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The Lumby Lines [Paperback]

By Gail Fraser (Author)
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When Mark and Pam Walker, a vacationing couple from the East Coast, arrive in the tiny Pacific Northwest town of Lumby, planning to restore the village's dilapidated Montis Abbey and turn it into an inn, it takes a while for the quirky locals to warm up to the idea and to the newcomers, especially irascible William Beezer, owner of the local newspaper The Lumby Lines. Reprint.

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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 is home to the oldest apple tree in the county and the smallest bank in the state. And though it's hours from the nearest big city, readers will always find Lumby close to their hearts.
When Mark and Pam Walker, a vacationing couple from the East Coast, decide to restore Lumby's ramshackle Montis Abbey and turn it into an inn, it takes a while for the locals to warm up to them. Especially the 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. But 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.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: NAL Trade
Pages   319
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  21
ISBN  0451221397  
ISBN13  9780451221391  

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More About Gail Fraser

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gail Fraser, author of The Lumby Lines, Stealing Lumby, and Lumby's Bounty, continues to work full time on her acclaimed series about the extraordinary town of Lumby. She and her husband, artist Art Poulin, live with their beloved animals on Lazy Goose Farm in rural upstate New York. When not writing, Gail tends to their garden, orchard and beehives. Gail and Art feel fortunate to be down the road from their close friends at New Skete Monastery, who are the authors of How to be Your Dogs Best Friend.

Prior to becoming a novelist, Gail had a successful corporate career, holding senior-executive positions in several corporations. She has a BA from Skidmore College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, with graduate work done at Harvard University.

Gail Fraser was born in 1939.

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Nice little book  Jun 22, 2006
Like most books about small towns, "The Lumby Lines" tries to show us "charming." It also invokes stereotypes, such as the conflict between people from cities and rural people. It has a mystery of sorts, although it seems to be borrowed in part from the 1920s literature of England. Oh, and the characters are inspiring as they overcome tedious, fractured lives to achieve a sense of peace. However, it's all too damn pat. We are shown the normal option, then the new option, and people move toward the latter and become satisfied. In the meantime, there's the usual procession of dying pets, delightful old ladies, whiskery sheriffs, and people being accepted for what they are. The strength of this book, if anything, is its humor: the Lumby newspaper chronicles events both absurd and realistic in their portrayal of small town life. As far as character development goes, the book feels incomplete, but like a comic book, if you come to it with an expectation of charming you will find that gland stroked by this energetic little book.
Lumby Lines goes straight to the heart!  Jan 3, 2006
The simplicity, humor, and downright friendliness of this book make reading it a pleasure.

Lumby, a small town in the Northwest, has its share of offbeat residents and innocuous incidents. In plain English, that means that Lumby is a place where nothing ever happens, but every day is an adventure. The Lumby series begins with this book, and, in a most appropriate manner, these pages center around the arrival of newcomers Pam and Mark Walker. As they meet the townspeople and learn more about their new home, readers get in on the introductions as well.

And what is life like in Lumby? Well, imagine fresh air, rolling hills, and the sounds of birds at daybreak. Then, add a flying pig, goats chewing money, and a dog that runs for mayor. Okay, it's not a typical place, but it sure is terrific to read about!

These pages cover a variety of small town issues, which spiral off the main story line of the Walker's project of restoring the abandoned abbey. There is a wonderful blending of mystery and romance as the pages turn. As plans for the abbey get underway, the past is uncovered and the truth concerning a long-standing issue is finally revealed. Readers will close this book with a sigh of contentment and a desire to visit Lumby again.

The author has faithfully carved out a slice of small town living and topped if off with a large helping of humor. This reviewer can't wait for her next visit to Lumby! -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book
An Honest Delight  Oct 13, 2005
I never thought there would be a town more endearing or engaging than Mitford, but there is: Lumby, the backdrop for this wonderfully written novel without any religious overtones, just honest humor and strong values throughout. I want to drive down Farm to Market Road, check in at Montis Inn, meet the monks of Saint Cross Abbey and then spend the afternoon tasting their rum sauces. I emailed the author (one of the few who personally writes back)and found out that this is the first of a six book series with her second novel, Stealing Lumby, written and due out in the spring. A great escape and I'm so looking forward to a return visit.
Going to Lumby  Aug 27, 2005
My only regret is leaving Lumby at the end of the book. A must read if you want to smile again and remember the good things in life. Lumby is an odd but good-hearted town, wrapped around a compelling plot of two eastcoasters who find the value of a simple life in the ruins of the town's monastery. Very funny and genuine all the way through, and I'll be the first to return when the second Lumby book comes out.
Charming  Aug 22, 2005
Ms. Fraser is a masterful storyteller -- her charm and wit wrap around the reader like a warm comforter. It was a delightful trip to Lumby, leaving Corporate America in the distance wasn't altogether too bad either. This book is filled with laugh out loud moments and quiet reflections. While Ms. Fraser doesn't attempt to solve any universal puzzles, the characters of Lumby did make this reader smile. I'm anxiously awaiting her next book, as I missed everyone in Lumby as soon as read the last page.

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