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The Promise of Lumby

(Lumby #4)

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Hidden in the foothills of a bucolic landscape lies the charming village of Lumby and its quirky inhabitants. The town mascot, Hank, a pink flamingo who thinks he's a bald eagle, came to Lumby long ago because of its mountains, while others still come for the promise of a brand new start. But what happens when the town's warm welcome turns cool?
At Montis Inn, the success
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by New American Library (first published 2008)
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Cindy
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Leila Kern
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book of this series and I’m still hooked wanting to know more about the escapades of the town and its residents. Some tears but a lot of laughter and everything turns all right in the end. For those who want to escape from everyday life and lose oneself in a small Pacific Northwest town, I heartily recommend this series! I don’t wish to give away any of the stories; you will have to read the books for yourself! So humorous and unbelievable at times and a fun read!
Melissa Ellen
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhere between the Elmwood Springs in Fannie Flagg's imagination and the fictional town CBS introduced us to in Northern Exposure, the story is light and the characters don't take themselves too seriously. Well, except maybe Hank. ;) ...more
Elaine
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Still trying to solve the mystery of Hank. Laughed hard so many times!
Sherrie
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"The Promise of Lumby" by Gail Fraser
(from the back cover)



Hidden in the foothills of a bucolic landscape are the charming village of Lumby and its quirky inhabitants. The town mascot, Hank, a pink flamingo who thinks he's a bald eagle, came to Lumby long ago because of its mountains, while others still come for the promise of a brand-new start. But what happens when the town's warm welcome turns cool?

At Montis Inn, the success of Pam Walker's on-location restaurant is leaving her overworked
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Angela
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 centra ...more
Lydia Presley
Jun 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, comedy, cozy, fiction
Finally I feel like Fraser has gotten back to where she captured me in The Lumby Lines. I sped through this book and found myself giggling over and over again.

Now, I will say this - some of the situations, as is normal by this point if you have read the other Lumby books, are a bit fantastic. I have a hard time believing koalas and other exotic animals are just being sent to this little, quaint town, but - I went along with it just because it's good, wholesome fun.

I really enjoyed the budding ro
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Debbie
Jul 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mike
May 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, fiction
This is the 4th book in the series. I am thourougly enjoying these Lumby books. I just started this one and I can't wait to finish it so I can get to the last book in the series.

Just finished and like the other three books in the series that I've read, I loved it. It would be amazing to find a quirky town with quirky citizens. This book has a few storylines and as usual, there is a love connection involved. One can't wait to find out what happens. It's a great read and the additions at the end o
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Eldon
Apr 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010s, read-2010
Despite someone "jettisoning" down the road and a mention of "impressionable" grandeur, (jetting and impressive? - heads up editors!) and confusion of little Timmy/Tommy Beezer's name and the name of the town near Saint Cross abbey (Franklin/Hamilton) AND Jimmy the Jerk and Dennis the Despicable it was still good to visit Lumby once again. ...more
Connie
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it
The Promise of Lumby is light, entertaining reading. I have read all of the books in the series. Booklist Magazine compares these titles to Jan Karon's Mitford series.

I do not agree with this. Karon's books are much better written and the plots and characters are more highly developed.

The Lumby books are great if you just want a pleasant book to make you feel good and laugh a little.
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Linda
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Animal doctor Tom Candor arrives in Lumby trying to become a part of the community however Dennis Beezer the newspaper owner doesn't quite trust him and Dennis sets out to expose Tom's past life. Dennis lives to regret his mistrust and actions. Pam hires a chef for the Inn but finds it very difficult to give up control of the kitchen.

This book was hard to get started but I stuck with it.
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Sarah
Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
These books were recommended to me because I enjoy Fannie Flagg's books. While the first two Lumby books were okay, I soon recognized the formulaic writing that would ultimately result in a romance between two characters. I could easily predict what would happen by the first few chapters and the fun left Lumby. ...more
Linda
Sep 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It is book 4 in a series. Start with The Lumby Lines, if you wish to read the series. These are funny, serious, quirky, and entertaining. The series is set in a small town in the Northwest, and the characters are wonderful.
Sarah
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite of the Lumby series!!! If you're an animal lover looking for an escape to a small town, this is a great book. I've actually read this one twice. Just hilarious and I still love the monks. When is the 5th book of the series coming out? ...more
Terrah
Jun 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
I've been waiting for a while for this to come out! It's the fourth book in the series. If you've ever read the Mitford books, it's a similar style.... laid-back small town cozy fiction. ...more
Jill
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Pearl
I really enjoy this series. If you liked the Mitford series you will like this one too.
Lynn
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A line from the book says it all:

“It’s the promise of a place like Lumby that so many people want. I know I’m one of them.”
Jenn
Feb 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Growing up in a small community, I loved ready about the quirks of a small town. I'll definitely put the rest of the Lumby books on my "to-read" list. ...more
Sally
Jul 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
I enjoy these Lumby books - kind of like a Northwest version of the Jan Karon books.
Nancy
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fourth in the Lumby series. The town's new vet does not receive a warm welcome. ...more
Gail
Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Lumby series is filled with such quirky characters. Always a fun story with some serious moments.
Sandra
Oct 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Just found Fraser's Lumby books and devoured The Promise of Lumby. So comfortable and pleasurable to read. Can't wait to see which other ones the library has! ...more
Nan Hurley
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. All the usual quirky and warm characters both human and animal and the bonds that hold them together.
Dodi
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
just like reading about Lumby
Glenda
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it


Another enjoyable journey to Lumby.
Davney Stahley
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
All the Lumbys are fun!
Lesley Peck
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Feb 05, 2011
Heather
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Gail Fraser is the author of the Lumby series, which includes "The Lumby Lines," "Stealing Lumby," "Lumby’s Bounty," "The Promise of Lumby," "Lumby on the Air," "Lost in Lumby" and "Between Lumby and God" (early coming 2018). Along with her husband, folk artist Art Poulin, Gail also co-authored the celebrated non-fiction illustrated hardcover and ebook entitled "Finding Happiness in Simplicity: Ev ...more

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Lumby (6 books)
  • The Lumby Lines (Lumby Series Book 1)
  • Stealing Lumby (Lumby Series Book 2)
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