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    Download PDF books home to Pakistan In what begins as an uncomfortable exchange, Juliet hires Aaman to be her gardener, but resents the intrusion even though she needs the help Aaman needs the work and money but resents the humiliationIn spite of themselves, as the summer progresses, they get to know one another and discover they have something in common Pieces of their lives they have kept hidden even from themselves are exposed, with each helping the other to face their painful pastWill Juliet and Amaan finally let each other in And what will be the outcome of this improbable conjoining of two lost souls If you enjoyed The Illegal Gardener you ll love book two in the series, Black Butterflies Find it on now."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 290 pages
  • The Illegal Gardener
  • Sara Alexi
  • English
  • 06 January 2019

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  1. Christine Christine says:

    A dear Goodreads friend recommended this book to me otherwise, I would have never noticed it It turned out to be a wonderful novel, so thank you, David, for bringing it to my attention The Illegal Gardener is number one in a series of 19 books focused on the population of a small village in Greece This was a different story for me, and is so elegantly told by author Sara Alexi It is totally character driven, focusing on the relationship between a British Greek English translator named Julie A dear Goodreads friend recommended this book to me otherwise, I would have never noticed it It turned out to be a wonderful novel, so thank you, David, for bringing it to my attention The Illegal Gardener is number one in a series of 19 books focused on the population of a small village in Greece This was a different story for me, and is so elegantly told by author Sara Alexi It is totally character driven, focusing on the relationship between a British Greek English translator named Juliet and Aaman, her illegal Pakistani houseboy , 16 years her junior These two, initially separated by class, come to respect and deeply care for one another Despite their obvious differences, they find a lot of common ground This is not a romance novel, but a subtle telling of what becomes a profound friendship, which almost certainly will last a lifetime There is surprising depth to the story Issues addressed include fate being tied to a person s mother s birthplace the oppression of class differences the struggle, indignities and lack of opportunity faced by those wishing to start over in a different land and how a little help for an unfortunate individual can result in a total turnaround of life circumstances Ms Alexi is an accomplished writer Her prose is beautiful, but certainly not overdone She magically transports the reader into the setting, giving one a real flavor of Greek life and landscape The scenes involving living conditions of the poor and gritty detention centers are just as vivid I felt I was there It is clear to me the author also did a tremendous amount of research into the various themes of the story Everything about the novel felt very realistic The book lost a star from me as it took a while to draw me in Initially, I did not like Juliet she was off putting As the story progressed, she began to see her flaws and I could finally root for her There is no real mystery, but there were tense moments in the narrative Even if there had been no major tension at all, the relationship between Juliet and Aaman easily propelled the tale for me I do not want to fail to mention that I loved the running side commentary about the little cat family that adopted Juliet.I highly recommend The Illegal Gardener to readers looking for a moving character driven novel about the unlikely development of a powerful relationship I am definitely interested in readingof this fine series


  2. Sara Alexi Sara Alexi says:

    I am so thrilled to see my book on Goodreads and thank you to all the people who have loved it and rated it and have left feedback here It really does make a difference when readers share their views Once again thanks you.


