Interviews and reviews - Tina-Marie Miller

Interviews and reviews

Interviews

Check out my recent author interviews to find out a bit more about me and my work:

Interview with Fiona Mcvie: My interview with Tina-Marie Miller by Fiona Mcvie

Interview with the incredibly talented Kamaljit Singh: Interview by author Tina-Marie Miller by Kamaljit Singh

Don't miss my Author Spotlight Q&A feature on the fabulous Christina Rowell's blog where you can find out more about my second novel 'The Curious Miss Fortune'.

Reviews

The Curious Miss Fortune

I am just delighted with the reviews I have received for The Curious Miss Fortune and I would like to thank everyone who has enjoyed my work for taking the time to post a review.

Review by Ingrid Foster on Goodreads
11th October 2018

I am usually more of a dark fantasy, suspense and horror reader. But having seen Tina-Marie Miller's book advertised on Twitter, the cover caught my attention. I decided to take a chance on it and I'm so very glad I did.

The Curious Miss Fortune reminded me of my favorite shows on the BBC. I never knew what would happen next and I was always eager to find out. The various character sub-stories within the story kept the prose well-paced and smooth; the story line both engaging and compelling.

The Curious Miss Fortune is a fun, mysterious and well-crafted adventure that I highly recommend. I forward to reading more by this author!

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Review by Kevin Hatt on Goodreads
31st May 2018

Having read author Miller's first book, my expectations were high, and I was not disappointed in any way whatsoever.

The book begins with Tiggy Lawrence, who reluctantly returns home to see her dying father, and I had the impression that the book would be about her; however, it was about far more than one somewhat troubled lady. The story gives the reader an insight into life in the Cotswolds, and we are introduced to a wondrous array of colourful characters, all with their own problems and differences.

The story brilliantly weaves a storyline of several men interested in Tiggy—a nice chap, a nasty one, and one who's somewhere in between—and a play to be put on by the "Hampton Players", plus a widowed woman picking her way through her new-found freedom, which is really quite brilliant! Poppy, the main character from the first book, makes an appearance, which is the crowning glory.

The plots are exquisite and the characters individual and real, and throughout the book, the reader is drawn into it, and I felt that I was there. Sharp, beautifully written, engaging, charming and addictive, The Curious Miss Fortune is a book I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Easily five stars.

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Review by Pat McDonald on Amazon
15th May 2018

A wonderful read.

This is book 2 in The Hamptons series, the first book being Everything Happens for a Reason.

The author has an incredibly inviting inner voice captured within a wonderful writing style. Her characterisation is exceptional and she portrays the abundance of inhabitants of Hampton and their interactions easily and fluidly. The individual characters come to life, so much so, that you begin to imagine who you might cast to play them should the books be optioned for a TV series and my imagination placed Hampton and its properties in likeness of Midsomer Murders. The author has great insight into village life which is convincing and authentic.

I started to read this book because I was in need of some solace away from the horrible happenings in the world and found myself taking refuge in this most delightful world created by Tina-Marie Miller; that is not to say that bad things don't happen even there, but they are treated to the author's clever construction, attention to detail and often tongue in cheek subtle humour.

A wonderful read.

Pat McDonald British Crime Author

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Everything Happens for a Reason

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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