The Lumby Lines

The Lumby Lines

by Gail Fraser

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ISBN-13: 9780998630113
Publisher: Lazygoose USA, Inc.
Publication date: 04/12/2017
Series: Lumby Series , #1
Pages: 310
Sales rank: 265,231
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Gail Fraser is the author of the Lumby series, which includes The Lumby Lines, Stealing Lumby, Lumby's Bounty, The Promise of Lumby, Lumby on the Air and Lost in Lumby. Along with her husband, folk artist Art Poulin, Gail also co-authored the celebrated non-fiction illustrated hardcover and ebook entitled "Finding Happiness in Simplicity: Everyday Joys for Simple Living Throughout the Year" (Globe Pequot 3/2012).

Prior to changing her life and becoming a novelist in 2004, Gail had a long and successful career in 'corporate America' holding senior executive and upper management positions in several Fortune 500 and start-up corporations. During her career, in addition to living throughout the United States, Gail traveled to 22 countries and had extended stays in Australia, Japan, Brazil and several countries in Europe.

Gail was born and raised in Rye, New York, and attended the Rye High School and then majored in English and received an AA from Colby Sawyer College. After graduating, Gail studied at the University of London and returned to Skidmore College where she earned her BA in English Education. She completed her MBA at the University of Connecticut, with graduate work done at Harvard University.

Gail and Art have built their own 'Lumby' at Lazy Goose Farm in rural upstate New York. Featured in several magazines, newspapers and on PBS, Lazy Goose is a 40-acre gentleman's farm that is demarcated by a 200-year old stone wall, and has views of the Catskills, Adirondack and Vermont mountains. Gail is also an avid heirloom tomato gardener, long-distance swimmer and flute player. When not following her passions, Gail tends to their orchard and bee hives most every morning.

