Biltmore cover is limited edition
ASHEVILLE – Only the first 500 buyers of Grateful Steps’ new children’s book, “My Days with Nell,” will get the collectible cover depicting the front of the Biltmore .
The book, by Western North Carolina writer Victoria S. Blake, is a story about Cornelia "Nell" Vanderbilt and her best friend, “Lilly,” and it’s set at and around the Biltmore Estate in the early 1900s. Illustrations by Virginia Palmer bring to life the main character, Lilly Staton.
Biltmore Estate, which owns all rights to reproduce images of the Biltmore House, has generously given the Asheville-based Grateful Steps Publishing House permission for the home to appear on just the first 500 books printed.
In the book, Lilly and her parents to Asheville to receive treatment for Lilly, who has tuberculosis. Cornelia, the only child of George and Edith Vanderbilt, befriends the girl. The two friends are soon joined by Ellen Jorith, an African-American child.
To learn more, including where the book is sold, call Grateful Steps at 277-0998.