"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe." — Madeleine L'Engle

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Lumby Lines by Gail Fraser

Title: The Lumby Lines
Author: Gail Fraser
Published: 2007
Pages: 286
Rating: 3/5
Summary: Nearly destroyed by fire,Montis Abbey remains 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. Leaving behind their hectic lives to restore the monastery and turn it into an inn is a dream come true.
But some residents of Lumby take a while to warm up to outsiders. One of them is irascible William Beezer, owner of The Lumby Lines- the newspaper "worth the paper it's printed on." At every turn, he tries to hinder the Walkers' efforts. The couple soon leans that for every citizen like William, there are many more willing to lend a hand, and that Lumby isn't just a place- it's a way of life.

Review: The change of voice from a teen to an adult was something that I had been looking for a while, just to see how it would be like. I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book for a change.

The Lumby Lines is fun read that follows the story of Mark and Pam Walker. They are a couple that are looking for something different than the lives that they have lived up to that point. They have to choose if they really want to give up that life and then they have to adjust to the change that awaits them.

I really liked most of the characters. The one that I didn't really like was William Beezer. It seemed that he only wanted the Walkers to fail in their attempt to restore Montis. Other than that the characters were fun to read about. One of the characters that I enjoyed the most reading about was Brooke. I liked seeing how she made decisions for her life and went along with them.

I liked how the book let the reader know what the characters thought and what they felt. I thought that it gave the story more of a feel of how the Lumby residents reacted to the outsiders. It was also fun to read of how they started to like the outsiders a bit more. I enjoyed reading this book, especially the newspaper that they had. It was funny.