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 stationary 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,pyjama-wearing owner of the Cocoon, a popular store specialising 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 enduring cast of characters, Julia and Dodge learn that sometimes you don’t need to go far to find home.