Review: Just an Odd Job Girl

Vacation time is my favorite time for reading – no distractions, no housework, no responsibilities that count. I had a glorious week on a Hawaiian beach, pretending it was summer. If not for the sun’s glare on my iPad, my adventure in reading would have been perfect.

Note to summer readers: stock up on paperbacks!

One of the books that flew west with me was Sally Cronin’s Just an Odd Job Girl. In more ways than one, it’s a great summer story.

A quick read at 156 pages, the book begins with an older Imogen. At 50, she’s on her own, traded-in by her husband for a younger “fast-tracker.” After 25 years of raising children and keeping house, she feels frumpy and bored, and decides to find a job.

The temp agency asks for a resume of her work experience, and all she has is a long list of pre-marriage odd jobs, starting with a summer stint as a teenager at a seaside gift kiosk and rambling through temporary positions with a dental office, department store, bar, funeral parlor, boys school, and country inn.

As the reader joins Imogene on a reflective journey through her odd jobs, it’s impossible not to laugh at her antics, the colorful characters she meets along the way, and the predicaments she gets herself into and out of. What I enjoyed most, was young Imogene’s humanity. She’s a wonderful combination of funny, compassionate, resourceful, and fearless. I couldn’t wait to see the fix she got into next.

In addition to laughs, Just an Odd Job Girl has a lovely message for young adults as well as those of us getting on in age: that life is full of opportunities, that wonderful people are everywhere, and that you are never to old to grow. Get your copy for the beach or backyard hammock. You won’t be disappointed.

Buy Just an Odd Job Girl book HERE

About the Author

Sally CroninBy her own admission, Sally Cronin has led an eclectic life, and I suspect there’s a bit of Imogene in her history. She’s written short stories and poetry since a young age and started publishing her work in 1996 when she combined her experience as a Nutritional Therapist with her love of writing. Over the last ten years, Sally’s talent has delivered nine titles and a wonderfully active blog. 

Sally Cronin Books

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83 thoughts on “Review: Just an Odd Job Girl

  1. Thank you so much for sharing, D! 🙂

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  2. Ali Isaac says:

    Hooray! Delighted to read this excellent review of Sally’s book here, Diana. Sally spends so much time supporting the rest of us Indies and our books, it’s nice to see her on the receiving end for a change. Sounds like a fabulous fun read! 😁

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  3. Sacha Black says:

    Lol to the paperback thing – I have a kindle and an iPad for that reason – iPad for reading at night in bed so I can dim the screen and the kindle so I can read on the beach and not carry 14 books with me.

    Lovely review I must read some of Sally’s stuff. 😍

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  4. reocochran says:

    I think authors we meet make us feel better connected to the books we read by them. Thank you, Diana for featuring Sally’s book. “The Odd Job Girl” sounds like my kind of girl! I like down to earth stories which bring humorous and interesting plot lines to change the characters lives. 🙂

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  5. Sounds like a good one 🙂 Glad you got some good chill time on vacation!

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  6. jazzfeathers says:

    It really sounds like a fun, different read. I’ll look it up for sure 🙂
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  7. I’m an “Odd Jobs Girl” too only, I describe myself as a woman of many hats. I used to view my jack-of-all-trades status as a negative but I now, view it as a positive. I’m thankful to have had to opportunity to try so many things and in all of them, I found a place to express my art. In fact, the more drudgery I was forced to endure, the greater creativity in me rose to take me beyond the mere accomplishment of a repetitive task. Thank you for sharing this summary and it is something, I want to read when and if I go on vacation.:0)

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  8. Great post! I loved the posts you did showing us your trip! Sounds like a lovely time!

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  9. This sounds like a great read. Thank you, Diana, for sharing. Off to add it to my TBR list!

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  10. Annika Perry says:

    This sounds like a perfect read for my Easter holidays – I never want anything too scary for the weeks in the forest! I look forward to catching up with Imogene then. Lovely book review, Diana and isn’t the book cover beautiful and eye-catching?!

