#BookReview- Life’s Rich Tapestry by Sally Cronin #Booktalk @sgc58


Life’s Rich Tapestry is a collection of verse, microfiction and short stories that explore many aspects of our human nature and the wonders of the natural world. Reflections on our earliest beginnings and what is yet to come, with characters as diverse as a French speaking elephant and a cyborg warrior.

Finding the right number of syllables for a Haiku, Tanka, Etheree or Cinquain focuses the mind; as does 99 word microfiction, bringing a different level of intensity to storytelling. You will find stories about the past, the present and the future told in 17 syllables to 2,000 words, all celebrating life.

This book is also recognition of the value to a writer, of being part of a generous and inspiring blogging community, where writing challenges encourage us to explore new styles and genres.

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

Like the threads in cloth, Sally Cronin’s compositions lead us to a more fulfilling life!

Life’s Rich Tapestry is a variety of poetry, short stories and microfiction designed to engage the reader to look at the world in a different light. Whether delving into human emotion, nature, or flights of fancy there is something slightly magical about the author’s turn of phrase.

Here are a couple of my favorite passages:

Romance

When

a man

and woman

reach out and touch

one another’s souls

with open heart and mind,

it draws them into a place

that brings their lives significance,

with mutual empowerment and grace,

enough to sustain their desire through life.

Cronin, Sally. Life’s Rich Tapestry: Woven in Words . Moyhill Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Wedding Anniversary September 11th

On

this day

two people

young and in love

walked into the sun

of a September day.

Above them in the blue sky

machines of war flew in combat,

gunfire serenading bride and groom

on what should have been their

most treasured day.

Sixty-one years later on the same date,

an old woman reflects on her life.

Remembering all of the love,

still so strong despite her loss,

and saddened to the core,

that despite the years,

machines of war

in blue skies

still bring

death.

Cronin, Sally. Life’s Rich Tapestry: Woven in Words . Moyhill Publishing. Kindle Edition.

This is a beautiful book and one I would recommend to anyone. I give Life’s Rich Tapestry 5 lovely kisses- thoughtful and intelligent!

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76 thoughts on “#BookReview- Life’s Rich Tapestry by Sally Cronin #Booktalk @sgc58

  1. Sally is a wonderful (and very helpful) lady!

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    1. She is! I’m blessed to have met her through the blogging community ❤

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      1. Same here, a good friend indeed…

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  2. Jacquie, lovely to see Sally featured on your post today. A wonderful review and I’m so taken with the extracts … beautifully written, filled with wisdom and tenderness. A book I’m looking forward to reading soon! 😀

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    1. A lovely review as you say Annika and two pieces that are close to my heart… hugs ♥

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  3. I’ve seen a few reviews of this book before. Those are great quotes from the book, Jacquie. And I loved the author’s bio.
    Btw, that french talking elephant always makes me chuckle!

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    1. Thank you JIna and Jacquie chose two of my favourite pieces too… as to the French speaking Elephant.. oh la la….

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  4. Wonderful review, Jacquie. Sally tells a marvelous story, doesn’t she? A great read that I also enjoyed.

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    1. I certainly am enjoying hearing that people have liked the book and it is also lovely to see which pieces are individually selected.. on a high Diana..hugsx

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    2. So many pieces genuinely touched my heart that it was hard to choose which to share ❤

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  5. Thank you so much Jacquie for the wonderful review and also letting me know which of the pieces you thought worthy of highlighting. Certainly made my day…♥

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    1. I’m so glad I picked it up- you’re a wonderful writer ❤

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  6. Loved this book. It felt good to read–one of those.

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    1. Thanks Jacqui again… I appreciate all the support for this and my other books. x

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    2. So many thought-provoking pieces in this book!

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  7. I love that there is so much variety in this book. It sounds fabulous. And wow, that final poem was so powerful!
    Congratulations to Sally!

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    1. Thank you Mae… September 11th will forever be synonymous with that tragedy and my mother always associated it with her Wedding Anniversary. xx

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    2. That’s what I thought! Left me shivering 🙂

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  8. A lovely review, Jacquie. Sally is a treasure.

