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Lumby on the Air

(Lumby #5)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  300 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Fifth in the acclaimed series set in the enchantingly offbeat town of Lumby.
Pam and Mark Walker are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a week-long family reunion and a ceremony renewing their vows. But when Mark's brother-in-law starts broadcasting his radio talk show from Montis Inn, his disparaging remarks about small-town life cause immediate rifts that
Paperback, 475 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by New American Library (first published June 28th 2010)
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JG (Introverted Reader)
Pam and Mark Walker are celebrating their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary by inviting their families to stay at their bed-and-breakfast for a week. As in all families, there are some underlying issues that make the prospect of spending a week together a bit...interesting. Luckily, the county fair is in town that week, so everyone has plenty to do, if Mark can just make it through all the various competitions intact!

What a sweet book! Just what I needed. This is the fifth in a series. I haven't
Alayne Bushey
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Lumby on the Air centers around Mark and Pam Walker as they are about to host a family reunion in celebration of their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary and vow renewal. As Mark and Pam’s family members converge on the little mountainside town of Lumby, personalities clash and long-standing issues collide, all making for an entertaining and intriguing week in the Walker’s life.

I didn’t quite know what to expect from this book, it’s not something I would normally pick up while perusing bookshelves
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed the 1st four of these books but just couldn't get into this one. Most of the characters were not nice people for a lot of it and then they suddenly all had "changes of heart". Seemed a bit fake. ...more
Marilyn Saul
Aaaargh!!! The author's attempt to take relationship problems and solve them with a flick of her wand so that everybody lives happily ever after. I had bought the first three Lumby books at a used book sale - glad I only spent $1.50 each. I'm thoroughly done with this "cutesy" series. Back to reading well-written, thought-provoking books. I'm definitely over-fluffed. ...more
Leila Kern
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 5th book of the series starring a town named Lumby in the Pacific Northwest. All of the books are consistently entertaining, quirky, and heartwarming. I would love to move to the town if it even exists! I am saddened to realize that I only have one more book in the series to read! Hopefully, there are additional books in the works! Well worth the read if you would love to get caught up in the town and its residents!
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the Lumby series. Can't wait to read no. 6. ...more
Yvonne Baker
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have loved everyone of the Lumpy books that I have read. I have read them out of order but it doesn't matter, I only hope that there are more. ...more
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the Lumby books when I need a pleasant escape. This one did not disappoint
Bookventures Book Club
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Lumby on the Air is the fifth book in the Lumby series which includes The Promise of Lumby, Stealing Lumby, The Lumby Lines and Lumby’s Bounty. I have not gotten a chance to read the others but I hope to sometime soon. I think it’s worth mentioning though that Lumby on the Air is by no means the final book. Readers will have a chance to collect the previous copies in the Lumby Series and add to the collection as more books become available.

I really enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend
Mishel Forte
May 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc
4.25/5 stars

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the first book in this series, THE LUMBY LINES, and I reviewed it a couple of months ago in March. I really liked the book and was looking forward to continuing on with the second book. But when I was asked to review , LUMBY ON THE AIR, I couldn't pass the opportunity up even though it was book number five.

Now I’m not too sure what I missed between the first book and LUMBY ON THE AIR but I don’t think it was a lot because book five can definit
Apr 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: given-away
When Pam and Mark Walker invite their families to Montis Inn for a family reunion and twenty-fifth anniversary celebration, they certainly don't expect Mark's brother-in-law to broadcast his controversial radio show from their home or for their niece to be online disparaging Lumby and looking for a place to party. Add in the arrival of Mark's sister, who he hasn't spoken to in seven years, and Pam's mother bringing a boyfriend that she knew nothing about and it is quite the family reunion! Of co ...more
Jul 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Mark and Pam Walker are celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary. They have invited their whole families. First Mark’s sister, Lynn and her prized cat, Coco arrive. This comes as a huge surprise as Lynn’s ex-husband embezzled money from Mark. Next comes Pam’s mother and…boyfriend! Then comes Mark’s sister, Nancy with her husband, Carter and son, Corey. Finally, Mark’s older brother Patrick, his wife, Elaine and their daughter Jessica arrive. The town of Lumby will never be the same again.

Lydia Presley
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010, arc, fiction, comedy, cozy
Just when I thought I'd seen it all in Lumby, Gail Fraser comes out with a new installment that has me completely hooked.

