Everything Happens For A Reason Book Cover by Tina-Marie Miller

Everything Happens for a Reason

Everything Happens For A Reason Book Cover

Shaken from the sudden death of her mother, Poppy Jackson’s only light amidst all the darkness is the prospect of embarking on an exciting new career with major investment stockbrokers Hawkins, Munroe and Sable, working as PA to the amiable Greg Sable.

The company’s Annual Conference is a big deal in the stock broking world and though keen to impress, Poppy’s focus wavers at the appearance of the cheeky Oliver Sullivan. After a rocky start, an unexpected romance begins to bloom. Can their love overcome their conflicting backgrounds? And how will Poppy cope when tragedy strikes a second time?

Meanwhile, having made the shocking discovery of his real birth father’s identity, Richard Jones decides to earn the right to take control of the family business and not just because he’d inherited it. His mother, however, is growing increasingly frustrated at his refusal to step up. Itching to put her own plans into progress she increases the pressure, completely oblivious to the consequences.

Curl up and relax with this tale of love, loss and everything in between, and watch as the worlds of Poppy and Richard are drawn together in a twist of fate, proving that everything really does happen for a reason…

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Reviews

Reviews are so valuable to an author and I am thrilled to share two recently received reviews for Everything Happens For A Reason - thank you so much!

Review by G H Neale on Amazon
7th October 2018

Superb writing, contemporary women's fiction at its very best.

To write contemporary women's fiction you need to follow three principles:

Firstly, you need to be intimate with your characters and centre even the most rollicking plot on emotional dynamism. Create compelling, nuanced protagonists. We need to know their thoughts, feel their feelings. We also need to know their vulnerabilities. Writing for women means that you must deal intimately and honestly with emotion.

Secondly, stemming from this, you need to have warmth. It's all very well to expose genuinely difficult things or portray genuinely unlikeable characters, but there needs to be an inner heart of warmth. Without that, you'll lose your reader.

Thirdly, you need to get any comedy right. There are two common mistakes here. One is to write a whole novel without wit or lightness. The second is to keep your foot so hard on the comedy pedal that the effort ends up feeling grating and dull.

Everything Happens for a Reason adroitly follows these principles. Do buy it.

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Review by Bibiana Krall on Goodreads
4th October 2018

Everything Happens For A Reason is a beautiful hybrid.

"This was life in the city, after all: fast, competitive, ruthless, and… fun."

It's part chick-lit, but more so women's fiction in the classic sense that we have a heroine, Poppy, who begins the story as a young career woman from the Cotswolds. She is independent, good looking and strong, finding her way in London with a great career, romance with a super-fine boyfriend who seems a bit too perfect to be true, Ollie, and a messy flat-mate named Orla.

It easily could have remained chick-lit (as in light and airy) with the initial details, but the author went deeper. Much deeper in fact, into the trials that come after the relationship changes - when things stop making sense. There is a sudden loss, then another and family matters become a more important theme that dominates the fluid plot.

"Irked, she turned to look at him, her eyes flashing dark with anger. 'I'm not a plaything, you know." Oh I loved this line! Why more women don't talk and think this way is beyond me! Go Poppy!

Poppy is feisty, headstrong and I admire that she is no pushover. Her reactions are sometimes a bit too quick, a little too defensive. Rather than this detracting from an incredibly likeable character, she becomes three dimensional and real. The sort of woman many women long to have as a friend but most of us never manage to find.

"In the flat above Professor Smedley lived an adorable lady called Maisie, an eccentric cockney well into her 80's with eyes as bright as two shiny buttons." The details concerning secondary characters are spot on and give great flavor and add delight to the story. There is also a balance between town and country scenes which help create a full rounded view of life in the U.K.

Her best friend Sally is a country girl, a bit rough around the edges, but full of life. When she meets Poppy's new beau Ollie, it seems she's a bit over excited for the love match. "She watched her gaily introducing him to everyone else, wincing each time she referred to Oliver as 'Poppy's bit of stuff', and occasionally adding, 'he's a bit of alright, 'aint he?"

There is playful humor woven in throughout the story that kept it from being too serious and along with romance that is well written with just a touch of spice. The author keeps it classy. The smooth style made for a cozy, and uplifting novel even when some extremely difficult topics were being covered. Death, infidelity, and a big surprise that I won't reveal here.

There are many twists, a few major doozies and shocking reveals throughout, which I enjoyed immensely. I could go on and on, but if any of this sounds good to you, perhaps you should just read it and draw your own conclusions?

This is the second book I've read from this author and now I know when I'm in the mood for an upbeat storyline with a strong female lead, memorable but flawed characters painted with a bit of humor and a sketch on life in all its glory and imperfections… this author's writing will give me the perfect escape.

"He might have been on his sixth marriage, but he still maintained an excellent relationship with his five previous ex-wives." This line made me laugh out loud, because it reminded me immediately of someone I used to know. Just fabulous!

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