2017 Edition! Book #3 of the Lumby series. What Garrison Keillor did for Lake Wobegon and Jan Karon did for Mitford, Gail Fraser has done for Lumby - a town so heartwarming and endearing, you'll be forever transported. Tucked into the foothills of the Rockies lies the charming village of Lumby, where quirky but tolerant townsfolk usually make the best of any situation. How Lumby has come to host a hot-air balloon festival is a long story (thanks to a couple of bored teenage entrepreneurs seeking some adventure), but the town's residents embrace their responsibilities and jump right into the preparations. And the monks of St. Cross Abbey bring a visitor from a distant land to help solve Lumby's one seemingly insurmountable challenge: to build and crew the lead balloon in the festival. After trial balloons wreck humorous mayhem across the county, Kai Talin and the mayor's unassuming wife join forces and soon have The Bounty floating gently above the fairgrounds.
While Pam and Mark Walker lend a hand while juggling their own challenges at Montis Inn, love grows between Kai and the daughter of the town matriarch. But can the improbable relationship survive? And can Hank overcome his acrophobia--after all, for a pink flamingo who believes he's a bald eagle, it would be an embarrassment if he didn't ride along on The Bounty's maiden voyage? In true Lumby tradition, blue skies and smooth sailing are always expected but not always guaranteed.
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 and Lost in Lumby. 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: Everyday Joys for Simple Living Throughout the Year" (Globe Pequot 3/2012). 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 Art have built their own 'Lumby' at Lazy Goose Farm in rural upstate New York. Featured in several magazines, newspapers and on PBS, 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 heirloom tomato gardener, long-distance swimmer and flute player. When not following her passions, Gail tends to their orchard and bee hives most every morning.