- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Strongman Publishing; first edition (1 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0955843227
- ISBN-13: 978-0955843228
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,354,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Shades of Appley Green: A Modern Village Novel Paperback – 1 Feb 2012
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Written by a former Parkinson's UK Information and Support Worker, this is a delightful story with an unexpected ending. It truly captures village life, while in no way distracting you from the main theme of one person's quest for happiness. Through her work with a local charity, the main character Steph is helping a former architect with Parkinson's to regain his social life. The references made to the condition are very accurate: careful research must have been done. While reading, I found myself making a mental note of the priorities involved in caring for someone with Parkinson's. The story gently reminds you that Parkinson's doesn't just go away and, as time passes, decisions and changes have to be made. Reviewer: Alicia, whose husband has Parkinson's --The Parkinson, 2012, magazine of Parkinson's UK
Once again, the book delivers her traditional subtle but hard-hitting punch through a readable and solidly structured narrative that deftly explores the theme of love, bereavement and community .... Wakerly doesn't rely on polemics to drive home a point. She is observational, quietly humorous and occasionally but deliciously cutting, although she shatters the comfort zone by springing the mother of all surprises.' Juliette Foster --Full page review, Book Corner, Surrey Life Magazine Nov 2014
About the Author
Miriam Wakerly has had short stories and articles published in magazines. Her first novel, Gypsies Stop tHere was launched the day after she retired in 2008; No Gypsies Served followed two years later. These two books are also set in Appley Green. Her career history includes teaching, public relations and marketing in the IT industry; and community work. Now retired from work other than writing, she lives in Surrey with her husband. Their three adult children live and work in London. Before retiring she worked for two years with the Parkinson s Society, visiting people in their homes to offer information and support. Miriam Wakerly has a BA Degree in Combined Studies (English, French, Sociology, Politics) from Leicester University. She is a member of the Society of Authors. Find her on Twitter and her blog, Miriam s Ramblings: www.miriamwakerly.blogspot.com
Top Customer Reviews
I became very fond of Steph as the story developed and felt a great empathy for her not only for the difficulties she faced today but for the problems she had had to deal with in the past.
I thought the way Miriam revealed Steph's back story was done brilliantly through diary entries and, without interrupting the flow of the story, expertly showed how these events impacted on Steph's life today.
The twist at the end, I didn't see coming at all and it really made me sit up and think but again, the way this was woven into the story it didn't seem out of place and sat comfortably within the novel.
Miriam Wakerly has a lovely, easy style of writing that draws you into the story and keeps you there at a nice pace. The story touches on difficult issues in a sensitive manner and in a style that is not uncomfortable for the reader. The end, for me, was very emotional and did, in fact, bring a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. A lovely story of one woman's journey to understanding and accepting her past and ultimately finding an inner-peace and happiness.
Needless to say, I was a little nervous. I'd loved the previous books because of the writing style, sure, but they'd been sent to me mainly because of my link to Gypsy culture, and I wasn't sure whether I'd like the new one, which has no Romany ties.
Well, I shouldn't have been worried. Predictably, it was excellent.
The book follows the story of Steph, a single mother of two, who is carrying out the dying wish of one of Appley Green's most well-loved residents: to ensure the senior citizens in the village have the help and friendship they both need and deserve. Whilst fulfilling her mission, she befriends one of her clients: Jackson, a famous architect, who quickly takes a prominent position in her life.
As is the way with close-knit country communities, Appley Green has its own trials and triumphs, all of which Steph gets caught up in, to the frustration of Greg, her boss. But when it comes down to it, does Steph have the strength of character to deal with everything life is throwing at her, help all the people she wants to help and still manage to keep her job and family secure?
Wakerly's writing style is, as always, tantalising: the kind of gripping you only normally experience with crime novels. I started reading it on the train home, carried on with a cup of tea on my sofa, ran a bath and finished it by candlelight, with my legs hanging over the edge of the tub. I just couldn't put it down. I think, short of a national emergency, I wouldn't have moved from the bath for anything.Read more ›
I found the characters were well realised, full of all too human flaws and balanced with heartfelt kindness. With one notable exception every character in the book is someone you would want as a friend or neighbour, and having your back in a crisis. The story was smoothly crafted, pulling you in very, very gently and you suddenly found you were wanting to move to Appley Green, lock stock and barrel, to involve yourself in the book, as it became so real. I loved the slow burn of the main characters self realisation in sync with her revelation of the way she feels about other characters in the book. It is wonderfully done, drawing the reader in and making you want to encourage her on with tissues and tea to help her through everything.
If I had a criticism its only a very small one and that is the one character (the notable exception mentioned above) who is very dull and flat in comparison to others. This seems at odds with Ms Wakerly’s other characters, as even those with far less page time and less pleasant personas are all so full of character. All in all, I just adored this book. It took a little while to get into, but then I realised I wanted to read it all the time. It’s a great read to fill you with hope. It made me laugh out loud, feel full of warm fuzzies and is a great read that I highly recommend.
Review by Noemie T Verlan on behalf of BestChickLit.com
Greg was her boss, the manager of SSS. Although at the moment there are only Greg and Steph working for the charity. Greg likes things done according to rules and regulations, much to Steph's annoyance. Steph does not seem to trust men and when Greg starts to hang around looking in to the work Steph is doing, Steph is not happy. Steph knows that she has not been able to keep to all the guide lines Greg as set out for her. Greg also as concerns about Steph and particularly about how much time and dedication Steph seems to be giving to an elderly gentleman called Jackson who is suffering from Parkinson disease.
By watching and chatting to Steph about her work will Greg learn more about Steph and why she seems to be obsessed with caring for Jackson?
Shades of Appley Green is a wonderful, moving and emotional, touching story about a young woman who as to come to terms with her past, before she can move on into the future. Set in the fictional village of Appley Green, Steph's story slowly unravels throughout the story, keeping the reader intrigued and unable to put the book down. Miriam Wakerly as a beautiful way of writing that makes the reader care and feel involved. I very much look forward to reading more books by Miriam Wakerly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Steph, single mother of two, leads a busy life. One of Appley Green’s residents sends her on a mission to ensure that the senior citizens get all the help and support they need. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Heidi
good to read a novel about social care and the older generation with a happy ending and all set in an idyllic English village, if only life was like this.Published on 17 Jun. 2013 by Mrs Susam M Cameron
I was intrigued by the setting of this novel, which is why I chose it when browsing in Camberley Library. Read morePublished on 27 April 2013 by Jean B
Mirian Wakely has somewayto go sometimes in terms of style, but her story is fun and ends on a positive note. Read morePublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by Mari Howard
I loved this book for all the reasons written about in the other reviews. I work in the field of Parkinson's and it captures the esscence of living with Parkinson's whilst... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2012 by C. Bartlett
I have to say that this book is not my usual genre but I was keen to read it as I had read so many good reviews about it. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished on 25 Jun. 2012 by JB Johnston
This is third book of Miriam's that I have read. Whilst this is written in the fictional (but beautifully sounding) village of Appley Green just like the previous two books and has... Read morePublished on 11 April 2012 by Lougrahamii
In a word I loved it! But that wouldn't be much of a review. Hopefully, I won't let any spoilers out. Read morePublished on 4 April 2012 by Melanie King