The staff are sad to announce the closure of the shop. This had been due to bad management by the owner who did not understand the book trade. He did not know the value of this lovely little shop.
The first time our father brought Andrea to the Dutch House, Sandy, our housekeeper, came to my sister's room and told us to come downstairs. "Your father has a friend he wants you to meet," she said.
"Is it a work friend?" Maeve asked. She was older and so had a more complex understanding of friendship.
Sandy considered the question. "I'd say not. Where's your brother?"
"Window seat," Maeve said.
Sandy had to pull the draperies back to find me. "Why do you have to close the drapes?"
I was reading. "Privacy," I said, though at eight I had no notion of privacy. I liked the word, and I liked the boxed-in feel the draperies gave when they were closed.
If for any reason you are unhappy with a book purchased from us, you can return your purchase in its original condition and packaging, within 30 days of the date you received the item and we will issue a full refund for the price you paid for the item. Refunds will only be provided 7 days after we have received the returned book.
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