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Publisher's Summary

One summer changes everything for these three Southern women.

As three generations of women navigate the uncertain paths of their hearts and futures, one summer promises to bring change - whether they’re ready for it or not.

At 38, 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 14-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.

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.

"Brims with family, second chances, and new horizons." (Lisa Wingate, New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours)

"Rich colorful characters capturing my heart, combined with a story that kept me up till the wee hours, Glory Road is a perfect read. Lauren Denton has done it again!" (Lisa Patton, best-selling author of Rush and Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter)

"Once again Lauren Denton brings her lyrical writing and compelling characters to a story that will enthrall readers from page one." (Marybeth Mayhew Whalen, author of Only Ever Her and co-founder of She Reads, for Glory Road

Southern women’s fiction, stand-alone novel

Audiobook length: approximately 95,000 words

Includes discussion questions for book clubs 

©2019 Lauren K. Denton (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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beautiful store with a great ending

This is a beautiful story with a great ending, one that you won't want to put down. The narrator's voice was perfect for this story and easy to listen to. I look forward to listening to other stories from this author

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  • Kav
  • 2019-10-24

Delightful Southern Style Fiction

I have to say I've developed an unexpected fondness for Southern style fiction and Glory Road tickled my fancy in so many ways.

First off, the unhurried approach to the storytelling made me feel like I'd wandered up onto the McBride's front porch in the middle of a gab session and was invited to sit a spell. Nothing is rushed...these Southern ladies know the power of a pregnant pause and how to measure their words for the most emphasis. And the way they can turn a phrase! "Lanky as a coat hanger!" It's like they have their own secret language, painting bold images that stir a reader's senses to the point she can visualize every scene.

And I loved the multi-generational perspectives in this novel. We get three stories, really, as we live out a summer of change in the lives of the McBride women. Three points of view, each with its own distinct flavour. Gus on the cusp of a frightening diagnosis, Jessie on the verge of discovering that love can find her the second time round and Evan so eager to leave childhood behind but not quite ready for the complications womanhood brings. Their stories are pertinent and memorable, and the way they draw strength and comfort from one another is inspiring. Relationships aren't perfect, families can be dysfunctional but home is still a place of safety and love.

I listened to the audible version and Devon O'Day's narration really enhanced my reading...er, listening...enjoyment. She captured the essence of each of the McBride women and I could hear the pleasure in her voice -- like she was just as delighted with these ladies as I was.

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  • DCG
  • 2020-02-27

like a warm southern evening...

As a lifelong Southerner, I found the author's accent and cadence to be authentic, and the pace of the story was smooth and even. This is not an edge-of-your-seat story or a gripping mystery, but it's a bit of a mature romance and explores the relationship between mother - daughter - grandmother. I appreciate that there is no drama or angst or conflict between the generations, but respect, maturity and love. The characters appear to have been brought up in the old fashioned way of being gentle, polite and respectful to others, especially to their parents. It was a refreshing change of pace from the modern day world and took me back to my childhood and youth when you treated others with manners and respect, a la Mayberry, Andy and Aunt Bea. I also appreciate the lack of lurid sex and profanity. The story is strong enough to stand without it.

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  • 2020-01-18

First book I didn't have to return in a long time

No violence so far, good story, I want stories without sex and violence and sadness. Good author and narrator.

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  • Amber R Polk
  • 2019-04-22

Thoroughly Enjoyed

There was a lot to like about this book. It was well-written and each character had their own voice/story. I wanted the best for each of them. It felt realistic and made me think of my childhood on the farm.

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  • sharon
  • 2019-03-27

Loved the Story! Great Narration

This is an exceptionally good novel by Lauren K Denton. Her best yet.
All her books feature likable down to earth characters and complex plots .
I have listened to all the books offered by audible. Loved every one. The narration was perfect!
I will look for more books narrated by Devon O'Day . Looking forward to the next Denton novel!


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  • D.K.
  • 2020-12-04

Nice, clean, cute story

This was a cute book and I loved the gardening tips given with each chapter.

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  • Audrey Mineo
  • 2020-05-08

Delightful!

A delight for anyone who enjoys flowers, gardening, romance in a lovely contemporary Southern setting.

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  • Susan N. Lilly
  • 2019-04-10

Another great book

Endearing and detailed. Makes you feel like you’re part of the family in the story.

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  • Andrea
  • 2020-11-04

Not favorite by this author.

Predictable, same old story. The narrator wasn't able to perform the voice of the 14 year old. It sounded just like the main character, the mother.
it got confusing and made it unconvincing. The other voices were okay.
I did like the gardening tips at the beginning of each chapter.

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  • Libby mcbeth
  • 2020-06-10

5 *'s

I love Lauren Denton. I love her southern charm. And her "Realness" to the stories. I know that not a word. But I love how she brings real life events to her books. I'm about to start The Summer House. And I can't wait. Keep doing your thAng, Lauren. We love you. ❤️🙋‍♀️

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  • Sharon
  • 2021-04-05

Finding Happiness

I enjoyed reading about the three generations in this family and their joys and challenges. How age changes us in many ways and yet we are all looking for love and acceptance. The love these three women have for each other beautiful.

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