Jul 19, 2010

Book Review: Leaning Into the Curves

Authors:  Nancy Anderson & Carroll Hofeling Morris
Genre:  General Fiction
Publication Date:  April 2010
Authors' Website:  http://www.virtualsisters.net/

First Sentence:  Saturday breakfast on Monday was Molly's first clue that life after her husband's retirement really was going to be different.

About the Book:
Molly is happy with her life the way it is, taking the classes she loves and performing with the Fiddling Finleys. But everything changes when her husband, Hank, retires. She's still trying to adjust to this new phase of her life when he brings home a Honda Gold Wing--even though he knows she hates motorcycles! Things go from bad to worse when he joins the Temple Riders Association, a "Mormon motorcycle gang" that combines road trips with temple work.

Faced with the prospect of being left hebind when Hank rides with his rew friends, Molly starts making some changes of her own.

Leaning into the Curves offers a delightful view of a little-known group of faithful Latter-day Saints. Full of appealing characters and unexpected turns, it gives a new twist to what life can be like after "a certain age"!

My Opinion:

Having read their Company of Good Women series, I was excited to read and review Leaning into the Curves by Nancy Anderson and Carroll Hofeling Morris.   My first impression based on the cover (love it!) was positive and the story inside did not disappoint. 

I love stories about relationships.  It's what I write and my favorite thing to read.  In Leaning into the Curves we follow Molly's and Hank's relationship through a transtionary stage of their lives as Hank retires and upsets Molly's normal busy routine. 

The story presented a very real view of how couples work through issues on which they might not see eye-to-eye.  I think in marriage it is important to support and learn about the things that interest your spouse.  Although difficult for her, Molly overcomes her fear of motorcycles and grows closer to her husband in the process.  I learned much from this story and it gave me a desire to nurture the important relationships in my own life.

I think this book will probably appeal more to people who are in the same stage of life as the characters, but it has life lessons that will benefit anyone who reads it.

To learn more about the authors and read about their recent adventures at the Temple Riders Association motorcylce rally, visit their blog.

Leaning into the curves can be purchased at Deseret Book, DeseretBook.com, and select bookstores throughout the country. 
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