Sampler: Everything Happens for a Reason by Tina-Marie Miller
November 9, 2021
This book is beautifully written, with a great storyline that keeps the reader engaged. The intricacies of the plot are perfectly timed, and the characters engaging and real.
Poppy Jackson is ready to put the past behind her and move on as she embarks on an exciting new career with a major investment stockbroker.
As the Annual Conference approaches – a big deal in the stockbroking world – Poppy is keen to impress but her focus wavers at the appearance of the cheeky Oliver Sullivan!
They say that opposites attract but can their love overcome conflicting backgrounds?
The skeletons are falling out of the closet in this heart-warming tale of love, loss, and new beginnings.
Sampler: Everything Happens for a Reason
Just then, the sudden interruption of the doorbell echoing throughout the downstairs caused them to exchange looks of curiosity.
‘That’s never the door, is it?’ Marnie exclaimed. ‘We’re not expecting anyone else.’
Poppy nodded. ‘I believe it is; should I answer it?’
‘Please, although I can’t imagine who it could be,’ replied Marnie. Evidently they didn’t get many callers appearing out of the blue.
Smiling, Poppy made her way to the front door, wine glass still in hand as she reached out for the handle.
It was hard to tell who was the most shocked, really. Poppy, because she’d been completely knocked off guard, or Oliver, because the very last person he expected to be answering Greg’s door was his PA, particularly with a glass of wine in her hand.
Her mouth dropped open.
He opened his mouth and then closed it again, attempting to gather his scattered thoughts.
Poppy could feel her heart hammering in her chest, her stomach fluttering overtime. No one had spoken in what felt like forever, but she couldn’t for the life of her think what to say.
‘Oliver!’ They were both startled then by the sound of Greg’s voice booming out as he came down the stairs. ‘I’d quite forgotten you were coming over, please do come in.’
Poppy stepped aside as Greg welcomed Oliver into his home. She didn’t know where to look, what to do, how to act… her mind had just gone blank.
‘Would you like a drink? Some wine?’
‘A glass of wine would be great, thank you,’ Oliver replied, smiling politely.
Greg took his coat whilst Poppy made her way back to Marnie, who was keen to know who their visitor was – she was mouthing the words who is it? at her.
Knowing that the two men were right behind her, Poppy put a finger to her lips as Greg brought Oliver through to greet them both.
‘Darling, I’m so sorry,’ he said, ‘I’d quite forgotten that Oliver had called this morning to ask if he could drop by some papers. He’s heading off to Europe for a while so this is the last chance he thought he’d get.’
Marnie gave Oliver a welcoming smile, offering her hand to him, which he readily accepted. ‘That’s no problem at all, darling. Hello Oliver, lovely to meet you. I can’t get up, though, I’m afraid.’ She indicated her leg, which was covered from thigh to toe in plaster.
‘Good to meet you too,’ Oliver replied, smiling. ‘Oh dear, that looks rather painful.’ He nodded towards her injury as he shook her hand.
She nodded in return before gesturing at her friend. ‘Do you know Poppy?’ she asked, unable to miss the look the two of them exchanged. Something about it made her intensely curious, especially when she noticed her friend blush.
‘Of course; I had the pleasure of meeting Poppy at the conference a few weeks ago, actually.’ He turned towards her. ‘It’s very nice to see you again.’ He smiled and took her hand, which made her blush even more, just as he knew it would.
She smiled politely but said nothing; she really did not trust herself to speak, especially not in front of Marnie and Greg. So instead she took a rather too large gulp of her wine, which went down the wrong way and caused her to start coughing and spluttering. Smooth.
Oliver smiled again, but to himself this time, enjoying the reaction his presence appeared to have evoked in Poppy. Greg – who appeared completely oblivious to it all – invited Oliver into his office so they could continue their discussions, but his wife was a lot harder to fool.
Marnie never missed anything, and as soon as the men had left the room, she patted her friend’s back, eager to gather the details. ‘Poppy Jackson, just what have you been up to?’ She smiled curiously at her friend, her eyes twinkling mischievously.
Poppy gulped some more wine – this time very much relieved to find that it went down the right way – and wiped her eyes, which had smarted tears from all the coughing. Once she had composed herself, she hissed back at her friend, ‘I don’t know what you mean.’
‘Oh please. I saw you.’ Marnie was grinning; she was enjoying this.
Poppy knew full well that she wouldn’t be able to talk her way out of this one, especially after the way she’d reacted, but she just wasn’t sure what to say.
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