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In the early 1800’s Eileen Gentle’s ancestors settled in Grenada, the tiny West Indian outpost of the British Empire. Now a fifth generation resident, Gentle’s memoir recounts the history and customs of the island in a time when cocoa and nutmeg trees were once cultivated on large estates. The life of the author today is far removed from that old way of life — gone but still vividly remembered.

Alan, a member of the Colonial Police service held positions in St. Vincent, Jamaica and Trinidad and the family moved with him. The author’s childhood in a town where the citizens were treated equally contrasts with the often-bloody struggle for independence. The story focuses upon Grenada “before the sunset” of its fascinating colonial past.

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