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About Gilli Allan
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 moved to Gloucestershire some years ago. I'm lucky enough to live at the head of a beautiful valley in the Cotswolds, near Stroud. I love the landscape and the changing light on the hills we look out on. I've continued to do art by attending a weekly class - for many years this was a life-class, but more recently I have been exploring water-colour. I accept commissions and have designed our own Christmas card every year since I was seventeen. I helped establish a community shop in our village, I was a school governor and submit items of local news to the local newspapers.
Since I was published I've written 4 more books. But agents and publishers have been unwilling to take a chance on my brand of more serious edgy, realistic, romantic fiction. So I have at last taken matters into my own hands. I published TORN in the Spring of 2011. I have just published Life Class, May 1, 2012.
“I found Buried Treasure a compelling read. It was so many things: a love story, a hunt for clues to lost secrets, and a fascinating look at how our past experiences shape us, and how we can heal even after damage. The characters were wonderfully well drawn. ”
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.
Four people hide secrets from the world and themselves. Dory is disillusioned by men and relationships, having seen the damage sex can do. Fran deals with her mid-life crisis by pursuing an online flirtation which turns threatening. Stefan feels he is a failure and searches for self-validation through his art. Dominic is a lost boy, heading for self-destruction.
They meet regularly at a life-drawing class, led by sculptor Stefan. They all want a life different from the one they have, but all have made mistakes they know they cannot escape. They must uncover the past ? and the truths that come with it - before they can make sense of the present and navigate a new path into the future.
Wife and mother, Nell, fears change, but it is forced upon her by her manipulative husband, Trevor. Finding herself in a new world of flirtation and casual infidelity, her principles are undermined and she?s tempted. Should she emulate the behaviour of her new friends or stick with the safe and familiar?
But everything Nell has accepted at face value has a dark side. Everyone - even her nearest and dearest - has been lying. She?s even deceived herself. The presentiment of disaster, first felt as a tremor at the start of the story, rumbles into a full blown earthquake. When the dust settles, nothing is as it previously seemed. And when an unlikely love blossoms from the wreckage of her life, she fears it is doomed.
The future, for the woman who feared change, is irrevocably altered. But has she been broken, or has she transformed herself?
Jess has made a series of bad life choices and all have let her down. Escaping London, she sets out to recreate herself in the idyllic countryside, and this time she wants to get it right. She wants to lead a responsible, tranquil life with her young son Rory, but soon discovers stresses which pull her in opposing directions ? conflict over a new bypass, between friends, and worst of all, between lovers.
Educated, experienced, and pragmatic, James is a widowed farmer whose opinions differ from, and enrage, Jess. His young shepherd, Danny, is an uneducated and inexperienced idealist. Jess is attracted to them both, and realises if she wants her idyllic countryside life to survive, she must choose her Mr Right. The only problem is ? which one is he?