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  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479190217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479190218
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (390 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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

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'Reminiscent of Remains of the Day.'

'A good tale well told. Shades of Steinbeck and Bradbury.'

'The author has huge potential and if she keeps writing and developing like this then I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her name on a future Man Booker list!'

'Sensitive with beautifully crafted characters that you really cared about.'

 'I was captivated from the start unable to put the book down.'

About the Author

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

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

Her move to Greece was the catalyst that began her writing. 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.

Follow Sara: facebook.com/authorsaraalexi

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sue on 27 July 2012
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I downloaded this book as a freebie, what a lovely book it was. Characters were believable, and it felt like you were in Greece. This is one book I would have paid to read. I will definitely be reading the next book in the Greek Village Series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lazydaisy on 15 Jan. 2013
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I initially downloaded this because it was free and the reviews sounded positive and I wasn't disappointed . Sara writes a wonderful story leaving you wondering where this journey is going to take the characters or the reader come to that. If you want a gentle read with indepth characters this is for you but be prepared to be educated in the ways of how harsh life is for illegal immigrants and for ladies of a certain age trying to re-establish their lives after love lets them down. I loved escaping to Greece - the warmth , smells and the people all came flooding back to banish my snow filled garden well and truly into the hinterland.

Sara this is for you, thank you so much for a really enjoyable book - your characters and their experiences are believable and sucked me right in , I became attached to both of them . It was a real pleasure reading your words . If there is any justice in this world some film producer will pick this up and make a fantastic film ...... and you loads of money.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By kathryn waring on 23 July 2012
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What a lovely book this is. I read it in a day in my garden on the first sunny day we have had in ages, with a pot of thyme by my side. I was transported to Greece for the day! Read this story, you will smile a lot and cry a little . . . perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane von Kesmark on 5 Sept. 2013
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This is my favourite book by this aiuthor. I love the way she portrays the needs of the gardener and the house owner, who is a new inhabitant of the island. The gardener is an illegal immigrant, and the house owner takes the trouble to find out why he is has left his homeland and family. She values him as a worker and goes to great lengths to help him when he is arrested and taken into custody. She understands his need to earn money for his family and neighbours, to help their communal farming project.She also understands how he misses his wife and his need to return.
This book made me really think about what actually makes someone leave everything they know and love to go, as a total stranger, to a new country.I strongly recommend this book ; it would be a great one for book clubs.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Christmas on 19 July 2012
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I admit it, I bought this book because it was free and because since buying this blessed Kindle I am practically inhaling books! However I am thrilled to say it was a wonderful read. The central premise seemed a little unlikely but became more and more natural as the story unfolded. The way the book brought together colliding cultures by showing points of connection that make everyone respond in a human way was skilfully done. At the end the reader was left with the feeling that they had been taken on a moral journey, but without being preached at or patronised. I really look forward to more from this writer because they know how to tell a story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Country girl on 14 May 2013
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Oh what a lovely book, was absorbed from the first page, I could feel the heat, see the sun. A lovely story so beautifully written I was there with her. I cried, and I don't often do that. Have told all my friends to read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Simmons on 28 Jun. 2013
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Bought this as one of my first books on my new Kindle. Easy read and light weight. Not sure if this is pure fiction or lightly based on the writers own experiences, but life in a Greek village is pretty well captured.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By absolutejan on 7 Jan. 2013
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Not the sort of book I would normally read, but hey it was free and I thought I would give it go. The unlikely combination of an illegal alien and a worn out mother, is hardly, you would think the stuff of a great page-turning read, but this writer seems to tempt you in the read more to see how the relationship between these two people will turn out. Well worth reading.
Try it for yourself and you will be surprised. :)
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