I've lucked out and been hitting home runs with the books I've been reading lately. The Girl Before, by J.P. Delaney, is a heart-pounding read. A psychological thriller, the author does an amazing job of keeping the tension humming. It follows the lives of two people--a woman in the past and one in present day, who move into a "Smart House" (yes, this is a real thing and apparently the wave of the future). Strange things begin happening and someone ends up dead . . .
I've also been enjoying My Cousin Rachel, by Daphne Du Maurier. I'm embarrassed to admit that this is my first of this legend's novels. Her writing is beautiful, so voluptuous and pleasurable to read. She does an amazing job with the setting, too. I feel like I can really see the farmlands and the ocean that surround the manor house.
I do though, find myself wishing that the mystery part would pick up a bit. Still, it's a very well-written book and one which you might enjoy if you're a lover of Gothic-mystery like I am. Oh, by the way, I have a new Gothic Gorgeousness board on Pinterest that you might enjoy. And also a board dedicated to home libraries that I've been drooling over . . .
What have you been reading lately? Please let me know in the comments section. I'm always looking for another good book to add to my list!
Do you love to be out in nature? Do you come back from a long walk or a weekend of camping refreshed and renewed?
Being in the woods does something to me. It brings me a sense of peacefulness and energy at the same time. Did you know that being in nature is a medically-proven treatment? It’s one that is much more easily embraced by our friends on the other side of the pond. (In my opinion, most of the world has a more intuitive approach to healthcare than we do in America.)
Ecotherapy, which is featured in Shadow in the Woods, is a real mental health therapy. I wrote an article about it for Urban Farm magazine several years ago, and the research and interviews were fascinating. Treatment can mean different things, depending on how a mental health counselor or doctor views it. One might prescribe an hour’s walk in the park daily, while another may encourage a client to add more plants to his or her office, or stare at a nature picture for a few minutes when feeling stressed.
Study after study has proven how beneficial it is for us to be out in nature or to view images of nature if we’re unable to get outdoors. A walk outside offers so many benefits though, if we’re able to get out there. Fresh air, sunshine (even on cloudy days, we’re still drawing in some of that beneficial sunlight), the sound of birds and the greenness (or other colors depending on the season) that greets us, along with awareness of being connected to a system greater than ourselves—all of it is healing.
Is being out in nature a part of your everyday routine? If so, please leave a comment and tell me more about what you enjoy doing outdoors.
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