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Home Fires Burning

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  38 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Two stories, two couples, two eras, timeless emotions. "This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense" It is 1914 and The Great War is underway. When the call to arms comes, Nicholas Southwell won't be found hanging back. It's a pity he can't be so decisive when it comes to letting his estate manager Paul Haskell know what he feels before he has to leave for the front lin ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Cheyenne Publishing (first published August 25th 2011)
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This book is made up of two novellas both of which are very different in tone. The first novella, This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense:, is a sombre, bittersweet yet romantic story set in the first world war, and the second The Case of the Overprotective Ass:, is a lighthearted, almost comic, mystery story. On one hand this is a positive feature because it shows what a varied and talented author Charlie Cochrane is, but it's also a slight negative. I tried to read the novellas one afte ...more
Kaje Harper
4.5 stars, rounded up to 5

Charlie Cochrane writes some of my favorite M/M historical stories and I really enjoyed this. I read it for an anthology challenge and it was mis-shelved as an anthology - two novellas by the same author - but I knew that going in. Those loopholes are there to be used, right?

This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense 5 stars
- this was a lovely, atmospheric piece set during the Great War, about Nicholas, who has loved his estate manager since they were both boys, bu
Gerry Burnie
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You can always be assured of a good read when it has Charlie Cochrane’s name on the cover, and her latest work, Home Fires Burning [Cheyenne Press, August 2011] is no exception. Mind you, I must admit a weakness for vintage British style, and also the sentimentality of love during wartime. Even the title evokes this, being taken (I think) from a patriotic ditty composed by Ivor Novello with lyrics by Lena Gilbert Ford in 1914, i.e.


This book is composed by two different stories. The first, This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense, empathises on a bitter-sweet love story, while the second, The Case of the Overprotective Ass, is more a detective type of narrative. I'm going to review them separately.

This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense
Nicholas decides to enlist for the English forces fighting in France during the Great War. Despite the courage to face a mighty and unknown enemy for his country, he still can't
Elisa Rolle
This is a collection of two novellas, completely different in theme and setting but from the same author, and so, with the same feeling.

This Ground Which Was Secured at Great Expense is a First World War tale, the time is the beginning of the twenty century, and as I often say, you can feel the changing in the air: the soldiers, and in particular the officers, are more knights than war-meat and honour is still a concept taken into consideration.

Nicholas Southwell is a member of nobility and whil
The first compliment I'm going to pay this book goes to whoever it was that decided to put these two novellas, This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense and The Case of the Overprotective Ass, together in one print collection.

In case this wasn't in the warnings: the first story has a bittersweet, melancholic and brooding atmosphere to it. Fortunately, it was perfectly balanced by the lighthearted, though no less profound, mood of the second. Read the first and then the second - in that ord
Four and a half stars.

Let me say up front that I thoroughly enjoyed both books, as I expected I would. I just didn’t enjoy the overall experience as much as I thought I would.

The trouble for me came with the stark differences in tone. I can see possibly why this was done, to offer some light relief in the second story to compensate for the pain of reading the first one, but I found the disconnect a little too much. The light frothy feel of the second book seemed to lessen the really true impact
Both tales are amazing. It's the simplest and easiest way to describe it. In This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense, you can't help but feel what Nicholas is going through. Not only is he dealing with the heartaches of war but he's also has his heart set on a man he didn't reveal his feelings for before leaving. He's given a chance at exploring physical love when he has a new tent mate in Nicholas. In The Case of the Overprotective Ass, we see 2 actors entertaining post WW2 audiences wit ...more
Edina Rose
Two novellas:

This Ground Which Was Secured At Great Expense - 5 stars

The first book is yum yum yum! It is intense and sad (takes place during WW1), but with lots of hope and a happy end for the MC (but not for everybody). I'm not very fond of romance in wartime, but this one I liked. The end did not make me totally happy, I was even a bit sad, but it was OK.

The Case of the Overprotective Ass - 3 stars

OK, this is more mystery than romance. Not my kind but some will like. The two heroes are
Sharon L. Sherman
Two novellas in one and both are good reads! "This Ground Which Was Secured at Great Expense" comes first and puts the reader directly into WWI. A romantic triangle between three men is the focus of the story and fits well with the struggle to be true to oneself in a fierce time. (Set primarily in England.)

If you like Sherlock Holmes and Watson, follow two male actors who are lovers and portray the famed detective duo professionally, but are called upon to solve a case that is closer to home in
I enjoyed it very much. Two different stories, superficially different (set in different time periods with very different characters) but on ending the second novella the subtle similarities between the two become apparent.
I enjoyed it very much. Two different stories, superficially different (set in different time periods with very different characters) but on ending the second novella the subtle similarities between the two become apparent.
I loved these two novellas... As always with Charlie's books.
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Lethe Press Books: Strobing Limelight Interviews Charlie Cochrane 1 12 Sep 30, 2014 04:21AM  
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, but she's making an increasing number of forays into the modern day. She's even been known to write about gay werewolves - albeit highly respectable ones.

Her Cambridge Fellows series of Edwardian romantic
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Lessons in Love (Cambridge Fellows, #1) Lessons in Desire (Cambridge Fellows, #2) Lessons in Discovery (Cambridge Fellows, #3) Lessons in Power (Cambridge Fellows, #4) Lessons in Temptation (Cambridge Fellows, #5)

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