Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Lumby Lines

By Gail Fraser

From the back of the book:

“Nearly destroyed by fire, Montis Abbey remains a ruin on the outskirts of Lumby. Once home to a resourceful order of monks, it stands abandoned, surrounded by its overgrown orchards. Then Mark and Pam Walker, a vacationing couple from the East Coast, stumble upon it – and upon the answer to their prayers.”

I’m a huge fan of Jan Karon’s Mitford series and this book is quite similar. Full of colorful characters with fun personalities, I jumped right into the pages of this story. These are folks you’d meet every day and come back again to visit.

When the Walkers arrive to begin restoring the Abbey and to turn it into a bed and breakfast, they are met with some opposition. It’s a town that doesn’t take well to strangers and “outsiders,” yet they ignore those feelings and are determined to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning a place they can call home, a place where they can work together and bring happiness to others.

We watch this wonderful project of theirs unfold as we meet the people of this quaint little town. And even though we know they will somehow become accepted, we still root for them.

The Lumby Lines is the first of a new series by this author and I can’t wait to read the next book. I loved Gail Fraser’s writing and thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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