By Sally Cronin
I adored this charming fairy tale for adults, which is also suitable for children. The fairy queen and her court needed to relocate and received an invitation from the Storyteller to live under a magnolia tree in his Irish garden. The imagery was beautiful throughout the book. I could easily imagine flying on a swan, exploring a castle under a tree, or running into lerpersians and goblins. The characters felt real, and I was worried about how they would adapt to the colder climate. It was a relief when they resolved that with beautiful new wardrobes. I loved not only how they made this place their new home, but the romance and new friendships mixed in, too. Many additional characters in the stories I treasured included a donkey, a fox, and mice. This is a world I’d love to find in my garden, and I highly recommend these magical tales!
by Vicky Whedbee (Author) and Maresa Pezzulo (Editor)
“Things He Hadn’t Told Her” is a sweet story about friendship and love. Since childhood, Cole and Chad have been best friends and share living space in college. They meet a woman, Maggie, and they all become fast friends, and then both men fall in love with her. Chad, who is in school to become a physical therapist, has always been the caretaker for Cole, the charming football star. Maggie soon falls for one of these men. The relationship between Cole and Chad is enduring and strong. Maggie is a sweet and sometimes clueless character with a strong faith and loving personality. The story flows through multiple POVs that offer a unique perspective of many characters. Midway through the story, there was a tragic event that changed everything. I was invested in these characters and hoped it would all work out at the end, where there was another twist. A heartfelt story about the power of love and loyalty.
Old Mountain Cassie: The Three Lessons
“Old Mountain Cassie” takes Lacey and the reader on a spiritual journey. Lacey moves to a charming Appalachian village from New York. She works as a gemstone buyer until she is suddenly let go. This leaves her with a lot of time and the need to find the local legend, Old Mountain Cassie. I loved the relationship between Lacey and her best friend, Serene, as they support each other with humor mixed in. The sweetness of the people and town almost seem too good to be true, and I wondered about people’s intentions, but that all changed as I kept reading. The story builds at a slow pace, which matches Lacey’s journey and fits the town. As soon as the lessons began, I was mesmerized and found myself reminded of some important life lessons. I would love to walk through this fictional town, but especially find the forest path full of wisdom and where a Cassie lives. This is a delightful read if you need inspiration or to be uplifted—and one I won’t soon forget. I can easily recommend “Old Mountain Cassie.”
I only post my 4 & 5-star reviews. If I don’t like a book, I won’t finish it. It doesn’t feel right leaving a review in that case, but I have been known to email the author:) Life is too short not to enjoy every book you read!
Embrace your inner child and feed your soul by reading a good book! D. L. Finn
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All three of these sound good, Denise, and candidates for my TBR. Excellent reviews. You made me want to read each of them!
Thank you, Mae. You have some good reading ahead.
Thanks Mae xx
Three wonderful reviews, Denise! Old Mountain Cassie is not my typical kind of read, but it sounds especially good to me.
Thsnks, Priscilla 🙂 It was just what I needed at the moment.
Loved Sally’s book. That’s a great description–adult fairy tale. Of course it is! And the title for Vicky’s book instantly brings to mind Elizabeth George’s wonderful “What Came Before He Shot Her”. Good list, Denise.
I do love adult fairy tales 🙂 I haven’t read that but the tirle intrigues me. Thanks, Jacqui.
I used to love Elizabeth George. That one is about the last that I couldn’t put down.
Thanks Jacqui… xx
Some great books here! I loved Sally’s Tales From the Irish Garden.
Definitely some good reads! I did too 🙂
Thanks Darlene ♥
Excellent reviews, Denise. Congratulations to all the authors.
Thank you, Staci 🙂
Thanks for the great reviews, Denise! I’ve got Sally’s book awaiting me, and will definitely be checking out the others. I mean, after all … a towering virtual TBR pile can’t REALLY fall over on me, can it? 😁
It hasn’t…yet 😉 Happy reading!
So far, so good! 😀
Thanks Marcia… hope you enjoy when you have time..♥
I’m sure I’m gonna love it, Sally! Can’t wait to get caught up on all my reading. (OKay, so that’s probably impossible, but I need to get farther along than I am right now, at least!) 😀 <3
Lol.. I know the feeling ♥
All three of these sound like sweet, gentle reads, Denise. Perfect for someone who needs a lift, or simply to while away a few hours relaxing in a hammock. Thanks for sharing your reviews, and many congrats to Tonya, Vicky, and Sally. <3 <3
Thanks, Diana 🙂 They are definitely books for lounging in the hammock, or sitting on the beach.
Thanks Diana ♥
Three great reviews, Denise. I will add them to my TBR list.
Can’t go wrong with any of them, Karen 🙂
Thanks for sharing your review for Tales from the Irish Garden in your round up Denise.. terrific boost. Thank you for introducing me to two new authors as well.. hugsx
Thrilled to share your fun story, Sally 🙂 You can’t go wrong with any either of these reads. Hugs xo
Thanks again Denise. xx
Tales of The Irish Garden was my introduction to Sally Cronin’s wonderful storytelling- I love her books! Congrats to Tonya and Vicky on the reviews, the books sound interesting.
Great introduction, Jacquie 🙂 I love her books too and I’m working my way through her catalog. They were all good reads xo
These sound great, Denise! I have at least one of these on my kindle. Thanks for sharing your reviews. 🙂
Thanks, Yvette:) You have some good reading ahead!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on all three of these books, Denise. They all sound like compelling and wonderful reads!!
They sure are great reads, Jan 🙂 Thank you!
Super reviews, Denise. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks, John 🙂
Sally and Vicky’s were great reads and Tonya’s sounds intriguing.
They sure were great reads and I think you’d like Tonya’s. Thank you, Sandra. Had a nice time! xoxoxo
Glad you had a wonderful time and glad you are back:)
We left the light on for ya:)
Great reviews, Denise. All sound like books I would enjoy, but for some reason, “Old Mountain Cassie” really resonates.
Thanks, Joan 🙂 It was a read I was in need of right when I read it.
Thanks for this post, Denise. Lovely books, and marvelously mindful reviews. Hugs on the wing.
Thank you, Teagan 🙂 All great reads. Hugs right back xo
Wonderful reviews. Congratulations to all the authors.
Thank you, Craig 🙂
Hi Denise, I’ve read all of Sally Cronin’s books and they are all wonderful. The other two books sound lovely too. Thanks for sharing.
I’m working my way through her amazing catalog, Robbie! You can’t go wrong with any of these stories.
Great reviews. Congrats to Sally, Tonya, and Vicky. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Denise 💕🙂
Thanks, Harmony 🙂
A collection of fun and “feel -good” reads. Just what the doctor ordered!
I’m a fan of fee-good reads too, Mark! In fact, I just finished a heavy themed book and jumped right into feel-good one 🙂
So how many books are you reading this weekend? 🙂 Heh.
I didn’t get much reading in. You? Xo