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Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08QCQ4VVV
- Publisher : Moyhill Publishing (December 10, 2020)
- Publication date : December 10, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2912 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 95 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,690 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Who would not understand the frustration of a shopper who, having agreed to a healthy eating programme but fallen off the wagon, is thwarted in her attempts to purchase longed for goodies by an Artificial Intelligence purchasing system that forces shoppers to stick to their confirmed eating programme and disallows the purchase of said goodies. You can read about this shopper's reaction in The Weekly Shopping.
The author reveals the delight of finding unexpected and previously unknown family connections through a sophisticated and interconnected DNA AI tracking system. Read DNA to find out more.
The Wedding Day was one of my favourite stories and explored the dual concepts of a spirit trapped on earth and seeking closure and a daughter who has grown up fatherless and knows very little about his life. A delightfully satisfying read.
The Nanny is a beautiful tale about the strong attachment that exists between a person and man's best friend and this tale is contrasted by an emotion rendition of a couple's journey to acceptance and healing following the death of their baby, in utero.
The final story I will mention in this review is Friday Night which explores the themes of disappointment in love and finding the right person in one exciting and emotional story.
There are other beautiful stories and various lovely poems in this collection which I shall leave readers to discover for themselves. A truly beautiful collection.
The book opens with a hilarious story called The Weekly Shopping involving a character named Barbara who attempts to place a grocery order over the phone. What ensues is a comical and serious intrusion on her life when the store refuses to fill her order. It is the type of tale that reminds us that there is such a thing as too much information.
Another one of my favorites was The Scratch Card. After Elsie wins twenty pounds on a scratcher card, she uses the money in several noble ways to help others. Elsie and her husband, Peter, help get a young lad back on his feet. Will their acts of generosity be rewarded with more good fortune?
If you're the type of reader who likes a little romance, then you will likely enjoy The Date. Imagine that you are ninety-five-years old and a widow for fifty years. Would you even consider going out on a date when a stranger calls on the phone to announce you have won him as a date? Such is the question for Elsie as she must weigh the dilemma of whether or not to go on a date with a much younger man.
Another romantic tale is The Florist. Alice is accustomed to keeping her flower shop open later on Fridays so that the fellows who have been grabbing drinks after work can pick up some flowers for their significant other on the way home. Then, one evening a handsome gentleman named Frankie touches her heart. Is it possible that she, too, will become the recipient of flowers instead of the provider?
I read two or three short stories each night and finished Cronin's book in two-three hours. Her characters and interesting situations make for great reading. I highly recommend this book.
They are organized into categories--Technology, Connections, Winning Streak, Animal Magic, and Falling in and out of love. There’s one about an abused wide who’s finally had enough, another about the wife who loses a child and has the courage to try again. In one, a lonely woman finds family after her DNA reveals secrets. There's Random Acts of Kindness, The Charity Shop, The Night Shift, and about a dozen more. All are a handful of pages that leave you feeling better than when you started. Sally's voice is kind, empathetic, and respectful of the varied circumstances that surround people, and without fail, brings their dreams and passions to life. In fiction, there are writers and storytellers. One writes an interesting story and the other makes you feel they're talking to you, like you can't leave because you'll miss something. I've read a lot of Sally's books and I can tell you, she is the latter.
If you in love stories of normal people surviving life's challenges with a positive attitude and a will to overcome, you’ll love this book.
Top reviews from other countries
Here were some of my personal favourites:
Short Stories: The Weekly Shopping (this will make you chuckle! A special one with dieters in mind!) The Date - (so humourous and sweet, think old lady out for a date but she sure does it in style!) The Wedding Day, The Scratch Card, (So lovely,) Long Lost Love, The Night Shift (A lovely tale of a Care home and a cat,) Gaffer Tape (about fortitude and overcoming domestic abuse,) The Gardening Assistant (Loss of a baby - this will touch the heart of many, especially those who have experienced such sadness, or miscarriage (as I have,) but the ending with the help of a furry friend brings light and hope.)
Some of my favourite poems: The Visitor, Garden Birds, Ritual of Mehndi.
My recommendation. A highly readable and touching book of short stories and poetry. 5 stars.
This book is a little gem! Each tale is different. I was impressed by the range of moods - comic, poignant, vengeful, futuristic, romantic – each one gripping in its own way. It’s hard to pick favourites but it opens with a humorous story about AI and its thwarting of a dieter craving a treat. Another one concerning domestic abuse has a delicious twist. I had intended putting this book by the bed and dipping into it on those nights when sleep doesn’t come easily. Well, sleep suffered considerably. I read the entire book in one sitting!
If you’re looking for a multi-faceted treasury of well-written tales about the human condition, then this book is one for you. I raged, wept, laughed and gasped at some of these but there was never a sense of hopelessness or cynicism . Read it and be moved, thrilled, delighted and diverted.
Each beautifully written story and the interwoven poems reminded me of what life is really like, far away from all the sadness and disappointments that 2020 has dumped on us all.
I loved all the stories, but I know that some of them will be remembered better than the others. These are the ones that struck a familiar chord with me personally.
Like The Wedding Day, with its message of hope.
The sadness of Long-Lost Love and the Gaffer Tape, so satisfying!
My favourite must be The Nanny, I needed tissues for this one!
I can thoroughly recommend this book as the perfect escape from life and all of its problems!
There are stories and poems of hope and long lost love my favourite from the very beginning was "The Weekly Shopping" it made me smile at the shopper's frustration I could feel her anger and disbelief...I love it!
However, it also made me think...that scenario which played out could well be not so very far away...Think Alexis and Suri...Just saying!
A very pleasurable read which left me with a smile on my face and some memories. (less)