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Product Details

  • Series: Lumby
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade; 1 Original edition (July 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451226968
  • ASIN: B00342VEJC
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Lumby fanatics are sure to stick by Fraser for her fourth installment of the series featuring her beloved townsfolk and the enigmatic, personified plastic Pink Flamingo Hank in the two-street rural Rockies' town, but newcomers might head for the hills. Sloppy with repeated use of the same descriptive words, the tale centers around newcomer Tom Candor replacing the town's beloved veterinarian. He's frowned upon because he keeps to himself (so as to not spill his secret of accidentally killing Ming the panda), but he does catch the heart of carpenter Mackenzie McGuire. Inserts of the local paper's news lend a well-needed faint chuckle in this meandering chaos of conundrums. Then there's Pam and Mark Walker, suddenly swarming with new dinner customers at their inn after a hot magazine review has foodies from across the country venturing to Lumby while the monks who sold the inn to the Walkers begin getting daily deliveries of exotic animals. It's a whirlwind of implausible activity, the perfect happy ending to every story line making it all that more unbelievable. (July)
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"If Fraser's little town of Lumby could escape the confines of her imagination and be put on the proverbial map, I'd move there in a moment.  What an agreeable world she's created!" (Lumby on the Air) --Philip Gulley, author Harmony series

"A visit to the charming, whimsical town of Lumby is a refreshing change from our fast paced lives.  A delightful read."  (Lumby's Bounty)
--Joan Medlicott, author of The Ladies of Covington series

"Fraser carries the reader through a rich venue of storylines and memorable characters set against the backdrop of small town life.  Enjoy!" (Lumby on the Air) --Katherine Valentine, author of the Dorsetville series and the Haunted Rectory

"You will be amazed by the great imagination of the author...The reader is in for a treat. This book is a delight to read and one that you will thoroughly enjoy." --Bestsellersworld

"Readers who have traveled to Mitford with Jan Karon will find the trip to Lumby at least as pleasant and marked with a lot more laughter." --CozyLibrary

"A visit to the charming, whimsical town of Lumby is a refreshing change from our fast paced lives."
-Joan Medlicott, author of The Ladies of Covington series

Customer Reviews

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It makes for good, easy beach reading.
Donna P. Katsaounis
While these books are best read in order to get the full range of the characters, they can be totally read as stand alones and be highly enjoyable.
Not since Jan Karon's Mitford series have I enjoyed reading so much again.
C. Allagood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Tucker on July 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
An absolute delight to read from the first page to the last! Lumby comes alive again and the series just keeps getting better and better. The author hits her full stride with this fourth book that draws the reader into the small, captivating town and the lives of its residents who will do most anything to persuade a veterinarian to call Lumby his home. Fraser's writing reminds me that life can be, at its best and worse, hilariously imperfect and all we have to do is sit back, smile and know that we are each blessed in our own quirky way. Thanks for giving us such a breath of fresh air and a dose of much needed happiness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie's World of Books on July 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
When I first received this book I was not too excited and thought the title was kind of strange (not having read any other Lumby books) but I am so glad I received this now! Otherwise I would have missed out on a wonderful book filled with a quirky town full of people you will come to love. I love how Hank, the town's flamingo mascot, ends up every where and is attributed all of these great actions. The antics of the towns people will put a smile on your face even as you are shaking your head. I will admit that the one character I had a hard time with was Pam Walker's husband. I know he was supposed to come off as so clueless that he loveable but I just found him irritating and thought love must be blind in order for Pam to stay with him. Other than that this was a great book that I highly recommend you pick up if you need a laugh and are willing to suspend reality and enter the entertaining world of Lumby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
In the Rockies' tiny town of Lumby, Pam and Mark Walker had hoped their restaurant at the Montis Inn would be a success. Neither was ready for how successful it become. Now each is exhausted from overworking and both wonder what is going on with the former owners. The now famous philanthropists of Saint Abbey, the monks are receiving exotic animals and selling gourmet dining to delighted customers who come for great food and spiritual cleansing as they know the way to a man's spirit is through his stomach.

At the same time, vet Dr. Ellen Campbell announces she is selling her practice to Tom Candor. He is made quickly unwelcome because he fails to mingle. Tom fears rejection if they knew his darkest secret, killing Ming the panda. However carpenter Mackenzie McGuire is attracted to the newcomer and hopes he reciprocates.

