Author: Charlie Cochrane
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Rating: 4.00 of 5 Stars
The desert works its magic on a wounded heart.
“Come and see my shining palace built upon the sand.”
Andrew Parks has come to Syria to escape potential disgrace in Edwardian England, burying past heartache and scandal among the tombs. Charles Cusiter has travelled here more reluctantly, as chaperone to a friend whose fondness for the opposite sex gets him into too much trouble at home. Out in the desert there aren’t any women to turn Bernard’s head — just the ubiquitous sand.
The desert works its magic on Charles, softening his heart. Not even a potentially fatal scorpion sting can overcome the power this strange land exerts
Sand by Charlie Cochrane is a sweet and gentle story of new beginnings played out among the heat and sand of Syria’s desert.
Charles Cusiter is an aspiring writer who is quietly trying to rebuild his life after a personal tragedy. Charles is employed by his patroness Mrs. Motram to accompany her son Bernard on a trip to an archaeological dig run by an old family friend. Once there Charles is drawn to Andrew Parks the digs leader, but is it possible that the man could feel the same about him?
Told from Charles POV the story revolves mainly around Andrew and Charles. I loved Charles, he wasn’t sure about Andrew at first, he was shy and nervous about making his intentions known, knowing full well the risk he took if his inclinations were not returned. Andrew was initially distant, wrapped up as he was with his dig, but when Charles is hurt all barriers between the two men come tumbling down.
Sand is a short story, but it’s charming and well written. Ms. Cochrane’s way with words quickly immersed me in the magic of its setting. I felt the hot acrid air, the heat and most of all the sand. It’s charming and engaging, and the tale it tells is as timeless as its setting.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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