The Bones of Our Fathers (Maya’s Review)

Title: The Bones of Our Fathers
Author: Elin Gregory
Publisher: Manifold Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: 231
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

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.

The cover should really have clued me in on what kind of book this will be (I enlarged it to read writing on the cup!)
The voice is funny and engaging and at moments a tiny bit insolent. The words just flow, bringing characters and sleepy little town where they live to life. It doesn’t hurt they made me grin either.

Mal has a new job in a museum in a picturesque small town. He likes the job, he likes the town and his new friends, even if the dating pool is somewhat limited. Or that’s what he assumes until he meets Rob. They have fun flirting with each other. There is no pressure of sudden and intense attraction just delicious slow burn and tantalizing hints of both men’s pasts.
I enjoyed reading about Mal’s job and descriptions were so faithful I felt like I was rifling though dusty boxes myself. The background of the story is carefully constructed and secondary characters add color and sparkle.

The build up is slow and methodical so the reader can share in the excitement. Interaction between characters is funny and engaging and plays off nicely from the budding romantic relationship. The conflict between Mal and Rob is realistic and fits tightly around the conflict in main plot. From there their relationship moves forward. The author did an excellent job of adding secondary characters in their orbit. It moves plot along allowing their relationship to develop naturally. It’s very easy and comfortable piece of writing.

The pacing never let up and the book held my interest continually. I was impressed at how plot twist was resolved. There is constant give and take between romantic part and the main story plot. Both Mal’s and Rob’s insecurities are cleverly used to pave the road for the two to learn to trust each other. Neither of them had that kind of emotional support in their life before so they have trouble adjusting.

This is interesting and well-thought out story. The subject was unusual and the writing was peppered with Briticisms. I’m looking forward to more books from this author!

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