Wednesday, September 1, 2010

'The Lumby Lines' - Gail Fraser

Synopsis from back cover: 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 has the oldest apple tree in the county and the smallest bank in the state. And though it's hours from the nearest big city, you'll always find Lumby close to your heart.....

1. Words to describe the book: comfortable, funny, touching, quirky

2. Location or characters you met:

  • The town of Lumby: I want to live there!! The description of Lumby and the front cover just makes me want to be there. This town is alive and a vibrant character in this story.
  • Mark and Pam Walker : They're a couple who has it all and risk it for their dream life. I liked them both immensely and could see myself being friends with them.
  • The monks: I liked their simplistic way of life and how they worked together to save their monastery.
  • Supporting characters: You have your strange, eccentric, busybodies, good-hearted, and a few mean-spirited residents. They each added their own little bit of flavor!
3. Things you liked/disliked:
  • Excerpts from The Lumby Lines newspaper- these cracked me up!!
  • Hank- the plastic flamingo. I'm a fan of Hank's...I swear he's real!!
  • Cast of characters truly makes this book. 
  • The author's husband artwork graces this book. I really love it.
  • The writing resonated with me and for a few hours I was able to escape to another place.
  • That I have four more books to read in this series!!! #2- Stealing Lumby, #3- Lumby's Bounty, #4- The Promise of Lumby, and the most current release #5- Lumby On the Air.
4. Rating:  4/5 

To keep up with what's new in the world of Lumby you can read the Simply Lumby Newsletter.  Gail often does giveaways and includes yummy recipes.  Currently she is featuring a delicious recipe called Lazy Goose Panini #3 which is great to cook on the grill this summer.

Thank you to Caitlin of FSB Associates for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review.
My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.
They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

Published: Paperback May, 2007
Publisher:  New American Library
Pages: 319
Genre:  Fiction
ISBN: 9780451221391

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  1. Sounds so incredibly charming! Thanks for letting us know about it!

  2. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh this sounds good Staci! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. I have this series on my list and hope to start it soon. It sounds like something I would really enjoy. Glad it worked well for you too!

  4. This sounds like a fun series that should be on my list. I'm glad you liked it so much. Who wouldn't love a plastic flamingo? I mean really, who???

  5. I am so glad you enjoyed this book! I love this series and move to Lumby in a heartbeat. And Hank is the best!

  6. I've heard nothing but good things about this series. Everyone seems to want to move there.

  7. I seem to be seeing this one everywhere lately. It sounds like a fun read!

  8. I love that cover – it makes me think of Maine. Did the author’s husband paint it? We occasionally have a moose in my town. I really like your review style as it gets to the point(s).

  9. Awwww, I love books where there is a place where you really want to live :D

  10. For the title alone, I would read this book!!! And to think the author has a Lumby newsletter! I have to check it out. Thank you for this great review!!

  11. I love small town stories, though I don't believe I've read any with monks in them.

  12. Thanks for introducing me to this book; it's one I haven't heard of before. Sounds like a great read!

  13. I love reading these types of books--and your review and rating were very enticing. I think I'll be adding this one to my list.

  14. I'm eager to read this series. I first heard about it from Margot at Joyfully Retired. I bought the first book, but gave it to a friend as a gift before I read it. I'll buy it again soon. Again, a great, great review, Staci.

  15. I have read so many fantastic reviews of this book that I purchased a copy for myself this summer when it was on sale.

    I plan to devote the next two months to the RIP challenge, but I look forward to finding time to read this next to a cozy fire during the cold, winter months.

  16. I loved this series too. Lots of fun reading, nothing heavy. I've tried a few of the recipes and they are delicious.

  17. I've shelved these books at work and have always been curious about them. Good to know this one was a winner. Sounds a little like Jan Karon's Mitford series.

  18. I arranged for Gail to take part in an author's panel recently on an online conference. I found her to be a real delight and her approach to her series' interactive online site and her embrace of the book blogging community is terrific. Now I just need to read her books!!!

  19. I am excited to start this book! I checked it out after running across your blog and reading your review. I love the way your format your reviews, and I enjoy a lot of the same authors as you.


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