Fans of Lumby (see STEALING LUMBY, LUMBY'S BOUNTY and LUMBY LINES) will relish this engaging return trip enhanced by the local newspaper gossip. The subplots are fun, over the top of the Rockies, and all subplots end up in "Happy Valley" (but not Penn State). Whimsical, uplifting and warm, THE PROMISE OF LUMBY is a lighthearted frolic that requires leaving the reality meter at page one.

Harriet Klausner
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Oh Lumby, once you come to visit, you never want to leave again. This story is filled with a lot of heart and love. There's so much in this book but it never feels overwhelming when reading. I love the humor that goes into the story as it makes the characters and town come alive. As always my favorite bits are the sheriff's notes and news articles. The small town charm comes through in those and always are great for a laugh.

The main focus of this book is on Tom Candor who has come to replace the town's long term vet. He's hiding from a past that he hopes no one in Lumby will find out. He eventually confides in town handywoman Mac who he discovers a special connection with. The story tracks how Tom keeps doing everything to avoid his past and how the townsfolk slowly begin to find out and try to figure of whether of not they can trust him. The side story involves the monks of the town and their ever growing animal collection. Thanks to a news article, they are getting unique animals sent to them from all over the world and they have no idea how to keep up with their new zoo. It's quite hilarious reading about their adventures.

Even though in the past books I have enjoyed being at the Montiss Inn, Pam and Mark both got on my nerves a bit in this edition. Mark seems to have no control over his spending habits as he keeps buying things that not only his budget can afford but also are almost completely useless to the inn's well being. It's just annoying because one would think that a grown adult could and should check all information before making such rash purchases but he doesn't and then has to pay to consequences. Subsequently Pam never rebukes Mark for wasting their money, therefore allowing him to continue this trend.
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Reading another book in the Lumby series now feels like returning to visit old friends. The adventures at Montis Inn and Saint Cross never fail to delight me while also giving me something to contemplate. The main story in The Promise of Lumby though is that of Thomas Candor, a man seeking to forget his past. Fraser actually begins her story not in Lumby but with Tom as events unfold in a way that destroys his marriage and potentially his career. This was a great way to reveal information central to the story but that the majority of the characters would not discover until much later in the book. Revealing this information at the beginning helps to understand Tom, what he is seeking from Lumby, and why he reacts to things the way he does.

The one flaw that I found with this Lumby book was how quickly the town initially welcomed Tom. Yes, they desperately needed a veterinarian to replace Ellen but in every book there have been comments about how Lumby doesn't like outsiders. This was certainly demonstrated in the reservations the town displayed when Pam and Mark Walker began renovating Montis Inn. On the other hand, Tom seemed to have the trust of the town before it was earned. Only one person seemed to proceed with caution as Dennis Beezer's reporter instincts told him that Tom was hiding something. The quick acceptance seemed a little out of character for the town.

Overall, this was another fun Lumby tale and I'm glad that I discovered this series. At this point I only have one book left to read and review - Lumby on the Air - and then I'll have to wait for the next book to come out.
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Prior to changing her life and becoming a novelist in 2004, Gail had a long and successful career in 'corporate America' holding senior executive and upper management positions in several Fortune 500 and start-up corporations. During her career, in addition to living throughout the United States, Gail traveled to 22 countries and had extended stays in Australia, Japan, Brazil and several countries in Europe.

Gail was born and raised in Rye, New York, and attended the Rye High School and then majored in English and received an AA from Colby Sawyer College. After graduating, Gail studied at the University of London and returned to Skidmore College where she earned her BA in English Education. She completed her MBA at the University of Connecticut, with graduate work done at Harvard University.

Gail and her husband, nationally renowned folk artist Art Poulin (, have built their own 'Lumby' at Lazy Goose Farm in rural upstate New York. Featured in several magazines, newspapers and on television, Lazy Goose is a 40-acre gentleman's farm that is demarcated by a 200-year old stone wall, and has views of the Catskills, Adirondack and Vermont mountains. Gail is also an avid stoneware potter, an heirloom gardener and a cook and enjoys tending to their orchard and bee hives most every morning.

Gail and Art's story and respective talents are featured in their first collaborative effort, a non-fiction illustrated hardcover entitled "Finding Happiness in Simplicity: Everyday Joys for Simple Living Throughout the Year" (Globe Pequot 3/2012).

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