Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Dance with Me by Judith Crow



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Don’t tell anyone, but Kelli spends all her free time listening to folk music. Ok, it’s not what you’d expect from a popular fifteen-year-old, but that’s why she doesn’t want the whole world to know.

When Kelli follows the mysterious Tam Lane, she finds herself in a place where folk songs come to life. As she comes to terms with the world, she makes friends, uses her privilege to help others, and even falls in love.

But Kelli has forgotten the fates which await so many characters in the songs, and she soon finds herself surrounded by heartbreak. Determined to protect the people she has left, can Kelli change a fate which has been sung for centuries?


This is an interesting book. Kelli is a bit of a loner with parents and a brother who are unengaged. She loves folk music, especially the ballads of Scotland.

Each chapter begins with a snippet from a particular song, and the portion of the story goes along with that particular ballad. The concept is intriguing and, although I knew several of the songs, there are others I would love to look up now that I have finished the book.

It is defintely a fantasy with Kelli leaving the every day world to live in Carterhaugh, the fictional setting for the meeting between Tam Lin and Janet (sometimes Margaret) in the ballad "Tam Lin". Enjoy the journey through time to discover if Kelli decides on the real world or the fantasy world. 4 stars.

Read an Excerpt

“So, what is Carterhaugh?”

“It’s in the Scottish borders,” he replied. “You must have heard of it before, Kelli.”

Kelli thought about it. The name sounded familiar, but she knew nothing about Scotland to speak of, and certainly nothing beyond the visitor attractions in Edinburgh. “I’ve heard of it, but I don’t know where.”

“Well, it’s a kind of gateway,” Tam explained. “There are beautiful gardens, and the land is very fertile so it is said that any seed to touch the earth will grow into the greatest of its kind. It was the birthplace of the ancient kings.”

“What does that have to do with me?” Kelli asked. “Or with Jehovah’s Witnesses for that matter?”

“Nothing at all,” Tam replied. “But you must have asked about it for a reason.”

“Yes, I did,” Kelli said, thrusting the magazine back into Tam’s hands with her thumb marking the last page. It fell open as Tam took it from her, and a picture of smiling children covered most of the back page, with the title ‘Bible Questions Answered’ and a small amount of text.

“Yes?”

“It was there!” Kelli said, a shiver running down her spine. She flicked through the magazine, but the page was nowhere to be seen. “It was there. There was a picture of a wood and a river.”

“That is Carterhaugh,” Tam said. “The birthplace of kings. You should go there. You’d like it.”

“How would you know?”

About the Author:
Judith was born in Orkney, grew up in Lincolnshire and now lives in the far north of Scotland. Her writing is inspired by the experiences of her life so far and she loves picking up on quirks and immortalising them in fiction.

Judith’s new book, Dance With Me, combines her love of folk music and creative writing, and finds her main character in a world where folk songs come to life. Her debut book, The Backwater, was a finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards 2019.

When she isn’t writing, Judith is a primary school teacher who enjoys crafting and music, as well as being a generally doting spaniel owner.

Website: http://www.judithcrow.co.uk
Publisher: http://www.crowvus.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jayzed_kay

Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Dance-Me-Judith-Crow-ebook/dp/B08GC86MG7

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25 comments:

  1. I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. 

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  2. Thank you for the review! I'm so pleased that you found the book interesting!

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  3. Kelli sounds like a girl after my own heart. Not to be "not like other girls" but I was certainly the tween camped out in my library listening to Dubliners and The High Kings and trying to hide it from my friends who were obsessing over Usher and the like :)

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    1. Me too! I loved writing Kelli's character because I could see myself in her!

      Folk music is timeless though - that's why people keep going back to it.

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    2. Right! It's also super cool because lots of movies (particularly historicals (duh)) use them and I'm always like...I know that song! I shocked my mom when we were watching an obscure Irish kid's movie and I could sing along to The Rocky Road to Dublin!

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    3. I know - best example has got to be the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movie. I still get excited when I hear Luke Kelly's voice 😍

      Judith
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  4. Great excerpt and giveaway. :)

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy Dance With Me!

      Judith
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  5. I appreciate getting to hear about a new book. Thanks for taking the time to share it with us. 

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy it!

      Judith
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    1. Thank you! I hope you enjoy Dance With Me!

      Judith
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  8. "Don’t tell anyone, but Kelli spends all her free time listening to folk music."

    I can relate. I grew up listening to folk music. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  9. "When Kelli follows the mysterious Tam Lane, she finds herself in a place where folk songs come to life."

    What an interesting premise.

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  10. "Each chapter begins with a snippet from a particular song, and the portion of the story goes along with that particular ballad."

    Very creative.

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  11. "The concept is intriguing and, although I knew several of the songs, there are others I would love to look up now that I have finished the book."

    That would be an interesting project.

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  12. "It is defintely a fantasy with Kelli leaving the every day world to live in Carterhaugh, the fictional setting for the meeting between Tam Lin and Janet (sometimes Margaret) in the ballad "Tam Lin"."

    Sounds like a very imaginative author.

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