I am so pleased to be involved in the new cover for Gilli Allan’s contemporary mystery romance: Buried Treasure. I read this novel back in August last year and once I’ve revealed the wonderful new cover I’m delighted to be able to re-share my review.
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Jane thinks he sees her as shallow and ill-educated. Theo thinks she sees him as a snob, stuffy and out of touch.
Within the ancient precincts of the university the first encounter between the conference planner and the academic is accidental and unpromising. Just as well there’s no reason for them ever to meet again. But behind the armour they’ve each constructed from old scars, they’ve more in common than divides them. Both have an archaeological puzzle they are driven to solve. As their stories intertwine, their quest to uncover the past unearths more than expected.
Treasure is not always what it seems.
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 imaginary kind.
After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as an illustrator in advertising 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.
All of her recent books TORN, LIFE CLASS, FLY or FALL and BURIED TREASURE have gained ‘Chill with a Book’ awards.
Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is now also a writer.
And here it is, the new cover for 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.