From INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sara Alexi, who ranks as one of Amazon.co.uk's TOP Literary Fiction authors
The second in the Greek Village Collection, following the wildly successful 'Illegal Gardener'
Marina is a gentle soul who makes a modest living in her corner shop. Her husband died years ago, and her children have grown up. Life is pleasantly predictable, if a little dull.
But not even her daughters know that thirty five years ago Marina spent lonely months on a nearby island, and the events of that summer have haunted her ever since.
Now Marina's daughter is planning to move to the same island and the past and present threaten to collide with dreadful consequences.
Black Butterflies follows Marina reluctantly revisiting the island. She has a plan, of sorts, to avert possible tragedy but in doing so she will come face to face with the consequences of her long kept secret. Will she be in time, and why does she never go anywhere without her big black bag?
Packed with a troupe of colourful characters that intertwine in a gripping story, Black Butterflies is by turn uproariously funny, touching or sad.
Exploring themes of bigotry and how doing what we think is for the best can unwittingly harm those we love, this is a gentle journey to one woman's redemption.
Praise for Black Butterflies
"It bounces along at a fair pace, taking the reader on an emotional ride through an idyllic landscape inhabited by a cast of sympathetic and believable characters. And this is where the beauty of Alexi's writing lies, she manages to steer a course through the human reality of life in a Mediterranean paradise, without sentimentality." - Richard Clark - Author of 'The Greek Islands - A Notebook'
"I want to visit and taste the food and the wine and travel by Taxi boat. Sara Alexi once again conjures tales from a place that seems close to perfection."
"I could not put it down, the descriptions of the island, village and characters was brilliant."
"if you liked the first in this series, get ready because this one is even better."
"Marina's story is about life and love and it will make you sad and happy, which is so good for us all!"
"What a wonderful book this is, I am so glad I stumbled upon it and just wish I had found her first book before I immersed myself in this one."
"Alexi weaves the kind tale of heartbreak and happiness that is universal to so many women"
"Complex and engaging characters dance around each other before the pieces of the family jigsaw ultimately, and very satisfyingly, fall into place."
"I read it in one sitting, being unable to put it down."
If you enjoyed 'The Pact' or 'The Story Teller' by Jodi Picoult, 'Necessary Lies' by Diane Chamberlain, 'The Thread' or 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop or 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce you'll love this book...