Black Butterflies: The Greek Village Series: Volume 2 Paperback – 28 Sep 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
A story about Meli would be interesting - what happened to him after his meeting with Marina!!
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!
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.
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!
it is certainly a book I shall re-read.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After reading 'the Illegal Gardener', which was great, I was really looking forward to this whilst holidaying on one of the Greek islands but the conversation between mother and... Read morePublished 6 days ago by AMD
I loved this book; the author always keeps me spellbound until the end. I enjoy her style of writing very much, and get totally immersed in the story. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Juanita
Didn't enjoy this as much as her first book in the series 'The Illegal Gardener' -but still a pleasant readPublished 22 days ago by Maggie Hyam
Sara writes beautifully and gently. You feel you are with Marina as she travels to the island, meeting all the people who have been part of her life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Phyl Mell
So well written that you feel as though you are there and know the characters well. I look forward to reading the whole series.Published 3 months ago by moorlander
I enjoyed this just as much as The Ilegal Gardner. Sara Alexi is a brillian writer. I am now reading the next book in the saga.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
As always, Sarah Alexi's books in this series are both poignant and uplifting. Each book brings glimpses into the lives of characters intertwined within the Greek Village, and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by SdM