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    1. It is a lovely review John.. thank you and also for the compliment…hugs

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    2. I enjoy all of her books that I’ve read so far, but this one really connected with me ❤

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  9. A wonderful review of Sally’s book. She is so versatile and has a unique way with words. She is also an amazing person and one of my favourite online friends. xo

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    1. Thanks, Darlene, I wholeheartedly agree!

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    2. Thank you Darlene.. and we go back a ways now…and I value your friendship too.. hugsx

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  10. What a delightful review of Sally’s book, Jacquie. I also loved it.

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    1. Many of the pieces touched my heart. A joy to read!

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  11. Great review, Jacquie. I love Sally’s blog and her stories and books, and you’ve chosen two beautiful, and hard-wrenching examples of her poetry. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. Thank you Olga and for reblogging the review..loved Jacquie’s choices to share..hugsx

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    2. She writes from the heart- I love that ❤️

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  12. Reblogged this on Just Olga and commented:
    A great review by Jacquie Biggar of Sally Cronin’s new book, Life’s Rich Tapestry.

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  13. Sally is not only a wonderful writer, she is a friend to all bloggers, and a true lady.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. She certainly is, Pete. It’s a pleasure to return the favour now and then.

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  14. petespringerauthor January 20, 2020 — 12:29 pm

    Thank you for the excellent review, Jacquie. So many of the kindest people I’ve met in the blogging community in the past year are because of Sally. She is a true ambassador.

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    1. Thank you Pete and I am so pleased to be part of this amazingly supportive community.. is is well worth celebrating.. hugs

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    2. I like that- a friend ambassador!

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  15. I enjoyed your review, Jacquie, and agree. Sally’s eclectic use of verse and poetry, micro-fiction and wise observations, make this book an excellent read!

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    1. Thank you Pamela.. life is certainly an adventure… hugsx

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      1. And for us writers, that’s the BEST way to view life. I love your stories! xo

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  16. Wonderful – we have a new book in common again.

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    1. I find a lot of great reads through your wonderful reviews!

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  17. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine and commented:
    A generous post and lovely review from Jacquie Biggar for Life’s Rich Tapestry. Jacquie has shared two poems that are close to my heart, and so delightful that she would choose these two in particular.

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  18. Fab review of Sal’s book Jacquie. I totally concur. ❤

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    1. Thank you Debby and you were a great support in so many ways.. ♥

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  19. A lovely review Jacquie. Sally is a generous spirit and a very talented lady.

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment Brigid..hugsx

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      1. Always a pleasure Sally. xx

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    2. She really is, Brigid. I’m grateful to have connected with her and her books!

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  20. This is a lovely review, Jacquie. I have this one on my TBR and look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

    Congrats, Sally 🙂

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    1. Thank you Harmony.. delighted as you can imagine…. I hope you enjoy when it rises through the TBR..hugsx

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    2. It’s well worth the read, Harmony.

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  21. This is a great post and a lovely review of Life’s Rich Tapestry, which I’m looking forward to reading. I was particularly moved by the second of the two poems you included here.

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    1. Thank you Mary, Jacquie’s review and selection are thoughtful and I am delighted.

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    2. Me too. Makes a person realize how precious life is.

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  22. A lovely review to share, Jacquie. Cheers to Sally! 🙂

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  23. Beware Of The Reader January 21, 2020 — 12:29 pm

    Wow Jacquie! I am not a big fan of poetry but the first text you chose is magnificent!

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    1. Hi Sophie, I don’t read a lot of it either, but I’m learning to have a better appreciation for the art. Sally really touches the emotions with these pieces.

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  24. I enjoyed reading a little more about Sally’s life and, of course, the review of Life’s Rich Tapestry.

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    1. Thanks, Liz. I hope you give the book a try if you haven’t had the opportunity yet 🙂

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    2. Thanks Liz…. glad you enjoyed and the review too..hugsx

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