Pam and Mark are about to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary and the celebration will be attended by their families - characters ranging from the estranged older sister of Mark to Pam's fun-loving mother, a rebellious teenage niece and a brother-in-law who needs to, quite frankly, learn a lesson.

There was the usual cast of hilarious characters - Howard the Moose, Hank th
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Being from a small town in Oklahoma, sometimes I enjoy reading works about life in a small town. This is what drew me to the Lumby books. After desperately trying to win the series in a book giveaway, I spent months looking for the books at used bookstores. No luck. At last, I ran across this one, the 5th in the series, in the clearance section of Barnes and Noble. Sure, like most I prefer to read books in the correct order, but I decided to just jump in. If I hated this book, then I had saved m ...more
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I've read all the books in this series and when I saw this one, I was intrigued because it seemed much longer than the others. The story of the Walker's family reunion got a bit tedious but there were some humorous parts along the way. I must say, enough about the town's mascot Hank already. In the beginning of the series it was a cute device, but now it is just repetitive. And I really missed hearing more about the people of Lumby, as the plot centered around Marks really weird relatives. I don ...more
Sep 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
From my book review blog Rundpinne...[return][return]...Lumby on the Air by Gail Fraser is the fifth book in Fraser’s Lumby series and the stories from this quirky town continue to amuse and charm the reader. While Lumby on the Air can be read as a stand-alone novel, I recommend reading the series to fully grasp the uniqueness that is the small town of Lumby and its inhabitants. New characters are introduced in this latest installment when a big to do is planned in Lumby and it is quite possible ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how I missed out on this series up till now!
I enjoyed the characters and learning about the town of Lumby. One of those places that at least in theory, you'd like to live in.

One complaint as a librarian is that one character in belittling the Lumby library says that in Seattle you have to give your credit card number! Now, I work for King County - not Seattle, but I don't believe Seattle requires a credit card to check out books!

Other than that, I really enjoyed this and now I have
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
I just love me a book that takes me away to a small rural town with quirky inhabitants, a flamingo mascot, and an abandoned monastery-turned-bed-and-breakfast. As Pam and Mark Walker approach their 25th wedding anniversary, they plan a family reunion at their Lumby bed and breakfast, which happens to coincide with the County Fair.

The Lumby series is just charming, filled with family, fun, and faith in mankind!
Jun 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, contemporary
This is the fifth book in the Lumby series and I'm still a fan of Gail Fraser. There is a range of emotions that I've always felt while reading every Lumby book. From laughing at the quirky citizens to getting teary-eyed over the goodness of all the characters, I just can't wait for the next book. ...more
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Pam and Mark decide to celebrate their 25th anniversary by having a family reunion. Like most families I know this family has their differences. Pam's Mother Kay is flying in with a friend for the celebration. Pam is an only child and she is expecting her Mother to come with her friend Noreen however Kay has other ideas. She brings her new roommate Robert.
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read all five before I wanted to do a review. These were east reads. The author made you feel like you were there. The characters were people you would want to know. I loved most of them and wanted to shake a few, but in the end everyone was there to help their friends. It was a nice thought in today's society. ...more
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this story of a family reunion in a small town. The healing grace of forgiveness, owning mistakes from the past, looking at what really matters...all are covered in this book and it has a happy ending.
Jayne Gordon
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I just finished reading Lumby on the Air, and now await the 6th book in the series. These are lovely, funny, character-driven books about small-town life. I loved each book on the series, and Lumby on the Air didn't disappoint. ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
This entry in the Lumby series is not as good as I was hoping it would be. The occasional quirky scene and lovable characters that I loved in the first two books are not enough to overcome the seriousness of the many story lines or the weirdness of the character Hank.
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Lumby on the Air isn't the typical kind of book I read; I pulled it off the shelf at random. It was well done, though. An easy read, nothing very thought provoking. Well written. Believable characters. A good story line. ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
just as enjoyable as the earlier books in this series. Gave it only a 4 because the two major character transformations occurred in a very short time frame - so they felt forced. Also, a main character – husband Mark - is distressingly adept at lies of both commission and omission.
May 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
Too formulaic and not nearly as charming as the other books in the series.
Nov 05, 2010 rated it liked it
I like this series and visiting these folks again and seeing what is going on in the fictional town of Lumby
Harry Lane
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very light, entertaining read. Fraser has developed a cast of characters that she places in amusing situations. Many smiles and several laugh out louds.
Kathy Sheridan
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorite of the Lumby series, but a good light read, anyway. Proof that a small town with a big heart can change the lives of even the most hardened cynics.
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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)
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