Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Thief's Daughter by Victoria Cornwall - Book Review, Interview & Giveaway

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Review by Anniek
 
Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away…
 
Jenna always felt like the odd one out growing up in a family of thieves. Her father wanted her to learn how to pick pockets, just like her brothers, but Jenna always refused. Living in a family that has no respect for the law had its price and Jenna ended up alone with only her brother Silas to look out for her. She learned early on that her last name prevented her from getting a job. Because of this she married an abusive man at a too young age. When her husband is sentenced to death, by hanging, Jenna makes sure she is finally free of this horrible man.
 
Jack swore revenge when he watched his father die in his arms. He's in Cornwall now to try and bring down a smuggling gang. Jack is looking from the sidelines when Jenna's husband is being hanged. He thinks that a courageous boy helps the criminal to die faster, but when he assists him in his escape, Jack finds out that this boy is instead a beautiful woman. He can't forget Jenna's eyes and her sweet smile. Jack spots her again at a hiring fayre and eventually employs her himself. Will they be able to be truthful towards each other or will Jenna's family name mess things up for her again?
 
Jenna has survived so much already in her young life. She is no stranger to being broke and being hungry. She is incredibly loyal towards her brother Silas. Silas asks her to help him pay off his creditors, so he can leave prison. Jenna has never disobeyed the law, but she'll do anything to get her brother out of this rotten place. Jenna is courageous but naïve as well. She tries to see the good in people and this often comes back to haunt her. She is also really strong, honest and has a sharp tongue. I liked Jenna a lot and was hoping for her to find love and happiness as she definitely deserves this.
 
Jack had to learn how to be an adult at an early age. He's done well for himself, but he hasn't forgotten how it feels to be hungry all the time. He wants to find justice for the murder of his father. The murderers are untouchable, because nobody is brave enough to testify against them. This means he has to find another way to take these men down. Jack has trusting issues, he doesn't let people in easily. When he meets and hires Jenna he knows he won't be able to resist her, but that doesn't mean he trusts her. Jack is an honorable man with respect for other people. He is kind and shares his food with people who need it.
 
The Thief's Daughter is an amazing story about two people who have lost much, but are willing to do anything to keep others safe, even when these people don't deserve this kind of protection. I loved to read about Jenna and Jack's journey together, it made them stronger and able to open up to each other. They have great chemistry and it was heartwarming to see how they slowly grow closer together. Victoria Cornwall was born and raised in Cornwall and she perfectly describes this stunning place and the surroundings she writes about. I have been to Cornwall myself and while reading her book I thought about my time there with great fondness. I'll be watching Victoria Cornwall and can't wait to read more of her stories.
 
Advice
 
The Thief's Daughter is an historical romance novel about two people who had a tough life. Their struggles are being combined with love and loyalty.

About Victoria Cornwall

 
Victoria Cornwall grew up on a farm in Cornwall. She can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.

Victoria is married, has two grown up children and a black Labrador, called Alfie. She likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.
 
Following a fulfilling twenty-five year career as a nurse, a change in profession finally allowed her the time to write. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and the Historical Novel Society.

The Thief’s Daughter is her debut novel and the first in her series of Cornish based novels.

Find out more at
 

Interview
 
Thank you for having me on the With Love For Books blog. I am very excited to be here.

1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I am Cornish, married and have two grown up children who are wiser, taller and better looking than me. I came late to writing, although I have always wanted to write a book. I enjoyed writing stories at school; however becoming an author was not a career choice for me when I was young. I was an ordinary child, growing up on a farm in Cornwall and I had never met a writer before. As far as I was concerned, they were highly intelligent, mystical people, living and writing in a far off land. Luckily for me, I also wanted to be a nurse, which was a more acceptable career choice. From an early age, if I wasn’t writing letters to my friends or baking with my mother, I was lining up dolls and tending to their medical needs.
 
2. What do you love the most about Cornwall?

I love lots of things about Cornwall. It is a small county, yet it has a very diverse landscape, from sweeping green hills, through to rugged coastline and barren moorland. It is also steeped in history, which is still evident in its historic buildings, abandoned mines and numerous museums. The thing I love most, though, is that many of my close and extended family still live in Cornwall. Those who have moved away from the area are always keen to return for a visit. So Cornwall has a way of drawing people back to it and that is very special indeed.
 
3. You were a nurse for a very long time. What do you miss the most about that time?
 
I spent the early years of my nursing career working in an intensive care unit and a minor injury unit. I found immediate job satisfaction working in those departments. Later, I became a Community Nurse Specialist, which is more commonly known as a health visitor in the U.K. I was responsible for advising on health care issues and monitoring the development of children in my area. I do miss the babies and seeing them develop and grow over the years. They were adorable, all of them.
 
4. If you could go anywhere (in any time period), where would you go and why?
 
Oh goodness, this is a good question. I hope it would be for a short period. I think I would like to go back to the 1950s and watch my parents meeting for the first time and “courting”, as they often refer to it. I have heard lots of tales about their younger years, but not a lot about their courting years. It would be wonderful to see it at first hand.
 
5. Do you have a favorite quote?
 
Yes I do and I have found it to be very true!

Smile and people will wonder what you have been up to.
 
6. What's your favorite writing and reading spot?
 
It may change, but at the moment my favourite writing spot is on my son’s bed. He has moved out, I hasten to add. My favourite reading spot tends to be in my own bed, just before I go to sleep. I never noticed before, but I seem to have a theme going on here! It must be all those comfy pillows.
 
7. If you could choose to have a superpower what would you choose and why?
 
I would love to be able to clean the entire house with a simple flick of my finger. How I need that power right now!
 
8. Could you describe yourself in 6 words?
 
Punctual, organized, caring, perceptive, broadminded, loyal
 
9. Do you have a writing routine?
 
I try to write for a couple of hours in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I only manage this 2 to 5 times a week as I also have a “normal” job, and although it is flexible, it can eat into the afternoon hours.
 
10. What can we expect from you in the future?

At the moment I am hoping my debut novel, The Thief’s Daughter, does well. If it does, I am sure there will be more historical fiction from me. Watch this space!
 
Giveaway
 
One very lucky reader will win a digital copy of The Thief's Daughter by Victoria Cornwall.
 
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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add withloveforbooks@gmail.com to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.

23 comments:

  1. I haven't read any of Victoria's work, so I'm looking forward to reading The Thief's Daughter.

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  2. The book review sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover and interview too.

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  3. Seems like a unique story

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  4. Best of luck with your writing Victoria. I really hope you have a successful career and am looking forward to reading your future novels. The Thief's Daughter sounds as if it is a gripping story and I am looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Chris, for your good wishes. I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  5. love the sound of this - just my kind of escapism, thanks for writing it xx

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  6. I wish you every success with your new book. I am looking forward to reading it.

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  7. I don't think I have ever read about thieves, or it definitely has been awhile. I will look out for The Thief's Daughter, for sure!

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  8. Thank you everyone for your kind wishes and positive comments. The Thief's Daughter is my debut novel and your positive feedback is very welcome. :) Thank you Anniek for taking the time to review an unknown author and for your interesting and fun questions which put me at ease.

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  9. Wishing you great luck with your debut novel! This sounds like an interesting read.

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  10. The cover is very intriguing, it shouts "pick me up and read me" even if I hadn't read the back. Always a good indication of a fantastic read.

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  11. This sounds like my kind of book - would love to read it!

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  12. I love that you are writing about Cornwall with your deep roots in the area. I recently visited St. Ives, the first time I have been to Cornwall since being a small child. I can see how your book would come alive there.

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  13. I'd love to read this!

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  14. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

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  15. A very interesting story line!

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