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A Handful of Pebbles (The Greek Village Collection Book 7) by [Alexi, Sara]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews
Book 7 of 18 in The Greek Village (18 Book Series)
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About the Author

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!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3476 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1500295922
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Oneiro (10 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,638 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After reading this I have to say the Greek Village Series just gets better and better.

This story is about Sarah's personal journey and how her visit to a Greek Village wakes her up from what appears to be a long sleep of 26 years. She is on holiday with her husband and friends to attend to the wedding of her young son Finn. As an 18/19 year old Sarah was in love with Torin, the brother of her bestfriend. Unfortunately he dies under tragic circumstances and both Sarah and Liz marry some rich men who are much older then them, that they meet at a golf club for money and a comfortable life. For Sarah her life ends when Torin, the love of her life dies so she just sleep walks into the marriage. She carries the guilt for this decision and the fact she doesn't love her husband for 26 years even though she has two sons and her husband, Lawrence who is a bit of a control freak. It's clear she has no say in their marriage, he makes all the decisions while she is the stay at home wife who cooks and cleans and not much else.

While staying at a holiday cottage owned by Juliet waiting for her son's wedding there is an awakening resulting in her making some life changing decisions but not before alot of drama along the way. She discovers a terrible secret about her husband in connection with her past and her first love, Torin which changes the path of her life. Nicolaos the shepherd and Sarah's chance encounters with him result in some very deep conversations between the pair that helps Sarah to shape her life and hope for the future.

I loved the way the book's title 'A Handful of Pebbles' was so neatly entwined into the story. The ending and Sarah's last words had me laughing out loud. A great way to end the book albeit with a bit of a cliffhanger.
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Having read all Sara's books in the Greek Village series, I am once again transported to the wonderful world of her characters and the beauty of the Greek Islands; it is like being on holiday, experiencing beautiful scenery and local life.
The story is about Sarah who visits the Greek island of Tilos with her husband to attend the marriage of her youngest son, Finn. Many ups and downs follows and eventually Sarah realises, after 26 years, she never loved her husband and is still affected by the death of her first love, Torin, who died in a motorbike accident when she was 18.
She loves to walk through the olive groves and mountain areas around her holiday home reliving the past and trying to solve her worries . One day she meets a shepherd who sympathises with her problems and she gets to look forward to meeting him on her walks. She learns a lot about the village and the serenity of life there and begins to wish she could stay. These meetings lead to a number of consequences involving her husband, her two sons, their partners and families.
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I bought this book on the strength of the other reviews, having started another of this author's works (The Illegal Gardener) some time back and given up on it owing to the fact that, frankly, it lost my interest quite early on. The other reviews of this book seem overwhelmingly to be very positive and so I shelled out expecting to be suitably impressed.

Since I too live in Greece I can make a pretty informed judgment about the way Greece and Greek life is described and I have to say that what did annoy me here was the impression I got that the author was seizing every opportunity to effuse about how idyllic life was/is in a rural Greek environment. There was for me far too much about how wonderful everything is and it began to grate since I was more than half way through before anything really began to happen. Meanwhile I felt as though I was wading through a long drawn-out advert for life in Greece, getting the distinct impression that the author wanted her readers to appreciate how lucky she was to have a home here. Living here too, I of course agree that there are lots of nice things about the place, but this book seems to completely ignore much of the reality in favour of the hard sell. Rose-tinted specs firmly on the bridge of the nose.

When I was very definitely reaching the stage where it was more than likely that this book too would lose my interest, which was easily 60% of the way through, when not more than a couple of days had passed time-wise in the plot and very little had happened, the skeletons finally began flopping out of a few closets and it managed to keep me reading.
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I have finally had a wish come true, to read a Sara Alexi novel submerged in a Greek village on our favourite island Tilos. You can read this as a stand alone novel as Sara writes so cleverly, or you can read the whole series and catch up on wonderful characters from previous encounters. This story is so rich in content that you really feel for them and go on a journey with them. I am starting my own collection of pebbles ! A must read for anyone, anytime or anyplace. Well done Sara Alexi. Anne King.
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