  3. David Staniforth David Staniforth says:

    This was a book I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did The day before going on holiday my email landed from Bookbub and I had a look to see what was on offer The Illegal Gardener was amongst the selection and it was free To be honest the cover was what drew me in, and after a read of the look inside quite liking the writing style I thought it d make a pleasant holiday read If it turned out to not be my cup of tea, I thought my wife would at least appreciate it.Well, it was muchThis was a book I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did The day before going on holiday my email landed from Bookbub and I had a look to see what was on offer The Illegal Gardener was amongst the selection and it was free To be honest the cover was what drew me in, and after a read of the look inside quite liking the writing style I thought it d make a pleasant holiday read If it turned out to not be my cup of tea, I thought my wife would at least appreciate it.Well, it was muchthan a pleasant read by the second chapter I was hooked and simply struggled to put it down Fortunately, with nothingpressing than sunning by the pool, I didn t have too The setting, despite what it says on the Goodreads book page, is Greece, and maybe lazing in the sun added to the quality of that aspect, but I felt as if I was there due to such delicious descriptive writing The character development is marvellous and allows us to gradually get to know the main two characters Moreover the development encompasses their growing relationship and adjusts accordingly in a very believable manner.Were this a pure romance story of a woman looking for a new path having rehomed from England to Greece, it would not have held my interest, but there is a level of depth that takes it beyond pure romance There is a serious side, which makes the reader consider the issue regarding Western wealth and the desire of poorer countries to have similar opportunities.Overall, an enjoyable, entertaining and thought provoking read, which I highly recommend I will certainly be on the lookout forof this author s books


  4. Phyllis Eisenstadt Phyllis Eisenstadt says:

    Beautiful Narrative, May 21, 2017 Phyllis Eisenstadt This is a book that does not draw you in with a hook of any sort, so that at times you just want to give up and put it down Then, slowly but surely, without even noticing it, you become involved with the characters, as the author imbues them withdepth The two main characters are of different ethnic backgrounds, speak different languages, and come from entirely different cultures Yet, Ms Alexi manages to merge the differences into Beautiful Narrative, May 21, 2017 Phyllis Eisenstadt This is a book that does not draw you in with a hook of any sort, so that at times you just want to give up and put it down Then, slowly but surely, without even noticing it, you become involved with the characters, as the author imbues them withdepth The two main characters are of different ethnic backgrounds, speak different languages, and come from entirely different cultures Yet, Ms Alexi manages to merge the differences into a profound learning experience for both protagonists Juliet, the English female protagonist and homeowner finds herself gifted with a talented gardener whom she sometimes introduces as her houseboy Aaman, an impoverished Pakistani gardener enters her life in ways that are charming and totally unexpected They each possess knowledge and traits that are passed on one to the other, sometimes subtly, sometimes directly.The story takes place in Greece a country Juliet had visited some years ago, and to which she longed to return The house she bought was in dire need of repairs, and Aaman, unable to find employment could not believe his good fortune when he was hired by Juliet and discovered the giving nature even she didn t know she possessed.For the reader, there is much tension in their relationship not sexual tension, but the tension of a dubious friendship between a single upper class English woman and a married, lower financial class Pakistani Yet, Ms Alexi makes it come together, tenderly, in a charming and believable manner I loved this book and found it replete with Grecian flavor and thoroughly enjoyable.Get out the box of tissues


  5. Sandra Mccarty Sandra Mccarty says:

    I was not hooked in the first chapter of this book In fact, I made myself read the second chapter, but by the third chapter I couldn t find enough time to read it Not to give anything away, I want to express my appreciation to Sara Alexi for how she handled the friendship between this sensitive woman and man, and how class and cultural differences didn t keep them from becoming friends in the truest sense It was a refreshing break from what this story could have been, and I disagree that the I was not hooked in the first chapter of this book In fact, I made myself read the second chapter, but by the third chapter I couldn t find enough time to read it Not to give anything away, I want to express my appreciation to Sara Alexi for how she handled the friendship between this sensitive woman and man, and how class and cultural differences didn t keep them from becoming friends in the truest sense It was a refreshing break from what this story could have been, and I disagree that the ending was predictable In the end this story is about healing, forgiving oneself, keeping hope, but most of all it s a reminder of how life changing a true friend can be, no matter how short our interaction may be with this other person I am looking forward to reading other books by this author I hope that her other books are as enchanting and thought provoking as this one


