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

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

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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.


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

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

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  2. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

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

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

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

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  5. Fabulous review, Jacquie. All the best to Sally.

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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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Fab review, Jacquie! I’ve seen nothing but stellar reviews for Sally’s book – congrats to her!

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  10. Gwen M. Plano

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

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

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

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

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author

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

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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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  17. petespringerauthor

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

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

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Great review, Jacquie! I love Sally’s stories. She sure knows how to pull at one’s heartstrings. Keep well.

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