Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “What’s in a Name, Volume I,” by Author, Sally Cronin

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Title: What’s in a Name ~ Colorful Tales, Volume I

Amazon Author Page: Sally Cronin

Publication Date: February 2, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Short Stories & Anthologies, Literature & Fiction, Single Authors, Short Stories



There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet. There are classical names such as Adam, David, and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives. Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?


I love short story collections. There is something about the brevity of words that appeals to my senses, especially when there is a theme that we all can relate to. Think about it. We all have a name, but many of us have no idea why our parents chose that name or the possible stories behind that name.

Sally Cronin tackles this naming issue. In What’s in a Name, each chapter is titled by the name of its main character, leading the reader on a journey of discovery. Every name has a tale to tell, and under the brilliant creativity of this author, each name takes on a personality of its own.

My favorite story was that of “Diana,” a kind woman who choose a husband that proved to be a scoundrel in every sense of the word. With a little help from her family, Diana reaches into her heart and finds the courage to stand up to her husband’s abuse. The pacing of this story is marvelous and carries the reader to a satisfying end.

This compilation of stories covers a wide range of genres. There is something here for everyone. I read these stories a few at a time, savoring the emotions the stories evoked within me. This was my first read by this author, and I look forward to more of her writing. I was thrilled to find that the second volume of What’s in a Name ~ Tales of Life & Romance had already been written. Needless to say, I’ve already purchased my copy.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of What’s in a Name, Volume I as a gift from the author.


Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

5 fairies

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About the Author:


Author, Sally Cronin

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics, and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996. My first book Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another ten books since then on health and also fiction including three collections of short stories. I am an indie author and proud to be one. My greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy my take on health, characters and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.

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About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  1. Pingback: Smorgasbord Short Stories – What’s in a Name – Diana – Full of Grace by Sally Cronin | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

  2. Lovely review, Colleen. I also enjoyed Sally’s book – both volumes, actually. She’s a wonderful story teller. 🙂

  3. A fabulous review for a wonderful book, thanks, sis and Sally for writing. <3

  4. Fabulous review to share, Colleen. I loved this collection as well. Bravo to Sally. 🙂
    Cheers to you both! XO

  5. I loved this book too, Colleen. My favourite story was Celia. I don’t know why – maybe because I was brought up Catholic.

  6. I do love this book! Sally has such a gift, each of her short stories is a complete experience AND one that I enjoy having over and over again.

  7. Great review, Colleen. I so enjoy Sally’s stories.

  8. Thank you so much Colleen I am thrilled by the review.. so pleased that you enjoyed.. I am up to D this week in the stories from the book so will share your review at the bottom of Diana….much love and hugs Sally ♥

    • Oh, Sally! That’s wonderful. I loved all the stories you wrote, but Diana’s strength in the end really resonated with me. I’m looking forward to reading the second book. <3

  9. I really enjoyed this book sis. Number 2 too!!!💜

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