- File Size: 2859 KB
- Print Length: 103 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Moyhill Publishing (July 25, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 25, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0748MLZ1W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,307 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
What's in a Name? Volume 2: Stories of Life and Romance Kindle Edition
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Sally Cronin is a consummate storyteller who has the innate ability to weave a fascinating tale that grips the reader from the first sentence. This reader felt lifted when the characters were exuberant and crushed when they had heartache. If an author can enable a reader to feel the joy and angst along with the characters she has created, she is an exceptional writer!
My favorite was the first story about Kenneth. This story touched me deeply as Kenneth watches the love of his life dancing on New Year’s Eve. I don’t want to give anything away by saying too much. Each story tells an unforgettable tale with a twist at the end. Surprises and twists abound in these fabulous stories. I couldn’t put the book down.
Sally Cronin has many other entertaining books to offer. Several of them I have read and highly recommend them all.
The motives and emotions of the characters in all of the stories were well defined and expressed. I really liked the fact that each story came to a satisfying ending and the next story quickly engaged me with the new people and place. It's undoubtedly one of my most FAVORITE reads of 2017, in my TOP 5. Sally Cronin creates stories that will keep you flipping pages and loving it!
I won’t tell you what they are about because being short stories I would reveal important details and I want other readers to live themselves the emotions I experienced. What I can tell you is that each story is as touching and compelling as the next one. The thread that links them all stories or characters is sacrifice and romance. Children, parents, lovers, life being lived.
These stories are for me like a fragrant flowers bouquet, each flower having its own special color and scent.
If you are short on time, What’s in a Name allows you to read something start to finish, which I love. Great for airplanes or a one hour mental break, beside being just great for personal "escape from the world.”
My three favourite stories are as follows:
Kenneth – A beautiful story about a woman’s first and most memorable love. As a reader you feel as if you are standing on the sidelines, watching as the intensity of Georgina and Kenneth’s first meeting unfolds; not knowing what to expect. The outcome is most unexpected and really makes your heart fold over.
Norman – A bereaved widower sits at the window of his small flat in a block on a small estate, watching as his daily pleasure in seeing the small children who live on the estate enjoy themselves in the playground is stolen from him. The culprits are a bunch of aggressive teenagers, unemployed and bored, who have taken over the playground as their daily gathering point. Norman may be elderly, but he ended his military career as a Sergeant Major and he has friends who achieved similar status’ in the army. The war veterans have had enough, and it is time to act.
Rosemary – It is often said that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, so beware if your wife catches you out. Rosemary is a complacent and happy wife to Malcolm, her husband of twenty-five years but something has been different for the past six months. Rosemary’s life has changed, not for the better.
All the short stories contained in this book, each featuring a character whose name starts with a letter form the alphabet from K to Z, are delightful. I chose to mention these three as these were the stories that I reflected on the most after I had finished the book.
I rated this book five stars out of five.
This is a quick read that I breezed through in a few hours, sitting outside in the spring sunshine. Many of the stories have older characters, covering a range of topics from heartwarming reunions, grief and loss, recovered dignity, and romantic love beyond the grave. There’s also a bit of happily ever after and match-making, as well as some swindling, and a taste of well-deserved murder! The variety is highly entertaining and kept me engaged throughout.
Cronin is a master storyteller and I recommend this collection (both volumes) to readers of all ages.