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The Promise of Lumby (Lumby Series #4)

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Hidden in the foothills of a bucolic landscape lies the charming village of Lumby and its quirky inhabitants. The town mascot, Hank, a pink flamingo who thinks he's a bald eagle, came to Lumby long ago because of its mountains, while others still come for the promise of a brand new start. But what happens when the town's warm welcome turns cool?

At Montis Inn, the success of Pam Walker's on-location restaurant is leaving her overworked and frazzled, while her husband Mark's ...

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Overview

Hidden in the foothills of a bucolic landscape lies the charming village of Lumby and its quirky inhabitants. The town mascot, Hank, a pink flamingo who thinks he's a bald eagle, came to Lumby long ago because of its mountains, while others still come for the promise of a brand new start. But what happens when the town's warm welcome turns cool?

At Montis Inn, the success of Pam Walker's on-location restaurant is leaving her overworked and frazzled, while her husband Mark's fascination with Internet auctions leads to some outlandish purchases, one of which requires military clearance. Meanwhile, Lumby's only veterinarian, Dr. Ellen Campbell, has decided to sell her business, and the townsfolk are in full panic mode. Who will tell blind Jeremiah that his old horse Isabella is eating rabbit feed, and who will help little Timmy convince his parents that a puppy is the perfect pet?

When animal doctor Tom Candor arrives in Lumby, he seems the answer to everyone's prayers. But some residents are not so trusting of the shy, pensive vet, especially newspaper owner Dennis Beezer, who is determined to expose Tom's secrets. The repercussions lead to an unpredictable, over-the-top adventure, and a heartfelt lesson the people of Lumby won't soon forget...

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Publishers Weekly

Lumby fanatics are sure to stick by Fraser for her fourth installment of the series featuring her beloved townsfolk and the enigmatic, personified plastic Pink Flamingo Hank in the two-street rural Rockies' town, but newcomers might head for the hills. Sloppy with repeated use of the same descriptive words, the tale centers around newcomer Tom Candor replacing the town's beloved veterinarian. He's frowned upon because he keeps to himself (so as to not spill his secret of accidentally killing Ming the panda), but he does catch the heart of carpenter Mackenzie McGuire. Inserts of the local paper's news lend a well-needed faint chuckle in this meandering chaos of conundrums. Then there's Pam and Mark Walker, suddenly swarming with new dinner customers at their inn after a hot magazine review has foodies from across the country venturing to Lumby while the monks who sold the inn to the Walkers begin getting daily deliveries of exotic animals. It's a whirlwind of implausible activity, the perfect happy ending to every story line making it all that more unbelievable. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451226969
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/7/2009
  • Series: Lumby Series , #4
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 689,394
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2009

    The Promise of Lumby by Gail Fraser

    A good story about a small town trying to hire a new vet. The small town is a cute place in itself, with some neat characters. If you like Jan Karon or Debbie Macomber type stories, you'll love this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2009

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    Very Feel Good Book

    Lumby is a place I'd like to live. Folks are friendly and interesting. There's enough quirkiness to keep life appealing. Definitely a great book with which to curl up in front of a fire on a cold day. I hope Gail Fraser writes many, many more adventures of the Lumby gang.

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  • Posted June 1, 2009

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    Fans of Lumby will relish this engaging return trip enhanced by the local newspaper gossip

    In the Rockies' tiny town of Lumby, Pam and Mark Walker had hoped their restaurant at the Montis Inn would be a success. Neither was ready for how successful it become. Now each is exhausted from overworking and both wonder what is going on with the former owners. The now famous philanthropists of Saint Abbey, the monks are receiving exotic animals and selling gourmet dining to delighted customers who come for great food and spiritual cleansing as they know the way to a man's spirit is through his stomach.

    At the same time, vet Dr. Ellen Campbell announces she is selling her practice to Tom Candor. He is made quickly unwelcome because he fails to mingle. Tom fears rejection if they knew his darkest secret, killing Ming the panda. However carpenter Mackenzie McGuire is attracted to the newcomer and hopes he reciprocates.

    Fans of Lumby (see STEALING LUMBY, LUMBY'S BOUNTY and LUMBY LINES) will relish this engaging return trip enhanced by the local newspaper gossip. The subplots are fun, over the top of the Rockies, and all subplots end up in "Happy Valley" (but not Penn State). Whimsical, uplifting and warm, THE PROMISE OF LUMBY is a lighthearted frolic that requires leaving the reality meter at page one.

    Harriet Klausner

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