The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square

The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square

Book - 2008
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Penguin Putnam
From the author of Tied to the Tracks comes a charming new novel set in Lambert's Corner, South Carolina-a beautiful town where no one's secrets remain secret for very long.

For John Dodge, moving to new places and reviving ailing businesses is a way of life. So when he sees an ad for Scriveners, a stationery shop in a small town in South Carolina, he decides to take the plunge.

As soon as he arrives in Lambert's Corner, Dodge falls happily into the whirl of gossip, gifts, and quintessential Southern hospitality. Link Kay, one of his employees, warms up to him after Dodge admires his expertise on pens. Bean Hurt- a feisty and outspoken ten-year-old-becomes a fast friend. And Maude Golden, the mayor, supplies him with indispensable information. But the one person who really catches Dodge's eye is Julia Darrow-the beautiful but aloof pajama- wearing owner of the Cocoon, a popular store specializing in luxury linens. Dodge tries to befriend her, but she remains elusive and mysterious. Everyone knows that she is a widow, but no one seems to know why she came to town or why she never leaves Lambert Square-or does she?

Like Dodge, Chicago-born Julia is fleeing a tumultuous past. But with the help of a hilarious and endearing cast of characters, Julia and Dodge learn that, sometimes, you don't need to go far to find home.

Baker & Taylor
Moving to a small South Carolina town in order to turn around a failing stationery shop, John Dodge is embraced by his new community, but finds his attempts to woo the widow owner of a neighboring store thwarted because of her inability to escape a painful past.

Blackwell North Amer
When Julia Darrow's life in Chicago falls apart, she moves to small-town South Carolina and opens a shop specializing in luxury linens. Five years later she's satisfied with the life she's made for herself: Cocoon is doing very well; she wears designer pajamas all day, every day; she's got a houseful of foster dogs; and she has friendly, efficient, if quirky, employees and all the other Lambert Square shop owners to occupy her. Julia has no interest in going anywhere.
John Dodge grew up an army brat and he's still a rover: the idea of sticking to one place gives him hives. He makes a living moving around the country, fixing up small businesses on the brink of disaster. The newest venture to capture his imagination is an odd little shop that specializes in collectible pens, located in a renovated printing plant in the Deep South. He arrives in Lambert Square on a sunny fall day, and on his first morning there he runs into bellicose fishermen, curious tourists, a former underwear model who is now the no-nonsense mayor, a dozen friendly new neighbors full of advice on how to clean his bathtub and where to go to church, and Julia Darrow, walking across Lambert Square, in pajamas.
When he goes to Cocoon to introduce himself, Dodge ends up spending a fortune on linen and asking Julia out to dinner. He takes her refusal in stride, but he also comes away with the distinct sense that there's something going on with this woman from Chicago, something below the surface that she never lets anybody see. He is warned, right from the start: Don't set your sights on our Julia. She's shut up tight as a Chinese puzzle box, nary a seam to be seen.
But Dodge likes puzzles, and he's really good at fixing things. There is a collision in the making, and all of Lambert Square is watching.

& Taylor

Traveling to a small South Carolina town in order to turn around a failing stationery shop, businessman John Dodge is embraced by his new community but finds his attempts to woo the widow owner of a neighboring store thwarted because of her inability to break free from a painful past. 12,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2008
ISBN: 9780399154669
Branch Call Number: FICTION LIPPI
Characteristics: 351 p.


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Feb 19, 2012

Rather boring. Impossible situations and setting. Too much of a romance type novel to suit me.


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