Saturday, April 30, 2011

All Lessons Learned

Title: All Lessons Learned
Author: Charlie Cochrane
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
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ISBN: 978-1-60928-354-4
Genre: {M/M} Historical Sweet Romance
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Scandalous Minx

The end of The Great War has cost Orlando Coppersmith more than most realize. He has returned to St. Bride’s College, where he tries to pick up the pieces of his life. Orlando must find a way to move on without his Jonty Stewart.

Those closest to him understand, quite well, his pain and suffering. When he is approached about a possible commission to investigate a young officer’s disappearance, Orlando decides the distraction is just what he needs. With each new revelation comes another layer Orlando must shift through to finally find the truth.

I wasn’t prepared for Charlie Cochrane’s All Lessons Learned, the eighth book in the Cambridge Fellows Mystery series. Jonty is one of those characters that crawls under your skin and makes a second home. His fortitude, sense of humor and raw passionate devotion to Orlando made it hard not to miss him. Orlando’s pain was so pronounced, I ached for him. At moments, it was as if he lived life by the moment and the hour; but I have to give him credit, I was sure he would once again crawl into the shell that Jonty pushed him out of but that was not to be. His love for Jonty wouldn’t allow him to hide away, as he did in the past.

Charlie Cochrane knows how to add twists to the story that will leave you floored by the events. I truly didn’t see some of them unfold until the signs were hard to ignore, thanks to her ability to build upon each with a mastery of a mason. Every new layer to the story was added perfectly. Each nuance included with just enough information to build on the last, but never giving away the true ending of the story.

A sound plot, believable characters, and remarkable settings are awaiting you in All Lessons Learned. I will miss reading these tales that took me back to the England of yesteryear. Each story was unique and a credit to the author.

1 comment:

Charlie Cochrane said...

Thanks for the great review! I promise there'll be more Cambridge Fellows stories, one day.