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Length: 70 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 241 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Publication Date: November 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A969WJK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Kelley is an author and a music arranger. His third novel, A Shiver of Wonder, was published in October 2014. Nearly 650,000 books of his compositions and arrangements have been sold worldwide, and over 25,000 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 creates erotic mosaics, bakes constantly, annoys practically everyone with puns, is a massive EDM fan, and loves playing games of almost any kind, though Hearts is his current fave. 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tarsh on February 23, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Received this book free from the author in exchange for a review.

This is a collection of five stories, was a fairly quick and easy read, and that's actually about the best I can say about it, I think.

The fourth story, Jigsaw Puzzle, was the only story in this collection that I actually enjoyed. While all the stories are competently written, either thematic elements (A Summer Tale) or characters (the other three stories) meant I actively disliked the other four.

The first story, Full Circle, I did not like at all - the narrator was a deeply unpleasant personality, even - or perhaps especially - seen from his own point of view. Putting this as the first story in the collection was a mistake to me, as I almost stopped reading entirely before it ended.

The second story, A Summer Tale, was better - but the premise (that a woman would spend most of her life ostensibly waiting for the boy who seduced and left her when she was nineteen) left me somewhat out of sorts. Fortunately, this story was very nearly redeemed at the very end - enough to make me read on, at least.

The third story, Honesty, about an 'honest' conversation between a couple at the end of their relationship, was okay. But neither of the characters was particularly appealing, either.

The last story, Original Owner, was again a rather unpleasant character seen from his own point of view dissecting the history of his failed romantic relationships. Really, all I have to say about this one is: grow up.

I think the thing that bothered me most about this collection was that there was no room in here for the idea that aloneness is not equivalent to loneliness. Almost every character was either unpleasant (stories 1, 3, and 5), abused (story 4), or abandoned (story 2). Just... not worth it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Rasmussen on December 5, 2012
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I couldn't put this down, and the characters were incredibly real. I think my favorite was the Jigsaw one because I was rooting for that character. I enjoyed the wry humor that is present in all the stories, even in the midst of tragedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on December 3, 2012
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This is a very relatable collection of stories about assorted characters with varied afflictions. You may not have yet personally felt the same pang as each of them, but you certainly have someone in your life that has similar attributes. The author's writing style is both inviting and engaging. "Table for One" is a thought provoking reminder of how we all face fears and tribulations as we try to grow in our relationships with others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Stark on February 11, 2013
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I really enjoyed this set of stories. These quick reads are a bit darker and more serious than the other stories I've read by this author, but they were well-written and the characters very real and believable. My favorite was definitely "Jigsaw Puzzles", but all of them are good. I'd definitely recommend "Table for One" to anyone looking for some interesting short stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CAROL CUSTER on January 24, 2013
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TABLE FOR ONE is a collection of short stories that depict situations that happen in the lives of normal, everyday people. Though I've never actually experienced any of these situations myself, I could relate to parts of each story. Daniel Kelley's writing is so precise and descriptive that I could visualize each story vividly.

FULL CIRCLE is about someone we could have read about in the headlines. Milo goes back to his hometown to gloat a bit that he transcended his lowly roots - but did he?

A SUMMER TALE was probably my favorite of the five stories because almost every woman has experienced to some degree the heartache Miss Dori suffered. It's a wistful tale.

JIGSAW PUZZLE was heartbreakingly sad - and gloriously redemptive.

HONESTY - this story definitely shows that honesty is NOT always the best policy!

ORIGINAL OWNER had me thanking my lucky stars I never knew anyone like Gerald!

Each of these stories is thought-provoking and beautifully written. They linger on in the mind long after they've been read. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on December 22, 2012
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The characters in each short story were very real, and very flawed. Reading the stories was like being a fly on the wall, watching as each character confronted his/her own demon. At times, it was so realistic, it was almost uncomfortable. As that fly on the wall, I found myself wanting to fly away and escape the unflinching soul-bearing, but at the same time, was drawn to stay.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on December 22, 2012
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I didn't realize it was a book of short stories when I got it.....sorry, but I'm not a fan of them....but I found that I could not put it down! The stories grabbed my interest, got to the point.....and then on to the next! Quite enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on November 27, 2012
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I really enjoyed this group of short stories, which deal with many topics such as relationships, redemption, betrayal, love, hatred, and remorse. My favorite of the stories would have to be 'Honesty' but 'Original Owner' is a close second! All of them are very well-written and written with a lot of feeling.

I would totally recommend these!!! =)
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