Today’s team review is from Liz. She blogs here https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/
Liz has been reading Buried Treasure by Gilli Allan
This unusual love story breaks the usual pattern. Although initial conflict between two personalities might be expected, the hang ups both events organiser, Jane, and university lecturer, Theo, have seem too great for anything, even friendship, to develop. Both have dysfunctional relationships in their past, from which they have not fully recovered. Alternating between their back stories the author builds up a picture of two flawed personalities who do not see happiness in their future. Theo, brought up by a demanding single mother, is the easiest to identify with while Jane’s feelings of inferiority due to her lack of education have given her an obsession with achieving perfection in her working life.
But Jane and Theo are linked by their interest in archaeology and a mystery from Jane’s family is an intriguing part of the plot. There are also serious issues addressed in the way men and women respect each other and how healing can be achieved from mutual respect. Intriguing portraits of two minor characters add humour and relieve the tension. At times I wished for less detail of all the complex tasks involved in running a conference but overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading about a realistic partnership firmly set in the present day.
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.