"17th April, 1850 The Crystal Palace is more wonderful every time we go, with coloured light everywhere, so airy and delicate, but strong. Not like a house, solid and heavy and shadowy, solid to the ground. Like being inside a diamond it is, or a fairy palace. Master has made a miracle, everybody says so. And as for the exhibits inside, there are more and more every day, 10,000 they say. We saw French and Belgian lace and English embroidery today, so fine the Queen can't have better—shawls and baby gowns and waistcoats, and Irish double damask tablecloths with shimmering ferns and flowers woven in. I was near crying with pure delight it was all so lovely."
"It's 1850. Unexpectedly promoted from housemaid to be the new baby's nanny, young Lily hopes her diary will protect her and her friends from nasty little Edgar's malice. But when a valuable watch is stolen during a visit to the Crystal Palace, Edgar finds himself in desperate trouble–and only Lily can save him..."