Cambridge fellows Jonathon “Jonty”
Stewart and Orlando Coppersmith are celebrating the one-year
anniversary of the day they met when Orlando takes a fall
down the stairs. After his initial terror, Jonty is pleased
to find that Orlando will recover, but there’s a huge
problem—Dr. Coppersmith has forgotten the past year of his
life. Jonty will have to hide his pain at his lover’s lack
of recognition and work on regaining their friendship.
Orlando is shocked to discover that
during the time he’s forgotten, he made a friend. Other,
more shocking revelations are still to come. Fortunately,
Miss Ariadne Peters, the sister of the Master of St.
Bride’s, has a very old mystery for Dr. Coppersmith to apply
his considerable intellect to while he recovers.
Can Drs. Coppersmith and Stewart solve
the centuries-old murder and find a way to regain their
Charlie Cochrane has done it again! She’s hooked me with
her Cambridge Fellows series, and Lessons in Discovery
did not disappoint. While amnesia has been done
before, many times, in fiction, Ms. Cochrane manages to make
the old plot fresh and new. Happy, outgoing Jonty and
reserved, hesitant Orlando are the perfect odd couple,
bringing out the best in each other, and in Lessons in
Discovery that comes into play even more so than
usual. Their relationship is completely reset, in a way,
because Orlando remembers nothing while Jonty remembers
everything. That fact provides a great deal of emotional
conflict, especially for poor Jonty, but the plot never
dissolves into melodrama. As always, the colorful array of
secondary characters, the wonderfully realized setting, and
an interesting mystery round out the story. The love
scenes, while not explicit, are sweet and lovely to read. I
raced through Lessons in Discovery in one
sitting, unable to put it down until I found out the
resolution to both the mystery and the relationship between
the two men. If you’re a fan of the Cambridge Fellows
series, you have to read this book. If you like mystery,
gay romance, or historicals, but haven’t tried the series, I
suggest picking up Lessons in Love, the first book.
You won’t regret it!