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Trade Paperback
340 pages
Jul 2005
Yorkville Press

The Lumby Lines

by Gail R. Fraser

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The Lumby Lines goes straight to the heart. The simplicity, humor, and downright friendliness of this book make reading it a pleasure.

Lumby, a small town in the Northwest, has its share of offbeat residents and innocuous incidents. In plain English, that means that Lumby is a place where nothing ever happens, but every day is an adventure. The Lumby series begins with this book, and, in a most appropriate manner, these pages center around the arrival of newcomers Pam and Mark Walker. As they meet the townspeople and learn more about their new home, readers get in on the introductions as well.

And what is life like in Lumby? Well, imagine fresh air, rolling hills, and the sounds of birds at daybreak. Then, add a flying pig, goats chewing money, and a dog that runs for mayor. Okay, itís not a typical place, but it sure is terrific to read about!

These pages cover a variety of small town issues, which spiral off the main story line of the Walkerís project of restoring the abandoned abbey. There is a wonderful blending of mystery and romance as the pages turn. As plans for the abbey get underway, the past is uncovered and the truth concerning a long-standing issue is finally revealed. Readers will close this 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 if off with a large helping of humor. This reviewer canít wait for her next visit to Lumby! -- Joyce Handzo, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Prepare to fall for Lumby.....
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.