The Bones of Our Fathers (Crabbypatty’s Review)

Title: The Bones of Our Fathers (The Pemberland Chronicles Volume #1)
Author: Elin Gregory
Publisher: Manifold Press
Release Date: August 1, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 231
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.

Elin Gregory creates an engaging community of souls in the small Welsh border village of Pemberland where everyone knows everyone and most can trace their lineage back to the 1300s or thereabouts. Mal Bright is the new curator of the museum … sorry, the Pemberland Centre for Heritage and Culture, and when a Bronze Age cist (burial container) is unearthed in a field during excavation for a new housing project, Mal is called to authenticate it.

The cist appears to be the final resting place for two men who apparently died of battle wounds and were placed together in the cist in a lover’s embrace. What follows is a tug of war between the British Museum and the locals who want to keep “the bones of their fathers” close to home and there is a lot of intrigue surrounding the discovery, who actually owns it, where it should be displayed, etc.

There is a rich cast of secondary characters here and an equally rich history of the small village and the strands that connect everyone. Mal finds love with a villager, Rob, and their relationship is fun, flirtatious, low-angst and most of the sex is off-page but you can really sense their connection and chemistry.

I enjoyed this story, although at times the slow leisurely pace of the story annoyed me (while I know other readers may disagree). The historical discovery really intrigued me and I wished there were more details and more follow-up. While I enjoyed Bones of Our Fathers, it was a near-miss for me personally and I give it 3.5 stars. But, I loved Elin Gregory’s The Eleventh Hour and will definitely read more by her.

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