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Seven Days of Friday (Women of Greece Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alex A. King
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Seven Days of Friday opens with Days of the Week underwear and closes with a forty-year-old secret that refuses to stay submerged.

Thirty-four-year-old Vivi Tyler is living her nightmare: gay husband, self-harming teenager, melodramatic mother. They’re picking apart her sanity, one stitch at a time. She’s crawling along rock bottom when the arrival of a mysterious package opens a new door to a new country. A desperate Vivi dives headfirst into the quicksand that is Greece—her parents’ birthplace.

But it’s a paradise far from perfect, and instead of the new beginning she covets, Vivi discovers trouble is determined to keep her in its pocket. Soon she’s fighting for her daughter’s life in a Greek hospital, clashing with her Greek relatives, and cobbling together an inadequate cage around her heart, lest she fall for an unavailable man.

Somewhere between Eat, Pray, Love and My Big Fat Greek Wedding, there's the Women of Greece series.


Book One: Seven Days of Friday (FREE)
Book Two: One and Only Sunday
Book Three: Freedom the Impossible
Book Four: Light is the Shadow



Editorial Reviews

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"Oh, you want to talk about crazy Greek relatives, eh? This dysfunction is nothing--NOTHING--compared to the dynamics in my family. My father ATE my siblings. Did this book beat that? I do not think so. But it is a good novel about Greece. I give it four thunderbolts." - Zeus, Father of gods and men, ruler of the Olympians on Mount Olympus

"I thought it would be nice to visit Greece again someday, then I read this book." - the author's mother

"The protagonist thinks she has problems with her daughter? My daughter ran away with Hades to live in the Underworld. Does she call me? No. Does she visit? Once a year, and only for six months. Two and a half pomegranate seeds." - Demeter, mother to Persephone, mother-in-law to Hades, helicopter parent

"I spit on this book--ptou-ptou--but only to ward away the evil eye, because it is a very funny story about mothers and daughters and Greek customs. But where are the Greek billionaires in this book? Nowhere, that is where. How can it be a Greek romance without shirtless billionaires? There is a handsome Greek doctor, yes, but a doctor is not a billionaire. I give it three and a half predictions." - Pythia, the Oracle of Delphi

From the Author

Books by Alex A. King:

  • Disorganized Crime: A Kat Makris Novel (New release!)
  • Pride and All This Prejudice
  • Seven Days of Friday (Women of Greece #1)
  • One and Only Sunday (Women of Greece #2)
  • Freedom the Impossible (Women of Greece #3)
  • Light is the Shadow (Women of Greece #4)
  • Paint: A Short Love Story
  • Lambs (as Alex King)

Product Details

  • File Size: 1438 KB
  • Print Length: 482 pages
  • Publisher: Citizen A Press (April 8, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JKKPACE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,545 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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89 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st review ever after hundreds of Kindle books May 2, 2014
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I may never do this again. I've certainly never done this before. But if I don't pay tribute to this delicious confection of a novel, I'd be doing the author a disservice, and would probably go to hell, or be cursed by gypsies, or both. I'm German and Italian, a combination that makes therapists quiver with anticipatory glee, but I want to be Greek after having read this book. I want to be friends with the characters. I want to eat too much and drink too much and laugh too much and yell too much and love too much, and most of all, I want to be left in peace for just a little while to mourn because this delightful ride is over... unless, of course, there is a sequel. Oh, and if you don't read this book, you are an idiot, and probably a mother-hating Turk to boot. There. I'm done.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eat, Pray, Freak the @(@*#! Out. April 19, 2014
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Seven Days of Friday, is a very skillfully written novel centering around the story of Vivi, a second-generation Greek woman whose husband is leaving her to be with a gay man, mother is insane and daughter is possibly suicidal. Seven Days of Friday is the story of how she takes all those varieties of lemons and tries to make lemonade. How does you she do it? (Hint, like most women re-inventing themselves story it involves international travel. In this case, Greece.) All in all, it's very much My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets Eat Pray Love with a little bit of Fight Club thrown in.

The writing itself is consummately professional. Alex A. King is a hybrid author, and it shows. The pacing was smooth, the imagery if not captivating then certainly competent, and the characters real, but not particularly inspiring or unique. In spite of it's few foibles, the quality of the prose sucked me in, kept me on board even as the plot started to lose steam. The ending in particular, left me yearning for some kind of surprise or the satisfaction of understanding how all of the proceeding events really changed the characters. In the end I felt as if the resolution came less from the actions and experiences the characters had endured throughout the entirety of the novel, and more from their experiences in the last ten pages.

