#BookReview: Life is Like a Mosaic by Sally Cronin @sgc58 #poetry

Hi everyone! Today, I have a book review for fellow author and friend Sally Cronin >>>

About the Book:

Book cover for Life is Like a Mosaic by Sally Cronin “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” Arthur Brisbane 1911.

An image offers an opportunity to see endless possibilities depending on the viewer’s perspective. Where some might see beauty and joy, others imagine sadness and loss of hope.

In this collection, images and syllabic poetry are brought together to tell a story based on the author’s perspective. The poetry explores our human experiences such as love, happiness, hope, aging, friendship, new beginnings, dreams and loss.

The world around us is an amazing playground and source of all our essential needs as well as sensory experiences that bring wonder into our lives. What lies beyond the horizon? What surprises will we discover as a garden bursts into bloom? Where do the night creatures live?

At the end of the collection there are some longer poems celebrating memories of the author’s life of travel, teenage exploits and love of food!

My Review:


I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a while … too long, especially with the absolute gem of a read it is. This book of poetry may be small in size but it’s big in content. The poems use various syllabic formats and some of them are a work of art in themselves … such as the butterfly Cinquain, for example. Sally Cronin packs a lot of life into few words and evokes so many emotions.

Each poem is accompanied with a photograph, which adds to the artistry of this book. The topics covered include birthdays, ageism, secrets, friendships, advanced years, and so much more. The final section of the book treats the reader to slices of life in rhyming verse. I enjoyed them all, and The Lure of the Waltzer took me right back to my teenage years.

While the whole collection is wonderful, here are some lines which stood out for me …

“ In a house where the jungle merged with the sea.”

And …

“it’s good to know you can still come home
rebellion packed in your case.”

And …

“ So if I sound a bit pickled
The leftovers carry the blame.”

And, finally a poem in full … from FIRST STEPS:

“First steps
new beginnings
hesitancy and fear
one foot in front of the other
deep breath
Focus on smiles and
hands outstretched
for you are not alone
on this journey
through life.”

Life is Like a Mosaic gets a resounding five stars. A must read book.


NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

I’d love to hear what you think of this review. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


For anyone interested, here are the Amazon links …

UK … https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/

US … https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08R8XRTB2/


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I thoroughly enjoyed Sally’s book too. Great review Harmony. 🙂

sally cronin

Thanks again Marje for you support..hugsx

Robbie Cheadle

Hi Harmony, a wonderful review of Sally’s book which I also loved.

sally cronin

Thanks for another boost for the collection Robbie ♥

Alex Craigie

Ooops! I’m the anonymous comment…


I loved this book too, Harmony, and this is a wonderful review of it. x

sally cronin

Thanks very much Alex and for your review..I am so pleased with the support and feedback ♥

Yvette M Calleiro

Wonderful review, Harmony! If you enjoyed the poetry, then I know it’s a book worth buying. 🙂

sally cronin

Thanks very much Yvette.. loved Harmony’s review, she gave me a lovely boost.. hugsx


Thanks for the beautiful review, Harmony! This first steps poem is definitely one of my beloved ones. xx Michael

sally cronin

Thanks very much Michael.. and for all your support have a lovely weekend..hugs


Beautiful review Harmony for Sally’s beautiful book. <3

sally cronin

Thanks Debby and for your support for all my books ♥

Elizabeth Gauffreau

Excellent review! I need to read this book!!

sally cronin

It is a lovely review Liz and I am feeling very chuffed today..xxx


You’re welcome, Harmony.

Jan Sikes

I thoroughly enjoyed this treasure from Sally. I kept thinking to myself as I was reading, “this book is meant to be savored…” That’s true. What a wonderful review, Harmony. Thank you for sharing! Congrats to Sally!

sally cronin

Thanks again for your support Jan.. it means a great deal..I loved Harmony’s review ♥

D.L. Finn

Great review! I throughly enjoyed this read 🙂

sally cronin

Thanks Denise for adding your recommendation…hugs

Diana Peach

You picked out some great lines and a lovely poem, Harmony. I also thoroughly enjoyed this book (as well as Sally’s others). Great review and congrats to Sally!

sally cronin

Thanks very much Diana.. a lovely thing to wake up to this morning..♥

Marcia Meara

A most excellent review, Harmony, and congratulations, Sally! I, too, have this book on my Kindle, and now I’m more eager to read it than ever! Soooooon, My Precious! 😂

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Harmony, and much continued success with this one, Sally! 🤗 💖

sally cronin

Thanks very much Marcia and very honoured to be a lady in waiting on your TBR… hope you enjoy once you get to it… hugsxx♥

Mae Clair

It’s no surprise this book gets 5 stars. Sally always delivers, whether she’s writing short fiction, slice of life, or poetry. Congrats to her on an awesome review.
Thanks for sharing, Harmony!

sally cronin

Thanks so much for that lovely support Mae.. ♥

Staci Troilo

I find poetry so intensely personal. Much more than fiction in many ways. I commend people who write it. (And review it!) Kudos to Sally for a job obviously well done. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Harmony.

sally cronin

Thanks very much Staci.. a lovely boost for the collection by Harmony..hugs

CS Boyack

Congratulations for that wonderful review, Sally.

sally cronin

Thanks Craig.. made my day xx

Jane Risdon

Well done Sally, what a fab review. I have it on my list to add to my Kindle to read as soon as I read several I have promised to review. Congrats and much success.

sally cronin

Thanks very much Jane and I know what the TBR pressure is like.. I hope you enjoy when you have time to read.. hugsxx♥

sally cronin

Thank you so much again for your lovely review Harmony and for showcasing it here on your blog too.. I do appreciate the support. ♥♥

Jacquie Biggar

I loved this book, as well. Sally’s poetry is reflective of her- kind and caring <3

Sally Cronin

Thanks very much Jacquie.. and for your lovely review..♥

Joan Hall

I’ve been hearing good things about this book. Nice review, Harmony!

sally cronin

It certainly cheered up this rain sodden morning Joan… delighted with Harmony’s review..xx

Priscilla Bettis

Oh, it sounds sweet. I love the lines you picked out and the baby’s first steps poem, too! Good review.:-)

sally Cronin

A wonderful start to the day Priscilla and has given me a lovely boost.. x

Bette A Stevens

Great review! Sharing… Life is a Mosaic is on my kindle!

sally cronin

Loved the review… thanks Bette and I hope you enjoy too when you have time to read…hugs ♥

john howell

A terrific review for Sally’s book, Harmony. Congratulations, Sally

sally cronin

Thanks John.. I am thrilled by Harmony’s review… hugs xx