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Black Butterflies: The Greek Village Series: 2 [Paperback]

Sara Alexi
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Book Description

28 Sep 2012

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.

If you enjoyed Black Butterflies, you may like the other books in the series:

The Illegal Gardener
The Explosive Nature of Friendship
The Gypsy's Dream
The Art of Becoming Homeless
In the Shade of the Monkey Puzzle Tree


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Product details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (28 Sep 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1479399531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479399536
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Sara Alexi was born in Oxford, England. She has travelled widely and now splits her time between her home in England and a tiny rural village in the Peloponnese, in Greece, where she is (very slowly!) renovating a ruined stone farmhouse, whilst observing the Greek way of life and absorbing the culture, to enrich her vision for both writing and painting.

Sara began writing later in life. In school English lessons were a time of confusion, books indecipherable hieroglyphics. Dyslexia was not well understood then and no support was available. The joy of reading and writing were cancelled by the teacher's red pen ...

Despite her dyslexia Sara qualified as a psychotherapist and ran her own practice for years. Her artistic nature was, at that time, confined to painting and she exhibited widely.

In a casual conversation with a client she discovered that Agatha Christie, Jules Verne and Hans Christian Andersen were all dyslexic, and Sara's perspective changed. The world of fiction opened to her with this shift in perception and she has been a prolific writer ever since.

Her 'Greek Village Series' has been very well received and provides a keenly observed, compassionate insight into the Greek people and culture, and the human condition in general. Watch this space for the next in the series, coming soon!


* The Illegal Gardener - Book One of the Greek Village Series

Book one of the Greek village series tells the story of one summer in the village from the perspectives of two outsiders, both recently arrived in Greece, but each from a very different back ground. Juliet is an English ex-pat who has bought a house in the village. Aaman is an Pakistani illegal immigrant looking for work. Juliet employs Aaman to help clear her garden, and the relationship that develops touches them both deeply and changes them both forever.

* Black Butterflies - Book Two of the Greek Village Series (Coming September 2012)

The second book in the series follows Marina, the village shopkeeper, as she embarks on a courageous mission to stop her daughter Eleni from making an unsuitable match. Eleni is enraged by her mother's meddling, but as the story unfolds we discover that both mother and daughter have guilty secrets that each dreads the other discovering. This is a moving, compassionate tale of love, heartache and forgiveness, that will make you laugh and cry.

* The Explosive Nature of Friendship - Book Three of the Greek Village Series

Mitsos has spent the last twenty years trying to comes to terms with the events of a single day and all that led up to it. In his twilight years a suprising turn of events gives him a chance to rectify his biggest wrong and give himself the peace he is seeking. But is what he has wanted for the last twenty years what he still wants now and is he the man he thought he was? Set against a backdrop of a small Greek farming village, comedy and tragedy are present in equal measures. Sara transports you to a land of sea and sun as she explores what it means to be human, and fallible. The book examines the nature of friendship, and how our choices and our perceptions of our place in society can define us.

Follow Sara: http://www.facebook.com/authorsaraalexi

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About the Author

Sara Alexi was born in Oxford, England. She has travelled widely and now spends much of her time in a tiny rural village in the Peloponnese, in Greece, where she is (very slowly!) renovating a ruined stone farmhouse, whilst observing the Greek way of life and absorbing the culture, to enrich her vision for both writing and painting. Sara began writing later in life. In school English lessons were a time of confusion, books indecipherable hieroglyphics. Dyslexia was not well understood then and no support was available. The joy of reading and writing were cancelled by the teacher's red pen ... Despite her dyslexia Sara qualified as a psychotherapist and ran her own practice for years. Her artistic nature was, at that time, confined to painting and she exhibited widely. In a casual conversation with a client she discovered that Agatha Christie, Jules Verne and Hans Christian Andersen were all dyslexic, and Sara's perspective changed. The world of fiction opened to her with this shift in perception and she has been a prolific writer ever since. Her 'Greek Village Series' has been very well received and provides a keenly observed, compassionate insight into the Greek people and culture, and the human condition in general. Watch this space for the next in the series, coming soon! Follow Sara: http://www.facebook.com/authorsaraalexi

