Book Review: Flights of Fancy by Sally Cronin

On today’s agenda is a book review for Flights of Fancy by Sally Cronin, who writes humor, comedy, romance and self-help books. I’ve previously read three of her books, and you can check out all the reviews below.

  1. Tales from an Irish Garden (2018)
  2. What’s in a Name – Volume 1 (2017)
  3. What’s in a Name – Volume 2 (2017)

Not only does Sally write books, but she also runs an amazing blog and is very supportive of other authors. If you’re interested in learning more, check out her blog here or follow her on any social media links below.

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/sallycronin1

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58

MeWe: mewe.com/i/sallycronin

In Sally’s words: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine was the follow on to a physical newsletter that I published every month for two years, on subscription to listeners to my radio show. I expanded the original format which was mainly health articles, to including book marketing, music, humour, lifestyle, cookery and food and short stories. My aim was to create a watering hole that provided a wide number of topics to chat about…..This year in September 2019, Smorgasbord in its current format celebrates its 6th anniversary.

I cannot take all the credit for the blog as I have an amazing group of contributors who bring their expertise and talent to the weekly line-up.

William Price King – American Jazz singer, musician and composer with the Music Column.

Carol Taylor– living in Thailand following along career in the catering industry who writes the Food and Cookery Column.

D.G. Kaye (Debby Gies)– Non-fiction and memoir author who loves to pack her suitcase and take off to warmer climes…with the Travel Column.

Jessica Norrie– Retired teacher and author from London who shares her love of Literature with us in the Literary Column, currently enjoying a rerun.

Annette Rochelle Aben– Broadcast specialist, poet and author who shares our universal energy each month in the Numerology Column.

Silvia Todesco– Our resident Italian cookery expert who brings us wonderful mediterranean recipes each month.

At least once a week I know who I am, where I am, what day and time it is. 😆

About Sally

I have enjoyed a nomadic existence living in eight countries including Sri Lanka, Malta, South Africa, USA and Spain, before settling back here in Ireland. My work, and a desire to see some of the most beautiful parts of the world in the last forty years, has taken me to many more incredible destinations around Europe and Canada, and across the oceans to New Zealand and Hawaii. All those experiences and the people that I have met, provide a rich source of inspiration for my stories.

After a career in customer facing roles in the hospitality, retail, advertising and telecommunications industry, I wrote and published my first book in 1999 called Size Matters, about my weight loss journey, losing 150lbs in 18 months. This was followed by 11 further fiction and non-fiction books, including a number of short story collections.

My first book release resulted in a radio interview in Spain that led to four years as a nutritional consultant for an English language station, and this was followed by four years with my own health show and Sunday morning show on local radio station in the UK and then as station director, newsreader and presenter for an online television station.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books and from 2002 I have been working with authors on their book launches and publicity. At that time it was very much physical book launches and press coverage locally to stimulate national interest.. Today it is very different with a global market via the worldwide web.

As important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others within our community. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog, 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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My Review of Flights of Fancy

Flights of FancyFlights of Fancy by Sally Cronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I picked this one up, I had no idea what to expect. I’ve read a few other books by Sally Cronin, but I knew these were going to be much different (in a good way). Ms. Cronin has published a collection of ~10 short stories and a novella, ranging in style from murder to fantasy, revenge to humor. I loved all of the stories and will struggle to decide which ones to include in my review…

To begin with, the book kicks off with the main character saying, “On my forty-third birthday, I murdered a woman.” Okay… we’re in for something dark and funny. What a great tale! In some ways, it’s very telling about society, and in others, it’s a little shocking. I found myself wondering whether the guilty party should be punished or not. It’s wonderful when a writer can prompt that question. I also worried she might’ve been describing my mindset on a number of occasions. Oops!

From there, we jump into a woman mourning a loss. She kinda/sorta visits her husband and dog, and it will make you get a little sappy. Afterward, I devoured a few tales about marriage, war, love, and a talking parrot who knew exactly how to motivate a woman to leave her ne’er-do-well husband. One thing is for sure; this collection shows the author’s range in developing memorable characters, kooky plots, and a touch of sentimentality in each and every relationship we develop throughout life.

The one I want to touch on the most is the final story, the novella about a group of women around~80ish who live together in a senior’s complex. Unfortunately, a rough family moves in nearby, and things begin to go downhill. Drugs, theft, abuse… then it leads to murder. The surviving women in the group want revenge, thus plotting out how to rid themselves of the two ruthlessly mean parents and their five children who descended upon the town. Some of the kids cannot be saved and must be made to disappear. Others might survive foster care. It truly was a fun story, and I focused on the humor element, as those Jackson’s needed to be taught a lesson!

Cronin has a clear and strong writing style. By incorporating personal experiences and emotions into her characters, she’s made various types of people come to life. Whether it’s struggling with weight loss, interpreting people’s impressions of you, or stopping yourself from doing the things you want to do but shouldn’t do, the cast in each of these stories reminded me of many events in our lives. The girl who steals our boyfriend… the guy who treats his wife poorly… the daughter who can’t recognize her mother isn’t just an elderly woman… the lady struggling to keep the weight off… or the guy misses his wife. It’s all there, and as a whole, this represents so many wonderful and pain-filled stages of life. Now we can laugh or cry together about them.

I definitely recommend reading this book for its levity, ability to watch others get revenge (without you going to jail), and perhaps some motivation to make changes in your own life. What a great collection; it makes me highly interested in seeing a full-length novel from the author. Might that ever exist, Ms. Cronin?

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic CurveballBroken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

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81 comments

  1. What a fantastic review, James. I look forward to reading Sally’s book, “Flights of Fantasy”. I am currenty reading Sally’s book, “What’s in a Name?” I have read three of Sally’s books and I loved all three. Sally is a powerhouse of wonderful writing and helping new writers and authors so generously with her time. And less I forget, her amazing Smorgasbord blog that I love to read. Again, what what a wonderful review.

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  2. I have read some of Sally’s books, but I was not familiar with this one. The variety and types of genres sound fascinating. Thank you for writing a compelling review.

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  3. Wonderful review, Sally. Love your first line…fantastic hook, right there! This is the second review of Jay’s I’ve read recently (first was at Debby’s), I enjoy his insight and write-up. Sally, your support is amazing for so many bloggers/authors (me included), so it’s wonderful to applaud you and deservedly so. Thank you both 🙂 ❤ xxx

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