Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Review Tour: The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory #Review #Giveaway

Length: 80,000 words approx

Publisher: Manifold Press

Cover Design: Michelle Peart


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.


I have to admit, I'm a huge Indiana Jones fan, so I was immediately drawn to this book. I loved the idea of an archeological discovery as the setting to a love story.

Malcom "Mal" Bright is the new curator for The Pemberland Centre for Heritage and Culture in the small town of Pemberland. He is an archeologist and is onsite for a groundbreaking to build a wider road in town. While there, he gets noticed by Rob "Dirty Rob" Escley, a local boy through and through. Mal and Rob start dating, Mal thinks Rob is out for some fun and he's okay with that. What he finds though is that Rob is a lot more substantial than he realizes. Rob is smart, caring and much deeper than some would image. Family means everything to Rob, maybe because he doesn't have much of one. The spark between these two is fast and lasting.

As the dig begins, Rob comes across something while using his digger. Mal is called out onsite and what they find is nothing short of a brilliant discovery. As Mal and Rob start to get closer, Mal sees how much this discovery and the history of this town mean to Rob. A larger museum is trying to take over the dig and some drastic measures are taken to preserve and protect the find. Measures that could tear Mal and Rob apart. Will the local boy and the newcomer find a way to make a family and a home in Pemberland? Will they be able to save their relationship while still trying to protect the integrity of this archeological find? 

I had a little bit of trouble with some of the local slang in this book. Saying that, I enjoyed the authenticity of the language very much. This was a fun read and the find (which I'm dying to tell you what it is, but won't) is really relevant to what's happening today. I would recommend this book.

Author Bio

Elin Gregory lives in South Wales and works in a museum in a castle built on the edge of a Roman Fort! She reckons that's a pretty cool job.

Elin usually writes on historical subjects, and enjoys weaving the weird and wonderful facts she comes across in her research into her plots. She likes her heroes hard as nails but capable of tenderness when circumstances allow. Often they are in danger, frequently they have to make hard choices, but happy endings are always assured.

Current works in progress include one set during the Great War, another in WW2, one set in the Dark Ages and a series of contemporary romances set in a small town on the Welsh border.


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