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Butterflies 27 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I picked up Black Butterflies not too concerned that it was the second in the series; it did not seem to follow on and could be read separately. However so, after about halfway I was hooked on its beautifully descriptive narrative of the Greek islands and the colourful characters that reside there. So descriptive it was that, (especially during an English spring that refuses to spring into action) you could almost imagine basking in the sunshine and taste the Tzatziki on my tongue!
Although the plot is quite simple, a quest to find her daughters love, it twists and turns in the all the right places and driven by the detailed description of the characters makes it a very interesting and entertaining read, now I have to backtrack and read the first in the series too!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greece bought alive 10 Jan 2013
By P. Wire
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the Illegal Gardener so much I quickly ordered the second book in the series - I am so glad I did. I could not put it down, the descriptions of the island, village and characters was brilliant. The twist regarding Eleni's love life was a surprise as it was to her mother Marina, however I felt that the end was a bit rushed and it would have been nice to have learnt how and why Marina's son was taken in by his adopted parents.

A story about Meli would be interesting - what happened to him after his meeting with Marina!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 2 Jan 2013
By Mrs CFC
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Having read and enjoyed the first in the Greek Village series I had high hopes for the second book, but I didn't expect to be completely blown away by it.
This is a wonderful and utterly believable story which captures the feel of Greece perfectly. The character development of Marina from a big fat interferring Greek Mama who drives her poor daughters away, into a wonderful lady who you just want to hug is brilliant. I cant wait to read the next book in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at its best 9 Mar 2013
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I found this book very enjoyable and the brilliant descriptive nature of the scenery and characters involved led me through an enchanting story set in an idyllic Greek village. The main character in this book is Marina who runs the village shop and her journey to resolve the mystery of her daughter's boyfriend whom her daughter refuses to reveal to her. This is a tale of love, joy and friendship and the unravelling of a jigsaw which brings the title 'black butteflies' to a heartrending conclusion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars getting to know characters 8 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read the first in this series I enjoyed this one just as much. Very easy read and took me back to our holiday.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 7 Sep 2013
By KLIO
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Absolutely loved this book. Part of the Greek village series. Read it while on holiday in Crete. Fabulous.Really true to life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 7 Sep 2013
By M. Cox
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one of a series of four books which can be read individually but sensibly induldge yourself and read them all in the right order as the stories progress one from the other. A good light read describing local Greek life in a small village.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant book by Aara Alexi 5 Sep 2013
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This book is just as good as The Gypsy's Dream, which I read first. It doesn't really matter that i have read the books out of sequence, as they are all such memorab le stories. I thought the author dealt so well with the anxiety of a mother for her daughter, as she herself had never really dealt with the issue of her firstborn being adopted soon after birth. Many topical issues are addressed in a very sensitive manner in this book The author is, indeed, so very perceptive of human nature.
it is certainly a book I shall re-read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warm cozy feeling book
Having read the first book in what is described as the Greek Village Series I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful story
The second book of the Greek village series. I read the first and then continued, Marina a widow with two daughters but has strained relations with both . Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ms. J. Mcgrath
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Butterflies
I read the Illegal Gardener by chance and was so impressed by it that I had to read Black Butterflies. I was not disappointed. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Mrs. Ann Worthy
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
A good read if less than credible at times! A good story. I preferred the first in the series though (the Illegal Gardener).
Published 20 days ago by Judy Skeats
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely descriptive gentle read for holidays
The description of the lifestyles of the Greeks with the interwoven lives of the main characters keeps intrigue to the final pages.
Published 27 days ago by STEPHEN SLADE
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best one......
I have only read a couple of this series (this is the third one) and I have found this one disappointing so when I was given a really good historical read I had no problems in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nightowl
4.0 out of 5 stars Love in all its multiple dimensions
Marina is a middle-aged widow who, by accident, took over her late husband's shady business after his passing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Margitte
1.0 out of 5 stars Review
Light hearted story with obvious story line. No depth to story,writing or descriptions. Easy reading. Romantic fiction easily forgettable no prize winner
Published 4 months ago by Mrs Gingell
5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets of a Mother and her Daughter
After reading 'The illegal Gardener' and also 'In the Shade of the Monkey Puzzle Tree' I was keen to read more by this author. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rani Shergill
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing - My Fav of the Series
A great read - I loved it. One of the best books I have read. My favourite of the series. Such a great story and you really care for the characters like friends. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M SKUCE
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