Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #WWII – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton.

The lovely Sally Cronin of Smorgasbord blog has shared an extract from While the Bombs Fell, a book about my mother’s life as a very small girl growing up in a town in Suffolk, UK, during World War II.

You can read this post here:

About Sally Cronin

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996. My first book Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another thirteen books since then on health and also fiction, including five collections of short stories. My latest book is a collection of verse and speculative short stories titled Life is Like a Bowl of Cherries: Sometimes Bitter, Sometimes Sweet

I am an indie author and proud to be one. My greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy my take on health, characters and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books.. as important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog and linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

My blog is
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Sally Cronin’s books

Sally Cronin has an extensive collection of books which you can find here:

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Tales From The Garden

The Blurb

Tales from the Garden reveals the secrets that are hidden beneath hedges and trees. You will discover what really happens at night as you sleep unaware in your bed. Stone statues and those hidden worlds within the earth are about to share their stories. The guardians who have kept the sanctuary safe for over fifty years will allow you to peek behind the scenes of this magical place. They will take you on a journey through time and expand your horizons as they transport you to the land of fairies, butterflies and lost souls who have found a home here.
Fairy Stories for children of all ages from five to ninety-five that will change the way you look at your garden forever.

My review

I really enjoyed Tales From The Garden by Sally Cronin. A collection of short stories about life and love in the garden, each tale is completely different and filled with mystery and delight. Two of my favourite tales were Trouble in Paradise and The Boy, His Dog and a Fairy Princess.

Trouble in Paradise is a traditional tale of a woman scorned except that in this particular case, the woman happens to be the Queen of the Fairies. This is a story of disappointment and retribution as well as love and forgiveness. The story is beautifully told and is full of lovely imagery. One particular sentence that I really like was “They were bitter drops of sadness and soon the lovely petals began to shrivel and fall to the ground before their time.” This sentence speaks such volumes and really describes anguish and pain.

I read the story of The Boy, His Don and a Fairy Princess to my 11-year old son, Michael. He was quite enthralled by it. Sally’s description of the gorgeous fairy and the boy’s secret glimpses of her completely fascinated Michael. This pleased me greatly as my Michael is a “real boy” who loves swords, pirates and drumming. I was delighted to see that he was able to appreciate the delightful story and writing. Michael was especially pleased when the boy got his own puppy. Michael loves animals and was very thrilled about the idea of the boy having his own puppy all to himself (Mike has a brother he always has to share with). I must add that the story impacted Michael to such an extent that he shed a few tears at the end.

Tales From the Garden is illustrated with some very special photographs that really match the mood and tone of the book. I would recommend this book for everyone from ages 5 to 99 years old.

53 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – Share an Excerpt from a previous books 2021 – #WWII – While the Bombs Fell by Robbie Cheadle and Elsie Hancy Eaton.

      1. Only by looking at the cover of Sally’s book i am remembering the fondant fairy. Another great artwork of you, Robbie! Thank you, and enjoy the good weather. Here, we are for some times back to autumn conditions. xx

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    1. Hi Liz, I am always better at reading a book in one sitting than following a serial. I don’t like waiting [smile]. I read some of Sally’s posts and revisit this wonderful garden.


  1. Thank you for leaving such a fine review, Robbie. It’s nice to see Sally getting some recognition since she is such a great supporter of her fellow bloggers.

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    1. Hi Sally, I am glad you like this little post. I realised this review of mine was not on Amazon so I have posted it there too. When I first started reviewing books, I didn’t really know about posting to Amazon.

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