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.
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 treat 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.
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I was born in Kent. Growing up, I loved writing stories which were always lavishly embellished with drawings and doodles. The writing wasn’t taken seriously by my parents but the art was encouraged. I went to art school and my first career was as an illustrator in advertising, until l I had my son, Tom.
It was then I reassessed my priorities and started to write again. My first two novels, Just Before Dawn and Desires & Dreams, were accepted and published very quickly. Sadly the publisher went bust. My books didn’t get the marketing push or distribution needed to make a mark.
Though I still consider myself a Londoner, we have lived in Gloucestershire for several decades. I’m lucky enough to live at the head of a beautiful valley in the Cotswolds, near Stroud. I love the landscape and it still almost feels as if I’m on holiday. I helped to establish a community shop in our village. I was a school governor and submitted items of local news to the local newspapers.
After leaving the world of advertising I still continued with my art and attended classes for many years. I illustrated Thomas Williams’ children’s book THE TALE of KING HARALD and since then have supplied archaeological illustrations for his history, VIKING BRITAIN and for the academic book to which he contributed, REPRESENTING BEASTS in MEDIEVAL ENGLAND AND SCANDINAVIA.
Since I was mainstream published I have written 4 more books. But agents and publishers were unwilling to take a chance on my brand of more serious, realistic romantic fiction. With the advent of digital publishing I took matters into my own hands and self-published TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY OR FALL. These three books were then taken up by Accent Press – now Headline Accent – and republished in 2014 and 2015.
Yet again, I have decided to independently publish my latest novel BURIED TREASURE, which came out in 2019 as an ebook, but it has recently been relaunched in both ebook and paperback format with a new cover. I am currently writing my eighth novel