Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Lumby series by Gail Fraser

Over the past decade there has been an explosion of series fiction. The library cannot hope to keep up with all of them, but staff has found some favourites. Fans of Jan Karon will love the Lumby series by Gail Fraser.

The first book in the series The Lumby Lines introduces the reader to a young married couple, Pam and Mark Walker, who give up the frantic life of the city, to what they hope is a more relaxed pace of life. They purchase a fire-ravaged old monastery with the intent of converting the historic landmark into a country inn. As might be expected, the residents of Lumby look on with suspicion. The cranky newspaper publisher is openly hostile, and the local tradespeople offer sometimes helpful, often humourous, and hapless assistance.

The town’s mascot, a plastic pink flamingo named Hank, seems to take on a life of his own, mysteriously appearing in various settings.

The Lumby series offers a wonderful glimpse into small town living and the occasional unexpected snippets of wisdom.

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