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

  1. I’ve had Sally’s book on my Kindle for a while and need to read it now – soon – right away. Your review is excellent!


  2. jjspina says:

    Nice to see Sally here. I love all her Books! Wonderful review, Amy! Hugs to you both xx 💕

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  3. Vashti Q says:

    What a wonderful review, Amy! I love Sally’s writing style. She really does know how to hook the reader and keep us interested throughout the story. Congratulations to Sally!😀

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  4. robbiecheadle says:

    A wonderful review of Sally’s marvelous book, Amy. Sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this recommendation for Sally Cronin’s book, What’s in a Name, via this post on the Reade and Write blog.

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  6. A fabulous review and what an endorsement. Wow. Well deserved by prolific writer, Sally.


  7. dgkaye says:

    A wonderful and succinct review of Sally’s stories Amy. Yes indeedy, I always have some Kleenex nearby when I read one of Sally’s stories. ❤

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  8. Wonderful review… Sharing.

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  9. Tina Frisco says:

    Terrific review, Amy. The visceral account of your personal reaction sells the book! ❤

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  10. Jennie says:

    Wonderful book recommendation! Sally is a terrific writer.


  11. A fantastic review. Well done Sally and thanks to Amy for sharing. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Reblogged this on Jacquie Biggar- USA Today Best-selling author and commented:
    A well-deserved stellar review for Sally Cronin’s short story collection, What’s in A Name by reviewer Amy M. Reade

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  13. A fantastic review! Congrats, Sally!


  14. 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.


    • amreade says:

      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!


  15. Super post, Amy. Yes, Sally is a gem. Thank you.

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  16. 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! 🙂

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  17. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Author Amy Reade has been reading What’s in a Name volume one.. and has reviewed.. I hope you will head over and read as it gave me a lovely surprise this morning..

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  18. This sounds like a really fun read! Thanks for the recommendation. Love Sally’s blog!

    More than halfway through The Life She Was Given and I can’t put it down! 😀

    Enjoy your day!

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  19. olganm says:

    Sally is a great writer, superb blogger and a great support to all. Thanks, Amy! Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Thank you Amy.. that is amazing and so pleased you enjoyed my friends, which is what the characters became. I love the review and am very grateful for the kind words and promo for the blog too. I will share far and wide.. Sally.


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