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About Sara Alexi
Sara Alexi's 'Greek Village Series' has been very well received and provides a keenly observed and compassionate insight into the Greek people and culture from the years she lived there, and a rare view of what makes up the human condition that she acquired as a psychotherapist.
The illegal Gardener
The Explosive Nature of Friendship
The Gypsy’s Dream
The Art of Becoming Homeless
In The Shade of The Monkey Puzzle Tree
A Handful of Pebbles
The Unquiet Mind
Watching The Wind Blow
The Reluctant Baker
The English Lesson
The Priest Well
A Song Amongst the Orange Trees
The Stolen Book
A Stranger in the Village
The Stolen Book
The Rush Cutter Legacy
Saving Septic Cyril
A Wander Through the Village - The Greek Village Handbook
A Stranger In the Village
A Self Effacing Man
The Piano Raft
The House Keeper
An Island Too Small
The Greek Village Cookery Book or The Short and Happy Tale of Pippo Lampo
The Village Idiots part I, II and III
The Other Daughter
A Very English Christmas.
The Greek Village Colouring Book.
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Lift yourself, fill yourself full of hope and compassion!!
The Illegal Gardener is a moving, poignant story about life's rare encounters which knock us off our path, and elevate our very existence.
Driven by a need for some control in her life, Juliet sells up on impulse and buys a run down farmhouse in a tiny Greek village, leaving her English life behind. Her boys have grown and she has finally divorced her bullying husband. This is her time now.
Whilst making her new home habitable, Juliet discovers she needs a sturdy helping hand with the unruly and neglected garden. Unwilling to share her newfound independence with anyone, but unable to do all the work by herself, she reluctantly enlists casual labour.
Aaman has travelled to Greece from Pakistan illegally. Desperate to find a way out of poverty, his challenge is to find work and raise money for the harvester his village urgently need to survive.
What he imagined would be a heroic journey in reality is fraught with danger and corruption. Aaman finds himself in Greece, and with each passing day loses a little more of himself as he survives his new life as an immigrant worker; illegal, displaced, unwanted and with no value. Hungry and stranded, how will he ever make it back home to Pakistan?
In what begins as an uncomfortable exchange, Juliet hires Aaman to be her gardener, but resents the intrusion even though she needs the help. Aaman needs the work and money but resents the humiliation.
In spite of themselves, as the summer progresses, they get to know one another and discover they have something in common. Pieces of their lives they have kept hidden even from themselves are exposed, with each helping the other to face their painful past.
Will Juliet and Amaan finally let each other in? And what will be the outcome of this improbable conjoining of two lost souls?
Add joy to your life! Black Butterflies is a gripping summer story of instinctual love, the regrets of loss and ultimately forgiveness, leaving you basking in sunshine and suspense as you find yourself transported amongst the sounds, tastes and smells of life on a Greek Island.
Marina is a gentle soul who makes a modest living in her corner shop. Her husband died years ago, and her children have grown up. Life is pleasantly predictable, if a little dull.
But all is not as it seems, and buried deeply in Marina's younger years is a secret that she has managed to keep hidden...until now.
Even her daughters don't know about the lonely months spent on a nearby island thirty five years ago, with the events from that summer haunting her ever since.
When Marina discovers one of her daughters wants to move to the same island, the past and present threaten to collide with dreadful consequences.
Reluctantly, yet without doubt, Marina knows she must revisit the island. Armed with nothing but a vague plan and a determination to stop the looming tragedy, she will come face to face with the consequences of her long kept secret, but will she be in time?
Confronting a past steeped in the intolerance and prejudice of those around her, Marina's roller-coaster journey will make you laugh, cry and eagerly hold out for one woman's redemption.
WARNING! This book will make you want to stay on holiday forever...
Sara has such insight into human nature and always works the characters and their lives around the beautiful Greek countryside with such wonderful description. There is never a sad ending!!!!
Miltos has chased through life not quite knowing what it is that he is looking for. His journey has given him an understanding of different cultures and wide reaching life experiences but still a part of him is unfulfilled.
When he opens his mind to contemplate what his legacy will become if he remains on the same course, he wonders if he should perhaps circle back to the beginning. He finds himself in a small Greek village where the people bewitch him and he contemplates what a stable life might bring.
Be will he find what he was looking for in such a quiet, sun filled place?
Praise for The Stranger In The Village
Her books make be feel like I am in Greece and are all so well written, they just leave you wanting more. - Mrs D Sage, Amazon
I have to admit that I have loved every story in the Greek Village Series. And every new story that Sara writes is my new favorite. But this story is truly my favorite. I loved the twists and turns and the promise in the ending. Sara outdid herself with this, her 18th book. Instead of getting predictable the stories just get better and better. It was great visiting old friends and making new ones. Can't wait for #19! - Sharon Scott.
