Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Obtained from: Netgalley
Read: January 23, 2013
|Soldiers in the Trenches, 1916|
I liked this one for a couple of reasons, first and foremost being my personal experience with war letters. Cochrane does a superb job recreating the sentimentality surrounding correspondence exchanged between servicemen and the loved ones they've left behind. Having been in that position I needed that to come through in this piece and I'm happy to say Cochrane exceeding my expectations.
I also liked the subtle romantic tones of the book. Society tends to overemphasize love in times of trial, but Cochrane takes a different route, letting her characters develop their feelings in gently evolving increments. In turn this allows her readers to understand not only the cast's initial attraction and developing affection, but also the isolation and uncertainty men in their situation must have been felt.
Being at a bit of disadvantage when in it comes to the material I feel like I can't give Cochrane's work quite the justice it deserves. Still, I enjoyed the story and think it a very interesting historic piece.
When Foden died, if you’d asked me if I expected to live to see in another year, I’d have given you short shrift. In my blackest moments I wasn’t sure I’d live to see another day.