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01 May 2010

Book Review: The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser

Title: The Lumby Lines
Author: Gail Fraser
Publisher: NAL Trade
Publication Date: May 1, 2007
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN: 978-0451221391
Genre: Fiction


About the book

Nestled in the Northwest is a quaint little town that its quirky residents are proud to call home. With charming shops lining its one main thoroughfare, Lumby has the oldest apple tree in the county and the smallest bank in the state. And though it's hours from the nearest big city, you'll always find Lumby close to your heart . . .

Nearly destroyed by fire, Montis Abbey remains a ruin on the outskirts of Lumby. Once home to a resourceful order of monks, it stands abandoned, surrounded by its overgrown orchards. Then Mark and Pam Walker, a vacationing couple from the East Coast, stumble upon it -- and upon the answer to their prayers. Leaving behind their hectic lives to restore the monastery and turn it into an inn is a dream come true.

But some residents of Lumby take a while to warm up to outsiders. One of them is irascible William Beezer, owner of The Lumby Lines -- the newspaper "worth the paper it's printed on." At every turn, he tries to hinder the Walkers' efforts. The couple soon learns that for every citizen like William, there are many more willing to lend a hand, and that Lumby isn't just a place -- it's a way of life.

My Review:

Somewhere in the Pacific Northwest lies the quaint town of Lumby with its eccentric inhabitants and a nearby burned-out Monastery. A typical morning may consist of the bank president phoning the sheriff's office to complain about discovering goats locked in the vault consuming thousands of dollars or an over-zealous reporter hoping to find a scoop. So begins The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser, the first in her Lumby series. Things become livelier in the town of Lumby when Mark and Pam Walker arrive hoping to restore the old Montis Abbey into a Bed and Breakfast and most of Lumby is behind them, however not everyone wants to see the Walkers succeed. Lumby and nearby towns are vividly described, the characters are wonderfully well written with a charming plot, making The Lumby Lines a delightful, charming and quick read. Anyone who enjoyed the Mitford series by Jan Karon is certain to enjoy the quirky lot in the Lumby series.

About the Author:

Gail Fraser had a successful career in corporate America holding senior executive and upper management positions in several Fortune 500 and start-up corporations. She lives with her husband, Art Poulin, and their two dogs near Saratoga Springs, New York.

For more information, view Gail Fraser's Website.

I received a complimentary copy of The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser from FSB Media. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Staci said...

I love quirky and I have this book to read and review too...can't wait!

alabaster cow said...

happy sits saturday sharefest! i'm excited i've had the chance to visit your site - i love book reviews so i'll stop by again!

Felicia S. said...

This is on my TBG (to be gifted) shelf for someone I know will love it. I am going to point them to your review!