  6. Dorine Dorine says:

    THE ILLEGAL GARDENER by Sara Alexi is the perfect title for this book Gardening is one of my favorite themes in books, and this one made me happy with vivid descriptions in Greece.Why was this book in Dorine s TBR I collect books with gardening, healing, or farming themes and locations This cover caught my eye several times before I downloaded it for free during anpromotion I hesitated to read it, because it was an indie published title I ve read several in need of an editor, which THE ILLEGAL GARDENER by Sara Alexi is the perfect title for this book Gardening is one of my favorite themes in books, and this one made me happy with vivid descriptions in Greece.Why was this book in Dorine s TBR I collect books with gardening, healing, or farming themes and locations This cover caught my eye several times before I downloaded it for free during anpromotion I hesitated to read it, because it was an indie published title I ve read several in need of an editor, which frustrates me Thankfully, this book was easy to read without nit picking Mostly, I just wanted to rush ahead to see what happens next.I read a large number of new to me authors, so it was hard to find another one to read for this month s TBR Challenge with Wendy the Super Librarian Sometimes I just want the comfort of a familiar author and this was one of those months Imagine my surprise when I found this author s style just as comforting as someone tried and true.Join the discussion at my blog, The Zest Quest.First, let me warn you that although this book may be considered romantic, it doesn t meet the standard expectations of romance readers, and it may make a few mad when they suspect infidelity It all makes sense by the end, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, including the surprise ending, but it s listed as literary, which suits it beautifully.THE ILLEGAL GARDENER has an old world feel to it I felt like I was in Greece from the very beginning It could easily satisfy historical lovers who are attempting some contemporary fiction There are a few modern conveniences like cars, computers or cell phones, but for the most part, this book has an etched in time aura.Divorcee Juliet buys a run down home in Greece and plans to renovate it with some help She s self employed as a translator, doing most of her work online Juliet hires two men in town, who she suspects are Pakistan illegals, to work in her dilapidated garden After one day, she s most impressed with Aaman and asks him to continue to work for her inside and outside her home.Aaman is starving and hoping to earn enough money to help his village buy a harvester He s married and misses his family very much Juliet is kind, but she also has a similar painful past to Aaman Soon they find that they have much in common and begin to develop a deep friendship.With all the political nonsense going on right now, I thought it was appropriate to read something from the illegal s point of view It s an engaging and emotional story that could take place anywhere, but I really loved the Greek characters mixed with so many illegals from other countries It gave this book authenticity and a human element that is heart breaking in part, while being uplifting in how the characters heal from the experience.Emotionally riveting and character driven, THE ILLEGAL GARDENER will make you think I gasped at Juliet and Aaman s sacrifices From the excerpts included at the end of this book, I m anxious to continue the series, especially to find outabout Marina the shopkeeper in book two, BLACK BUTTERFLIES.I can easily recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a softly literary story, enriched with tough choices and the healing aspects of working with your hands It s not an over the edge literary contemporary, so I think romance readers may like it for a change of pace.Review by Dorine, courtesy of The Zest Quest Digital copy provided for free by the author in anpromotion


  7. Sandy Sandy says:

    I loved the setting in a small Greek village and I loved the premise of the middle aged English woman looking for a new start in life in a place she fell in love with 20 years earlier And individually the characters were so promising Juliet, the Brit who purchases the wonderful old run down farmhouse Aaman, the Paskistani illegal looking to earn the money for a harvester for his village back home Michelle the faithful friend who has stood by Juliet through so much It was the interaction of I loved the setting in a small Greek village and I loved the premise of the middle aged English woman looking for a new start in life in a place she fell in love with 20 years earlier And individually the characters were so promising Juliet, the Brit who purchases the wonderful old run down farmhouse Aaman, the Paskistani illegal looking to earn the money for a harvester for his village back home Michelle the faithful friend who has stood by Juliet through so much It was the interaction of these characters that seemed unrealistic and forced and, frankly, hard for me to swallow Could Aaman and Juliet really develop the relationship they do in such a short time Would Michelle honestly remain friends with someone she has not seen in 20 years and who never is the one who makes any contact My absolute favorite part of the book was the description of the village Easter festival And the descriptions of the plight of the illegals was timely and interesting and sad But that s not enough to make me want to read anyof the books in this series


