- File Size: 647 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publisher: Strongman Publishing; 1 edition (January 1, 2012)
- Publication Date: January 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006R5VSH6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,763,167 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Shades of Appley Green Kindle Edition
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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.
The village of Appley Green is a typical smallish English village... actually, two that seem to have spread to meet in the middle. Still, a hometown feel. I've been able to visit a number of villages throughout England and Scotland and love the intimate feel of them.
Steph, the protagonist, is strong yet has been hurt in the past by the men in her lives. She builds a special bond with a pensioner through the charity she had been earmarked to lead.
Through the entries in her diary which are sporadically included in the novel, much is discovered about her and her past loves. Having been hurt, she's afraid to open up to anyone.
Miriam's colourful prose paints the village and its inhabitants so vividly that you can see yourself on the green, poking about the shops and seeing the locals as real people... the kind you would encounter on your own High Street.
Miriam has written two other novels prior to this one and now that I've discovered her style, I'm yearning to read her previous works.
I always feel slightly taken aback when a book introduces a lot of characters. Shades of Appley Green is one of these books in which pretty much the whole town makes an appearance. However, Miriam worked around this brilliantly! Not only is there a list in the beginning of the book that lists the characters and their relation to one another, but in addition she gives the reader enough “time” to get familiarised with the people of Appley Green.
I really enjoyed Steph’s character. Although challenged by obstacles and difficulties along the way, her strong personality constantly shines through.
Miriam creates a perfect atmosphere in this book and keeps an electric suspense throughout. I never expected such a strong cliffhanger in the end – I am definitely left wanting more!