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  11. Kim says:

    If more importance were given to home life and responsibilities of the family (one or two parents) then I think more respect would follow. Most old folks don’t want to be in a nursing home, therefore, why do we think kids would prefer morning and after school care, instead of playing or relaxing at home. Would we adults want to go somewhere before work and then after work and finally get home exhausted? No. We should give more attention and time to what is important instead of our need to have it all. We can have it all just not at the same time. I do understand about two folks working to provide when necessary. Most likely many people stay together for monetary reasons.Somehow this was about managing. Lol. Sorry to ramble on. I hope to read one of your books this year! Writing has been fun, my hobby that costs only time and little money.

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  12. Sorry. Soooo many books. I want to read them all (forever catch up?) 😀

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  13. It’s funny you mentioned the glare–when I went to the beach a couple of years ago, the plan was to sit out there and read on my Kindle and, yes, the glare did make it difficult. We ended up renting one of those loungers with an umbrella and voila–reading time perfected!

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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    • I just covered my head with a towel, Stephanie. I didn’t get a speck of sun and I probably looked like a nut, but I got to read! (It was too windy to open the umbrellas or I might have gone that route). 🙂 Thanks for the visit!

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  14. Sounds like a wonderful, fun book…I will try to add it to my summer list. Thanks!

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  15. The review is wonderful. Hope to get to this book before I’m completely gray. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  16. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Delighted to have started the month with a wonderful review for Just an Odd Job Girl from Diana.. D. Wallace Peach author of Myths of the Mirror and other fantasy fiction.

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  17. It sounds like a good read, thank you for sharing it. I am always on the look out for good books.

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  18. This does sound like a fun one. Especially the funeral home part.

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  19. A great post and I’m heading over to Amazon right now to download a copy of Sally’s book to my kindle. Thanks, D. Looking forward to the read, Sally! 🙂

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  20. Cindy says:

    My Gosh..that’s me..the odd job girl! 😕 Funny how I spend my days “running around” doing a million (ok, maybe twelve or so) “odd jobs” and yet never feel like I have anything concrete to show for it.

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  21. Ocean Bream says:

    This book sounds so colourful and insightful, also so enjoyable to read on a holiday. “Just an Odd Job Girl” is a quirky title. Might have to get my hands on this one. You generally want lighthearted stuff for holidays 🙂 Glad you had a great time in Hawaii, Diane, accompanied by sunshine and a good read.

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  22. Dawn D says:

    This sounds wonderful, and so close to my own experience, though I was able to get some experience during my marriage that I am now building upon.
    I love your review and would probably love the book, but I really can’t start a new book for another 3 months! Too much to do, barely enough time to read your beautiful posts!
    Another time 🙂
    (I’ll see if I can put it on a wish list somewhere to remember to buy it later 🙂 )

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    • Thanks for the visit, Dawn. I know how time to read can be a real challenge. I was never an odd job girl, but it made me want to be! Hmm… Yes, put it on the wish list for someday when you are looking for a quick read 🙂 Have a great week!

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    • Thank you Dawn and delighted you thought it looked interesting. I know the problem finding time to read.. my TBR is now out the door and round the block.. thanks very much Sally

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      • Dawn D says:

        Well, I just started a course for professional development a month ago, trying to get some degree that shows that I’m not just an odd job girl, but do have qualifications. And work has started to take off as well, add to that kids and a divorce… I think reading will have to wait until after I’m done with the course at least 🙂
        But I love Diana’s review, and I trust her choices, so I’m sure it’s going to be a delightful read. I wish I knew how to write humour! And I certainly can use some in my life. Your book is now on my wish list on Amazon 🙂

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        • Thank you Dawn. It is tough juggling life with life skills but it is amazing how much professional development is involved in being a wife and mother and surviving a divorce. I wrote a people management development programme for the first company that I worked for where I managed people and that was forty years ago.. I have updated for every company that I subsequently worked for and most of the updates came from personal experience of people and challenges that everyone faces. I am sure that you would be an asset to any work environment. best wishes Sally

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          • Dawn D says:

            Thank you. If only I could find time to write these cover letters soon 😉
            I’m hoping to get to it before the end of the week, but…
            Ah, well, the good news is that I know I’m not bad at what I do, it’s just tough convincing an employer without a degree. So… I’m filling that gap 🙂
            But I agree, managing a ‘small family business’ teaches a lot about life. Getting through a divorce and looking for love does too. I’m busy 😉

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