Trash to Treasure is a romantic short story penned by J.M. Cochrane. Revolving around Anthony Collins and Shelley Piper, the heartwarming tale of love and loss breaks your heart and pieces it back together. 


Finding true love is one of the rarest phenomena on this earth. Meeting your soulmate amongst the billions of people inhabiting the world is nothing short of a miracle. Few of us are fortunate enough to find our one and only and spend a lifetime together with them. It is indeed a crushing blow if fate takes away our beloved from us out of the blue. Life becomes nothing but a meaningless chore. Even if some of us put up a front of moving on in life, we all harbor the secret hope of reuniting with our loved ones. 

J. M. Cochrane’s beautiful short story, Trash to Treasure stars Anthony Collins, a man who had loved and lost. Fifty-seven years ago, he spent four months, eighteen days, and ninety-four requests to convince Shelley Piper to go on a date with him. To his utter astonishment, the beautiful Miss Piper agreed when he asked her to go out the ninety-fourth time. Their first date was not a common one. Thus, started a lifetime of beloved memories. The moonlight rendezvous set the tone for the many coming decades. Tony had a box where he kept the cherished mementos from his time with Shelley. He could never imagine a time when he would have to part with her. However, life had other plans. There came a time when he was left with nothing but his box of mementos. Though the contents of the box would appear to be trash to many, they were Tony’s treasures. Now, it is worth seeing if Tony’s box of treasure could bring him to the lost love of his life. 

J.M. Cochrane’s short story is most deservedly the winner of the Take 5 Random Romance writing competition. Trash to Treasure is a tale that leaves you with a smile on your lips and a face streaked with tears. Cochrane is a stupendous author who makes you a part of her story with her simple and vivid writing style. I have to mention that Anthony’s devastation breaks your heart. The story makes you value love and contemplate the frivolity of today’s dating culture. 

In a short amount of time, Cochrane builds characters with whom you can relate to. Anthony and Shelley are just like any normal couple that you will find near you. The one thing that sets them apart is their deep affection for each other. The writer showcases their love through the little things that they do for each other. There are no grandiose schemes to prove the depth of their bond. Their everyday interactions speak for themselves. 

J.M. Cochrane underscores the fact that love can be expressed through every action in every moment of our lives. Romance can make life beautiful. At the same time, she highlights that the love language between two people can prove elusive to others. What appears baffling to us can make perfect sense to a pair of lovers. 

Anthony and Shelley’s sweet yet deep love story makes you wish for a soulmate of your own. The professional editing makes the book all the more perfect. Everyone with a romantic heart would love this tale. I recommend J.M. Cochrane’s heart-touching story, Trash to Treasure, to fans of romance and short stories. 

Book Details

  • Title: Trash to Treasure
  • Author: J.M. Cochrane
  • Genre: Romantic Short Story
  • Theme: Love, Nostalgia
  • Publication Date: March 27 2013
  • ISBN or ASIN: B00C0M53QM
  • Number of Pages: 25
  • Minimum Audience Age: 10

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 0
  • Religious themes: 0
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 0
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 0
  • Other adult themes: 0


  • Content: 5 stars
  • Writing Style: 5 stars
  • Appeal to Target Audience: 5 stars
  • Uniqueness: 5 stars
  • Editing: 5 stars
  • Other factors: 5 stars
  • Overall: 5 out of 5

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By Kajori Sheryl Paul

Reading is my passion, and writing is my compulsion. I started reading from a very early age. Since then, I have not stopped. I have garnered this addiction from my father. I have always loved reading his books. As you can see, books are my world. I escape this world to traverse the world of my books. Naturally, I have an affinity to create worlds of my own. There are thoughts constantly swirling in my head. These are the thoughts that I jot down. Sometimes, they become poems while sometimes stories. More often than not, they are just reviews of the plethora of books I read and the things I do.

One thought on “A Book Review by Kajori: “Trash to Treasure” by J.M. Cochrane”
  1. I can’t possibly imagine how devastating life would be if — knock on wood — I lost my husband. I don’t read such tragic romances, but your review was written with deep sensitivity, and it was very moving.