Book Review & Giveaway: The Bones of Our Fathers by Elin Gregory

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 stayed up way too late to read more of this. I made the mistake of starting to read it in bed and I had to stop reading only because my eyes were drooping with tiredness. 

Mal and Rob were both very well-drawn characters, very realistic with their own quirks and flaws and even though sparks flew between them from their first meeting, they didn't just jump straight into bed. They even went on dates first, which was a refreshing change. If you're looking for lots of sexy times, this probably isn't the book for you. Most bedroom scenes are fade to black.

The town of Penbury really came alive in the book, with its small town politics, everyone knowing each other, or being related to them as well. Mal is a bit of an odd fit, but eventually he comes to love it as much as Rob does and is soon included with the locals.

It was wonderful to watch Mal and Rob's developing relationship and to be honest, you didn't really need any sex to make the book better, the romance is there first and foremost.

A well-written story, with humour and romance and great characters that you really feel you get to know as the book goes on. Mal's assistant Betty is a perfect foil for Mal's more sedate pace. Betty only really has two speeds - fast and faster. I loved her!

There's a good blance with the plot and romance. Despite a little bit of angst, it's a fun story and will make you smile. It's sweet and light and the prefect story to cuddle up with in an armchair on a rainy day.

I couldn't love it more and you'll be rooting for Mal and Rob to get their happily ever after.

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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