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Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Tales from the Irish Garden,” by Author, Sally Cronin

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Title: Tales from the Irish Garden

Amazon Author Page: Sally Cronin

Illustrated by: Donata Zawadzka

Publication Date: September 24, 2018

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Romance, Fantasy



“The queen of Magia and her court have fled their sun-filled Spanish homeland and the palace beneath the magnolia tree.

Arriving on the backs of geese and swans, they seek sanctuary in the magic garden of The Storyteller who welcomes them to the Emerald Island, a place where rain is almost a daily feature.

Grateful for their safe haven and the generosity of their host, the queen, and her courtiers embrace their new surroundings with delight.

As the seasons change throughout the year, they come into contact with many of the human and animal inhabitants of the garden and the surrounding forest, all of whom have a story to tell.

This is a magical fairy story infused with fantasy and romance, as well as opportunities for mischief in the company of goblins, witches and Lerpersians.”




Step into the enchanting fantasy world of Sally Cronin’s Irish garden where beneath the roots of her Magnolia tree resides a magical kingdom filled with fairies, witches, goblins, and leprechauns protected by the wisdom of the magical Storyteller.

This book is part of a continuing saga called “Tales from the Garden,” which originated in the author’s Spanish garden. However, I feel that this book stood alone quite well on its own, as there was a chapter dedicated to catching the reader up with past fairy events.

The story is told in sections denoting each of the four seasons. Each segment of the story shares the lives of magical creatures who with help from the Storyteller and the inhabitants of the fairy kingdom manage to overcome insurmountable odds.

In its way, this book is a triumphant celebration to acceptance and getting along with others who are different from you. It also reinforces the creed that you should love your neighbor as thyself. These are fabulous themes to teach children and as gentle reminders for the rest of us who are enjoying our second childhood.

I spent a blissful three nights reading about Queen Filigree and her magical kingdom beneath the Magnolia tree. The ending was sweet and fulfilling, filled with new dreams and possibilities.

In addition, the reader will find exquisite drawings by the artist, Donata Zawadzka, to make this lovely book complete.

As the resident Fairy Whisperer in our blogging community, I can only say this book gratified my continuing belief in the fairies and all things magical.

I received a copy of this book from the author as a gift. <3

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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

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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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.

REVIEWS are so very important for an author and I am very grateful for the feedback that my books receive. If you have purchased or been gifted one of my books I would love to hear what you think about it. I do have some areas that you can help me with so that I can develop as a writer and it is in this post:


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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 colleenchesebro.com.
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  3. I look forward to reading Sally’s new book! It is next on my list. Sally is so talented and creative with her storytelling. She grips her readers quickly with a few lines. Thank you for sharing your review of Sally’s book. Love & hugs to you both!

  4. Great review, Colleen, I’m sure that Sally is delighted with it.

  5. Wonderful review, Colleen – sounds like Sally created a magical world!

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  7. What a lovely review of Sally’s delightful book. Px

  8. Thanks for this wonderful review, Colleen! Congratulations to Sally! 😀 xx

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  10. Thank you for the enjoyable review, as always, Colleen. I love What’s in a Name. I’m sure this book is a delightful read.

  11. What a fabulous review, Colleen. I really do need to make more time to read. I’ve read some of Sally’s “What’s In a Name” series, and this sounds just as enjoyable.

  12. Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    Colleen’s review of Sally’s new book Tales From The Irish Garden

  13. Fabulous and well deserved review for Sally’s book. I just posted my review on my Sunday reviews. <3 I love all of Sally's stories. <3

  14. Thanks Colleen for all the lovely comments from your guests and yourself… I have scheduled to reblog on Saturday… hugs ♥♥

  15. What a lovely review of Sally’s book, Colleen. The themes of kindness and getting along are sooooo Sally. 🙂 And I know from a peek at the illustrations that they’re a stunning addition to the stories. Congrats to Sally!

  16. A lovely review of Sally’s book, Colleen. Sharing.

  17. Excellent review, Colleen. I have thins on my Kindle and can’t wait to get to it. Congratulations, Sally.

  18. Thanks so much for this beautifully presented review Colleen.. so pleased you enjoyed my garden stories…hugs ♥

  19. A fabulous review to share, Colleen. Bravo to Sally! 🙂

  20. Reblogged this on Just Olga and commented:
    A great review by Colleen Chesebro of Sally Cronin’s new book. I can’t wait to read it!

  21. A gorgeous review. Having read and translated the first book in the series, and being a follower of Sally’s blog, I am not surprised. This book is on my list to read as well and I am looking forward to it. Thanks, Colleen!

  22. What a lovely review of Sally’s book, sis!

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