Glory Road

Glory Road

by Lauren K. Denton

Overview: Nearly a decade after her husband’s affair drove her back home to South Alabama, Jessie McBride has the stable life she wants—operating her garden shop, Twig, next door to her house on Glory Road, and keeping up with her teenage daughter and spunky mother. But the unexpected arrival of two men makes Jessie question whether she’s really happy with the status quo.

When handsome, wealthy businessman Sumner Tate asks her to arrange flowers for his daughter’s lavish wedding, Jessie finds herself drawn to his continued attention. Then Ben Bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school, moves back to the red dirt road, and she feels her heart pulled in directions she never expected.Meanwhile, Jessie’s fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is approaching the start of high school and navigating a new world of 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, is suffering increasingly frequent memory lapses and faces a frightening, uncertain future.

In one summer, everything will change. But for these three strong Southern women, the roots they’ve planted on Glory Road will give life to the adventures waiting just around the curve.

Leslie Swichkow (08/05/19): I knew 3 things after reading the first few chapters of this book. First, I knew how it would probably end. Second, I knew that it was a book that I would have loved 5 years ago but now prefer a more "meaty" content. Third, I knew I would read every last word! This is a book about three generations of women, all who are experiencing love and loss in their own ways. Though somewhat predictable, I found the characters to be believable and well developed. While reading the story, I frequently thought about how I might handle what was happening, especially regarding Jess and her mother. In the end, I gave this book 4 stars. It was well written, just not a book I would have chosen for myself.
Rating: ****

Deanna Boe (05/23/19): Another terrific book by this author! It is her third book in as many years, and all are homeruns! She easily brings to life the feelings and atmosphere of the South. Denton beautifully presents character development between three generations of women, which also includes love and loss only to have it rekindled in such a way that it seems not only possible but feasible. Denton’s writing simply flows in such a way that you don’t want to put the book down until it is finished and then you wish there was more. Is this a woman’s book, yes, it probably is. Is it what is now called a “beach read?” That is also true, but the writing is exceptional and storyline such that I dare anyone to not stop and remember a lost love of their own or how it has happened to someone close to them they know. In short, it doesn’t come off as trite or as a novel quickly written to take advantage of her two other successful novels.

We have three generations of women whose lives are closely entangled. First, there is the grandmother, Gus, whose husband has been dead for many years. They had a wonderful marriage and she has never been drawn to re-marry. Next, there is her daughter, Jessie, who returned to her hometown after her marriage to a wealthy man failed. She brings the third member of the trio, her daughter, Evan.

Jessie has a “green thumb” and has developed a small but thriving business selling plants and flowers. Jessie and her daughter live right next to the business and Gus lives close by. The next closest house is a half mile away, which ironically is where Jessie’s closest and dearest high school friend, Ben, has just returned to live with his son, who is just three years older then Evan.

Gus brings humor to the storyline and loves to cook absolutely delicious sounding desserts and other wonderful things to eat. Gus is 70 years old and romance doesn’t seem in the air for her, but who knows? Especially since they discover she has early Alzheimer’s. Will Jessie find love again with her old high school love? Or with the rich handsome man who accidentally stumbles upon her unique flower business and persuades her to do the flower arrangements for his daughter’s exclusive wedding. Then there is Evan who is only a freshman in high school. You are lead to believe one way but could there be a surprise for her? In short, you will need to read this well crafted story which will leave you happy you did.
Rating: ****

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