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  • Finding Fiona on Nov. 20, 2011

    This book had a quite intriguing beginning and was an interesting read about halfway through. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't quite live up to its potential -the fast pacing seemed to become jumbled and confusing - but still a nice little read.
  • In Leah's Wake on Nov. 25, 2011

    It took me awhile to get used to the rhythm of going back and forth with several different characters, but once I did, it was easy to identify each of them immediately. The story was a rather depressing one most of the way through - showing the breakdown of a family and how easily it can happen to even the most unlikey people. The writing was very good and the characters were sympathetic. There were really no 'bad guys' but only bad circumstances and bad decisions. The ending was upbeat (perhaps moreso than feasible). I would recommend this book - especially to anyone with a family.
  • After Ten on Nov. 27, 2011

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book - - an easy read 'chick lit' book (and I mean no disrespect by that!) The book was well-written with fully developed characters. The story was fairly predictable - but that isn't a bad thing - about four women who were friends in law school and meet up again at their ten year reunion. Each woman had faced and dealt with different issues during the ten years and it was interesting to see how their journeys shaped them as people. I'll look forward to future books by this author.
  • Naked Mommy on Dec. 25, 2011

    A story as old as time - - two men in love with one woman. To complicate things, the two men are brothers. I wasn't especially fond of this book.
  • The Ice Cream Vendor's Song on March 15, 2013

    This was an interesting book of very short stories. I can't say that I liked them all, but I didn't dislike any either and they all made me think. I really enjoyed reading the stories - some were quirky, some sad, some funny. A very nice mixture.
  • The Ice Cream Vendor's Song on March 15, 2013

    This was an interesting book of very short stories. I can't say that I liked them all, but I didn't dislike any either and they all made me think. I really enjoyed reading the stories - some were quirky, some sad, some funny. A very nice mixture.
  • Abraham Lincoln's Lie on March 31, 2013

    When I started to read this book, I knew nothing about it but the title so thought it would be an historical novel set in Lincoln's time. When I realized it was contemporary, I was surprised but not displeased. I enjoyed the satire and humor of the book in the beginning; but as the novel progressed, it became way too heavey-handed and one-sided for my taste. It soon became nothing more than a liberal diatribe. I suppose if I agreed with the viewpoint I would have enjoyed it more, but even then I think I would have preferred a more balanced story. The book could use some editing for spelling and misplaced adjectives that don't seem to go with their nouns (can attire be promiscious?) but still, it's an unusual book and a quick read. I would imagine liberal readers will love it!
  • The Waiting Room on April 27, 2013

    This is an interesting collection of stories and I enjoyed them. The story with the Ouija board brought back memories of a night in college when my friends and I were playing with one. Doesn't everyone have memories like that? Intriguing insights into the characters made these stories memorable.
  • Down at the End of the River on July 15, 2013

    I found the stories to be very enjoyable. The descriptions were great, characters interesting, and the stories unusual.
  • A Dance with Tilly on Oct. 18, 2015

    I'm a real fan of Daniel Kelley's writing and as with his other work, I absolutely loved this story. Beautifully written, the story portrays first love blossoming in all its awkwardness and nervousness. I held my breath hoping things would work out for the characters. As well as the young love, the reader - along with the main character - is treated to a glimpse into lasting, improbable love. I wanted to know more! I wanted to know what happens next! And isn't that a mark of an excellent short story?
  • A Shiver of Wonder on Oct. 18, 2015

    I've been a fan of Daniel Kelley's writing for some time now and this novel is my favorite thing he's written. The characters are interesting and believable (even when - or perhaps because - they defy logic). The story is fascinating. I'm a firm believer in 'willing suspension of disbelief' when reading and that definitely contributed to my enjoyment of this book. For readers who don't believe in the possibility of paranormal incidents, it's possible to look at things in another way - - but to me, it's much more fun to go along with the fanciful version. I won't spoil the story by giving details. This is a delightful read - - I heartily recommend it.
  • Jack & Tilly on Dec. 06, 2015

    When I read the short story "A Dance With Tilly", I wished the story would go on and on. I wanted to know what happened next with Jack and Tilly. So I am thrilled with the new novel sequel, "Jack and Tilly"! The characters are so well described that I feel I really know Jack and Tilly. I also loved the relationship between Jack and his father - - - as well as Jack and Croft. The Professor is an interesting character - strong yet vulnerable. The story had mystery, romance, misunderstandings and friendship. The excellent writing flows and makes the unbelievable totally believable. I loved this book - and again, I want to know what happens next!! That's the sign of a really good book!