  8. Stina Stina says:

    This isn t easy to rate I still haven t figured out if I really liked it or not I don t dislike it as a whole, so there s that And this may mostly be a case of didn t work for me so I m not trying to be too hard on the author I picked this up since it was free on Kindle and seemed like it might be a little bit interesting, if nothing else for the look at Greek culture, although unfortunately in the end I did not think it immersed you into Greek life as much as some reviewers seem to claim This isn t easy to rate I still haven t figured out if I really liked it or not I don t dislike it as a whole, so there s that And this may mostly be a case of didn t work for me so I m not trying to be too hard on the author I picked this up since it was free on Kindle and seemed like it might be a little bit interesting, if nothing else for the look at Greek culture, although unfortunately in the end I did not think it immersed you into Greek life as much as some reviewers seem to claim.The writing style irritated me at times Lots of telling, often boring and unnecessary details Long periods with no dialogue and solitary characters, yet I didn t feel like we really got into their heads When thoughts and feelings were told it read like a hard and cold statement Past events are hinted at as they effect things in the present but revealed slowly and in disjointed bits and pieces in the beginning of the book There were some of Aaman s actions that didn t make much sense and I hoped they would be explained later but they never were I did feel a littleof a connection to the characters as the book progressed, somewhat along with the main characters becomingopen with each other, so there s that.I m not a romance fan and was hesitant to go on when I saw the topics listed on Goodreads, but it turns out that the romance is very light, almost nonexistent until you get towards the book s end, and even then nothing actually happens Very mild spoilers ahead, in case you really want to go in knowing nothing view spoiler Juliet has a history of failed relationships and carries some of that baggage, but she s trying to put the past behind her Aaman has only come to Greece to try and earn some money he plans to return to his home where he has a wife he is dedicated to, as well as his parents and extended family and the rest of his village It s kind of a joke for most of the book, because Aaman says he ll be Juliet s house boy not knowing what other term to use and what kind of stereotypes house boy carries Then Juliet starts having little thoughts, which maybe are inevitable, but she dismisses them all quickly Near the very end of the book there s a scene where Juliet watches Aaman working outside through the window, and the lusty description of his body just struck me as awkward and out of place, stuck in there as an afterthought to make the book have something sexy in it All of that could have been omitted and the book would not have suffered It would have improved, in my opinion Without it you have a nice story of an unlikely friendship and people helping each other achieve their goals, and overcome some mental and emotional obstacles It was nice to see Aaman succeed at making money, helping his village, excelling in a career that without Juliet s help seemed like a pipe dream It s nice to see Juliet open up and reconnect with her children But the friend I was also hard pressed to believe that anyone would persist in trying to maintain such a one way relationship for so long hide spoiler So yeah Not altogether horrible, I did enjoy it a little while reading, but likely to be forgotten now


  9. Alex Calothis Alex Calothis says:

    I loved the Illegal GardenerWhat a great book I couldn t put this down and am looking forward tofrom this author It s a character novel and the tension and interest is built through the interactions between the protagonists rather than with direct action, which I find muchskilfull and engaging.I connected with and cared about the characters and went through a series of emotions, and cried at one point This is a gentle, subtle book which nonetheless addresses some pretty weighty th I loved the Illegal GardenerWhat a great book I couldn t put this down and am looking forward tofrom this author It s a character novel and the tension and interest is built through the interactions between the protagonists rather than with direct action, which I find muchskilfull and engaging.I connected with and cared about the characters and went through a series of emotions, and cried at one point This is a gentle, subtle book which nonetheless addresses some pretty weighty themes, touching on human frailty, love, life and fate.Central to the theme of the book is the issue of how our place of birth dictates so much about how our life will pan out The two main characters come from very different backgrounds, one wealthy and privileged and one dirt poor, but they both wind up in the same village and they discover that they are not sodifferent after all life presents challenges to them equally, and along the way they both learn somethingabout themselves.Maybe I m biased being half Greek, but the descriptions of Greek village life that make up the backdrop of this lovely story really bring the tale to life and made me laugh out loud.The humour that runs through this book beautifully offsets the difficult themes that it addresses.Highly recommended


