#BookReview- Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries by Sally Cronin @sgc58 #shortstories


Amazon.com Blurb

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet is a collection of short stories with scattered poetry, reflecting the complexities of life, love and loss.

The stories in the collection dip into the lives of men and women who are faced with an ‘event’ that is challenging and in some cases life changing.

Even something as straightforward as grocery shopping online can be frustrating, and a DNA test produces surprise results, the past reaches out to embrace the present, and a gardening assistant is an unlikely grief counsellor. Romance is not always for the faint-hearted and you are never too old for love. Random acts of kindness have far reaching consequences and some people discover they are on a lucky streak. There are those watching over us who wish us well, and those in our lives who wish us harm.

Biography

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996. My first book Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another thirteen books since then on health and also fiction, including five collections of short stories. My latest book is a collection of verse and speculative short stories titled Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet

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My Review

Life isn’t always easy- sometimes, it’s even the pits.

Sally Cronin’s anthology is an entertaining collection combining sweet, wholesome tales with stories from a more jaded point of view.

I love how she takes everyday situations and infuses them with humor, such as in The Weekly Shopping;

‘What the hell does DNST mean?’ ‘Do Not Serve Treats.’

Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries- Sally Cronin

Bittersweet endings like The Wedding Day when a hero returns from the grave to see his daughter’s wedding.

I teared up think of my Annie with The Nanny. The story of an overwhelmed couple caring for their teething baby and the unexpected help they receive.

Another favorite is a poem titled The Duchess, where the author paints a portrait of her beloved parent.

There were a few stories about the dark side of life, but these just served to enhance the rest and made me appreciate the blessings in my own life.

Easy-to-read, enjoyable, and relatable.

If you need a fun escape from the winter doldrums, give Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries a read!

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73 Comments

  1. Great review, Jacquie. I have this one on my list and look forward to getting to it 🙂

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    1. Thanks Harmony.. love the review and the added dog and baby..always a good day when you wake up to a new review.. I hope you enjoy when you can fit it in..hugsxx

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    2. I’m gaining a deep appreciation for poetry and short stories. They portray so much emotion in a limited amount of words!

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  2. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader says:

    I love books that feels “real”. Great review Jacquie.

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    1. Delighted with Jacquie’s review .. glad you enjoyed too.

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    2. Thank you, Sophie. Each tale is amazing!

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  3. Fantastic review, Jacquie! I have this gem waiting patiently on my Kindle.

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    1. I understand the patiently waiting bit Jill as I have a lot doing that.. happy to wait in line and hope you enjoy when you have time to read..hugsx

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    2. You’re going to enjoy it, Jill 🙂
      Congrats on your upcoming release, by the way! (I receive your newsletter :))

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      1. Aw…thanks, Jacquie. I don’t crank out the books as fast as you…you’re a writing machine. 🙂 I get your newsletter too. It’s great!

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  4. markbierman says:

    Excellent review! I recently read and reviewed this wonderful, ‘feel good’ book. Highly recommendable to, well . . . everyone. 🙂

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    1. Thanks again Mark for your review and recommending again here.. much appreciated..enjoy the rest of the week.

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      1. markbierman says:

        My pleasure, Sally. 🙂

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  5. Staci Troilo says:

    Fabulous review, Jacquie. All the best to Sally.

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    1. Thanks Staci and definitely brightened up my day. xx

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    2. It’s not easy to tell a complete story in just a few pages, but Sally nailed it!

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  6. Thank you so much for the wonderful review Jacquie and the lovely gif.. so pleased you enjoyed and I am very grateful for your kindness..♥

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    1. I’m glad I moved Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries up on my reading list! Lovely anthology, Sally {{hugs}}

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  7. Pink Roses says:

    I’m half way through Sally’s book and enjoying it immensely. The tales and poems can be read and re-read at any time.

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    1. So pleased you are enjoying Elizabeth, thank you for letting me know..hugsx

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    2. That’s the nice thing with short stories- they don’t overwhelm. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth.

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  8. Mae Clair says:

    A great review, Jacquie. I really enjoyed Sally’s book, too, with its mix of stories and poetry. You hit on some of my favorite tales in your highlights.

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    1. Thanks again for your kind recommendation Mae.. I am delighted by the response and of course Jacquie’s review. hugsx

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    2. There was one other that stuck out for me; the one where he invites his girlfriend to go for a hike- big twist at the end!

