What’s in A Name by Sally Cronin #Anthology #BookReview @sgc58


There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow. 

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?

I am one of those people who has led an eclectic life. My father was in the Royal Navy so we lived abroad several times and I only really settled down in the UK at age 14. My education suffered a little from switching between seven schools in different countries but I now have a repertoire of swear words second to none!

I trained as a secretary as my parents felt that my dream to be an actress and music diva was probably a little unrealistic!  I started well in my first job but a pregnant chair side assistant who developed a phobia to blood meant that I had to step into the shoes of dental nurse, a career I enjoyed before moving to the hospitality industry.

This resulted in me meeting my husband (known as room 40) nine years later and we had a whirlwind courtship over five weeks and married 36 years ago. We still have the whirlwind courtship moving over several continents to reach the final outpost here in on the East Coast of Ireland in a small harbour called Courtown. Luckily with the Worldwide Web it is still possible from this terrific place to keep in touch with all the amazing people we have met off and online.

I have spent a number of years in each of the following industries – Hospitality, Retail, Advertising and Telecommunications, radio and television and had a blast. I love learning new skills and eventually I might even master WordPress!

I have written short stories and poetry since a very young age and when I went ‘Indie’ in 1998 I combined my retraining as a Nutritional Therapist with this love of writing with my first book. I also began contributing columns in the media in the UK and Spain and my own monthly newsletter.

My first health book  was Size Matters which told the story of my journey from a very overweight 24 stone – 330lbs to a slimmish and healthier individual.

Over the last 18 years this love of writing has developed into another eleven titles, my blog and also into Indie Publishing in 2004.

Some of my printed books are available from me directly but here are the books that you can buy from Amazon in E-book.

Over the last 13 years I have managed to fit radio and Internet television both in front of the microphone and camera and behind in a producing and directing role.  So whilst I never became the UK Esther Williams I did get to perform without getting too waterlogged.

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My Review

I’ve long been a fan of Sally Cronin’s wonderful blog, Smorgasbord, and was excited to read her books. What’s in A Name, much like the author, is filled with stories to inspire, make us think, and for me, shows the fundamental strength and support of family.

Each story in this anthology stands on its own merits. Some are sweet, others sad, and some, like Clive, deeply touched my heart.

Life can take many twists and turns, no matter where you live, but we all share a common thread- Love.

I give What’s in A Name 5 lovely kisses- It’s like a cozy blanket for your heart!

65 Comments

  1. Norah says:

    How wonderful to meet Sally here and read your review of her book ‘What’s in a Name’. I agree with your summation. It is a lovely read. I couldn’t describe it better than ‘a cozy blanket for your heart’. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Norah… the icing on the cake. I love creating the stories and very happy when they are enjoyed..hugs

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      1. Norah says:

        Your stories are creative, Sally, and bring much enjoyment to readers. Thank you for all you do. xx

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    2. Thanks, Norah. These stories reaffirmed something I truly believe. With the love and support of family and friends we can accomplish anything!

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      1. Norah says:

        That’s a wonderful thought, Jacquie. Best wishes for continued success.

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  2. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    A fantastic way to begin the New Year with a review for What’s in a Name Volume 1 from Jacquie Biggar. Made my day….

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    1. Thanks for the share, Sally!

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  3. Thank you very much Jacquie, a lovely surprise this morning and wonderful start to the New Year.. ♥

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    1. Thank YOU for writing work that inspires! Very much enjoyed What’s in A Name and will be reading more of your work soon 🙂
      (On a side note, I accidentally reversed the c & g in the first few tweets that went out. I’m so sorry about that 😦 )

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      1. I didn’t notice Jacquie.. was too thrilled to receive your review.. hugs♥

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    1. Thank you for sharing my review of Sally’s What’s in A Name, Chris!

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      1. Welcome, Jacquie 🤗❤️🤗

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    2. Thank you for sharing Chris.. hugs ♥

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      1. Welcome, Sally 🤗❤️🤗

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  4. Thank you, Jacquie, for this lovely review of one of my favourite books by a remarkable author and blogger. Her newest, Tales from the Irish Garden, is also a keeper. Enchanting.

