Title: Glory Road
Author: Lauren K. Denton
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Southern Fiction
Release Date: March 19, 2019
Written in Lauren Denton’s signature Southern style, Glory Road tells the story of three generations of women navigating the uncertain pathways of their hearts during a summer that promises to bring change–whether they’re ready for it or not.
At thirty-eight, garden shop owner Jessie McBride thinks her chances for romance are years behind her and, after her failed marriage, she’s fine with that. She lives contentedly with her fiery mother and her quiet, headstrong daughter. But the unexpected arrival of two men on Glory Road make her question if she’s really happy with the status quo. Handsome, wealthy Sumner Tate asks her to arrange flowers for his daughter’s wedding, and Jessie finds herself drawn to his continued attention. And Ben Bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school days who’s known her better than anyone and whom she hasn’t seen in years, moves back to the red dirt road. Jessie finds her heart being pulled in directions she never expected.
Meanwhile, Jessie’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is approaching the start of high school and trying to navigate a new world of identity and emotions–particularly as they relate to the cute new guy who’s moved in just down the road. At the same time, Jessie’s mother, Gus, increasingly finds herself forgetful and faces a potentially frightening future.
As all three women navigate the uncertain paths of their hearts and futures, one summer promises to bring change–whether they’re ready for it or not.
This is the very first book that I have ever read by Lauren K. Denton, and I have to say, I am so glad that I got the opportunity to read it. Although Lauren has been on my radar for a little while, it often takes me a long time to get around to reading new authors (because I still have so many books left to read by authors who are already my favorites), so I wasn’t sure when I would get the chance to read one of her books. Let me tell you, I am so, so glad that I was presented with the chance to read Glory Road! I had no idea Lauren was such a fantastic author, and I am looking forward to reading many more of her novels in the future.
There’s just something about this story that pulls you in from the very beginning. It’s the quintessential picture of Southern, small-town life, and you just cannot help but immediately fall in love with Jessie, Evan, and Gus. Even the tone of this book speaks to the slow-moving country life that the three of them live, ebbing and flowing like the river that flows through Sumner Tate’s backyard. From the first chapter, you feel dropped right into Perry, Alabama, onto Glory Road where life is the same and yet still ever changing.
As the story unfolded, I found myself completely wrapped up in everything that was happening, and I had no idea how it would all work out in the end by I was absolutely dying to know. Now, I used to read entire books in a day so the speed at which I read a story is not usually surprising, but between school and work and everything else that is taking up my time I don’t often get a chance to finish novels very quickly anymore, but this one was the exception. I just couldn’t wait to find out how this story would end, so I found myself reading it at every opportunity I could (one of the benefits of having it on the Kindle app on my phone).
Then there was the ending. Oh, how I loved the way this story ended. How I wish I could tell you my favorite parts from the end, but I don’t want to spoil it. However, I have put some quotes on Goodreads, so if you’re ever there and you want to read some of my favorite parts, look up Glory Road. Absolutely everything about the ending of this novel was simply perfect, and I just know I’m going to read it again and again every chance I get.
Rating: 5 bookshelves
About the Author
Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren now lives with her husband and two young daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Her debut novel, The Hideaway, is USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her second novel, Hurricane Season, released in April, 2018, and was listed on BookPage’s 2018 list of Most Anticipated Fiction.
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