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

Sara Alexi
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Book Description

From INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sara Alexi, who ranks as one of'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: 1766 KB
  • Print Length: 256 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: #45,030 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 85 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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15 of 16 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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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! September 24, 2013
By Lily
Format:Kindle Edition
Sara has hooked me with her Greek series and this last book has me anxiously waiting for the next!!! Michelle and Dino are two more of the characters in her books that she's been able to interweave with other characters from previous books so seamlessly. Michelle and Dino come together at a time when they need each other and I hope I will see more of their story in future books! Thanks Sara for giving me such entertainment!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Choosing happiness over mundane living!
As I have read these books out of order, I was happy to learn of events that led to some that occurred in book 8! Read more
Published 9 hours ago by alicia
4.0 out of 5 stars poor Dolly ...
Excellent book.
Slight spoiler alert:
I deducted 1 star for the death of Dolly, the Donkey. It was too traumatic. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Chi-lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Homeless is beautiful.
If there were more than six stars this book in The Greek Village Collection would deserve it.
So different from the other books yet achingly sweet. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Boomer46
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Sara Alexi is a good writer. Keeps you anticipating the story involved in the series.
Published 7 days ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm on book 5 and have enjoyed each book immensely
A delightful series of books. I'm on book 5 and have enjoyed each book immensely. I highly recommend all of the books starting with "The Illegal Gardner. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Claudette J. Patterakis
1.0 out of 5 stars didn't read it
didn't read it
Published 21 days ago by CJSK
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
This was a good quick read that was not a typical romance novel. The characters are well defined and you do get to understand them on different dimensions. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Beverly M.
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
Good relationship book...a finding self strength genre, another Alexi story of the Greek island she wrote for those who want to see more of the characters
Published 22 days ago by C. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed reading a happy book and enjoyed learning about Greece. Yes, I have recommended it to someone already.
Published 23 days ago by joan m. bielski
4.0 out of 5 stars a good vacation read
I liked this book. I felt I learned a lot about Greece and its people. The book interested me enough that I bought books 1-3.
Published 23 days ago by Cindy
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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.

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