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By: Joy Callaway

The Grand Design will release next Tuesday, May 17th. Callaway spins a romantic story in two time lines, both about the life of the famous interior designer Dorothy Draper. I have never been to The Greenbrier Hotel, but have seen beautiful pictures of its interiors, designed by Ms. Draper. This fictitious account of her life leading up to the design project brings out all of the fascinating and romantic historic details of the great hotel. The descriptions of the parties, rooms and grounds are beautiful and colorful, just like the designs that Dorothy created. The love story was a little cloying and Ms. Draper doesn’t come off as wholely likeable, but it was a nice read and would be great for a vacation book, even if you can’t make it to the Greenbrier.