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    1. Thanks, Cynthia. I have it on my reading list 🙂
      Happy New Year, and thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thank you Cynthia and for your kind comments. Will inspire me to keep going with new projects. hugs ♥

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  5. I also loved this book and the next one and the Irish tales one and all the other books I have read of Sally’s [smile]. Great review, Jacquie.

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    1. I hope to read more of Sally’s books in the near future. Thanks for the recommendation, Robbie. Happy New Year!

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    2. Thanks for the recommendation Robbie and you definitely have been more than kind this year with your reviews. Always very grateful .. hugsx

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  6. Excellent review. Jacquie. Sally is a wonderful storyteller, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book too – actually, both volumes. Thanks for sharing. 😀 And Happy New Year. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Diana.. very kind of you to say. Happy New Year… xx

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    2. Happy New Year, Diana! I hope to read Volume 2 soon 🙂

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  7. Jennie says:

    Wonderful review!

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    1. Thank you, Jennie!

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      1. Jennie says:

        You’re welcome, Jacquie

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      1. Jennie says:

        Hugs to you, Sally!

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  8. You have a beautiful way of sharing. Sally Cronin’s book, What’s In A Name, is about so many authors and public figures and their probable pseudo names . Reviewing Sally’s book gave more share of yourself. Room 40… LoL! Brilliant Jacquie. Hope the year has started well for you! 💕

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ve been reading, listening to music :), and watching romance movies- it’s been peaceful.
      Hope you had a chance for a break, too!

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  9. Sally is one on my most ‘favouritest’ people on social media for her books and for her tireless support for all writers. Hugs Sally.

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    1. I consider myself blessed for meeting her, too, Lucinda. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

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    2. Thank you Lucinda… that is very kind.. and delighted to share this community with you… Happy New Year.. hugsxx

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  10. Teri Polen says:

    Lovely review, Jacquie – wonderful to see Sally here!

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    1. I’m so glad I picked up What’s in A Name to read over the holidays, Teri. It was the perfect fit 🙂
      Happy New Year!

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    2. Thank you Teri.. Happy New Year.. hugsx

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  11. dgkaye says:

    Fabulous review and so well deserved for this heartfelt book which I also loved. ❤

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    1. Thank you! It was the perfect read for the holidays- inspirational and heart-warming. Happy New Year, Debby!

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      1. dgkaye says:

        Happy New Year Jacquie! ❤

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    2. Thanks Debby and for sharing around.. hugs ♥

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      1. dgkaye says:

        Doing my best on limited moments Sal ❤

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  12. I couldn’t agree with you more, Jacquie. Sally’s What’s in a Name is like a blanket for your heart! ❤

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    1. I love stories that leave you feeling good inside. Sally did this twenty times over with What’s in A Name 🙂

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    2. Thank you Colleen again for your lovely review too… I am surely being very blessed… ♥

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      1. Good writers need more promotion. ❤

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        1. David bought me Fairies, Myths and Magic for Christmas… I am enjoying the fairy magic… I need some at the moment to get me through these winter, grey days.. ♥

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          1. Oh, Sally! I’m so happy to hear that. Thank you so much! ❤ 😀

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          2. You’ll love Colleen’s book, I did!

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          3. I already am Jacquie… loving it…xx

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  13. A fabulous start to the new year! Such an awesome review to share, Jacquie. Bravo to Sally!
    Cheers to you both. 🙂

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    1. Thank you Natalie.. It certainly started my year off with a firework display… hugs ♥

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    2. Thanks, Natalie. Have you tried Sally’s books? I think you’d enjoy What’s in A Name 🙂
      Happy New Year!

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      1. I loved it! 🙂

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  14. Vashti Q says:

    Hello Jacquie. It’s lovely to see and read about Sally here. What a wonderful introduction to her book and great review. Congratulations to Sally! She has a very engaging writing style. All the best to you both❣️

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    1. Thank you, Vashti. Happy New Year to you!

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    2. Thank you Vashti for the lovely comment. ♥

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  15. jjspina says:

    Wonderful review, Jacquie, of Sally’s Book. Congrats Sally! I love your “it’s like a cozy blanket for your heart, Jacquie.” I agree that Sally’s words do warm our hearts. Blessings & hugs to you and Sally! ❤️

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    1. This was a lovely set of short stories. Sally does a great job of inspiring the reader!

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      1. jjspina says:

        Yes, she does. 😆

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    2. Thanks so much Janice and for your ongoing support ♥

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