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The Lumby Lines (Lumby Series #1)

The Lumby Lines (Lumby Series #1)

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by Gail Fraser

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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


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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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Lumby Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Gail Fraser is the author of The Lumby series, which includes The Lumby LinesStealing Lumby,  Lumby’s Bounty, The Promise of Lumby and Lumby on the Air (Penguin NAL ‘07-’10).  Additionally, she and her husband, artist Art Poulin, collaboratively wrote and illustrated Finding Happiness in Simplicity, hardcover published in 2012 by Globe Pequot Press.  Gail has once again returned to Lumby and is currently finishing her sixth novel - excepted to be released in 2017 - that sheds a humorous light on today’s political, cultural and technological insanities in order to answer the stunningly simple question: how will Lumby survive?   Prior to becoming a novelist, Gail had a successful corporate career, holding senior-executive positions in several Fortune 100 corporations. She has a BA from Skidmore College and an MBA from the University of Connecticut, with graduate work done at Harvard University.  She and her husband currently live in rural upstate New York, but have their sights set on a move to Florida as both are avid open-water and pool long-distance swimmers.  You can visit Gail at www.lumbybooks.com.

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The Lumby Lines (Lumby Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 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.
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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.