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

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

Our legacy is not always about money or fame, but rather in the way that people remember our name after we have gone. In these sixteen short stories we discover the reasons why special men and women will stay in the hearts and minds of those who have met them. Romance, revenge and sacrifice all play their part in the lives of these characters.

Kenneth watches the love of his life dance on New Year’s Eve while Lily plants very special flowers every spring for her father. Martha helps out a work colleague as Norman steps back out into the world to make a difference. Owen brings light into a house and Patrick risks his life in the skies over Britain and holds back from telling a beautiful redhead that he loves her.

Meet Queenie and Rosemary who have both lost their husbands and must face a very different future. One that will take courage and the use of new technology.

Sonia is an entitled princess whose father has reached the end of his tether and Theresa has to deal with a bully in the checkout. Usher is an arrogant narcissist with a docile wife and is used to getting his own way and Vanessa worries about the future of her relationship with her teenage son. 

Walter is a loner and is happy with just his dog for company, Xenia is the long awaited first baby of a young couple. Yves is a dashing romeo who has the tables turned on him unexpectedly and Zoe… Well she can see into the future.

In one way or another all these characters will be remembered by those whose lives they have touched.

Title: What’s in a Name, Volume Two, Stories of Life & Romance

Amazon Author Page: Sally Cronin

Publication Date: July 25, 2017

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Short Stories & Anthologies, Romance

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MY RECOMMENDATION:

I read and reviewed What’s in a Name, Volume One HERE. This second volume continues where the first book left off. The first story begins with “Kenneth,” and the rest of the stories flow through to “Zoe.” The author includes a bonus story at the end called, “The Village Square.”

Prepare to be transported into the lives of the many personalities, Sally Cronin creates, inspired by a first name only. Each person’s name has a different tale to tell or life to lead, all carefully constructed to draw the reader into their experiences. Linking the stories together are the themes of romance and family. Need I say more?

I’m a great fan of short stories and find them some of the most satisfying bedtime reading there is. But, this book offered more than that. Sally Cronin writes in such a way that she evokes a range of emotions from the reader.

On numerous occasions, I couldn’t help but cheer or cry for several of the characters. The writing touched my heart.

Many of the stories are filled with plenty of sudden developments that will leave you guessing. Some, I couldn’t even attempt to guess the ending, which I found to be a special gift to the reader. Each story is character driven, and the author skillfully reels you in until a satisfying end is reached.

My favorite story was called, Queenie, who after the death of her husband, finds her way forward by taking on a project that matters most to her – her granddaughter’s happiness. Queenie’s granddaughter, Penny, is a psychiatrist and unmarried. 

Nana (Queenie) decides that she must help her find a husband before she is called to her husband’s side in the great beyond. Of course, there are plenty of shenanigans that take place, but the underlying truths that unfold touched me deeply. This is the author’s style – she allows you to feel her stories.

The “What’s in a Name,” two book series, has proved to be one of my most favorite short story compilations. I’ll reread these stories, and greet them like long lost friends. Believe me; there’s something here for everyone!

MY RATING:

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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About the Author:

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 70 kilos. 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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As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books.. as important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog and linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

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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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72 Comments

  1. I agree, sis and Sally. These stories are magical and you are carried completely into the character you are reading about. xxx

  2. I love the What’s in a Name Volumes for their sheer inventiveness and beautiful storytelling. Your reviews are incredibly perceptive and thoughtful Colleen. Excellent work Pxx

  3. Fabulous review for a fabulous book. You hit the nail on the head Sis, Sally knows how to pull on our heartstrings. In fact, the Kleenex box is never too far from me when I sit down to read something by Sally <3 xx

  4. What a compelling review! I love short stories and Sally writes them with panache. Thank you for sharing Colleen.

  5. I loved your review as much, Colleen, as I love Sally’s short stories. Some of them I’ve read twice or trice, and every time they touched me as though I read them for the first time. Truly, Sally is an amazing storyteller!

  6. Sally truly makes us wish we knew her characters and that makes me want to crack open ANY book she writes. Good on you, Sally. <3

  7. I do enjoy short stories. Great review.

  8. Thank you for another wonderful review, Coleen! Best wishes for the day! Michael

  9. Such a lovely review, Colleen. Bravo to Sally! 🙂

  10. Really good to see a five-star review of Sally’s new book. She’s such a nice lady, and a great writer too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. Reblogged this on Just Olga and commented:
    A fantastic review from Colleen Chesebro of one of Sally Cronin’s books, What’s in a Name Vol. 2. If you love short-stories, you must read it!

  12. A fabulous review, Colleen. I love Sally’s stories and now I know to be ready with handkerchiefs at hand. A beautiful book and a review to match.

  13. I loved this book too, Colleen.

  14. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    Reviews are wonderful packages of delight. You write your socks off, go through the various processes necessary to publish and then you sit back and wait for the verdict. Each person who takes the time to share their view of your stories, is a gift giver. Not only are their thoughts a validation of your writing but they also motivate you to keep doing what you love. Colleen Chesebro​ writes wonderful reviews and she has graced What’s in a Name Volume 2 with her very welcome comments today. Thank you Colleen.. I will keep writing because of you and all the others who share their thoughts.

  15. Wow Colleen.. what a lovely surprise.. and thank you so much as I know you have been avoiding the weekends. Queenie is one of my favourites too.. we should all have a grandmother that invested. I can’t tell you how much your comments mean to me…and also how they keep me motivated to keep writing.. ♥

  16. Well done Collen a very comprehensive review….

  17. A lovely review for a truly lovely book 😍

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