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The Lumby Lines (Lumby Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
sandiek More than 1 year ago
Mark and Pam Walker are at a crisis in their marriage. They've let their careers take over their lives, and don't have time for each other. Realising this, they resolve to change their lives. While vacationing, they discover the burnt-out framework of an old monastery and hatch the plan of restoring it and opening a bed and breakfast inn. Their new venture is located in a quaint, charming village in the Northwest. Surrounded by orchards, Lumby boasts a small, vibrant town with residents who have known each other for years. Most of the residents are not sure about the Walkers, and what their restoration project will mean to the town and its people. As Mark and Pam work, they start to develop relationships. They meet several of the former monks who lived in their new residence, and learn about orchard management, beekeeping and the history of the abbey from them. Several contractors and craftsmen become friends as they are employed by the couple. There are also other couples their age in town who have common interests. But they are not welcomed by all. Some residents refuse to talk with them and give them the cold shoulder. Gail Fraser has written a charming story that draws the reader in and leaves them dreaming about their own dream plans for a new life. The characters are believable and the reader closes the back cover glad to have spent time in this town. The Lumby Lines, named after the town newspaper, is the first in an anticipated series. It is recommended for readers looking for a cosy read that leaves them feeling content.
cinnamonowl on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
This was a gentle read, calming. It reminded me of the Jan Karon Mitford books a bit. I enjoyed it, it was a relaxing, easy read.
Joycepa on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
Located 10 hours east of Seatle, most likely in Montana, Lumby is just about everyone¿s dream small town. Quaint, filled with eccentric people and drug-and crime-free (well, depending on whether or not you classify a ¿borrowed¿ potbelly pig flying through the air from attached balloons as crime), it¿s a lovely place. So, it doesn¿t come as a surprise when Mark and Pam Walker from Leesburg, VA, ¿down-Easters,¿ fall in love with the place and decide to turn an abandoned monastery into an inn.The book itself is named after the town weekly newspaper. One of its main features is the Sheriff¿s Report, which features such items as ¿Woman from Hunts Mill Road reported a bat hanging on her screen door,¿ and ¿Pickup vs deer. Pickup wins.¿ It reminded me of the rural community in which I used to live when, many, many years ago, front page news of the weekly was probably a story about cows having gotten loose and blocking the main road into town, with accompanying half-page photo.The cast of characters is good--includes the sheriff, a plastic flamingo who regularly dresses to reflect season, holiday, and current events, a single mother framing contractor, various brothers from the unspecified order who inhabited the monastery. Ethnic and racial diversity is represented by a Mexican restaurant owner who is fluent in 6 languages and the wife of a newspaper (small town) publisher. Fraser¿s style is somewhat startling for the book, rather formal, but it works if only to keep the reader a little of-balance. The book would be unbearably syrupy if Fraser¿s imagination weren¿t so fertile; she dreams up enough bizarre (but gentle) incidents (such as the flying potbelly pig) to keep the reader engaged (and chuckling). I was taken a little aback, however, to find out that Indians had name the neighboring town Wheatley after grain-bearing grasses! And it does seem that no one watches television. It¿s as if the 1950s have in some way been preserved in Lumby with some imaginative flourishes.This book has charm and nostalgic appeal for an American life that never was. Lightweight but good reading.
lauranav on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
What a great book. Some mystery, some small-town is wonderful. But so much more. This book is easy to read, and has some fun humor, and yet also touches on real issues. Highly recommended.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
Great cozy story of a town, sort of a Three Pines meets Mitford without the mystery story plots, murders, or detectives. Just ordinary people, living ordinary lives, dealing with the everyday emotions and dreams of everyman. Well.....not exactly. How many of us have the bazillions of dollars to drop what we're doing, move cross country and buy and restore a burned down monastery, orchard, and all the assortment of out buildings that go with it? How many of us have our own architect we can persuade to leave it all and come with us? How many of us have mud (or other detritis) that turns to roses no matter what? While the issues faced by these everyday people "from away" seem anything but everyday, the townspeople are genuine, and it is they who give the story its charm. It's humorous, fun, warm and fuzzy and has lots of room to grow since this appears to be the first of a series. If you live in a small town, you will recognize the setting, the people, the problems. If you don't, you can dream that this is the place you'd want to live if you had your druthers. Perfectly charming, easily readable.
bell7 on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
Mark and Pam Walker are vacationing in the Northwest, discussing where they want to go next in life. Mark's ready to retire from the corporate world; Pam's not so sure. Then, the couple comes across a monastery that was shut down and damaged in a fire. They decide to move from Virginia to the small town of Lumby to renovate the monastery and turn it into an inn.This is a gentle read focusing on character - and there are some quirky ones at that! I found it pleasant and entertaining, especially enjoying the details of renovation. Descriptions of Hank, the flamingo that's given an appropriate wardrobe for what's going on at various points in the story, and news clippings from the local paper, the eponymous Lumby Lines infuse the narrative with humor.
porch_reader on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
