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  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479399531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479399536
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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'Black Butterflies' is a gentle delight. The novel is infused with the sights, sounds and smells of the Greek islands, and Ms. Alexi transported me to the locations effortlessly. The detail in the writing immerses the reader in the Mediterranean culture: the atmosphere is artfully constructed.

One of the aspects of the book I most liked was that the author took her time with the narrative, mimicking the daily rhythms of Greek island life itself.

The tale is a straightforward one - the widowed Marina sets out to prevent her daughter Eleni from making a bad match - but the book is full of charm, acute observation and genuine emotion.

I already have the next two books in the 'Greek Village' collection on my Kindle.
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Well, Sara has done it again. This is a superb little book, and a great easy flowing read. Without giving too much away (I hate reviews to be spoilers) this story has a double twist, the first one jumps out and takes you by surprise, but unless that first twist happened the second and final one couldn't. Make what you will out of that dear reader! The plot is one of elimination, much along similar lines as Julian Fellowes' "Past Imperfect." And as regards Bobby, he reminds me of Smallweed the moneylender from Charles Dickens' Bleak House... "Shake me up Judy!".. Great stuff. Sara creates good characterisation.
I also find it interesting that Sara writes in the present tense, when most novels are in the past tense. With some of the relationships that occur I wonder what the Greek Orthodox Church would make of it all?
As I have said before, this isn't normally my genre, but she has kept me gripped and I'll be reading book three in the series next. What a five star girl!
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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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After reading 'The illegal Gardener' and also 'In the Shade of the Monkey Puzzle Tree' I was keen to read more by this author. I thought it might be difficult to top 'The Illegal Gardener' the first book in the series but how wrong I was. This book was absolutely superb and a really pleasant surprise!

The story is about the widow Marina, who runs a village shop (she is a side character in Book 1) and has a very difficult relationship with her two daughters , Eleni and Artemis. Eleni has decided to move to a neighbouring island to work in the Port Police and to be close to someone she is having a relationship with. When Marina discovers which island she will be working on, she begins a plan to find out who Eleni's boyfriend is by visiting the island, coming up with some potential candidates based on age and then visiting and ticking each one off as she discovers the likelihood of them being in a relationship with her daughter or otherwise. As the community on the island is a close knit one she has to hide so she is not seen by her daughter while undertaking this task and she has a few close calls although at one point she is discovered. The island itself is one Marina hasn't visited since her youth and which carries a dark secret that she has hidden since then and has caused her years of internal grief.

Both Eleni and Marina both carry secrets which is the main reason for their difficult relationship. Initially Marina comes across as an interfering busybody, but as the story progresses you realize this is not the case at all but is as a result of the tragic circumstances surrounding her youth and her fear of who Eleni may be involved with. From this point on you really start feeling alot of sympathy for her.
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