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In the Shade of the Monkey Puzzle Tree (Greek Village Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Sara Alexi
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From INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sara Alexi, who ranks as one of Amazon.co.uk's TOP Literary Fiction authors


The sixth book in the Greek Village Collection



Set against the stunning backdrop of an idyllic Greek village, In the Shade of the Monkey Puzzle Tree follows Theo on a journey of self-realization that will test everything he holds dear...

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'The struggle of a Man to move out from the shadow of his father and make his mark in the world.’

'This is the most satisfying book I have read in some time’

' The stories take you away from grey skies into a wonderful setting of sunshine, but most of all fabulous story telling.’

'In The Shade Of The Monkey Puzzle Tree is a warm, rich read. I plan to seek out other novels in the The Greek Village Collection’

'I devoured this book not wanting to put it down.’

'I cannot recommend enough this new and lovely tale.’

'A good portrayal of emotions and the sense of right and wrong. A really good read and the ending not as I expected.’

'A very unusual story and possibly the best in this 'village' series of books by Sara Alexi.’

'Sara Alexi has the ability to suck you into the character's lives with such a force, you feel sad when the last page has turned.’

'I loved Sara Alexi's style of writing, you never know what's coming next. She has a great talent for making you angry, sad, happy, frustrated and disgusted at the characters she has created.'


If you enjoyed 'The Pact' or 'Songs of the Humpback Whale' 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...

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 883 KB
  • Print Length: 378 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495351157
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oneiro (13 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H146VT2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara Alexi keeps true to form 17 Dec 2013
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A Review of In the Shade of the Monkey Puzzle Tree (The Greek Island series)

In this, the latest in Sara Alexi's wonderful Greek Island series, the reader is transported to Athens in the 1970s, along with the unlikely hero of the book, Theo. Seeking to escape the claustrophobic nature of village and family life, he takes off for the bright lights of the capital to make his mark... The book deals with a dilemma faced by many people in Greece, torn between the traditional ways and the attractions and perceived opportunities offered by diaspora either at home or abroad. Although particularly poignant to Greece, it is a universal question faced by most people at some stage during their lives. Loving the village as Sara Alexi's regular readers will do, it is all too easy to rail against the foolhardiness of Theo for leaving. It says much about the book that we really care, and the story rattles along like the bone-shaker of a bus which delivers Theo across the mountains to Athens. This adventure is measured in more than the distance he travels in miles but in the emotional journey he experiences along the way. Again Sara Alexi engages the reader from first to last, a great read from a master of her craft. Richard Clark
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner 10 Dec 2013
By Ashrae
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all this series of books and enjoyed every one of them - all for different reasons. Ms Alexi appears to have the ability to make all the books fit into the series but yet retain their own very different individuality.
In this book again, a relatively minor character from the previous books gets promoted to main and we learn more about what makes them tick and how they fit in to the whole world that has been created. The characterisation as always is excellent I really did care/like/hate them.
This book again takes us out of the village and into the big city and it is interesting to see the differences both in terms of landscape and attitude.
It's a relatively easy book to read and I got through it quite quickly but, do not be deceived, like the others in the series, there can be much more substance under the story if you choose to look...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again! 11 Dec 2013
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The latest installment of the Village series does not disappoint. Theo goes on a tumultuous moral journey and sometimes he doesnt always choose the right path. This book had me liking and disliking the character in equal measure, but im glad to say that he chooses the right path eventually. Brilliantly descriptive of Athens and her inhabitants, who differ so greatly to islanders or villagers, this book left me wanting more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A modern odyssey 9 Dec 2013
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A character back story and a diversion to Athens in the 70's feature in this new volume of the Greek Village series.
It is interesting to watch the author develop and grow as the series continues- widening the range and scope of her stories and characters and here painting a wonderful portrait of Athens to provide contract with the smaller( but no less interesting) village milieu.
Here we follow Theo who has appeared as a subsidiary character in as he goes through a peculiarly Greek mid life crisis.
A spur of the moment decision sees him embark on a modern day Odyssey as he flees the village he has lived in all his life and heads for the city.
Along the way he encounters the good , the bad and the ugly- witches, thieves, gypsies, kindness and pain, natural disaster, temptation and the chance of redemption- even his own version of Odysseus' faithful Argo.
A very good read that leaves you looking forward to the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Dad Pad
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
It's part of the Greek Village series from Sara Alexi, but it easily stands alone as a great read.
The struggle of a Man to move out from the shadow of his father and make his mark in the world.
I heartily recommend this book to all, men and women alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another wonderful sunny tale 12 Dec 2013
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Once again Sara has created a story that leaves the reader feeling moved. The way she weaves the different stories around each other gives the feeling of being part of this village. Loved all the previous tales. Looking forward to all the ones un-written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story 31 Dec 2013
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A very unusual story and possibly the best in this 'village' series of books by Sara Alexi. Factually correct and you really feel for the guy leaving his village for Athens and beginning to understand the differences which are mostly not good. However, he overcomes all the hurdles and finally returns to his village. I won't spoil the unusual ending. Well worth a read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 26 Dec 2013
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Yet again I felt like I was there with all the characters, loved it Sara :)
When's the next book ready?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Sara Alexi is described by Amazon as a "literary star". I'm sorry but I don't agree. I find her style simplistic and on occassions confusing. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mrs.J.A.Burge
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from the greek village series
Another great book from the greek village series ,we had met the character briefly in another book and got the back story of his life in this one. Read more
Published 6 days ago by H A Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars ... books in the series and this story does not disappoint. However
I've read all the previous village books in the series and this story does not disappoint. However, it's only got four stars because of the poor proof reading. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Runlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful series; cleverly written and beautifully described.
Published 17 days ago by berylharper
5.0 out of 5 stars I can honestly say that I haven't enjoyed reading quite so much in...
I can honestly say that I haven't enjoyed reading quite so much in ages. These beautiful books by Sara are just wonderful. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Seashell25
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Well written story. interesting
involving characters recommended read about a main character that grows in the story finding what priorities he wants himself out of life.
Published 1 month ago by katie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Could not put this book down
Published 2 months ago by RUTH LINNA GREEN
4.0 out of 5 stars not as good as some others in the series
This story differs from the earlier ones in the series in that it is set largely in Athens. An interesting portrayal of the vicissitudes of city life, and nice touches here are... Read more
Published 2 months ago by tangerina
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle but true
Though all her books are neatly tied up with a clear ending, they also manage very clever for all the stories to spill into each other. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Timothy Black
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful story superbly well told
beautiful story superbly well told. Sara Alexi's novels have a beginning, middle and the ending you hope will happen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jean berwick
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