All of this should be taken with a big disclaimer, Eat, Pray, Love fiction is not my thing. (I was not a fan of Beautiful Ruins, and other books of that ilk.) I'm a Sci-Fi/Paranormal twenty-something who likes books fast, strange and full of world-building.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read April 30, 2014
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A great read; it's surprisingly funny without sacrificing believability. Its a touching story of the strength of family in dark and difficult times. Highly recommended!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Angst Fantasy April 21, 2014
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It seems the author had a checklist of unpleasant things that could befall a person and she decided to put them all in one book for fear she would never be able to use them again. There was hardly time to take a breath or turn the page before something else bad was happening. It also got very tiresome with the stereotypical meddling mother characters. A backbone was hard to find in the book and since it was an ebook, there wasn't even one on the outside. If you were confined for several days and needed something to read, then this might do.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seven Days of Cliches August 31, 2014
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I chose this book by the cover (which was a different one than the lady-wearing-a-hat cover that it has now-- it was a fascinating picture of a little girl on a swing) and I really wanted to like it. I can see that it has a lot of good reviews but I guess I'm just a dissenting voice, because I struggled to finish this book and I did not enjoy it. The story is about a woman named Vivi who uproots her teenage daughter Melissa to Greece on a whim when Vivi's marriage collapses. In Greece she goes off on frivolous pursuits while her daughter is still very troubled and having a hard time.

To me this book was a huge cliche. Everything bad that could possibly happen to someone happens to Vivi or Melissa. While these very serious and sad events are happening, the author inserts her own cliche jokes or random musings. It's like you're watching a movie where someone is better murdered and then there's a voiceover that comes on and says, "Well, at least she was wearing matching socks on the day that she was cut into pieces." (Which could be funny if that's the spirit of the movie but I found nothing funny about what was going on with the daughter and it seemed like Vivi/the author were making light of very serious issues! So it would be more like the character's daughter is being killed in the movie and the mother thinks, "Well, at least I'm wearing cute underwear on the day my daughter is cut into pieces. Where's that hot doctor? I'm off to find him!"). The plot was so far-fetched and unrealistic. And of course it had the obligatory push-and-pull plot with a heartthrob love interest, which I also found very over-the-top and unbelievable. Almost all the characters were like cardboard cut-out stereotypes and were really shallow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So, your husband left you? May 5, 2014
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So, let's move to Greece!
Vivi's husband leaves, her Greek mother is unhelpful, to put it mildly and her daughter is 15. That's enough to ruin anyone's day, but Vivi decides to move to her parents' homeland and discover her roots, or some such crap.
At least she won't have to watch her ex with his boyfriend!

I really love stories with Greece as the setting, there's just something more romantic about it being there than say Poughkeepsie...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by Ed Malecki
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
Cute romance story with some quirky twists and a happy ending
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Published 4 days ago by steves1848
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Jane Amico
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get far in this book - what I read ...
Didn't get far in this book - what I read was incredibly depressing. That's not why I read - my life is depressing enough, I'd rather be entertained...
Published 16 days ago by kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich with details of Greece, funny, fast-paced
Picked this book up on a whim and fell in LOVE with the characters. Although it takes a while for the love interests to meet up, Alex King develops their individual stories so... Read more
Published 29 days ago by W. Sparrow
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't get beyond the first 10% of book
This may be an ok book but I couldn't get beyond all the bad language and gave up. My honest opinion is filling a book with trashy language does nothing to advance a story.
Published 1 month ago by J. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific in so many ways
I really love this book and the author's writing style. I love how each chapter is devoted to the perception of a particular character. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Yvonne Kottwitz
3.0 out of 5 stars Seven Days of Friday
Wow!Are All Greeks like this the passion the emotions. I would have liked to see there be more of the old guy in the orchard . That kind a was a waste . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gail LeVasseur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Entertaining read, I couldn't put it down.
Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Very good, looking forward to next one.
Published 2 months ago by bebone
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More About the Author

She's been around the world and back again, and now Alex A. King and her family call the Pacific Northwest home. While her stories about Greece are fiction, she happily confesses to being the one who climbed the church's trees to steal fruit. (Spoiler: The fruit was delicious, but the old woman chasing her had a fast, accurate broom.)

Want to say hello? Send her an email at: alexakingbooks@gmail.com, or Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alexkingbooks.

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