Road to Tomorrow

Road to Tomorrow

by Mary A. Metcalfe




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.

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ISBN-13: 9780987930002
Publisher: Laskin Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)

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Road to Tomorrow 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
This book dealt with a topic that many people don't like to talk about--PTSD. I knew that this was a problem, but I had no idea how bad it could be and the way it affects soldiers. I only thought that soldiers came back and harmed themselves. I didn't know how much they could wreak havoc on their family, and this book showed this in great detail. The other thing that really got to me in this book was the fact that Andrea finally made the decision to divorce her abusive husband. I came out of a very bad marriage, but the abuse I experiences was emotional rather than physicals. Whenever I read stories about physically abusive husbands, I am reminded why I divorced my ex. I always say I got out before anything could happen, and I honestly don't know how Andrea could have stayed married as long as she did. I don't fault women like her--I think the author covers the guilt and the feelings that women like this deal with in these horrible situations. I love the fact that Andrea comes into a small town with her family, and she even falls in love. But I have one little criticism in this area. All too often, I feel, women jump into a relationship when they come out of an abusive relationship. I did, too. In fact, I was essentially dating someone before my divorce was final. Andrea goes further than this and begins a physical relationship with a wonderful man before her divorce is final. I would have loved to have seen her wait because I believe a waiting period for these kinds of things is a good idea. I realize this is just a story, but I wish that Kyle and Andrea had taken it slowly. Thankfully, things seemed to work out for all involved. What I do like is the story, the characters, the setting, and the fact that a real issue is dealt with from many different perspectives. I believe that author did a magnificent job of getting her point across and told an amazing story. There were no bedroom scenes, and the profanity was extremely minimal. Overall, a solid story with a great message! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
 Andrea is afraid and she has a right to be. Her husband is a military man with a dangerous temper.  When she finally decides she can walk away, it isn't easy but she does it. She's going to start a new life with her two children somewhere else, hidden from the abusive husband.  She finds a small town, or more correctly, a small town finds her. After an accident, a small town rallies around Andrea and her children. They'll need all the support they can get.     Rebuilding a life after terror isn't easy but Andrea shows us it can happen. Warm, sweet and eye-opening, this book is one you need to have.  Ms Metcalfe takes us into a world few know about and gives us the true picture.  I found the characters to be well defined and relate-able.  Well written in an easy to read style, this book is a true pleasure to read.      I found no issues in this one.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it really hit home.   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Road to Tomorrow is about a young mother named Andrea Garrett, who is trying to escape an abusive marriage from her violent military husband Sean. Sean suffers from PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury) that he suffered while serving in Afghanistan, which only added to their already very troubled marriage. When Andrea could no longer stand the abuse, she knew that the only way that she and her two children could survive would be to get away from Sean's violence. She left her two children with her twin brother Richard, while she went in search of a safe place for them to live. While on her way to Boston, Andrea fell asleep at the wheel and landed in a ditch and ended up in the hospital. Andrea gets a new direction in life when kind strangers from a small town give her unexpected help in beginning her life anew. Road to Tomorrow is a heart wrenching and emotionally charged story that will tug at your heartstrings. Author Mary Metcalfe weaves a compelling tale written in the third person narrative, that has many fascinating layers and unpredictable twists and turns that kept me engaged and turning the pages. In a thoughtful way, the author goes beneath the surface and explores the difficult societal issues of domestic violence, PTSD and TBI, while providing the reader with insight into these issues and food for thought. With a realistic cast of characters, some who are returning characters from the previous books in the series, the author develops them in a way that makes them believable and easy for the reader to relate to. The engaging dialogue and interactions leap off the pages with compelling and intense twists and turns that keeps the reader's attention and draws them into the story. I loved the rich description of the small town setting, I could close my eyes and visualize the town and its townspeople. Road to Tomorrow is a story that has a nice mixture of drama, suspense, emotional societal issues, romance and a realistic happy ending ... it is simply a must read! While Road to Tomorrow is the third book in the Look to the Future series, each book can be read as a stand alone.
IngaKS More than 1 year ago
My review: I love blog tours because they give me possibility to read and review books which I might not pick up accidentally myself! Road to Tomorrow by Mary Metcalfe was an unexpected gem! It was heart wrenching and emotional read which you don't want to miss. Captivating story with interesting characters and beautiful language! Plot: Andrea is living in a nightmare. Her husband is abusive and dangerous and Andrea is taking her two kids and escapes. When she got married to Sean, Andrea was young and did not know much about Sean's past. Sean has military background and as Adrea quickly finds out, he also has very a very nasty and violent side. When Andrea is fleeing her husband, she has an accident and gets unexpected help from the people living in a town she ends up at. There were many things I loved about this book. Even though the story was quite predictable, it carried a very important message - get out of an abusive relationship and do that ASAP! And in case you have children, then don't just get out of the relationship, but don't ever let you children suffer in an abusive relationship. These messages were woven into a story which gives hope! Hope, that new beginnings might be complicated, but they are possible! I also loved how the author is bringing together people in a small society. Living in a small town can have its disadvantages because everybody knows everything and sometimes they know things about you before you know that yourself, it has one very strong quality - they stick together and help each other and others when needed. That was the beauty of this book! Characters: I enjoyed Andrea. I know how much strengtht it takes to get out of an abusive relationship and I think the author characterized Andrea believably. Even though I have never experienced abusive relationship in a way Andrea did, I could relate to her. I understand her wish to protect her children. I cheered for her! There were many other intriguing characters who supported the story and I think the characters, especially their actions actually made this book sweet. The issues the book dealt with were quite heavy, but the characters lightened up the plot. Generally: Road to Tomorrow is a fast paced page turner which touches your heart. Highly recommended!
