It’s April now and I’m back home! It’s back to work and with my Sunday book reviews!
I didn’t manage to get a tremendous amount of work done while I was away, but I did manage to get some good reading done while I worked on my tan at the pool, taking in the warm, desert sun.
I’m going to kick off my Sunday reviews today with a double-header, two books I’ve read and highly recommend, one by the talented short story teller, Sally Cronin – What’s in a Name? and another, Gabby and the Quads, by the versatile, multi-genre and compassionate writer, Tina Frisco.
There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.
There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.
Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.
Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?
My 5 Star Review:
Sally Cronin has an uncanny knack for pulling in her readers with her heartfelt short stories and often unpredictable endings.
Each one of these stories takes us in to some history of the characters and how their names were derived, and consequently, how their names affected or complemented their lives.
Names have meanings for the people who have chosen them, but sometimes, the people given those names aren’t always happy with their name.
I highly recommend this wonderful book of sensitive and intriguing stories by this wonderful author.
Visit Sally’s author page on Amazon to see all her books!
Gabby is an only child who is about to become big sister to quadruplets! How will she handle this? Her parents decide on a unique approach to introduce her to and help her accept this awesome experience. Follow Gabby as she learns all about babies and the joy of loving.
My 5 Star Review:
This book is an absolutely wonderful story book for parents and little children alike. The author takes us on a little life lesson journey of a little child about to become the big sister to quadruplets. Frisco manages to incorporate important lessons for parents while demonstrating with her words and illustrations by subtly instilling messages about safety, sharing and compassion within the storyline. Her method of showing how the parents ready Gabby for the babies’ arrival, asking her how she would feel about being a big sister and a helper, encouraging the child to love her new siblings, easing her into her new role without being left to feel she is no longer ‘the only child’, but a necessary component to being a helper, a very important role as big sister.
If you have little ones, or about to become parents for a second time, I highly recommend this book as a guide to parents and an enjoyable and entertaining read with educational meaning and reference that is easily understood by young children.
Visit Tina’s Amazon author page to view all her books!