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More Than You’d Expect from What’s in a Name?


What’s in a Name? Would you expect a dry rendition of the ancient origins for names? NO! Sally Cronin would not write something that would put you to sleep. Maybe she wrote about why parents might name their child Nina Melvina. NO! That’s the story my mother told me when I complained about having too many esses to pronounce in my name. (Marsha Morris was a bit much for a girl with a lisp.) SallyCronin’s newest book is What’s in a Name?, published in February 2017.

Simple Stories About Believable Peoples’ Names

In What’s in a Name? Sally Cronin wrote simple stories about people like Anne, who preferred to be called Annie, Alexander Winterbottom, Beatrix, and David. Did I mention that she organized the stories alphabetically? She gave them all interesting lives. For example, Beatrix was a beautiful actress. Even after 40 years, she retained her regal demeanor and her audience appeal. Only at the end do you find out how she kept her image going.

While readers would classify the author Sally Cronin as constant and dependable in that she always delivers a great book, her characters are anything but predictable. Characteristically I’m going to rearrange the order of names and give you a glimpse of what you can look forward to reading.

We never learned why Celia had to leave her job. However, before leaving she had buried herself in work for twenty years. In the meantime, the world changed, and Celia had not. She worried how she would survive. Clive had a life-changing run-in with a cobra at age three. Diana Grace, courted by a handsome merchant banker, fell in love and married him in short order. When she got pregnant three years later, her husband’s reaction shocked her. Her subsequent reaction rearranged his world.

Many stories, each with a unique plot twist, often made me smile, even when the protagonist murdered someone. Murders and unexpected deaths sprinkled sparingly among the collage of tales kept the reader on his or her toes.

Four-year-old Grace broke my heart when she went on a hunger strike. Hector accidentally killed a man who attacked his buddy and had already killed two security officers. Sadly some stories ended badly for the protagonists.

The Name George Fits this Cagey Character

“George Horsefield slowly pushed open the door of the garden shed and poked his head through the narrow opening. He slowly scanned the immediate vicinity to make sure that the dog that lived in the house behind him was not lying in wait. It was a motley small mongrel with sharp teeth, and there had been a couple of occasions when those teeth had connected with his legs in a very unpleasant manner. All seemed safe, and George eased himself out onto the garden path that led to the wooden gate, but not before a quick glance behind him for a last look at his beloved. He and Mildred had been having a torrid affair throughout the summer months with secret assignations in her shed or his own. However recent events made them both aware, that for the time being, their trysts would have to come to an end.”

Cronin, Sally. What’s in a Name? (Kindle Locations 930-938). Moyhill Publishing. Kindle Edition.

You will never be bored reading What’s in a Name?. Because each person has a chapter, you might assume you can put the book down and come back later. Try it. I dare you! Can you tell I loved this book?

Sally Cronin

Author Bio

Sally’s life is as interesting as her books. She has led what she terms as an “eclectic life.” Because her father was in the Royal Navy, she only settled down in the UK at age 14. Switching between seven schools in different countries allowed her to gain a repertoire of curse words she swears competes with any sailor.  (I didn’t see any in this book, but maybe that’s another story.)

Although she trained as a secretary, when a pregnant dental chairside assistant developed a phobia to blood (that was probably me), it forced her into the role of a dental nurse. Following the dental professions, she moved into the hospitality industry, and from there worked at several careers including radio and television.

Sally published her first book with a Canadian self-publisher in the late 90s and since then has republished that book and released nine others as part of her self-publishing company. Apart from health, she enjoys writing fiction in the form of novels and short stories.

Indie authors need reviews as much as our bodies need food, water, and air, so don’t be satisfied with just reading this review. If you have read one of her books, she would love to hear what you think about it.

Sally’s blog is
And for more information on her books listed here at Amazon, please visit

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  1. A well thought out review, Marsha. Sally is a gem in so many ways! Her many blog posts are as interesting as her books. She definitely has a magical way of keeping her readers engrossed in her writing.


    • She has a magical personality. I think her genuine caring for people shines through all that she does. She reviewed my book even though it has little to do with the rest of the world. I’ll always be grateful for that. πŸ™‚ She treats everyone with the same amount of respect and support.


  2. Fantastic review of Sally’s book Marsha. You said a mouthful when you said, Sal’s books won’t put one to sleep. So glad to see her featured here. πŸ™‚


    • Thanks, Debby. It was a fun review to do. πŸ™‚ Everyone speaks so highly of Sally, and I enjoy her blog, I thought it was about time I read one of her books. πŸ™‚


  3. Marsha what a lovely surprise this morning.. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the stories about charaters that I became very attached to during the writing.. I have to say George is close to my heart! Thank you so much and I will spread far and wide. I am very grateful Sally


  4. A great review of a fabulous writer and blogger, whose style is deceptively simple. Thanks very much and congratulations and best of luck to Sally.


    • It would make it easier for all bloggers. I’m trying to do it more for Networking Bloggers, but it takes a lot of time! That’s probably why most people don’t do it. Do you have a secret way of getting it done? I need lessons from you! πŸ™‚


  5. Well, it’s nice if we write a few words to introduce the post, but come on, at the very least, if you’ve read and enjoyed a post enough to hit ‘like’ it only takes a nano second to hit another share button or two. πŸ™‚


    • Good point, Debby. In theory it is not supposed to take very long to share, but trust me my old computer had the longest nano seconds you’ve ever seen. They were slower than how my site loaded! I have a new computer though, and maybe that will help.

      The other issue I have come up against is that I don’t want to share on MY FB account. I want to share on Always Write or Networking Bloggers. When you are in someone else’s blog, and you press the FB button, doesn’t it automatically go to your personal Facebook account?


  6. Good points Marsha. Some people don’t like to wait for loading times, but pressing a share button should really open within 3 seconds and hit ‘post’. But in answer to your question: I too no longer share posts to my personal page. No, it does not auto go to our personal page. If you hit the FB button, the post share box will open up and on the top left there is a dropdown box. Click on that and FB will offer you where you would like to share > your personal page, author page, or any group pages you belong to. It will ask if you want to share to a group then offer you to type which group ( for example, your network bloggers group will be offered). Hope this helps. Give it a try. πŸ™‚


    • Definitely will. Worst case scenario I can delete the post from my home account. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tip. Sounds like a new DGK/MI post, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚


  7. Yes it does! You know it’s funny, I’ve written many ‘how to’ posts through the years that I think many disregarded as they didn’t want to get more involved with their blogs than they already had mastered. It appears to me the longer people blog the more their curiosity is aroused on the how tos , thus, many of my older posts are being seeked out. I really have to find the tine to fish out older posts and reblog them. πŸ™‚





Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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