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Title: Road to Tomorrow
Author: Mary Metcalfe
Publisher: Laskin Publishing (October 15, 2012)
Book genre: Women’s Fiction
Number of pages: 198
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 website, blog, Facebook, GoodReads, or Twitter.
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The third book in the Look to the future series, Road to Tomorrow finds the protagonist of the story upbeat and focused on the road ahead, rather than what lies behind. Mary Metcalfe wrote an informative book about the trials and tribulations facing many of our military families today. With spousal abuse and PTSD cases on the rise due to harsh deployments away from home and civilization, many soldiers are having a difficult time readjusting to living at home. This book is about one such family, and although fictional, this could be the family next door.
The author incorporated humor into an otherwise dismal existence - "I'd say Kyle and Andrea have advanced to the next level,"..."What makes you say that?"..."Andrea wasn't wearing the same clothes when they came back." Janet smiled smugly. "And she didn't say anything about spilling something and having to go home and change."
"My mother always said the devil is in the details." Janet sipped her coffee. "Just remember that if we decide to have a good romp one of these days." Tom sputtered. "Are you suggesting what I think you are?" "Have you forgotten how?" She smiled, put a hand up and patted her hair. "I'm sure I can remember."
It was a story of letting go and moving forward, taking and experiencing what life has to give. It was about knowing when to walk away. "Keep her memory, but let her go."
Road to Tomorrow is also an educational book. The author used the characters to educate the reader on head/brain injuries and the effect they have not only on the person with the injury, but on those around him. The author did an outstanding job incorporating the information into the book along with a military storyline as these head injuries are often associated with explosions. These same head/brain injuries are not uncommon in sport participants due to the high impact of some sports on the body. Ms. Metcalfe gave us insight into what it means to be part of a military family.
"I think whatever his overseas experiences were just amplified the effects of his brain injuries and his violent tendencies. I don't blame the army or the war. From what I've seen, he went in with problems. But he's in now with many more problems and that's what I can't handle."
I personally felt some of the book had a few unrealistic scenes in it, one in particularly. It was the scene in the hospital when the abusive husband's mother, after seeing her son in the hospital, and learning of an abusive incident involving an orderly, suddenly "becomes aware of her son's abusive nature" and goes from being an overbearing abusive mother/mother-in-law to being sweet and kind to her daughter-in-law in a matter of minutes.
Overall, it was a simple love-story with a powerful message about an abused wife and mother of small children, and a husband who was a victim with PTSD.
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