It’s OK to Rest..and The Thief’s Daughter

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It’s Sunday and time to contemplate….you might have been busy all week and busy all weekend but always remember to take time out to rest.  This doesn’t have to mean drinking all day in the pub or sitting in front of the soaps all day, unless that’s your thing of course.

I like to cook, I am learning to crochet, I like beads, I would like to learn to create a garden (not sure I will be a natural at this), I like to read.

You might like to create music, you might like to write, you might like to meditate and listen to music, you might like to walk, to meet up with friends or to choose a film.  But switch off the social media and step away from work, from the household chores and do something that relaxes you…..life is too short to burn yourself out, it’s too short to sweat the small stuff…. Always accept that your “me time” activity is not going to be the same as everybody elses,  let others partake in the things that help them, never judge.  Sometimes for your own sanity you have to be a little selfish, you have to treat your soul, massage your inner self, retreat and recuperate.

Don’t feel guilty…..just do it….Bathe in silence, let your mind drift…switch off and float above it all.

You might be wondering about the Thief’s Daughter in the title…..this is my latest recommended reading.

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Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away …
Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers.

Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade.

Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are entangled. But as Jenna struggles to decide where her allegiances lie, the worlds of justice and crime collide, leading to danger and heartache for all concerned …

I haven’t read an old tale for some time, all my reading has been based in pretty modern times so I had been putting off picking this one up….dare I say as a thoroughly Cornish maid, I haven’t been watching Poldark….

I wish I had started this one ages ago, it was a lovely read, the characters came to life easily in my imagination….the surroundings were easy to see, living on the North Cornwall coast I can imagine the smuggling each time I go to walk the coastal path….the debtors prison was interesting, thinking of the pub The Hole in the Wall in Bodmin, I believe this was once a debtors prison…

Jenna and Jack are reminiscent of Ross and Demelza and if you are a Poldark fan you will love this one….personally I would love to see this on the TV….I look forward to grabbing many more Victoria Cornwall stories and losing myself in Cornish history…

The Thief’s Daughter (Choc Lit) (Amazon affiliate link)

So, go grab your current book, or find yourself a new one to start or just choose a relaxing activity and enjoy the rest of your Sunday…

Geri xxx

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