The Gypsy's Dream: Book Five of the Greek Village Series: Volume 4 Paperback – 2 May 2013
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This book almost runs in parallel to the last book in terms of the timeline but also goes beyond it so we see how things turn out for the Stella-Stavros-Mitsos-Abby quartet. Abby although mentioned in the last book as the young English girl working at the Ouzeri takes a more prominent role in this one. I loved the strong bond that formed between Stella and Abby which was almost like a mother and daughter friendship but at the same time something more. Stella has no child and Abby lost her birth mother so didn't really know her. As much as I loved this bond at the same time I can truthfully say I really intensely disliked Stavros, he is the real villain in the story and I was really glad when he finally gets his comeuppance. The standoff scene at the end with Stella, Abby, Stavros and then Vassos appearing is the best scene in the whole book.
I love the way Juliet appears in every book, she is always the one shoulder to lean on or advise on matters of the heart or any other matter. We get more of an insight into her past and her unhappy marriage and how that ended aswell as how things are going with Aaman. I did find it funny the many references to Bradford, with some characters originating from there or going there and this did make me wonder whether a non-Greek Village book based in Bradford is being planned for the future where many of these characters could potentially meet up again. :)
The book focuses on many serious issues including domestic violence, gambling, the hard life and racism that is often directed at gypsies and how one such brave lady breaks free and dreams of a promising future. Along the way we also have the young naive Abby, a runaway from home who undergoes a major life experience as a result of her actions and we see how she grows as an individual so that even when her father finally catches up with her , he sees the changes in her and respects her for it.
There was a real sense of hope at the end of this book and I am so looking forward to reading more about all these characters in the next book 'The Art of Becoming Hopeless'. I am assuming here that they will appear in this next book although I currently have no idea. I did so enjoy this book and this certainly is another winner from Sara!
I have two series of books that I wait with anticipation for the next in the series: Alexander McCall Smith's No 1 Lady Detective series and this series - The Greek Village Series!
Sara Alexi has taken this little village in Greece and introduces us to people who live there and their complex lives. In this book - we learn about Stella and her tumultuous marriage to Stavros. Stella's money managed to buy them the ouzeri in the village. Juliet, (who we met in the Illegal Gardener) is teaching her English and thanks to what she's learnt so far, it helps when Abby, a young girl from England arrives in the village and is given a job working in the restaurant.
My heart broke so many times for Stella during this book, but then, thanks in part to young Abby's spunk, Stella finds hers and manages to finally become a person in her own right. A beautiful story!!
This book, as do all the other make me want rot go and visit the islands, explore meet the people. Do read the books in the right order though its fairly important.
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