This story brought me back to my southern home, complete with a porch swing and sweet tea. I loved the feeling this book evoked.
Laura Denton has a way of making the reader actually feel the comfort of Glory Road, the dirt road leading back home for Jessie after a troubled life. She finds refuge with her young daughter in her childhood home on Glory Road.
The family members, told beautifully in three POVs, is seamless. Each chapter has a heading with a name, but I didn’t need it, because each character’s “voice” rang clear. I was never lost in the story.
Jessie, a proud owner of a plant shop with the clever name of Twig, savors the hard work, and routine after a rocky marriage, and divorce.. She is raising her daughter, Evan, and their relationship is a beautiful thing to behold. (I fell in love with this sweet girl.)
Evan is at the brink of starting high school, and feelings for a guy down the red dirt road adds a new aspect to her life, along with a bit of lovesickness and friendship all rolled into a confusing ball. This young teen is close to her mother and grandmother, and I love the open communication they share.
Gus, a funny name that fits this spit-fire grandmother of Evan and Momma of Jessie, could easily steal the show in any scenario. I laughed out loud several times at some of her antics and sharp tongue. Gus trys to hide an issue that frightens her, but when it becomes a blaring problem, she must finally accept help, which is a hard thing for such and independent woman.
Without giving away too much of the story, let’s just say all three of these family members are facing challenges over the summer. Through it all, they have each other, as well as the new people who they allow into their lives.
The secondary characters are well developed and challenges each of the characters to break out of their comfort zones and blossom. You will savor this story, with its southern charm. I didn’t want this story to end. This book is one of the very few that I will read again and again to relive the feeling of home, trust, and family. Dont miss out on this wonderful read!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.