Book Review: What’s in a Name? (Volume 2) by Sally Cronin

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What's in a Name? Volume 2: Stories of Life and RomanceWhat’s in a Name? Volume 2: Stories of Life and Romance by Sally Cronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes the second book in a series or multi-volume collection of short stories doesn’t live up to the first. I can say with certainty that’s not the case with volume 2 of ‘What’s in a Name?’ by Sally Cronin. In this collection of stories of life and romance, following names that start with the letters K through Z, Cronin delivers a plethora of immersive, delightful, and intense characters.

I truly don’t know how she manages to pack such distinct and complex drama in a story that’s usually under ten pages. From the first few lines to the closing words, I was drawn in by each of the tales in this collection. There is something about the power an author chooses in certain words which helps create the proper ambiance for a setting, draw out the intrigue in the plot, and ignite a reader’s passions.

From the descriptions to the connections between a few of the stories (not in terms of characters but themes and approaches to decisions), Cronin provides us with a bevy of situations to consider… how would we react if such a problem found its way into our lives? Would we get revenge? What kind of sacrifices could we live with? What does love mean when it comes with strings?

I highly recommend both collections, as you’ll see some growth and evolution from volume one to two. Now I’ll have to look over her canon of other books to see what might be something else I want to read.

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In case you missed last week’s review of volume 1, check it out here.

ABOUT SALLY CRONIN -- Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

Her Latest book: Tales from the Irish Garden
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Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com
LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1
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43 thoughts on “Book Review: What’s in a Name? (Volume 2) by Sally Cronin

    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    My thanks to James Cudney for reviewing What’s in a Name Volume 2. I love it when some reads a book and enjoys it enough to tell the author and everyone else they did. Thanks James.. Delighted you enjoyed.

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    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Thanks again James .. have shared and in the Cafe Update on Friday too..

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    John W. Howell said:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Excellent review, James. Sally is a treasure and it is so nice to read your review.

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    Annette Rochelle Aben said:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Terrific book by a most talented author!

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    Jacquie Biggar said:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Fabulous review, James. Sally is a gem!

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    March 26, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    A great review, Jay. This would be my favourite of Sally’s books, if they weren’t all my favourites.

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    PaulAndruss said:
    March 26, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Excellent review James, you have really nailed Sally’s talent with your “I truly don’t know how she manages to pack such distinct and complex drama in a story that’s usually under ten pages”

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    jenanita01 said:
    March 26, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.

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    carhicks said:
    March 26, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    I have not heard of this author, but it appears that she is one I should definitely read. This book sounds like an interesting premise. Nice share and review James.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 27, 2019 at 7:16 AM

      Hi! How are you feeling? She’s a lovely short story writer… and I am sure it carries over into her novels, too.

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        carhicks said:
        March 27, 2019 at 10:36 AM

        Still a bit under the weather. Going on day 5 which is very unusual for me. Hope to be able to go out tomorrow. I am more worried about giving this to anyone, rather than how I am feeling now. Thanks for asking.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 27, 2019 at 2:15 PM

        Oh, I understand what you mean. Hopefully you’ve sprayed enough cleaners to keep it away from everyone else! 🙂 Feel better.

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      Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
      March 31, 2019 at 6:49 PM

      Thank you and I was delighted by the reviews for this volume and the first. James got to the heart of the stories which is very rewarding.

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    lghiggins said:
    March 26, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Already impressed by this author’s ability to write short stories, I have to wonder how she can come up with stories for each letter of the alphabet! Good review!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 27, 2019 at 7:17 AM

      It is quite impressive… lots of family relationship stuff, but covering multiple time periods allowed a lot of societal differences and historical events.

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      Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
      March 31, 2019 at 6:51 PM

      Thank you and I did struggle a little with X Y and Z… but it was a great challenge.. I love short stories and it is wonderful when someone enjoys them.

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    Jennie said:
    March 28, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    This is an excellent review, James. Sally is a fabulous writer!

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    Natalie Ducey said:
    March 31, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Fantastic review, James. Bravo to Sally. 🙂

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