  10. Michelle Michelle says:

    A solid and slow paced story which was a pleasant change from the intense and rollercoaster suspense thrillers I ve been reading lately There is a beautiful simplicity about this story In a world where people have become so self absorbed, this story epitomizes human decency, a quality that is sorely needed However, I expected to be soaked in the Greek experience where all the senses are overwhelmed which did not really happen for me I wanted to give the story 4 stars BUT the author goin A solid and slow paced story which was a pleasant change from the intense and rollercoaster suspense thrillers I ve been reading lately There is a beautiful simplicity about this story In a world where people have become so self absorbed, this story epitomizes human decency, a quality that is sorely needed However, I expected to be soaked in the Greek experience where all the senses are overwhelmed which did not really happen for me I wanted to give the story 4 stars BUT the author going in the direction of maybethan a good friendship between the two characters was a strange turn of events and left me disappointed Why did the author do this Three and a half stars for this story


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The Illegal Gardener➶ [Read] ➲ The Illegal Gardener By Sara Alexi ➾ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Librarian s Note Alternate cover edition for ASIN BLMTUThe Illegal Gardeneris the first book in the Greek Village Collection from INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sara AlexiThe Illegal Gardener is a Librarian s Note Alternate cover edition for ASIN BLMTUThe Illegal Gardeneris the first book in the Greek Village Collection from INTERNATIONAL BEST SELLING AUTHOR Sara AlexiThe Illegal Gardener is a moving, poignant story about life s rare encounters which knock us off our path, and elevate our very existenceDriven by a need for some control in her life, Juliet sells up on impulse and buys a run down farmhouse in a tiny Greek village, leaving her English life behind Her boys have grown and she has finally divorced her bullying husband This The Illegal PDF/EPUB or is her time nowWhilst making her new home habitable, Juliet discovers she needs a sturdy helping hand with the unruly and neglected garden Unwilling to share her newfound independence with anyone, but unable to do all the work by herself, she reluctantly enlists casual labourAaman has travelled to Greece from Pakistan illegally Desperate to find a way out of poverty, his challenge is to find work and raise money for the harvester his village urgently need to surviveWhat he imagined would be a heroic journey in reality is fraught with danger and corruption Aaman finds himself in Greece, and with each passing day loses a little of himself as he survives his new life as an immigrant worker illegal, displaced, unwanted and with no value Hungry and stranded, how will he ever make it back home to Pakistan In what begins as an uncomfortable exchange, Juliet hires Aaman to be her gardener, but resents the intrusion even though she needs the help Aaman needs the work and money but resents the humiliationIn spite of themselves, as the summer progresses, they get to know one another and discover they have something in common Pieces of their lives they have kept hidden even from themselves are exposed, with each helping the other to face their painful pastWill Juliet and Amaan finally let each other in And what will be the outcome of this improbable conjoining of two lost souls If you enjoyed The Illegal Gardener you ll love book two in the series, Black Butterflies Find it on now.


About the Author: Sara Alexi

Best selling author Sara Alexi was born in Oxford, England After travelling widely she now splits her time between England and a tiny rural village in the Peloponnese, in Greece, where she has renovated a stone farmhouse, whilst observing the Greek way of life and absorbing the cultureAs 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 writingHer Greek Village Series has been very well The Illegal PDF/EPUB or received and provides a keenly observed, compassionate insight into the Greek people and culture, and the human condition in generalIf you would like a complementary copy of the first in The Greek Village Series please follow the links on her web siteSaraalexiShe would also love you to friend her on can also read a recent interview with Sara here.