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Winds of Change (Look to the Future #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  52 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Clarion Review: "A sparkling debut... readers will love being swept along by Winds of Change."

After losing her husband and daughter in a plane crash, Boston social worker Jennifer Barrett is rebuilding her life. Finding solace in her work, Jennifer helps young client Mark Powell find work at the seniors' residence where her father lives. After learning Mark hasn’t seen his
Paperback, 2nd Edition, 272 pages
Published September 24th 2012 by Laskin Publishing (first published July 1st 2012)
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maria helena
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: to-sort
The best words to describe this book are nice and neat. The characters are nicely presented, and the plot progresses at a leisurely, steady pace. It has all the ingredients to make a really good story, however, I felt like it was presented a little too neatly. It was very predictable without any twists and turns, and it lacked that special something to grab my attention. I did not feel hugely invested in the characters or motivated to read the next book in the series. In spite of this, I would r ...more
Barbara Brunner
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this wonderful book in one sitting, as I could not put it down. I read New Beginnings prior to Winds of Change, getting the stories out of sequence. Although these are a part of a series, I found them to both stand well on their own. The stories and rich and complete, while weaving the well crafted story lines into each other. The plot line is sweet and the characters captivating. Mary is a talented wordsmith, keeping the reader engaged with the characters lives.
Jennifer, a social worker, has lost her husband and child in an accident and is trying to get her life together. Mark, having lived with his mother, misses his father, Ben, after she dies of cancer. Jennifer finds Mark a job, where he meets Lana, a widowed nurse who is the caretaker for Jennifer's father. Lana has a kid (love this little one) and she takes of her son alone. When Mark and Lana are attracted towards each other, there is another new character coming up. Mark's dad, Ben, has decided ...more
Melanie Adkins
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Four people living life day to day but something was missing for each of them. Jennifer, a social worker, had just settled her father into a full time care facility. He was suffering with Alzheimer's. It was difficult but she knew it was for the best. Lana, a nurse at the Brentwood facility, was busy raising her son alone and taking care of herself. Her husband died very young. Mark had been in a deep depression since his mother died four years before. He was now looking for work and hoping to ...more
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Winds of Change is the poignant story about four people each dealing with loss and changes in their lives, who are brought together serendipitously to form a bond of friendship and family that will bring them hope, love and a second chance of happiness in their lives.

In her debut novel, author Mary Metcalfe weaves an emotional tale written in the third person narrative with alternating perspectives, that draws the reader into the lives of Jennifer Barrett, Mark Powell, Ben Powell and Lana Fitzpa
Elizabeth (Stuffed Shelves)
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a very touching book that I found to be a delightful read. There are four people who are dealing with loss and major changes in their lives. They are all brought together to form what some would call, a bond like none other. Together they bring friendship, love, joy and the hope for happiness in each of their futures.

