Buried Treasure written and self-published by Gilli Allan is available NOW in ebook format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
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Their backgrounds could hardly be further apart, their expectations in life more different. And there is nothing in the first meeting between the conference planner and the university lecturer which suggests they should expect or even want to connect again. But they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. Both have unresolved issues from the past which have marked them; both have an archaeological puzzle they want to solve. Their stories intertwine and they discover together that treasure isn’t always what it seems.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Gilli Allan’s latest novel: Buried Treasure. Buried Treasure was my first introduction to the works of Gilli Allan and I appreciated all the research she had undergone with this story as I became fascinated with the tale of long-lost archaeological finds.
I have to admit I did find the story a little slow at first and it did take me a little while to warm to both our leading lady, Jane and our leading man, Theo. I think this was because the author had to show the vulnerability of these characters and to a time in their respective lives that were a little dark and controlling. I couldn’t comprehend why anyone would let their lives be so manipulated but when your minds have been lost with a young love and lust logic sorts of goes out the window. As a reader we needed to hear about the characters history as this is what has made them who they are now.
Jane is an events organiser and whilst visiting prospective sites for a future conference she comes across Dr Theo Tyler a university lecturer specialising in Archaeology. Their first introductions doesn’t bode well for a forthcoming friendship but fate keeps bringing the unlikely pair together. For Jane and Theo, although from different backgrounds and different careers, they have a shared vulnerability from their respective pasts. Jane also has a family interest with buried treasure which interests not only Theo but another fellow in the field.
Theo’s current project is to investigate the archaeological worth of a piece of land that is due for development, he needs to find enough evidence to put through a portfolio to back up objections against the developers. When Jane and Theo’s lives keep interconnecting with each other she finds herself having a vested interest in Theo’s project likewise Theo begins to express curiosity in a puzzle in Jane’s family.
The more I invested time in this story the more I became fascinated and I felt compelled by both Jane’s puzzle and also of Theo’s archaeological project. I am so pleased I took a chance on a new author as by the end of this novel I really enjoyed it. I will certainly check out Gilli Allan’s back catalogue.
About the Author
Gilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the fiction.
After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as a commercial artist, and only began writing again when she became a mother.
Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.
Currently published by Accent Press, each of her books, TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY or FALL has won a ‘Chill with a Book’ award.
Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is also a writer. His most recent work, published by William Collins, is ‘Viking Britain’.
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