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.
This was my first Lauren K. Denton book, and it took me a few chapters to settle in. I had to get used to the slower pace of the story, but it was worth settling into.
This book is a slow, easy read that sort of ambles along. It reminds me of the play Our Town — nothing really extraordinary happens throughout the book. In fact, it’s really pretty predictable. It is, however, an enjoyable book (though I wanted to slap Jessie at the end for acting like an 18-year-old when she should have known better). It’s appropriate that so much of the story takes places on the porch, because that’s really how I would describe this book — it’s about as exciting as an evening on the front porch (and I mean that in the good, watching-the-world-go-by kind of way).
I honestly don’t usually read these types of books, but it was a nice read. I would have liked to see more happen between the characters (a little less introspection), but it fit together well.