Written in the third person narrative with alternating perspectives, you will be swept up into the lives of four unique characters; Jennifer Barrett, Ben & Mark Powell
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for high drama and excitement this is not the book for you. This book has none of this. Instead this is a well written, tender story about the lives of 4 ordinary people, each of whom is dealing with life circumstances that ordinary people will relate to. This is a story about rebuilding ones life after the loss of a love one and the different ways of grieving within a single family. It is a story about a single mother raising her young son while trying to help him remember th ...more
Bev Walkling
Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romance readers
Shelves: romance, first-reads
I was excited to receive this book and one other free from Goodreads First Reads – both arriving on the very same day! The story caught my interest early on as Jennifer, one of the main characters is dealing with a parent with dementia who is rapidly deteriorating. I too am going through this with my mother. I was a little surprised at some of the medical information – a nurse in the home doing stitches (wouldn’t happen in the long- term care home where my Mom is) and a dying resident with demen ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, bookplex
Winds of Change is the beginning of a series by Mary Metcalfe. It is the story of Ben, Mark, Lana, and Jennifer. All four characters have pain and grief in their past. We meet them as they are all trying to move forward and build futures for themselves. Ben, a journalist who has neglected his family and suffers from PTSD; Mark who grieves for his mother and suffers from depression; Lana who grieves for her husband and is trying to be a single parent, and finally Jennifer who is grieving for her ...more
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mary Metcalfe really touched my soul with her novel Winds of Change. This touching dramatic romance gives the reader a look into the full life from a child to senior citizen. I know next to nothing about gardening, but this novel had me very interested in starting a small gardening. Her character development of the four main characters set a well balanced tone for the storyline. Jennifer's ability to learn to love again after so much lost at a late age, directly tied into Lana ability to accept ...more
Karen *ReaderGirl*
At first I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book, as it seemed like it was going to be heavy on the life-crisis side, and frankly those types of books just wear me down after a while. But I was surprised by how much I got into this book, and appreciated not only the authenticity of the characters, but the genuine emotions that they evoked. This is definitely a character driven novel, free of any action& violence. Just a good old fashioned story of people struggling through life ...more
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, womens-lit
I loved this book! Warning, don’t read unless you have a box of tissues nearby! It tugged at the heartstrings right from the beginning as Jennifer, a social worker from Boston, is caring for her father who suffers from Dementia. We sympathize with her right away, but even more so when we learn that she’s also recovering from the death of her husband, Jason and her daughter, Kaylee. But when she meets the father of one of her patients, her world changes. This is exactly the type of book I love to ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
"Winds of Change” by Mary Metcalfe is a heartwarming, and at times, bittersweet, tale about loss, struggles, and learning to love again. I was pulled right into the story and it held my attention the whole way through. There are a few different main characters in this book, and each has his/her own story that is part of the bigger story. It was well written and engaging. There were some times that I thought the book could have benefitted from some heightened tension or higher stakes drama, as mu ...more
Oct 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Winds of Change” by Mary Metcalfe reminded me of a Lifetime movie, and I mean that as a compliment. Those are my favorite types :-) real people going through real things who find each other and help each other through it. This book has its sad moments, sure. But also its happy and sweet moments that made it such a pleasure to read. The title is so perfect because it really is about making changes, and we all know how hard/scary that can be. But it can also be amazing. I read this book in one ni ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Winds of Change is about 4 people that has had something happen to them, such as, a loved one passing a was. As the book goes along it talks about how their lives come together to be a family. Throughout the book I kept waiting for something dramatic to happen but it never came. I love this book! It was about life, and how thing happen but you move on.
Annika Paterson
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written story. When I started to read it I thought it would be very sorrowful. I was wrong! This book is about a new family coming together by accepting that things change. The characters have all suffered losses of loved ones, but all find a way to move on and find love again. Very heartwarming!
Maryanne Houghton
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's definitely a feel-good read, but I found it so unrealistic. Everybody is perfect and everything works out so perfectly. It's like watching an 80s after-school special with really bad actors on top of a bad script. It's a nice story, but it's just not well-done.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
As I have said before I am a huge sucker for romance and I really liked this story. I look forward to the next one that tells the story of Carol, Jennifer's friend.

I received a free copy of this book from GoodReads.
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books, kindle
What a great story about loss, depression, and healing! I was not ready for the novel to end.
Jun 21, 2013 rated it liked it
The characters steal the show. Aside from finding them all endearing, I found this novel hard to read at times because of grammatical or typographical errors.
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As anyone who knows me will tell you, I live and breathe writing and editing. I've been a writer "forever". My working career involved extensive technical writing, research and analysis. I'm now editing fiction novels and memoirs as well as writing my own novels.

When my daughter had her first non-fiction title published in 2009, I had to write something of my own... three romantic women's fiction
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Other Books in the Series

Look to the Future (3 books)
  • New Beginnings (Look to the Future, #2)
  • Road to Tomorrow (Look to the Future, #3)