Once Upon a Time….

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Sally Cronin writes a delightful fairytale that children and adults will love. Beginning with the fact, if you don’t know anything about fairies, it is important to note that fairies are very small beings that have a strong society of their own. They have all the same problems that humans have, but how they deal with their problems are quite different than humans. Their communities are quite diverse and that diversity brings them great strength in dealing with a few outliers that cause problems; like the Winter Fairy whose jealousy, insecurity, and mean spirit fail to give him any kind of reward in the end.

It is the kindness and love from the royal family, headed by Queen Filigree, that save the day when problems arise in her magic Kingdom of Magia. It is quite amazing that so many different beings like honeybees, spiders, voles, rabbits, messenger birds, Fluffy the Dragon, and many other kinds of beings, including stone guardians, manage to live in harmony together.

In Queen Filigree’s magical kingdom, where even Oaks and Elms help keep the Kingdom safe with their pollen. The trees help to prevent mean outliers from harming the Kingdom of Magia by creating dense areas of pollen that cause constant sneezing. However, one very difficult problem is the fact that no amount of help will save the Kingdom in its present location of 700 years.

Humans had decided to clear the entire area where the Palace of the Queen and all of her subjects abide. For 700 years the ancient Magnolia tree with deep roots had keep the fairies and other beings safe, until now. Including, all the honey bees whose honey was a key part of their income as well as a drink that was very important for health if not imbued too much or too often.

As luck would have it hope was insight. Messenger birds were sent to find a place to live for everyone in the Kingdom of Magia. The story that unfolds, in the Tales From The Irish Garden, includes the gracious help of the Storyteller who tells the tale like no other. The Storyteller is a gentleman farmer, who loves special roses in his garden, and who has magical skills of his own.

He begins to unfold the story that brings alive each creature within their own families, their own problems that become so real to the reader that you may never look at a Badger, a Fox, a Donkey, Mice, and so many other delightful beings that all help each other in the most amazing ways when great danger is afoot, again. Queen Filigree is forever grateful to the Storyteller for saving her Kingdom and she also improves the life of the Storyteller with an entirely new community to help keep safe. They solve their problems together in unity.

The Tales From The Irish Garden is a mythology that brings to light what kindness, sharing, caring for others, and love can bring to any society that abhors greed, selfishness, and meanness. It is a great society where every being, no matter their poor beginnings, large or small, can thrive. I give this delightful magical fairytale, with a grand and beautiful message of unity, 5 stars.

Find Sally Cronin’s Books on the following:

Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Sally-Cronin/e/B0096REZM2

AmazonUKhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Sally-Georgina-Cronin/e/B003B7O0T6

smashwords for Epub: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/SallyGCronin

35 thoughts on “Book Review: Tales From The Irish Garden by Sally Cronin and Illustrated by Donata Zawadzla

  1. jenanita01 says:

    Tales from an Irish Garden is a lovely story. I really enjoyed reading it!

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    1. Jenanita, Yes, it is a lovely fairytale and for me it has a deeper meaning too – about how embracing diversity can bring unity to otherwise dissembler people and their cultures.

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      1. jenanita01 says:

        Yes, it has a wonderful message…

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  2. petespringerauthor says:

    Besides writing such a delightful book, Sally is one of the hardest working and supportive bloggers on the planet. So glad to see your review, Karen.

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      1. Liz, I agree completely. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Pete..that is very kind of your… x

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    2. Pete, thank you and Sally is a wonderful writer (I have now read three of her books and I love them all). I hope my review did it justice, because the magical fairytale is the best. Karen

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  3. Pete, thank you for your comment. Sally is the hardest working and supportive for bloggers, writers, and authors. She is amazing.

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  4. Lovely review for Sally’s book. 🙂

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    1. Marje, thank you so very much and I am glad you enjoyed. I love Sally’s books and I have read three of them so far. Karen Anna 🙂

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  5. A lovely and thoughtful review of this book which I also loved, Karen.

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    1. Robbie, thank you so much. It is a fairytale to remember and I always will. So unique, so creative and the characters so memorable, that I will always remember Queen Filigree, the Storyteller, and so many others. 🙂

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    2. Thanks Robbie.. I of course was delighted… would rather have reviews than diamonds…xxx

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      1. Sally, I need to start posting all my reviews on Goodreads – I have been remiss in doing so. But, I have copies on my laptop and I will be working on that perhaps this week. As you know I we can’t review each others books on Amazon. Not fair though.

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      2. I know Karen Anna but at least having all the reviews together on our books gives one link to use.. I am slowly adding to all the authors in the cafe and bookstore so they have both the Amazon buy link and can check out all the reviews on Goodreads.. xxx

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      3. Sally, you and Debby to so much and I am so grateful. I have been remiss in sharing my reviews of my friends books (like yours and so many others to Goodreads) and I will correct that ASAP. 🙂

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      4. That is great Karen Anna but don’t race around getting it done.. you have enough on your calendar with your book launch..hugsxx♥

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      5. Sally, thank you. My sweet husband is taking me to the beach or a few days. He thinks I am under too much stress, I really I am fine. I am taking my laptop. hugsxx 🙂

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      6. Have a lovely time Karen Anna. and don’t spend too much time on the laptop.. it will all still be here when you come back..hugs xxx

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      7. Sally, thank you and I will try not to spend too much time writing…but I am addicted and I love it. I will be on the beach though – walking and thinking about writing as soon as I get back in the beach condo. Karen Anna:)

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  6. balroop2013 says:

    Wonderful review Karen. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Balroop, Thank you so much and greatly appreciate the fact that you liked it. I was a bit under the weather when I wrote it. Karen Anna 🙂

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  7. dgkaye says:

    Karen, this was a most beautiful review for Sally’s beautiful book. Shared! ❤ x

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    1. Thank you very much Debby and for all your support ♥♥

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      1. dgkaye says:

        You are most welcome Sal. ❤

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    2. Debby, thank you and it was easy to do because it is such a delightful, engaging, beautifully written fairytale with an underlying message, at least I thought so, about unity among diversity and so needed in today’s devisive atmostphere in America. 🙂

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      1. dgkaye says:

        Absolutely! Sally always manages to sneak in underlying messages in her stories. 🙂

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      2. Debby, yes, and in such away that it was so sublime. It wonderful.

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  8. Debby, thank you so much for sharing! Karen:)

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