostly ok, since I ended up really sitting down and enjoying the book, since I didn't have very long to read it, in order to get this done. Which is really really nice. I read through the whole thing in a few hours, enjoyed every minute of it, and plan to buy the first two books as soon as my book-allowance rolls over. As a note, this appears to be book three, but it's a portal book and you can just jump right in... if you read the other books first, I believe you'll get the full stories for Carol and Jennifer, characters that have cameos in Road to Tomorrow.

The book covers a number of difficult story lines. First, an abusive husband and inevitably all the people in the victim's life who don't believe her. There were times when I was actually flinching by the "You know you should just stay out of his way when he's angry" that she got from her brother. Yowch.

Secondly, it deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and traumatic brain injuries. I also found the military's reaction to abuse coupled with PTSD to be fairly accurate and again, painful. The military - in my personal experience - wants bad press the way it wants holes in the head. I don't want to use the word conspiracy, but there's a lot of "well, let's just pretend this never happened" pressure on military wives. It makes situations like Andrea's even more difficult than they need to be, since the help that the military is supposed to provide often isn't there.

That being said, I really enjoyed the book, was happy with most of the resolutions, and enjoyed the interactions of Andrea in her new town with her new life. Especially if you love animals, romance, and realistic happy endings, this is the book for you!

4 stars.

About the Book - About the Author - Prizes!!!

About the book: Andrea Garrett is trying to escape her abusive marriage. Fearing for her life, she leaves her two small children with her twin brother and flees her home the day before her husband is due to arrive back from a tour of duty. After falling asleep at the wheel and landing in a ditch, her life takes on a new direction when strangers step in and introduce her to a life she could only have imagined and one that could save her soul and give her children the future they deserve. Get Road to Tomorrow through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author: Mary Metcalfe lives in the foothills of the Laurentians, northeast of Ottawa, Canada with her husband, three cats and a very large dog. Love of writing runs in the family. Their daughter is a published literary non-fiction author. Clarion Review described Mary’s debut novel as a “sparkling debut… readers will love being swept along by Winds of Change.”Road to Tomorrow is her third novel in the Look to the Future series. Connect with Mary on her websiteblogFacebookGoodReads, or Twitter.

About the prizes: Who doesn't love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of  Road to Tomorrow! Here's what you need to do...
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That's it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win--the full list of participating bloggers can be found here. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Road to Tomorrow tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck! Ener the Rafflecopter giveaway!

I received this book free from Novel Publicity Blog Tours as part of their Book Review Blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


  1. Thanks for such a detailed, well-written review! I love how you give a summary of what the book touches upon, as well as your own thoughts regarding it—always helpful for the unsuspecting reader.

  2. Thank you very much for the lovely review! The two military technical advisors will be pleased that you found the military references fairly accurate. We wanted to show the weaknesses without showing any disrespect for members who are doing their best to serve their country and for their spouses and other family members. It was a delicate line and I'm pleased you felt it was handled with respect.

  3. Wonderful review, Lynn! I'm just finishing up my read-through as well and have really enjoyed getting to know the small town of Laskin. Thank you for joining us on this tour, and please take a moment to cross-post to Amazon and GoodReads.

    Em :-D

    P.S. Hope you're feeling better!

  4. I agree completely with your review! It is a quick read, and it appeal to animal lovers, for sure! I always love reading reviews of books I have reviewed because I sometimes forget about certain aspects.

  5. I love how you came about reading the book. How lucky that it was something that grabbed your attention and you were able to read quickly. It would have been tough had it been a not-so-good book!