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The Illegal Gardener (The Greek Village Collection Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

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


The first in the Greek Village Collection


Sara Alexi weaves an entrancing story of the burgeoning relationship that develops between two people from very different backgrounds and cultures, an English woman living in Greece and the Pakistani illegal immigrant who becomes her gardener and house boy.

Each comes with their own problems, their own past baggage, and she explores these with sympathy and understanding as well as the many nuances of the differences in cultures as they become more and more dependent on each other.

This is a book that will stay with you long after you've finished reading...


What other readers have to say about The Illegal Gardener ...



'A really intelligent, moving book.'

'Sensitive with beautifully crafted characters that you really cared about.'

'The Illegal Gardener' is a story of betrayal, love, trust and friendship. Not a romance but perhaps a lesson in life on just how young minds can be damaged by spite or thoughtlessness, and how those same minds can be repaired by true friends.'


'I was captivated from the start unable to put the book down.'

'The Illegal Gardener' is a delightful story, filled not only with love of Greece but a deep understanding of the varieties of love which can bring people together.'

'reminiscent of Remains of the Day.'

'The author has huge potential and if she keeps writing and developing like this then I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her name on a future Man Booker list!'

'A good tale well told. Shades of Stienbeck and Bradbury.'

'A most charming and sensitive book.'

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...

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    'Reminiscent of Remains of the Day.'

    'A good tale well told. Shades of Steinbeck and Bradbury.'

    'The author has huge potential and if she keeps writing and developing like this then I wouldn't be at all surprised to see her name on a future Man Booker list!'

    'Sensitive with beautifully crafted characters that you really cared about.'


    'I was captivated from the start unable to put the book down.'

    About the Author

    Sara Alexi was born in Oxford, England. She has traveled widely and now spends much of her time in 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 canceled 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!

    Follow Sara: facebook.com/authorsaraalexi

    Product Details

    • File Size: 976 KB
    • Print Length: 285 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Oneiro Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008LMT78U
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,700 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A story of friendship and life July 19, 2012
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    This was a delightful glimpse into the lives of two very different people who became friends and were both better for it. A rare friendship that changed their lives and maybe changed mine a bit too. (It was brought to my attention that everyone has their own story and if you don't know what it is, don't assume you know them or dare to judge them.)
    There were editing problems and problems with present tense and sometimes the flow was interrupted with a tiny bit of confusion but the story itself was wonderful and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me into a world I didn't know existed as well as to a place I would love to visit one day. Her Greece sounds heavenly but not perfect, just like the real world. With a bit of tweaking this would be a fabulous book, as it is, it is an eye-opening, uplifting and wonderful book. I loved it and would recommend it.
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    41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Illegal Gardner -- good read August 20, 2012
    By masc
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    This was a very enjoyable story. It's a story of 2 people who have a solid friendship - it was just that, a friendship.
    The historical aspect was interesting and the author showed how difficult life was for some at that time. But the main characters were able to overcome the obstacles and it was a very real story.
    It is written very well, even with the few grammatical errors. The ending was unpredictable & a great end to a great story.
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    27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Illegal Gardener March 29, 2013
    By lykeda
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    I am very particular about books I read and more often than not,I start a book,read a few pages and then stop reading it because it doesn't hold my interest. However, The Illegal Gardener kept me interested and captivated from page one to the end. I actually hated to have the story end.

    The characters were so interesting and the friendship that developed was fascinating. I also could almost feel the mood and sights and sounds of Greece.

    Great job,Sara Alexi---keep up the good work and I look forward to reading another of your books.
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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read July 21, 2012
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    An excellent story, and very well written. The third person narrative is well done, without the flowery descriptions that just add pages with no purpose. The character development is very well done, and their histories and the way they unfold is captivating. I look forward to other works by this writter. She has quite a gift of story telling.
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    50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time. November 10, 2013
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    This title looked interesting when it popped up on Book Bub. It was cheap so I bought the Kindle version.

    From the beginning, the characters and the story made no sense to me. Juliet, sometimes spelled Juliette, moved to Greece to escape a nasty divorce. She did translation work. Because that was her profession, I found it odd that she initially lacked so much knowledge and compassion for a person of a different culture. Aaman, from Pakistan and illegal, helped her with her garden. She had no understanding that he had come from a society where women took the back seat often taking offense at his actions or failure to say thank you.

    The book was filled with repetitive phases, such as "the cockerels were crowing" and typos galore. I skipped alot of it without missing any part of the story. Your time will be better spent on something else because for me the cockerels simply crowed one too many times.
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    19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming story July 23, 2012
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    I just finished reading the Illegal Gardener and really enjoyed it. I was immersed in the story immediately. Sara Alexia's descriptive writing painted a Greek village life with characters who were very believable. I look forward to readng more stories from this author.
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    25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Had promise, didn't deliver May 14, 2013
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    Yes, this is a feel good story, but so much of it is written oddly. The premise is so unlikely that it requires a more masterful writer to pull it off. Lots of strange phrasing, hopping from past to present tense, and an emotional yoyo for a female protagonist made it hard to read.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful July 21, 2012
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    What a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and it's setting and will definitely watch for the next book in this series. I enjoyed her writing style, very easy, relaxed. The story was perfect, leaving me feeling completely satisfied and curious to read more about the heroine and her life.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars A true friendship found.
    The book was well written and very interesting. The characters were quite believeable and loving. When I finished I wanted to know what happened next.
    Published 15 hours ago by Barbara Wilson
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Illegal Gardener
    The Illegal Gardener was very enjoyable. I loved the descriptions of the Greek culture and environment. The characters were interesting.
    Published 2 days ago by Bobbie Barnes
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Illegal Gardner is now one of my very favorite books.
    Sara's writing is amazing. Reading her books transports me to a slower, happier, warmer place, filled with pleasant neighbors and wonderful smells and sounds. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    This was a very good book, I loved the characters. Juliet and the gardener have such different lives but are both dealing with similar pain and emotional scars. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by SN
    1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
    I couldn't finish the book. Based on all the rave reviews, I was expecting rich characters and being "transported" into a colorful little Greek village. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by O.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    I love this series
    Published 5 days ago by Diane K
    5.0 out of 5 stars My new favorite author, Sara Alexi
    Could not put this book down until I finished it! It's that good! I then read the next 7 books in this series - a week-long marathon. Thank you Sara!
    Published 5 days ago by Linda C. Bisbee
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!
    I enjoyed reading this book so much. I will miss Juliet and Aamen, and hearing all about their garden adventures.
    Published 9 days ago by Denice
    4.0 out of 5 stars good story!
    Interesting story with delightful descriptions of the characters and the places they live.
    Published 13 days ago by kaia canfield
    4.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner.
    I love these books about Greece and the culture. This is a definite 'feel good' story.
    Published 13 days ago by Bonnie Crothers
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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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    I have to admit that again I haven't finished the book..
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