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What Garrison Keillor did for Lake Wobegon, Gail Fraser has done for Lumby in this delightfully touching new novel. An engaging cast of characters populates Lumby, a one-moose town in the Pacific Northwest where pigs literally fly and goats invade the bank vault, a dog runs for mayor (and wins!) and Sheriff Dixon keeps a gentle watch over all the quirky goings-on. Arousing the suspicions of the townsfolk of Lumby, Pam and Mark Walker, a couple of "East Coasters" purchase the community’s fire-ravaged and neglected monastery, intent on converting it into a historic inn and regaining it’s Historical Register status. With the aid of the sometimes helpful, often humorously hapless local tradespeople, the Walkers begin their renovation project, while trying to unravel the town that is Lumby. Facing the open hostility from the cranky old newspaper publisher, the newcomers attempt to ‘fit in’ and piece together the mysteries of the benefactor who leaves unsolicited checks in old journals and the flamingo in their front yard with a flare for fashion. It doesn’t take them long to realize that the local paper, The Lumby Lines, provides many of the answers. The daily "Sheriff’s Complaints" column reveals many of the town’s foibles and benign mayhem, and introduce Pam and Mark to some of the more colorful locals, while the young reporter of the weekly, "What’s New Around Town" feature longs to land the big "expose", but somehow never gets it right. Despite the setbacks that occur, Pam and Mark’s commitment to the inn and the town never sways.
As the previous tenants of the monastery assist the Walkers in learning its history, the intrigue builds and romance blossoms, and they unknowingly discover long-hidden relationships which lead to unexpected reconciliations. Joining in the annual Lumby Raft Race ensues, Pam and Mark find themselves in the middle of a near disastrous scenario, and the people of Lumby learn the true nature of their newest residents.
The LUMBY LINES paints a picture full of laughter and love that readers will take to their hearts—and conjures up magic in an everyday place called Lumby—setting the stage for more charming stories to come.
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Although many reviews have compared my novels to those written by Jan Karon, Garrison Keillor and Phil Gulley, I personally try to stay clear of comparing and contrasting one author or series to another. What I can say, though, is that Lumby -- its valleys, streets, townsfolk and stories -- is an escape...a gentle, quirky sanctuary from life's harsher realities. At the heart of the town is the decency, levity and honorableness of good people who are carving out the best lives they know how. It is a town that is reminiscent of yesteryear, a community as it was intended to be--caring, forthright, ethical and authentic. And within that wonderful place, humor is a mainstay and an antidote (as I think it is in life) where the moral compass always points due north unless someone has dropped it in the PortiPotty at the county fair. With the help of the two well-intentioned inn keepers, the monks from Saint Cross Abbey (who make a tremendous rum sauce), a trustworthy newspaper publisher and a cast of unforgettable characters along Main Street, Lumby has a place in all of our hearts.
From Christian Book Previews: "The Lumby Lines goes straight to the heart. The simplicity, humor, and downright friendliness make reading it a pleasure. Readers will close the 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 it off with a large helping of humor. This reviewer can't wait for her next visit to Lumby! "
Prior to changing her life and becoming a novelist, Gail Fraser had a successful career in business holding senior executive positions in several Fortune 500 corporations, and traveling extensively throughout the world. In addition to earning her BA from Skidmore and her MBA from the University of CT, she studied at Harvard and the University of London. Gail and her husband, Art Poulin, enjoyed small town living in North Carolina and currently in upstate NY, with their two dogs, Emma and Yoda. When she isn’t busy writing, Gail is an avid potter, gardener and cook.
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Book Description Center Point Large Print, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111602850127
Book Description Center Point Pub, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1602850127