Mark and Pam Walker are visiting the small town of Lumby when they stumble upon Montis Abbey, an abandoned monastery that was devastated by fire. They are somewhat dissatisfied with their life back on the East Coast and decide to renovate Montis and open a bed-and-breakfast. But opening a business in a small town also means overcoming the townspeople's concerns about outsiders. As Mark and Pam struggle to gain acceptance and make their dream a reality, we come to know the people of Lumby and learn some secrets about past events at Montis.I love books about small towns, but only when the author captures the essence of the town. I grew up outside a small town of about 300. I currently live in a town of just over 2000 people. I'm fairly impatient with books that stereotype small towns. But I think Fraser's portrayal of Lumby is dead on. I especially like the clips from Lumby's newspaper, the Lumby Lines. I also love books about people who are doing something new and pursuing their "good life." Mark and Pam's decision to quit their jobs on the East Coast and move to Lumby seemed a bit hasty to me, but I love the description of the work that they do to renovate Montis Inn. This part of the story was very compelling to me. I also love books where I truly care about the characters. The Lumby Lines got off to a bit of a slow start for me in this regard. All of the characters seemed a bit guarded to me. It was probably Mark that I warmed up to first, but by about halfway through the book, I cared about a number of the characters. I'm excited to see them develop in future books in this series. Overall, I'm thrilled that I had the chance to visit Lumby. This was a great summer read for me!
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
From My Blog...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.
cyderry on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
I can't figure out where to start, I LOVED this book. The style was different but the same, the story was light-hearted but serious, the characters were ones you want to kick in the butt and give a big hug.This is the story of Pam and Mark who decide to chuck it all and buy the burned out monastery in Lumby and convert it to an Inn. But along the way we meet the architect friend of Pam who is also taken with Lumby, the monks that had abandoned the monastery, and the residents of the town - There are resentful codgers who don't want the Monastery restored, a 90+ year old woman who is getting a prenuptial agreement for her 4th marriage, a plastic flamingo (Hank) who dresses for the seasons, and rambunctious teenagers that get into trouble. Then you have a dog for the mayor, cows that wander into a hidden marijuana field and eat it all, goats in a bank vault eating money, and chickens that escape from their crates and are hidden from recapture by heaven knows who.Then there are the Police blotter entries with all the day to day happenings of the inhabitants as well as the newspaper articles telling of the town happenings. It amazed me how many times the windows in the church were shot out at the same time as a neighbor was scaring of deer and moose with a gun - do you think they may have been related?Can you understand just a little why I loved this book? I can't wait to read the next installment - I think I have to go to the bookstore this weekend to find it.
turtlesleap on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
Fraser's novel is a pleasantly insipid account of a young couple who decide to restore a historical abbey located in Lumby, in the Pacific Northwest. Events in the novel unfold in the most peculiarly uneven way, with time passing at warp speed for the harvesting of fruit crops and the establishment of a major business by a nearby monastary, while dawdling along in the actual renovation of the abbey, and in the daily life events of the characters. Eventually, predictably, the renovation is complete, the minor mysteries associated with local characters resolved, and life in Lumby lumbers on. This isn't a bad book; is, in fact, a diverting afternoon's read, but there's nothing here.
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Abilene333 More than 1 year ago
A rocker, a good cuppa, and a delightful trip by way of Lumby to a quiet place full of laughter, real love and wonderful friendship, what more could you want? Love this whole series and want more from Gail Fraser.
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AaronsDad More than 1 year ago
The Lumby Lines, first novel in the series, is a charming, touching, and heart-warming novel; similar, yet different to the Mitford series. The characters are believable and fun, they open your eyes to the "slow life" and one that would be such a joy to live! I love to "go to Lumby", forgetting about the world around me and enjoying the folks, landscape, humor and fun of the area. The characters are like the neighbors we have all known throughout our lives, Fraser brings them alive in the manner that she writes and describes their antics. What fun, yet with a strong purpose too... Join me in Lumby!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Forty years ago when their lives were tanking, Mark and Pam Walker knew they needed a respite together. They had planned to visit historical inns, but kept kicking the can until they decided this was no longer acceptable. So each year since, they have visited rundown due to a fire Montis Abbey in Lumby in the Northwest, built in 1893, but the Church and then the affluent allowed it to deteriorate. Now the Walker pair wants to turn the edifice into an inn with them running a restaurant there. Nothing occurs in town that gets passed the notice of The Lumby Lines owner William Beezer. He opposes the outsiders moving in and forming a business as he fears what makes his town quaint and quirky will soon be inundated by other "fungi", which will drive the long time families away. The mayor is silent on the issue as the burned down Montis Abbey is not a nice place to do his business in public The reprint of the first Lumby rustic village family saga is filled with fun subplots over the top of the Rockies. Whimsical, uplifting and warm, The Lumby Lines' newspaper makes the tale enjoyable with columns like the Sheriff's Complaints and quoting the mayor barking out orders. Although rural conquers urban too easily and with a nod to Mossy Creek, Gail Fraser does so with humor as Beezer steals the show from the outside upstarts with his amusing commentaries. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lumby Lines is a comfortable visit to a friendly village of eccentric characters. From book to book, the series has the characters evolving in satisfying ways. A great choice when you're stressed or tired and want a quick visit to your favorite B&B.
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Lotsy More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. Very easy reading. The characters were charming and full of character. I love the plot of a couple going to a new phase of their life and leaving their jobs and full filling a life long dream of owing and running an Inn. I could not put the book down. I highly recommend it and I am planning on getting another.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.