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  9. Teri Polen says:

    Fab review, Jacquie! I’ve seen nothing but stellar reviews for Sally’s book – congrats to her!

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    1. Thanks Teri… I am so pleased that it is being enjoyed and over the moon about Jacquie’s review..xx

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    2. It’s well worth the read, Teri. Nice short reads 🙂

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  10. Gwen M. Plano says:

    What a great review, Jacquie. I loved Sally’s book. It is a treasure. 💗

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    1. Thanks again Gwen.. and it is a lovely review.. I am very lucky..♥

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    2. As is Sally 🙂

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  11. I enjoyed this book as well, Jacquie. Terrific review.

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    1. Thanks again John for your wonderful review… I am so chuffed by the lovely compliments and Jacquie’s special post today…hugs

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    2. Thanks, John. Short stories are perfect when time is limited. I really liked the variety in Sally’s anthology.

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      1. I loved the headings.

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  12. Jan Sikes says:

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Sally’s amazing book! This one is calling to me. It’s been on my Kindle for a while now. Time to move it up!

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    1. Thanks Jan.. and if that book is being too pushy, put it in its place and tell it to be patient..hugsx

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    2. I was the same way, Jan. Then i started seeing all the wonderful reviews and had to jump in 🙂

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  13. balroop2013 says:

    Lovely review Jacquie, Sally book is indeed relatable, I really liked those stories.

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    1. She knows how to touch the heart. Thanks for stopping by to support Sally, Balroop {{hugs}}

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    2. Thanks again for your review Balroop..they really do make a difference..♥

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  14. i’m glad you enjoyed this! lovely review ❤

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    1. The cover drew me in and the stories kept me turning the pages 🙂

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    2. Thanks Katie.. I am certainly delighted by Jacquie’s review…xx

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Great review, Jacquie:) This is a collection I really enjoyed!

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    1. I’m glad I picked it up!

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  16. Thanks again Denise.. I appreciate all the love this book has received..keeps me motivated to write more..hugs

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    1. We all like the sound of that!

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  17. petespringerauthor says:

    I’ll throw in my two cents (for what it’s worth—probably worth two cents now that I think about it🤣) and confirm that this is a delightful read. I’m more of a short story than poetry fan, but both were equally delightful.

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    1. Definitely a great deal more than two cents Pete.. thanks again for your lovely review and recommending here too.. I am ending the week on a high note…. what could be better..x

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      1. petespringerauthor says:

        Then that makes me happy. You deserve all the accolades, my friend.

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    2. That’s a fun old saying, Pete! Grandpa used to call it two bits 🙂
      I thoroughly enjoyed this anthology and will never look at a bowl of cherries in the same way, again, lol

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  18. Hi Jacquie, a lovely review of Sally’s book. I love how you did this post.

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. I really enjoyed these stories.

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    2. Thanks again for your review Robbie and I am one very happy writer this week..hugsxx

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  19. Vashti Q says:

    I loved your review of Sally’s book, Jacquie! Thanks for sharing it. Congrats to Sally! ❤

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    1. It’s well worth the read!

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  20. What an awesome, fun review about the rustlings of today and romance. Jacquie you are heroine in many of your occupations. You certainly put a smile on my face. 🍂👌🍃🌺

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    1. I’m glad, AOC. Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, my friend!

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    2. A lovely end to my week and always a great boost to receive a review from Jacquie… enjoy your week.

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  21. Wasn’t this a great read? I really enjoyed it, Jacquie. You and Sally are having a love fest! Ha ha. Congrats to Sally on the great review. Happy Reading, my friend.

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    1. There are so many wonderful books to be read from bloggers that I wish I had more time!

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      1. We need staff. 🙂

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    2. Thanks for adding your recommendation here too Diana.. and out of all the books we could have read this week.. we read each others lol.. ♥

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  22. olganm says:

    Great review, Jacquie! I love Sally’s stories. She sure knows how to pull at one’s heartstrings. Keep well.

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    1. Thanks very much Olga.. lovely comment ♥

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    2. Thank you, Olga. Yes, these are wonderful short stories 🙂

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  23. Darlene says:

    I loved this book too!! A great review.

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    1. Thanks very much Darlene…hugsx

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    2. Thanks, Darlene. That cover and title totally drew me in 🙂

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