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

Alex A. King
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Read the next three books in the Women of Greece series for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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.


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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:

  • 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: 1380 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: #3,153 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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82 of 89 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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29 of 30 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Divorce, move to Greece, look for happiness July 10, 2014
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The book was good, I just had trouble reading about the Greek mothers who were totally unlikable. They were loud and mean, causing so many problems with their meddling and gossip. Parts of the book were very unbelievable. A few times I almost stopped reading it because it got tedious, rattled on and on towards the end.
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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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20 of 25 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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5 of 6 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars definite yes
What a great read! I couldn't put it down until the end. It has everything you could want in a book!!!
Published 3 days ago by Amy wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just good read.
Published 6 days ago by Diana Marie
5.0 out of 5 stars fun read!
Great humor, storyline. Couldn't stop reading. Story of a strong woman with strong women behind her. Alex King keep writing!
Published 11 days ago by sue
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Horrible language
Published 13 days ago by PJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book.Very hard to put down and loved the characters.
Published 14 days ago by Christine R. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read! I haven't laughed out loud reading in ...
Awesome read! I haven't laughed out loud reading in a very long time by time! Highly recommend:-)
Published 16 days ago by Michael B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Despite some of the foul language I found myself smiling and laughing...
Despite some of the foul language I found myself smiling and laughing out loud through most of this
book. So much so that I had to write a review and tip my hat to the author. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amy
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a few chapters...
At first I thought I didn't like this book, but soon I was sucked in. I found it really enjoyable, and since I saw somewhere (Goodreads, maybe? Read more
Published 20 days ago by Nikki Cawley
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story. Characters were well defined.
Enjoyable story. Characters were well defined.
Published 23 days ago by Connie Windon
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It made me laugh and smile more than once. A good read. Thanks.
Published 27 days ago by Nancy A. Cowan
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More About the Author

She's been around the world and back again, and now Alex A. King calls 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.)

When she's not writing, she's stepping on LEGO, and when she's not stepping on LEGO, she's on the floor cradling her foot, wailing in agony while her toddler cackles. In the evenings, you can find Alex curled up on the couch watching movies with her sweetheart. But you're better off sending her an email at: alexakingbooks@gmail.com, or saying 'Hi' on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/alexkingbooks.

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