Fifty year old Kate Armitage takes early retirement from a London publishing house and retires to the village of Mellor. She's getting used to having more time on her hands and meeting everyone in the village. At the same time, Kate is working on a book about her father who died when she was young. These writings are interpersed throughout the book. Kate also has never married and, at times, finding love is on her mind. The Learning Curve is a light, enjoyable novel in the tradition of Maeve Binchy.