Tuesday, March 26, 2019

ARC Review: Glory Road


ABL Review At-A-Glance
Ø    Title:  Glory Road
Ø    My Rating: 4.75     
Ø    Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Ø    Author:  Lauren K. Denton
Ø    Format:  Paperback ARC*
Ø    Publication Date:  March 19, 2019

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Goodreads Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts...

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I have been posting a lot about this book on social media and for good reason.  First of all, the cover is beautiful.  That purple on those flowers, the bright green of the leaves, the road leading anywhere, and that tree canopy.  Just beautiful.  Then there is the actual book, the story.

Have you ever read a book that just makes you happy?  You're happy to read it, happy to think about it, and happy with the ending? Glory Road was that for me. This  was perfect ball of happiness that lifted my spirit every time I opened the cover.  Lauren Denton's writing is so good that I am almost excited to plant my garden this year.  I do it every year with my kids, but I am terrible at it.  Seriously, I have a black thumb.  Bring any plant in my general vicinity and it will commit suicide just to avoid the slow death my care taking will bring.  But Jessie made me a believer.  I too can garden, so be sure to check out the classic gardening tips opening every chapter.  

Speaking of Glory Road's characters, we need to spend a second talking about Gus.  I NEED Gus in my life.  I had her in this book for a short period of time, but I need more.  If no one is willing to be Gus for me, I'm going to need Ms. Denton to make a sequel ASAP.  Don't think I'm serious, just check out our instagram conversation.  

The story itself was inspiring.  I understood the emotions expressed and knew exactly how Jessie, Evan, and Gus were feeling in each situation.  I could empathize with them, even when I wasn't sure I had experienced what they were experiencing.  Think about that for a second.  She wrote three generations of women, in entirely different stages of life, so well that I felt like I was there.  

If this story was meant to inspire hope for the future, even while dealing with pain from the past and present, then mission accomplished.  Spring is coming, and this  book will get you ready for it.

* Special thanks to Lauren K. Denton, Thomas Nelson, and TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of Glory Road in exchange for an honest review.

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