Secrets in Appley Green by Miriam Wakerly, publisher Strongman Publisher, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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Three naïve, but very different, Appley Green schoolgirls pledge to stick together for ever, but when one of them gets pregnant, this pushes their promise to the edge.
A young girl in need of love is vulnerable to the charms of an older man with heart-breaking consequences.
This is Great Britain’s Sixties, an exciting era, gathering pace then in full swing as social change sweeps aside past attitudes, laws, fashion and culture. Youth is finding a voice as parents struggle to adjust. Its characters span the full social spectrum and take us beyond Appley Green to Brighton, Margate, London, Vienna and Paris.
I’d like to thank the author, Miriam Wakerly, for an arc in return for an honest review.
This is the first book I’ve read by Miriam and its been lovely to experience the work of a new author.
I was instantly transported back to the 60s with this novel. The description of the location, characters, households were thorough and left me in no doubt what era the storyline was about. The story focuses on 3 schoolgirls, from very different backgrounds, who are thrown together with an event that changes the course of the future for many from the village. The girls, Alison, Molly and Nicola, decide to make an alliance to share their secrets with each other. It was a coming of age story, the girls experienced an awful lot in their final year of school, they all discovered love of sorts and events spiralled out of control for one of the girls which led to heartbreak and loss.
Life back in the 1960s was very different for young girls. Girls were expected to behave differently to what they are now, independence and freedom weren’t commonplace. It was interesting to read about the different backgrounds of the girls and how they were brought up by their parents; from a very privileged background to a hardworking council estate.
I did find the novel a little hardgoing at first but once I got into it I was zipping through the chapters to find out what happened next.
It was an intriguing, emotive story from a time were expectations were very different. 4/5* read.
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