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Orlando Coppersmith returns from WWI having lost all he holds dear. A commission to look into an officer’s disappearance holds out the chance of new direction, but without Jonty beside him, Orlando feels lost.

The trail takes Orlando into the world of the shell-shocked and broken; he despairs at ever finding a solution to the mystery or indeed any meaning to the rest of his life. A chance encounter on the seafront at Cabourg brings new hope and unexpected joy, but will the echoes and aftereffects of the war let Orlando enjoy his second chance?


If you’ve never read Cochrane’s books before, what are you waiting for? She is a wonderful author, such a talent. Smart humor, fully-fleshed characters, tight plots and great dialog all make for winners in my book.

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.


As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction, predominantly historical romances/mysteries. She lives near Romsey but has yet to use that as a setting for her stories, choosing to write about Cambridge, Bath, London and the Channel Islands.

A member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and International Thriller Writers Inc, Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series, set in Edwardian England, was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year 2009 by the review site Speak Its Name

To learn more about Charlie, please visit her website.