A few years ago I heard about Gail Fraser via a very small side-bar in a magazine. She’s a corporate executive-turned-writer who writes about a simple, small, quirky town called Lumby. This attracted me for several reasons:
- I like authors who weren’t always writers. This is not meant as an insult to all the wonderful writers who have been authors all their lives. But, having other life experiences, I find, often lends a greater sense of reality to what’s being written. (Even though there’s no “reality” like Lumby!)
- I love small towns. I appreciate the sense of community and contentment and helpfulness.
- I like “quirky.” Heck, I am “quirky.”
So I decided to give these Lumby books a try. The first in the series is The Lumby Lines. It was published in 2007, and tells the story of Pam and Mark Walker as they arrive in Lumby and purchase an old, run-down monastery with hopes of turning it into an inn. Some of Lumby’s residents aren’t thrilled about their arrival. But many others are willing to help!
Tip: Don’t skip over the snippets and briefs from the town’s newspaper (aptly named: The Lumby Lines) in between the chapters. They’re hilarious!
If you’re a fan of close-knit small town living, give the The Lumby Lines a try. You won’t be sorry. And be sure to check back as I review the other books in this series!
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