Leaning Into the Curves

by Carroll H. MorrisNancy Anderson,

Leaning Into the Curves

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Reading this story was like sitting at the feet of a beloved grandmother, where she is effortlessly telling her life stories, and everything that she says is exactly what I needed to hear. [...] Oh, and they nailed the end. — Alice Gold

This story reminds me of a coming of age read, but adult version. [...] It makes for a sweet, light-hearted read. — Elizabeth Mueller

I'd recommend this book to both men and women ... — C.L. Beck

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!”

Molly is happy with her life the way it is, but everything changes when her husband, Hank, retires. When Hank brings home a Gold Wing motorcycle and joins the Temple Riders Association, a “Mormon motorcycle gang” that combines road trips with temple work, things go from bad to worse. Faced with the prospect of being left behind as Hank hits the road with his new group of friends, Molly starts making some changes of her own.

  • A funny, often poignant, look at the challenges of reinventing life after sixty
  • From the co-authors of the popular series The Company of Good Women
  • The Temple Riders were featured in an October 2009 Footsteps of Faith documentary


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based upon 4 reviews
Loved it!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Leaning Into the Curves reminds us all about the necessity to evolve and adapt - a big part of life. Molly's fears about riding the motorcycle were magnified by the changes happening to her life and daily routine after her husband retired. I'm heading down the road to retirement near the end of this decade so this story really hit home. I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life and hoping I can also lean into the curves! Snap a copy up at this great price. They're practically giving it away!

Fun read
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

From the beginning of this book I noticed that the authors were throwing out too many full names of characters and people that I didn't really need to pay attention to. I will usually skim over the names of certain individuals in a book unless it mentions their full name because then you figure they are going to play a prominent part in the rest of the story. Not likely in this case and that was a common annoyance in the first few chapters of this book. That being said, the book was an enjoyable read. I believe the main character Molly overeacted a bit with her fears of riding a motorcycle, but that's what made it fun. There was a perfect mix of humor and drama with the real romance seeming to take place outside the relationship of Molly and Hank with her daughter and friend. This book really is perfect for anyone who needs to overcome the fear of riding a bike or understanding the need to cruise. I would recommend it to adults, not necessarily teen age readers as they might not catch an interest.

Great book for anyone afraid to ride!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

As a person who has only been on the back of a motorcycle for a couple of years now, I thought this book conveyed how someone might feel as a new co-rider. While Molly seemed to be a little over the top with her fears, I imagine there are some that are scared to ride with their spouse/boyfriend, etc. I was at first, but am so glad that I did/do ride - I even ride my own motorcycle now! Also,I was grateful that the author's didn't say anything negative towards Harley-Davidson motorcycles. As members of the TRA, we have found this not to be the case. We have encountered negative comments/jokes from fellow TRA members about Harley's. It seems like if you aren't on a GoldWing you don't fit in with them. In our opinion, it shouldn't matter what you ride, but that you want to ride with other people who have the same standards that you do. The TRA as a whole is a good organization and we have made some wonderful friends through it.

Insightful and Fun!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

A Mormon Motorcycle Gang?! Who knew?! The Temple Riders Association (TRA) is interesting enough on its own to fill a novel. When it enters the life of solid-as-a-rock Hank and artsy-motor-cycle-phobic Molly, it puts their marriage to the ultimate test. Though I'm not an empty nester, I related to many of the conflicts Molly and Hank have to resolve as they realize once again just how different they are. I found their adventures and the change in perspective they lead to both entertaining and enlightening. Leaning Into The Curves is populated with fun, colorful characters I won't soon forget. A wonderful novel for fiction lovers of any age.

About the Authors

Carroll H. Morris

Carroll Morris was one of the many people who say, 'I'd write if I had time.' When her family spent a year in Germany (1982-83), she had time so she started work on what would be her first Deseret Book novel, The Broken Covenant.

Several other novels and the non-fiction book, If the Gospel Is True, Why Do I Hurt So Much?, followed. But when the first of her four children graduated from high school, she went to work as a catalog copywriter to help with tuition expenses.

Fifteen years later, Carroll was vacationing in Moab, Utah, with her sister, Nancy Anderson, and writer Lael Littke. Nancy said, 'Why don't we write a book together?' After several years of poking away at their project, they got serious. The book turned into The Company of Good Women trilogy. Now that the trilogy is complete, they're looking at doing individual projects. Will they ever write together again? 'Maybe,'Carroll says. There's a wonderful synergy between the three of them that makes the process exciting.

Carroll and her husband, Gary, are the parents of four children. They live in the retirement community of Green Valley, Arizona. Once a month, a group of women meet at her home. In a take-off from the trilogy, she calls it 'The Gathering of Good Women.' Carroll's hobbies include reading, hiking, bird-watching, gardening, and traveling.

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