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Colleen’s 2019 #Book #Reviews – “Just an Odd Job Girl,” by Author, Sally Cronin, @sgc58


At 50 Imogen had been married for over 20 years, and was living in a big house, with money to spare. Suddenly she is traded-in for a younger model, a Fast-Tracker.
Devastated, she hides away and indulges in binge eating. But then, when hope is almost gone, she meets a new friend and makes a journey to her past that helps her move on to her future.


Title: Just an Odd Job Girl

Amazon Author Page: Sally Cronin

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Romance, Contemporary



When fifty-year-old Imogene Smythe (Baxter) is replaced by another woman (a fast-tracker), the reality of her divorce to Peter sends her life into a tailspin. For the last twenty years or so, this middle-aged woman has dedicated her life to raising her family.

After the divorce, Imogene’s left with too much time on her hands. After all, how many cartons of ice cream can one woman wallow in? Don’t answer that question!

An industrious sort, the divorcee decides to get a job, even though her resume shows she hasn’t worked in years. She visits a temp agency and proceeds to fill out her resume which sends the reader on a hilarious romp into Imogene’s past employment history. I’m a night reader and a few times I laughed so hard I woke up my husband!

At the office, Andrew, a placement agent, is charmed by Imogene’s pleasant personality as she details the jobs, locations, her bosses, and many of the customers she took care of. This journey into her past causes her self-worth to skyrocket and her confidence blooms. Not only does Imogene find herself, but she also finds true happiness.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The author is a consummate storyteller and her writing skills are evident. The premise was brilliant and from start, to finish, the story is told with enough pathos and humor to make Imogene a role model for all middle-aged women who find themselves starting over from scratch.

I did receive this story as a gift. I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to share my thoughts.


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

5 fairies

*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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Author, Sally Cronin

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:

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.

And for more information on my books listed here at Amazon please visit

How to Connect with the Author:

Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/


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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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  1. What a FANTASTIC and entertaining review of Sally’s book! Thank you for sharing, Colleen!

  2. What a wonderful review, Colleen. Congrats to Sally. I have this book on my kindle and I think it’s time to move it up in the ole TBR. Love and hugs, Colleen and Sally. 💕🤗💕

  3. Excellent review Colleen. Imogeon is such an nedearing character spunky yet shy. she has you rooting for her from the get go and the whole story is told with gentle humour and great believability- all of which you captured in your highly perceptive and sensitive review.

  4. I will have to find some more adventures for Queen Filigree in the next year… ♥

  5. Fab review Sis. This is my all time favorite book of Sal’s <3 What's not to love xx

  6. Fabulous review, Colleen! Thanks for sharing the laughter.
    Bravo to Sally! Cheers to you both. 🙂

  7. Wonderful review. Hope it drives a few people Sally’s direction.

  8. A great review, Colleen. I really enjoyed this book. It would make a good film or a television series. Netflix?

  9. A wonderful review on a subject that unfortunately happens too often. Congrats to Sally!

  10. A fabulous review, Colleen. I also loved this book.

  11. What a wonderful review! Thank you for sharing Colleen.

  12. Great review, Colleen. This was the first book of Sally’s that I read, and I so enjoyed it. Heartwarming and full of humor. 🙂

  13. A superb review for a wonderful writer who has conquered so many genres, from short stories to fiction novels to self-help books, and more!

  14. Sally’s stories are the best and this one bears more than a passing resemblance to her own working career. Great review, Colleen! 😉

  15. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    There is no better way to start the day as an author than a five star review, particularly when it comes from Colleen Chesebro. This is her thoughts on Just an Odd Job Girl…

  16. Thank you so much Colleen and loved the review and that you found it funny and enjoyable. Imogen would have been delighted too. It has made me very happy this morning…. ♥♥

  17. Some people take what life throws at them and manage to come out smiling.
    So glad you are one of those people, Sally…

  18. I really enjoyed thus book. I read it when Sally serialised it on her blog. Such a great story.☺️❤️

  19. A fab review of Sally’s book.

  20. A wonderful review, Colleen. You laughed so loud to wake up your husband!! That’s a book everybody must read a have a good laugh.
    Great book, Sally. <3 <3

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