Friday, August 9, 2013

Promises Made Under Fire, by Charlie Cochrane

Barnes & Noble

Lieutenant Tom Donald envies everything about fellow officer Frank Foden—his confidence, his easy manner with the men in the trenches, the affectionate letters from his wife. Frank shares these letters happily, drawing Tom into a vicarious friendship with a woman he's never met. Although the bonds of friendship forged under fire are strong, Tom can't be so open with Frank—he's attracted to men and could never confess that to anyone.

When Frank is killed in no-man's-land, he leaves behind a mysterious request for Tom: to deliver a sealed letter to a man named Palmer. Tom undertakes the commission while on leave—and discovers that almost everything he thought he knew about Frank is a lie…


Well color me impressed.  I honestly wasn't expecting much from this short story; it's hard to create a world in just over 50 pages.  But Cochrane did it: she made me believe that this happened and that these characters existed during WWI.

I really wish this were a full-length novel so I could read more about: 1) Frank's background and his relationship with his wife; 2) the time Tom and Frank spent together during the war; and 3) what happens to Tom when the war is over.

My jaw dropped when I read that Charlie Cochrane is a woman.  Most female authors who write m/m romances are so over-the-top that I've mostly stopped reading their works.  I will definitely read more from Ms. Cochrane, especially if she ever considers extending this story (pleasepleasepleasepleaseplease!).

Recommended for fans of Jojo Moyes.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


  1. Many thanks for your honest review. Would you be interested in reviewing my next release?