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The Art of Becoming Homeless (The Greek Village Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Sara Alexi
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sara Alexi, who ranks as one of Amazon.co.uk's TOP Literary Fiction authors


The fifth book in the Greek Village Collection



Disenchanted lawyer Michelle travels to Greece for a carefree weekend.

But in two short days, the handsome young Dino and a freak accident will change her life forever.

A sun-soaked tale of love and letting go, set in the Greek village, under the warmth of the Mediterranean sun...


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 Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' by Rachel Joyce you'll love this book...


Product Details

  • File Size: 1744 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Oneiro (November 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1V5VR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Downhill November 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I read The Illegal Gardener, I rather liked it. By now I have read all five books of the series till now, and I think every book is a little worse than the previous one. I don't think I will be reading the next one.
Perhaps Sara Alexi should turn to another subject, because it starts to get boring and repetitive. The descriptions of the island are very similar to those used in Black Butterflies, the story of Costas Voulgaris, the waiter who turns out to be a manque astrophysicist and a rich hotel owner, has been told in another book.
As for the story itself, I found it to be highly unlikely. A young goodlooking 24-year old guy who falls head over heels in love with a 50-year old woman, to the point of wanting to marry her a few days after meeting her... Wishful thinking, perhaps? Both in The Illegal Gardener and in Black Butterflies there is fleeting mention of older women having feelings for men half their age, in this book it is, if not the exactly central theme, an important one...
Although it probably is not the writer's intention, she paints a rather condescending picture of Greece as a quaint, backward country where everybody loves each other and money is not important. A lot of the things she describes might be true thirty-forty years ago, but not anymore. And believe me, in crisis--ridden Greece money is VERY important! But I suppose this "sunny" approach appeals to non-Greeks...
What annoys me most, not only in this book but in the previous ones too, is that there is way too much internal dialogue. I don't need to know the hero's or heroine's every thought and rumination. I am quite capable of filling in the blanks myself. A good writer tells more by writing less, leaving space for the reader's imagination.
All in all, not a good book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A writer in fine form September 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A Review of The Art of Becoming Homeless by Richard Clark - The Greek Island series

Sara Alexi is a writer at the top of her game. This fifth instalment in the `Greek Village Series' pushed all the buttons as I read it as the English summer passed into winter without even casting autumn a casual glance. We returned to familiar territory but again with some new protagonists to enthral us. And I suspect this time Sara has really hit the jackpot, as her characters struggle with emotions that I am sure are familiar to many of her readers. Her writing pulls us into the story, getting us to question some of life's fundamental priorities. The skill of the writer effortlessly immerses us in the sights, smells and sounds of Greece but the benign style belies the tough questions she addresses, making us stop and pause for at least a second to re-evaluate our lives and priorities. This is sometimes tough on the reader, but is what good writing does, and Sara delivers this by the bucketful. And there is one last bonus; from the ending it is clear that another book in the series must be in the offing. I'll drink to that!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara's done it again September 25, 2013
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Book 5, The Art of Becoming Homeless, was hopefully not the end of the series. While I don't usually enjoy serials these have transported me to a country and lifestyle I never knew. Sara very sensitively drew a picture of an older woman that resonates with those of us of an age where we mostly participate vicariously. I love her characters, and her descriptions of the countryside draw me right onto the road with them. Getting into one of her books takes me away for a while, on a trip to Greece to meet old friends.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If it were this good, we all would be.... September 9, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The Greek Village series reminds me of the popular American corn chip - you can't have just one. Her latest in the series clearly illustrates the author is under the spell of the "Shakespeare Syndrome" - the reality that the facets and struggles of human emotion and relationships transcend time and locale. But to the delight of the reader, the setting of one of the most picturesque places in the world enhances every scene. Rather than wallow in the maudlin and sentimental, the author presents the problems her characters face with clarity and compassion. Even the seemingly reckless and irresponsibly flirtatious Adonis has depths of character one would never suspect. And the rigid Baba possessing of vulnerability his Greek manhood disavows. I highly recommend the series and this latest in the Greek Village series. Loved it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Needs Editing August 6, 2014
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The trouble with being a professional copyeditor is that I too often spend my time mentally editing the text. Gave up after three or four pages. Unfortunately, it's just another book that needs some serious editing (I managed to hit three in a row last night). I understand that you're in the business to make money, but you really need a committee to approve books before you list them on your Web site. I would be the first to sign up to be on the panel....
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another book in the wonderful Greek Village Series September 9, 2013
By fran
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I don't often wait so impatiently for the latest book in a series, but this series has me hooked. Ms Alexi has captured the village and villagers perfectly. It would be so easy to have turned the islanders into simple characters, but she gives them multi-faceted personalities with problems we can all relate to. I hope that Dino and Michelle go forward to a happy future. And I hope that the sixth book comes out soon. I'll be first in line at Amazon when it does.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not a very stimulating read.
Published 4 days ago by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanting more
Which is always how I feel at the end of a new book in Sara Alexi' s Greek Village series. This novel took me to a familiar Greek island where I met some new friends and caught up... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mary Hubbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise!
I am thrilled with the way your characters intermingle. I feel as if I'm right there sharing in their experiences. Keep 'em coming!
Published 9 days ago by Stacey Thier
4.0 out of 5 stars really liked
I loved the book but didn't like being left hanging at the end. I hope there is a book that continues this story.
Published 11 days ago by Carol P.
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual but satisfying romance and uncomplicating life
Nice character development with a younger man helping an older professional woman learn to enjoy life every day. Not the usual mushy romance - more of a good journey.
Published 11 days ago by Angie Savage
4.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed all of the books in this series
I have enjoyed all of the books in this series. Easy to read, easy to loose myself in them, to be part of the characters' lives.
Published 12 days ago by Tunes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Another new author for me.
Thought I wasn't going to like this story, but I kept reading, and reading, suddenly realised I was hooked, and actually enjoying the characters, plot, twists, and history. Read more
Published 14 days ago by DAJS
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute must read!!
I LOVE this series!! I began reading the series because many were offered free by Amazon but have continued because I just can't stop. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Catherine Larkin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This whole series of Greek Village books are well worth the read.
Published 17 days ago by newtami
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I have read two other of your books and felt like I was there in Greece. In fact I am planning go to Greece this fall.
Published 1 month ago by Patty Paxton
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More About the Author

Sara Alexi was born in Oxford, England. She has travelled widely and now splits her time between England and a tiny rural village in the Peloponnese, in Greece, where she is has renovated a ruined stone farmhouse, whilst observing the Greek way of life and absorbing the culture, to enrich her vision for both writing and painting.

As a qualified as a psychotherapist Sara ran her own practice for years. Her artistic nature was, during that time, confined to painting and she exhibited widely. Her move to Greece was the catalyst that began her writing.

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.

Follow Sara: facebook.com/authorsaraalexi

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