Book Review – The New Mrs. Collins by Quanie Miller
April 23, 2015
In the small town of Carolville, Louisiana, no one knows that Adira Collins inherited mystic powers from her great-grandmother. All they know is that she’s beautiful, poised, graceful, and ruthless—especially when it comes to love. And no one knows that more than Leena Williams, who was all set to marry the man of her dreams until Adira swooped into town and stole the man’s heart.
Being left at the altar is bad enough, but Leena and her ex share custody of their son, so she has to see the new Mrs. Collins on a regular basis.
And it burns every time she does.
But soon, Leena starts to suspect that there is more to Adira Collins than meets the eye. And it’s not because she owns some kinky lingerie shop or allegedly insulted the pastor’s wife: it’s the strange way she can make a door close without touching it, or take one look at something and make it drop dead at her feet. Leena starts digging for answers and soon discovers that, unlike her public persona, Adira’s true nature is somewhere on the other side of grace. She also learns, a little too late, that some secrets are better left buried.
I originally encountered Quanie on Twitter, and I was instantly drawn to her sense of humor and personality. Quanie checks in on this blog on occasion, and often leaves comments when she does (for which I am so grateful). I consider her one of the queens of social media and connecting with people! Based on my experiences with her, I knew I wanted to read one of her books, and The New Mrs. Collins was the one that caught my eye first. Here are my thoughts now that I have finished:
The Characters: The main characters of Leena and Adira were very well developed, as were many of the secondary characters. They have fun, vibrant, unique personalities that draw you in and entertain you. I can totally picture myself sitting down on a porch during the hot weather and sharing a lemonade with many of them. I do wish that the character of Johnny would have been a little more developed….at times, I didn’t quite have a complete sense of his personality.
The Setting: I love books that are set in the South, and Quanie definitely uses the setting to further the plot and character development. It was so easy to make images in my mind based on the descriptions provided.
The Plot: The pace of the book was good, and I felt that it continually moved forward. I never had a sense of things getting stalled. There were a couple of points where I wish Quanie had developed the scene a tad more instead of pushing the plot forward (although I know based on conversations with her that I definitely prefer to feel as if I am experiencing the story, and I know that Quanie can feel more connected to a story regardless of the length). Although I was a little nervous about the paranormal aspect of the story, I found that I really connected with it….I didn’t find myself scoffing at any impossibilities.
The Language: One of my favorite things about Quanie is her sense of humor, and that is definitely conveyed in her writing. On occasion, I was craving a little more dialogue to further the story and convey the character’s feelings and inner thoughts versus just stating it.
Overall, this is a unique and enjoyable read that I recommend. If you don’t yet, you need to follow Quanie on Twitter @QuanieMiller as well as follow her blog Quanie Talks Writing – you won’t regret the added laughs to your day :).
Have you read The New Mrs. Collins? How do you feel about paranormal fiction?