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The Grenadillo Box

by Janet Gleeson

I really got into this intriguing book very quickly. The historical setting in Georgian England adds another dimension to a story which is strangely modern in many ways. I particularly liked all the details of the buildings and the Chippendale furniture.

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It was carved in the form of a columned classical temple. There was something small that rattled within. Despite the horror surrounding me I remember I held the box in my palm, pausing to admire its gleaming surface, crisp carving, the irregular whorls and tight figuring of the wood, as only a fellow craftsman can truly appreciate the intricacies of his trade.

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