'Oh Sara what have you done? After reading all 17 of The Greek Village Series I though I better read a couple of other books. So I chose one, and began to read … rubbish. Began another author … rubbish. Began a third, yes you have guesses it! I just cannot get into another book!. The Greek Village has bewitched me.’ A reader.
I'm a sixty-two year old women who has never written any fan mail in my life, but that was before I read any of your books. To date I have read six of your books and love them all. I get pulled into the story and feel like I'm part of it. The relevance, the character development, the plots, and the descriptive nature of your writing draw me in. Keep writing, reading each book is like taking a vacation. Reader from Wichita, Kansas.
If you enjoyed Full House by Maeve Binchy, 'The Pact' or 'The Story Teller' by Jodi Picoult, 'Necessary Lies' by Diane Chamberlain, 'The Thread' or 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop or 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce you'll love this book...
Set amongst the serene and hazy mountain trails on a sunny Greek island, The Unquiet Mind is a story of love, enlightenment and adventure as one man breaks free from a life verging on isolation and unearths the passionate man inside himself.
Yanni has lived all his life on the outskirts of the village, up on a ridge at the top of the island, with only his parents and their animals for company. Fulfilling expectations as a child Yanni accepted his destiny and followed the tradition of working for his parents, but his real dreams were for an education and for experiences beyond the family farmland.
When the family’s donkey dies, the responsibility lies with Yanni to make the journey over to the mainland to buy a new one. Naïve to life outside the land he has always lived on, Yanni fears he will not be able to cope with the wider world.
But one hope spurs him on, and that is the chance of being reunited with Sophia, his childhood sweetheart who was sent away to the mainland at an early age, and whom he has not seen or heard from since.
And so with hopeful trepidation Yanni makes the trip; a trip which tests him to his limits as he comes face to face with alcohol, corruption and a life on the wild side.
How will Yanni cope with all that is thrown at him as the darker side of human nature is revealed? And unsure if she will even remember him, will Yanni be able to find Sophia, the woman who has always been in his heart?
From INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sara Alexi, who ranks as one of Amazon.co.uk's TOP Literary Fiction authors
The seventh book in the Greek Village Collection
A Handful of Pebbles follows Sarah who travels to the village in Greece for the wedding of her youngest son.
But Sarah's own marriage is strained, and now that her children have grown up and left home she finds herself questioning her role of wife and mother.
Meeting up with her best friend Liz, who is also over for the wedding, and whom she has not seen for years, adds a further unsettling dimension.
And why does Sarah feel so perturbed in the presence of Nicolaos, the shepherd who she seems to keep bumping into ..?
If you enjoyed 'The Pact' or 'The Story Teller' by Jodi Picoult, 'Necessary Lies' by Diane Chamberlain, 'The Thread' or 'The Island' by Victoria Hislop or 'The Husband's Secret' by Liane Moriarty you'll love this book...
In a dim terraced house on a cobbled street in West Yorkshire, Cyril gives refuge to all the stray dogs, abandoned furniture and broken toys he finds.
The ghosts of his past find their way in anyway - and now one of his neighbours wants him evicted.
When Saabira moves in next door with her husband Aaman and their young daughter, she hopes the family has left all its troubles behind in Pakistan.
But memories can be stubborn things, and Saabira has a few that even the wild winds from the moors can’t shake.
Cyril just wants to be left in peace. Saabira just feels compelled to reach out.
With all their differences, can the two of them begin to trust each other?
Praise for Saving Septic Cyril
'Another wonderful story from Sara, reuniting us with Amman. Now, with his wife and baby daughter settled in Bradford, a far cry from Pakistan. With true compassion and care they reach out to their neighbour, Cyril, and transform his pitiful life. Although a far cry from Sara's usual books set in Greece, this doesn't disappoint. If you haven't started reading her books yet - do so now, you won't be disappointed.'
Well that was different - but WHAT a powerful story ! As always Sara's characters leap out of the page and work their way into your hearts. This book brings back some of the people we met in earlier books of the Greek Village series and bravely tackles preconceptions and prejudice. Very clverely written - with a lovely twist at the end ! Highly recommended.
Sara never fails to delight me. I love her writing style. It is wonderful to catch up with "old friends" and learn more about what is going on in their world. I cannot wait for her next book to be released.
Like The Illegal Gardner, this one makes me what to be a nicer, more tolerant person.
A wonderful read!
