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Shades of Appley Green

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  7 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Steph is a special, but troubled young woman. Chosen by the most venerated man in Appley Green to fulfil his mission, she feels publicly admired rather than privately loved. She certainly does not trust men!

In helping a once famous, elderly architect with Parkinson’s regain a social life, she finds herself taking personal risks, fending off objections, blind to danger. We
ebook, first, 319 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Strongman Publishing
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Louise Graham
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 references to people mentioned in the other two books, it certainly can be read on its own and works very well.

This novel focuses on the life of Steph and her family. Miriam has written flash backs to Stephs life that helps us understand her more and she really is an extremely likable lady and you so desperately want
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it

Appley Green is a charming English village. Everyone says so. But people are still people. With the emotional turmoil that comes with love, birth and death, a close-knit community can harbour betrayal and guilt, as well as joy and laughter. Reading this book was like enjoying a hot chocolate in front of the fire on a cold snowy day; you enjoy the first sip and your enjoyment increases until the very last mouthful. It feels all warm and cozy from start to finish and is topped off with the sweet m
Nikki Bywater
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Steph is a kind, warm hearted, caring young woman. Ted Devonish had seen this and knew she would be the perfect person for his new mission. A charity called SSS Special Support for Seniors. Set up to help lonely, isolated and housebound elderly people. Steph was happy to work for the charity; the job was paid work, which as a single parent with two children to support was ideal for Steph. Steph would go out and do home visits in the local community and surrounding areas, offering help and suppor ...more
Melanie Robertson-King
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
In a word I loved it! But that wouldn't be much of a review. Hopefully, I won't let any spoilers out.

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
J.B (Debbie)
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a lovely little book this is. Set in a fictional village that I really want to live in! Steph is a kind an caring young woman who has an important job in the village. She is part of a project that assists the elderly in the village. She is well loved within the community but inside is lonely and feels unloved. Her life is made more difficult by Greg her boss who Steph feels finds fault in all she does.
Steph has many issues in her life to explore and resolve and she does this through an old
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I live in lovely Surrey, England, within easy reach of London. The area is very much like Appley Green, the setting for my three novels. I have had a varied working life, together with bringing up three children who have long since flown the nest. Now officially 'retired', I have time to enjoy writing, with a broad sweep of life experience behind me - and ahead!
My first novel, Gypsies Stop tHere