Book Review – Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet by Sally Cronin

I’m delighted to share with you my five-star review of Sally Cronin’s new book of short stories and poems. Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet has only recently been released.

The Blurb

About the collection

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.

Available for £3.50Amazon UK – And $4.65 : Amazon US

My Review – also on Goodreads and Amazon Australia

Another wonderful book of heart-warming short stories

After reading both volumes in the What’s In A Name series, I was thrilled when I heard that Sally Cronin was releasing another book of short stories, and Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet did not disappoint. This author has an incredible skill at weaving quite short stories that both entertain and tug at the heart-strings, with deeply believable characters.

Interspersed with these is a small number of exquisite short poems, mostly cinquains that beautifully reflect and reinforce the themes of the stories.

There is a lot of surprising humour, and even quite a few alarming shocks – just as in real life. A few of her characters have the worst of intentions.

Among my favourites was a deliciously satisfying tale about a wife’s revenge, a story that shows us it’s never too late for love, and one with a ghostly visitor that is sure to bring a tear to your eye.

I can’t recommend this book highly enough, and definitely rate it as 5 stars.

Sally Cronin’s Other Books



Thank you for stopping by. My name is Toni Pike, a multi-genre author who loves writing thrillers for adults, non-fiction, and hilarious books for children.

I’m the author of DESOLATION BLUFF, DEAD DRY HEART and The Jotham Fletcher Mystery Thriller Series: THE MAGUS COVENANT, THE ROCK OF MAGUS, THE MAGUS EPIPHANY and HOLY SPEAR OF MAGUS. My latest release is for children aged 6-9: BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE.

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45 thoughts on “Book Review – Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet by Sally Cronin

  1. olganm

    Thanks, Toni. Great review. Although I haven’t read her most recent offering, I’ve read many of Sally’s stories (and even translated into Spanish one of her books) and you’ve perfectly captured the essence of her stories. They are little gems. Take care and enjoy the rest of the holiday season. And congratulations to Sally, of course.

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