I just finished reading Saving Septic Cyril and as usual with Sara’s books, you feel like you are on a treasure hunt. As the characters meander, they morph and are forced to deal with a myriad of issues we call life. Sometimes this journey of life is painful; however, in the end goodness prevails, and some characters find something they did not even know was missing.
The perfect beach read for 2017!
Inspired by a true story, Watching the Wind Blow is a dramatic tale that takes place on a yacht in the Aegean Sea, immersing us in the events that change one woman’s life forever as we sail under the Mediterranean Sun.
Married with a young baby and living with her mother in law, Irini has found herself a comfortable life after a traumatic childhood as an orphan. But Irini’s husband Petta is unable to bear hearing the stories from her past, and so Irini carries her burdens alone, often haunted by her troubled upbringing.
On a day like any other, Irini leaves home to tend to her cleaning job on board a yacht. But little does she know this day will turn out to be unlike any day she could ever have imagined, and alarm sets in as she feels the boat set sail, discovering she is not on board alone.
Surrounded by endless blue sky and calm clear waters, Irini realises the tranquillity is an illusion as it dawns on her that a stranger has taken desperate measures, and her life is now at risk.
Who is on board with Irini? And what will it take to make it safely home to her husband and baby?
Finding she has more in common with the stranger than Irini could have anticipated, this thrilling novel reveals how the courage taken to confront a painful past has the potential to save her future.
The Piano Raft is an unforgettable, heart-warming story about love, a piano and a hand-built raft that will have you enthralled, laughing and sitting on the edge of your seat as you sail (precariously) upon the rivers and canals from Yorkshire to London.
Neil, a disillusioned art student, wakes to find himself drifting down a canal on a raft, accompanied by a small fluffy dog, to the sound of his girlfriend's piano being played by a stranger.
Through the fog of his hangover, he tries to piece together the events of the night before which brought him to this curious and unexpected situation, and to work out what on earth to do next.
The current is carrying him swiftly on towards the capital, where Kim, the piano's owner, has recently started a new life.
As Neil’s journey continues, and whilst trying to conjure the courage to win Kim back, his story captures the hearts and imaginations of the country as locals in the towns he passes and national media alike follow this unlikely hero on his equally unlikely adventure.
How will these extraordinary circumstances challenge and change a man whose life has been stuck in first gear, and who now needs to decide how far he will go for the woman he loves?
The current is swift, and there's no turning back...
A beautiful story, I really can't wait for the next in the series . Thank you Sara!
If it is in your nature to put others before yourself, what do you do when someone makes a play for the person you have secretly loved for years?
Maria is illiterate, and Cosmo, the village postman, is obliged to read the love letters he delivers to her. He stammers over the words and blushes at the feelings he cannot bring himself to voice.
However life is not always predictable and a sudden twist in events throws him in the role of village hero.
But will this change be enough to enable him to overcome his shyness and declare his feelings to the woman he has loved all his life, and will she even be interested after all these years?
But there are surprises in store for Juliet...
Her wayward son Terrance, who has come over for the holidays, seems set on getting into mischief with all the wrong local girls and Juliet herself is pre-occupied with Miltos, whose romantic attentions are blowing hot and cold.
A horse ride up into the hills seems like a good way to clear their heads but the road is rocky and the weather changeable, and it looks like a storm is coming!
As a young woman, Poppy travelled to Orino Island as housekeeper for a wealthy family. A romance burgeoned between Poppy and Pantelis, the owner's son, but a tragic turn of events led him to cruelly abandoning her.
With no option but to stay on at the empty house as the housekeeper, Poppy was thrown into a predicament when Pantelis eventually returned with a pregnant new wife who, after giving birth, had no interest in the upbringing of her own children.
Left in her care, could Poppy bring herself to raise Pantelis's children by another woman? And what became of the feelings Pantelis once had for Poppy?
Now nearing the end of her life, and recovering from an accident that has left her bed-ridden, some news about Pantelis means Poppy must come to terms with the course her life has taken, and in turn she must try to stop her good friend Juliet from making the same mistakes.
Unable to turn back the clocks, will there be time to save someone else’s future?
Luckily for me most traditional Greek dishes are easy to make and forgiving of my mistakes…
Quantities are not critical, and most of the recipes presented here can be made in many different ways, with any number of local variations. If you don’t have a particular ingredient to hand, don’t be afraid to experiment – who knows, you may come up with something new and delicious! (If you do, be sure to write and let me know!)
I’ve included a selection of my favourites – simple, tasty and wholesome treats that never fail to please.
Oh, and of course, I couldn't resist writing a story to accompany the recipes...