Book Recommendation: What’s in a Name? by Sally Cronin

Back in May of 2017, I published an interview with Sally Cronin. You can read it here if you’d like to refresh your memory. In that interview she talked about her new book, What’s in a Name?

I read the book recently (I need to get on Amazon and post my review) and I’d like to share my thoughts with you. And since this post it entitled “Book Recommendation,” I’m sure you have a pretty good idea of my thoughts.

What’s in a Name? is a collection of short stories, all written by Sally. She had the genius idea of writing two stories for each letter of the alphabet: the name of the story would be the first name of the male or female main character. Hence, Sally has penned the stories “Anne” and “Alexander,” “Grace” and “George,” and “Jane” and “Jack.” I’m sure you get the picture.

Volume I of What’s in a Name? contains stories for letters A through J. Volume II, it follows, continues with the rest of the alphabet. I haven’t read Volume II yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

The stories are full of love, laughter, life, and tears. Most of them end in a twist the reader doesn’t see coming. You’ll  need tissues to read some of these stories, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a collection you’ll want to gift to someone you love. Sally has a knack for keeping the reader engaged and entertained, and I found myself staring at my Kindle, my mouth hanging open, at the ends of some pieces in this collection. There were other times I laughed out loud.

My favorite story in the book is “Elaine.” I simply cannot get it out of my head. I encourage you to pick up the collection and find a favorite of your own. As I write this post, it’s $3.73 on Amazon (US). The links are below.

Sally is a prolific author and blogger and you can find out more about her here.

You can find What’s in a Name?, Volumes I and II, as well as other books by Sally, by clicking here.

And speaking of books, remember that we’re reading Stolen Memories by Mary Miley for next week. I’m about halfway through it and I’m loving it so far! The book for May will be The Life She was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman.

Until next time,




78 thoughts on “Book Recommendation: What’s in a Name? by Sally Cronin”

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the review, Debby.

      “Elaine” really haunts me, and it’s one of those stories that becomes sadder every time I think about it. I suppose the sadness grows because it seems there are more people who are afflicted with dementia every day. But the sadness is more of a melancholy–there were other stories that made me bawl like a baby.

      Liked by 1 person

  1. This short story collection sounds like an engaging premise, and I look forward to reading this, on the strength of this review. Thank you for calling my attention to this, Amy! I’ve always thought short story writing is a high art! Congratulations, Sally, on another glowing review.


    1. I agree with you that short story writing is a high art! It’s one I’ve worked on for some time, and I still don’t have the hang of it. I hope you enjoy Sally’s collection. Thanks for stopping by, Claire!


  2. A lovely review to share, Amy. This is a gem by Sally. 🙂
    I’m delighted to find my way here via Sally’s blog. I’m following your blog now as well. Wishing you a joyful day. Happy reading and writing! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.