What’s In a Name by Sally Cronin

What's in a name coverWhat’s in a name? Everything. As someone who has gone through the entire official argy-bargy to get my name legally changed, I appreciate the power behind the monikers we bear. Sally Cronin obviously shares this sensibility because this short story collection focuses on the unique power our names have to shape our lives.

Sometimes even a small change can be significant, as the first story, titled “Anne,” demonstrates so well. Just a small shift–to Annie–had great meaning to the woman who bore it. It shaped her entire sense of self, and went on to have meaning in her extended family as well.

Each tale has a given name as a significant factor. The names we bear become the basis of our own stories, as well as the foundation for the tales in this book.

Besides “Anne,” my favorites were “Celia,” “David,” and “George.” But give this book a read, and you’ll find favorites of your own. You can read the “Look Inside” here: https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Name-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B01N6Y8BK1/.

Avid writer and reader of Faerie tales and noblebright fantasy.

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48 comments on “What’s In a Name by Sally Cronin
  1. Lovely review of Sally’s book, Cathleen. Sally is a gem.

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  2. I can relate. Always kept my name exactly as it is. Have NEVER understood why women take men’s name upon marriage. I know I carry my father’s name (and not my mother’s) and my favorite way of doing last name is the Spanish way. But perhaps this book is mainly about first names?

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  3. I liked this book too, Cathleen. Wonderful stories.

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  4. Thank you so much Cathleen for this lovely review and I am so touched that the theme meant so much to you. You are very generous.. hugs Sally

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  5. paulandruss says:

    What a beautiful review of Sally’s book Cathleen – you have highlighted the very qualities I so adore in her stories. Shared on Social media

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  6. Sally’s book in on my kindle and I’m looking forward the read! 🙂

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  7. This is such an interesting premise for a story collection – compelling idea!

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  8. A lovely review of Sally’s book. I have it and will be starting with it soon.

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  9. Thanks for sharing this lovely review, Cathleen! 🙂

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  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    My thanks to Cathleen Townsend for her lovely review for What’in a Name…..a terrific end to the week.

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  11. This was an excellent book review, Cathleen.
    Thank you for sharing Sally’s work. 😊

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  12. Aquileana says:

    The blurb is intriguing!…. Sounds like a great book 😀

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  13. olganm says:

    A great review of a fabulous little book by a great author and blogger. Thanks!


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