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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
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
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 16 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