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Glory Road

Narrated by: Devon O'Day
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

"A poignant and heartfelt tale of sisterhood, motherhood, and marriage, Hurricane Season deftly examines the role that coming to terms with the past plays in creating a hopeful future. Readers will devour this story of the hurricanes - both literal and figurative - that shape our lives." (Kristy Woodson Harvey, national bestselling author of Slightly South of Simple)

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  • IMR
  • 18-01-2020

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
  • 22-04-2019

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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  • Susan N. Lilly
  • 10-04-2019

Another great book

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

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  • sharon
  • 27-03-2019

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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  • Libby mcbeth
  • 10-06-2020

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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  • Audrey Mineo
  • 08-05-2020

Delightful!

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

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  • Connie Herbert
  • 23-04-2020

Love it

I thoroughly enjoyed Glory Road especially listening while planting my garden. It was such a great combination of life and romance.

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  • DCG
  • 27-02-2020

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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  • george
  • 25-08-2019

Southern Generations. Writing to get lost in.

Lauren Denton writes about the small southern towns I grew up in. Her writing is easy to read and easy to get lost in. Above all she writes such kind stories that honor generations of family and of women. Devon O'Day is fantastic and is a perfect match for these stories.