THE PAJAMA GIRLS OF LAMBERT SQUARE
February 2008/March 2009
G.P. Putnam’s Sons/ Berkley Publishing Group
$24.95 /$15.00 US/ $16.50 CAN
Rating: 5 cups
Julia Darrow is a widow who wears pajamas and slippers to work. Her husband was responsible for the restoration of the buildings that now make up Lambert Square. The move from Chicago proves to be a wise decision for Julia. She is active in the community and owns Cocoon, a vintage bed linens and pajamas store, but she still keeps to herself the things that truly matter to her.
A man who is not content to stick in one place, John Dodge has purchased Scriveners, a specialty shop with a focus on writing implements of the antique and collectible variety. John enjoys taking over small businesses on the verge of closing their doors and remaking them into successful ventures. Meeting Julia may just prove to be a reason to stay in Lamb’s Corner, South Carolina.
The people of Lamb's Corner epitomize the term "Southern hospitality." John Dodge is given a list of the people and their quirks before he even rolls into town. Wanting his identity to stay hidden while he gets the lay of the land, he finds life in a small town makes that impossible. It happens to be the woman entering a shop in the square in her pajamas who catches his eye. The townspeople warn him to stay away from Julia. They believe she is like a puzzle, but they also think she is fragile. John soon finds out she is tougher than people believe. As for the puzzle, he's really good at solving those.
Welcome to Lamb's Corner! This is a terrific story containing delightful characters. I was enticed by the sweet Southern charm and hospitality. I wanted to pour myself a glass of sweet tea, pull a rocking chair onto the porch and set a spell while visiting with the people of Lamb's Corner. Every corner of this tale is filled with love and laughter. Rosina Lippi does such a magnificent job of portraying life in this small town, you feel like you are taking a walk through Lambert Square. This book will be on my shelf for years to come, just so I may take a stroll around the square from time to time.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More