Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser

As I am a fairly new client of our Regional library's Outreach Program and our Outreach Coordinator looks around for books for me to read, I noticed two weeks ago, the first three books in this most delightful series on my online account, so looked them up, as I'd never heard of them or the author. I just finished this first of hopefully many volumes of this wonderful quirky ficticious small town of Lumby, Washington. This first volume is the story of Mark and Pam Walker, who move from Virginia on the East Coast to the West Coast and purchase an historic old Abbey and convert it into an historic inn. The local residents are not sure they like the "easterners," but after a life-threatening incident, the townspeople whole-heartedly accept them as one of their own. The hit of the town is the daily newspaper with the sheriff's report, with the date and time of each incident. These incidents make for an absolutely hilarious part of the story!!! With the help of the townspeople and the local monks, they are able to get the renovations completed even amongst all the setbacks. This book is filled with absolutely hilarious moments that you'll love. And, if you hail from a small town as I do, you'll love this book and the rest of these wonderful stories.

(From back cover)

When Pam and Mark Walker, a couple of "East Coasters," purchase the fire -ravaged Montis Abbey, intending to convert the historic landmark into a country inn, the residents of Lumby, a quirky one-moose town, look on with suspicion. As work begins, the Walkers face the open hostility of the cranky old newspaper publisher with a dark secret, and the sometimes helpful, often hapless assistance of the local tradespeople.

The benign mayhem and and full array of personalities come to life in snippets from the local paper, The Lumby Lines, which offers an endearing glimpse into small town living and the extraordinary moments of ordinary lives.

Gail Fraser has done for Lumby what Garrison Keillor did for Lake Wobegon...what Jan Karon did for Mitford. The Lumby Lines paints a picture full of laughter and love and conjures up magic in an ordinary town---setting the stage for more charming stories.

Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri


Jewel's Gems said...

Great review, Teri. Sounds like an interesting series:o)

Framed said...

I've never heard of this series, either. Thanks for bringing your review. It sounds like something I would really enjoy.