Can I say that an author is one of my favorites after reading only one of her books, Hurricane Season? Maybe not, but I was excited at the opportunity to read Lauren K. Denton’s newest book Glory Road.
I absolutely loved this book! Lauren has a way of writing and helping you to see the beauty in the everyday ordinary life. From the people to the places and the beauty of creation.
Glory Road takes place in Alabama and tells the story of Jessie who is a single mom, her 14-year-old daughter Evan and her Mom Gus. Following her divorce, Jessie moved back home to Perry where she grew up. Her home is next door to her Mother’s house and right next door to her garden shop the Twig on an old dirt road. It’s summertime and Evan will be starting in high school come September. Gus seems to be having some episodes of confusion and forgetfulness and Jessie is worried that it may be something serious. Jessie is content with her life the way it is and she’s not looking to make changes or room for romance. But sometimes God brings people and changes into our lives when we don’t feel ready.
What did I love about Glory Road? I loved the characters, especially Jessie and her relationship with her daughter Evan and Mom Gus and their love, kindness and caring for one another. I loved the relationships between Jessie and Ben and Jessie and Sumner. I loved the relationship between Evan and Nick who takes after his father Ben. Lauren has a way of writing that is almost poetic or lyrical. She captures the character’s thoughts and feelings in a thought-provoking way that caused me to reflect on my own life. She also paints lovely word pictures of the places, indoors and outdoors, that helps the reader to imagine what it looks like. She does that without being too wordy or letting words get in the way of the reader’s imagination. I really enjoyed the quotes on gardening at the beginning of each chapter.
On a more serious note, as someone whose parent had Alzheimer’s I appreciated the way Gus’ life and experiences were handled. It helped me to see how scary it must be for the person experiencing forgetfulness and for the family who sees it and are unsure on how to handle it. That part of the story rang a little too close to home.
There’s only one mention of God in the book, other than two phrases that use the name of God. Even though God, Christianity and faith were not specifically mentioned I had the feeling that faith undergirded the character’s lives. I would like to have seen elements of faith as part of the storyline but greatly appreciated a clean novel.
I absolutely loved Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton. It’s a wonderful, lovely book that leaves you wanting the story to continue on. Lauren is on my short list of writers that when they write a new book, I want to be sure to read it.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson Publishers and BookLook for the opportunity the read Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.