A Dance with Tilly

Rated 5.00/5 based on 3 reviews
Jack Wharton witnessed something beautiful, and yet impossible. In pursuit of an explanation, he explores a terrain just outside his front door that he’s never quite noticed before… and discovers quite a bit about himself as well. Set in elegant Marblehead, Massachusetts, A Dance with Tilly follows 14-year-old Jack as he moves briskly through the bewitching worlds of ghosts, grief and girls. More
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About Daniel Kelley

Daniel Kelley is an author and a music arranger. His fifth novel, Raffle Ticket, was published in October 2016. Nearly 700,000 books of Daniel’s compositions and arrangements have sold worldwide, and over 30,000 of his e-books have captivated readers. With lyricist JoEllen Doering, he also composed the music to the classic holiday song, “It's Christmas Time Again”.

Daniel mosaics, bakes constantly, annoys practically everyone with puns, is a massive EDM fan, and loves playing games of any kind, though Hearts is his current fave. In 2016, a mosaic of his won the Best of Show monetary prize at the Los Angeles County Fair. He and his wife Cynthia have three children and too many fish. Adair, Darcy and Adele are the names of the children.

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Review by: worncorners on Dec. 7, 2015 :
"A Dance With Tilly" is a beautiful introduction to the recently published full-length novel "Jack and Tilly". This lilting, well-crafted tale about love and death in New England, where love and death don't necessarily happen in that order, introduces four characters that readers will want to get to know further.

Jack narrates. He's an awkward and lonely adolescent trapped in the crystal cocoon of privilege. Fortunately, he's being raised by his wise and wisecracking butler, Croft, who keeps him grounded. Tilly, a beguiling girl Jack's age who works at a convenience store in town, catches Jack's attention and he asks her to his school's dance. Set against this klutzy, sweet little romance are the doings of Jack's neighbor, a professor who lives across the street and occasionally dances with dead people.

Daniel Kelley's impeccable prose should be enough encouragement to read "Jack and Tilly", but the "dancing with dead people" bit should get readers' attention as well. ;-) 5 stars.
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Review by: breezywriter 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?
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Review by: Brianna on Oct. 12, 2015 :
I loved reading "A Dance with Tilly". As with most short stories I wish it were longer. But an excellent coming of age story. The characters are so real and like able. It really takes you to a different world. A must read!!!
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