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Friday, July 2, 2010

Leaning into the Curves by Nancy Anderson and Carroll Hofeling Morris

Title: Leaning into the Curves
Authors: Nancy Anderson & Carroll Hofeling Morris
Publisher: Deseret Book
Published Date: April 2010
ISBN#: 978-1-60641-235-0
Genre: General Fiction
Paperback: 257 pages

Leaning into the Curves allowed me a peek into two different lifestyles that I previously knew nothing about: 1) life after retirement, and 2) what it is to be a motorcycle enthusiast.

Through the telling of Molly and Hank's story, it is apparent that the authors have had their share of life experiences. Several life lessons and timely messages appear as events in the book take place.

As someone who is still raising young children, I couldn't relate to the book quite the same way a woman with grown children might. I did, however, take the themes woven through the story as one might take advice from someone who has "been there" and "done that."

Leaning into the Curves is a pleasant, mellow read about Molly and Hank, a married couple adjusting to life after Hank retires. Through some miscommunication, Hank buys himself a motorcycle for his birthday, thinking that Molly has overcome her strong feelings against them. The motorcycle, and their experiences with the Temple Riders Association, a Mormon motorcycle club, become the catalysts that bring to the surface several issues that Molly and Hank have never really had the time or need to deal with previously, both personally and within their marriage.

Leaning into the Curves is a story about the sacrifices we make for our families, finding common ground, overcoming fears, trying new things, moving past first impressions, and most of all, the importance of openness and communication.

My Rating: 3.5 stars/5 - it has a nice writing style and interesting characters

Would I-
  • read it again? Probably not, simply because I'm not really the book's intended audience
  • recommend it? Yes, especially to empty nesters and motorcycle enthusiasts
  • read more by the authors? Yes

FTC FYI: I received a review copy of this book that had no effect on my review.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, yes, you're right about Nancy and me having life experiences to draw upon!

    We love that the relationship comes through as the strongest theme in the book. Hank and Molly gave us some gray hairs (just like kids give their parents gray hairs) before we got them to their resolution.

    Thanks for recommending our book. If you're interested in reading about our experiences at the TRA 2010 rally, go to our blog: http://crustyoldbroads.blogspot.com

    Carroll and Nancy