First Line Friday — Glory Road

29 Mar

Happy Friday! Spring has finally arrived in all its beauty here in middle Georgia. As I look out my front window I see azaleas, dogwood, cherry trees, red bud trees, and wisteria — all blooming at once. It is glorious! Add to it the warmish weather we have been having and you couldn’t get a better start to a season. I wanted to feature a book today that had a cover to rival the scene outside my window, so I chose a book near the top of my TBR pile, Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton. The cover is gorgeous and the first line shouts Southern roots. If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought.

Please leave your first line in the comments and then head over to Hoarding Books for more fabulous first lines!



The only thing certain is change — even in a place as steady as Perry, Alabama, on a street as old as Glory Road. 

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.

Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Lauren K. Denton now lives with her husband and two daughters in Homewood, just outside Birmingham. In addition to her fiction, she writes a monthly newspaper column about life, faith, and how funny (and hard) it is to be a parent. On any given day, she’d rather be at the beach with her family and a stack of books. Her debut novel, The Hideaway, was a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Amazon Charts bestseller. Her second novel, Hurricane Season, released in spring of 2018. Her third, Glory Road, will release in February of 2019.

Find her at or on Facebook (LaurenKDentonAuthor), Instagram (LaurenKDentonBooks), or Twitter (@laurenkdenton).

17 Responses to “First Line Friday — Glory Road”

  1. lelandandbecky March 29, 2019 at 6:36 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Remember Me” by Marion Ueckermann:

    “Seated cross-legged on the floor of her bedroom with her two best friends, Clarise Aylward leaned forward and lit the candles on the birthday cake her mom had made for them.

    • rbclibrary March 29, 2019 at 6:56 am #

      Great opening line! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. susiesellnergmailcom March 29, 2019 at 7:45 am #

    From Searching for You by Jody Hedlund: Sophie Neumann nuzzled her nose against Danny’s chest.

    • rbclibrary March 29, 2019 at 6:03 pm #

      Great book. I can remember reading that line and thinking, oh Sophie!

  3. bellesmoma16 March 29, 2019 at 10:25 am #

    Happy Friday!

    Today I am sharing the first two lines from The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason on my blog: Currently, I am reading A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so I will share a line from that book here.

    “Willie carried two steaming bowls to the scarred table in the corner of the small kitchen.”

    Hope your weekend is a good one. Happy reading! 🙂💚📚

    • rbclibrary March 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

      Have a great one as well

  4. RobbyeFaye March 29, 2019 at 4:07 pm #

    Boy, do I remember days like that! My baby sister always said “unshelling!” She said shelling made no sense!!!!

    My First Line is, “The wail of a ship’s whistle jerked Anna Wilson from sleep despite the cotton wadding she’d shoved in her ears before bed.”

    This is from The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection by multiple authors.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings~ 💖

    • rbclibrary March 29, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • RobbyeFaye March 30, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

        You are very welcome!!

  5. BeautyInTheBinding (@BeautyInTheBind) March 29, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

    Glory Road is on my TBR stack!

    Today I’m sharing the first line from Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms by Suzanne Hadley Gosslin and Gretta Kennedy:

    “I was having one of those mornings.”

    • rbclibrary March 29, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

      I can guess the rest. LOL! Have a great weekend!

  6. Yvette - Bookworlder March 29, 2019 at 11:37 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m featuring Beauty in Battle by Robin Patchen today. Here are the first lines from Chapter Nine:

    “This is it?” Jack peered at the rusty sign hung from the front of a rundown brick building. This wasn’t the ending to the morning he’d envisioned.

    • rbclibrary March 30, 2019 at 6:48 am #

      Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Iola March 30, 2019 at 9:42 pm #

    I’m sharing the first line from A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh by Australian author Carolyn Miller on my blog today. I’m currently up to Chapter Seven, and here’s the first line:

    The next time at services Caroline did her best to recall why she attended, to fix her thoughts on the service and not on the gentleman seated two rows behind her on her left.

    Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary March 31, 2019 at 7:14 am #

      Have a great week!

  8. thebeccafiles March 30, 2019 at 10:19 pm #

    Uh oh, purple fingers! That was a problem in Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar, which I listened to earlier this week. It was because of dye not peas though 🙂

    • rbclibrary March 31, 2019 at 7:14 am #


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