Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory - Review

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If you've been keeping up, which I know you have, you'll have seen Elin Gregory's post on here when her new book, The Bones of Our Fathers, was released.

I've read it now and how I enjoyed it! Here's my review:

There is something about Elin Gregory's writing that when a new book comes out you feel like an old friend has come to visit. I adored Alike As Two Bees, On a Lee Shore, Eleventh Hour and others. Ms Gregory's prose is so easy to read (I bet it's difficult to write) and her characters are memorable and mostly loveable (I still dream of Kit and Griff). Her new novel, The Bones of Our Fathers, is set in a small town on the Welsh border. It has a small, rather unkept museum and it is here that lovely Mal Bright comes as curator. He's also an archaeologist. The town is cosy with the requisite pub where Mal meets brawny, sexy...and gay...Rob Escley-who drives a digger (oh that digger!). 
As in her other books, the author has created wonderful main characters as well as those backing them up.
The scene where Rob tries to pull the wool over Mal's eyes with a handful of fossils and grit is unforgettable (as is the digger scene, but I won't go into that). The pair are playful, sexy and ideal for each other (despite both having faults and coming from wildly different backgrounds). All seems well until an old chest is found with the bones of two men in it (hence the title). From being a museum largely ignored by the "bigwigs", it now becomes the centre of attention. And so does the village.
There are so many obstacles for our heroes to overcome and this keeps the reader wanting to read on. Another success from Elin Gregory and, once again, I'm calling for more!

Blurb:

Malcolm Bright, brand new museum curator in a small Welsh Border town, is a little lonely until – acting as emergency archaeological consultant on a new housing development – he crosses the path of Rob Escley, aka Dirty Rob, who makes Mal’s earth move in more ways than one.

Then Rob discovers something wonderful, and together they must combat greedy developers and a treasure hunter determined to get his hands on the find. Are desperate measures justified to save the bones of our fathers? Will Dirty Rob live up to his reputation? Do museum curators really do it meticulously?

Answers must be found for the sake of Mal’s future, his happiness and his heart.

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