JennaBrewster More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I read this book in one sitting and didn’t want to put it down! It was emotional, suspenseful, witty, romantic, dangerous… everything I need to keep me turning the pages. I personally loved that the main character worked with horses and that they were a part of the story because I love horses and books with them in it! I also liked the relationship with Kyle, and thought all the characters were written well, even the unlikable ones *ahem* Sean. The novel as a whole was totally enrapturing and with a heart-pounding conclusion. Loved every page! Thanks for the great read.
AprilDawn More than 1 year ago
As usual with a Mary Metcalfe book, I flew through this one as fast as I could! Ms. Metcalfe has written yet another compelling page-turner, one that easily met my already-high expectations of her. From the opening pages we meet Andrea, a mother who has been forced to leave behind her two children Emily and Simon to escape her abusive husband, Sean and to protect them and to “figure things out”. But she is in an accident and is taken in and cared for by Carol and Flynn and Devin (From the novel “New Beginnings”, which was a nice addition). She tries to start her life anew, But Sean doesn’t stop looking for her, and the reasons for his terrifying behavior is due in part to his mental trauma he suffered while serving in the military. This is an excellent read that kept me glued to my kindle, and it is so easy to fall in to the lives of these characters as if you really are a part of the story. Great novel and I look forward to reading more!
SDecker More than 1 year ago
One thing I love about Mary Metcalfes writing is her ability to create such believable characters and storylines that feel hauntingly real. From the dialogue to the mannerisms to the internal narratives, nothing ever feels contrived and it all flows so well from the opening pages to the last. Of the three books I’ve read from hers, I think “Road To Tomorrow” is the best-crafted with the tightest tension. There are many conflicts the heroine (Andrea) is faced with, and there are some surprises along the way. I liked how the characters of Carol and Devin from “New Beginnings” were a part of this novel, even if they weren’t the central focus. I think it’s neat how their stories all intertwine. A must read for fans of women’s fiction.
SamRyan More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read of Mary Metcalfes (the first being “New Beginnings” – an excellent read). I was pleased to see the return of the familiar characters of Carol and Devon, although this book wasn’t necessarily about them, per say. This one was about a woman named Andrea who is struggling with her demons (namely a deranged husband named Sean) and tries to change her life for the better. Emotionally charged and complex, “Road to Tomorrow” pulls at the heartstrings and makes you think. I appreciated the way in which the subject of TBI (traumatic brain injury) was handled and how it affects not only the sufferer, but those around him. This novel has many fascinating layers and unpredictable twists and turns to keep my interest. A wonderful read highly recommended.
ClaireBear74 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book now I’ve read from Mary Metcalfe, and I seem to love each one more and more! “Road to Tomorrow” is about a young mother named Andrea Garrett who is trying to escape her abusive marriage and has to make some hard sacrifices and choices along the way. What I really love about Ms. Metcalfe’s books is that she goes beneath the surface of stories and explores more complex elements of the human condition in a way that makes it feel more real. In this case, Andrea’s violent husband was suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries from war that made him act horribly. So this aspect helped to shed some light on a topic that I think isn’t really discussed, and it is handled in a very real way. Once again Ms. Metcalfe has written a winner that I can’t recommend high enough.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
I am am a real fan of characters who are flawed and traumatized and act outside of societies rules. Not that I advocate people acting like this, just for me it makes for the most interesting reading, as there is nothing more boring than cookie-cutter characters who say and do everything right. But that being said, I had a hard time with the fact that Andrea would leave behind her two children for ANY reason. As a mother, I’d die before I could allow that to happen. So unfortunately, right off the bat I had a harder time connecting with this character and liking this story as much as I did the others. Don’t get me wrong, Ms. Metcalfe is an amazingly talented writer and I’m definitely reading anything she writes in the future. But this one just rubbed me the wrong way that made it not be a favorite, but there were many wonderful qualities to the story that made me want to keep reading anyway.
MRCROCCO More than 1 year ago
Domestic abuse, children’s deviant behavior, TBI/PTSD, all intertwined in a love story, describes Road to Tomorrow. The main character, Andrea Garrett, left her two children with her twin brother, in order to escape her abusive military husband, Sean. Sean’s parents kept a deep secret about their son - he killed animals as a young child. The military wasn’t aware of Sean’s dark side, thinking he was going to make the perfect soldier. Andrea was young and naïve, thinking he was going to make a perfect husband. Everyone was wrong. While Andrea fled, she had an accident, and people from a small town came to her rescue, in more than one way. Her new friends included characters from Mary Metcalfe’s other book, New Beginnings. I thought it would be fun to read another of Metcalfe’s books - to follow her characters. Sadly, it was not. I can’t put my finger on it, but I know I do not enjoy stories that are predictable, and for me, Road to Tomorrow was predictable. The love story between Andrea and her new boyfriend, Kyle, seemed textbook boring. Her kids were too perfect, even her friends, new and old, portrayed perfection. However, I do think Metcalfe’s messages were necessary and effective: get your child help at first signs of trouble, do not sweep it under the rug; women should leave abusive relationships; and the military and civilians need to educate themselves about TBI and PTSD. I think Metcalfe did an excellent job with Sean’s character suffering from TBI. I would recommend Road to Tomorrow for the young adult reader.