0 Um Estranho no Meu Jardim {Livros Agosto} - Um Estranho no Meu JardimNuma remota aldeia da Grécia, há uma casinha em ruínas. É aí que JULIET se prepara para começar uma nova vida, longe do frenesim dos seus dias em Inglaterra. Está só, é verdade, mas acredita não precisar de mais ninguém. Está na hora de pensar em si. Mas o seu novo jardim encontra-se num estado deplorável. À volta da velha oliveira, sob um denso manto de ervas daninhas, acumulam-se os despojos de vidas passadas. Contrariada, Juliet rende-se às evidências: vai mesmo precisar de ajuda…

AAMAN não queria estar na Grécia. Queria estar no seu país, o Paquistão, junto dos seus. Mas foi para os ajudar que decidiu partir em busca de uma vida melhor. Queria ser um herói. Porém, dormir ao relento e passar os dias à procura de biscates, à mercê da hostilidade de todos, nada tem de heróico. E tão-pouco conseguiu amealhar dinheiro. Nem sequer sabe quando comerá a próxima refeição.

Quando Juliet contrata Aaman, não lhe passa pela cabeça que tenham algo em comum. Aos olhos do mundo, são dois estranhos, separados pela cor da pele, a tradição e as crenças. Mas, apesar das enormes diferenças culturais, há algo de universal a uni-los. Intimamente, partilham sonhos, receios e afetos. Porém, há muito que os olhos do mundo traçaram barreiras, e estas são muito mais poderosas do que eles poderiam imaginar.

Um romance inesquecível, que aborda dois temas fundamentais: o dos "indesejados" imigrantes ilegais, mas também o da universal capacidade humana de amar o próximo

Autor: Sara Alexi
Editor: Edições Asa (Agosto, 2016) 
Género: Romance
Páginas: 304
Original: The Illegal Gardener (2012) 

The Greek Village
Livro n.º
Edição Portuguesa
Publicação Original
Um Estranho no Meu Jardim
Black Butterflies
Marina has lived in the village for most of her life, rarely venturing beyond its safe boundaries, one day drifting into another, the passing of time only showing when she looks in the mirror.  But she has a secret buried deep in the past is forcing her to make a journey to the island, and to face her demons...  "Across the water the island looks harmless. From this distance it is a misty blue, undefined, drifting above the horizon. Floating like a mirage in the heat. The water is smooth, its shallow facets glinting in the sun, beckoning with beauty, giving the illusion that she can swim there. The sun shines without a care, lazy, hot. No sound except the lap of the water and the snuffle of a stray dog."  Despite the heat of the sun and the ease of living she has much to do as time is running out for her to uncover the truth and protect her family from harm.  Beautifully written, and evoking images of Greek village life, Black Butterflies is the second book in the Greek Village series.
The Explosive Nature of Friendship
The Explosive Nature of Friendship explores the tensions that exist between two lifelong friends.   Mitsos, one of the friends, and now an old man, leads a solitary and ordered life, which is interrupted by the arrival of his young nephew, whom he reluctantly agrees to babysit.  To amuse the child, he recounts tales from his own youth, which are romantic, tragic, funny, and ultimately touching.  In the telling of these tales he is prompted to reassess his past and to come to terms with the events of a single day that has haunted him for twenty years, and all that led up to it.   This reminiscing is also prompted by a letter which gives him a chance to rectify his biggest wrong and gain the peace he is seeking. But is what he has sought for the last twenty years what he wants now? Is he the man he thought he was?  Set against a backdrop of a small Greek farming village, comedy and tragedy are present in equal measures.  Sara transports you to a land of sea and sun as she explores what it means to be human, and fallible.   The book examines the nature of friendship, and how our choices and our perceptions of our place in society can define us
The Gypsy's Dream
Cross at Dad, Abby, 17, boards a flight to Greece, but gets hopelessly lost and ends up in the wrong village.  Alone, with very little money, no Greek and no way to contact her friend Jackie, who has lined up a bar job for her, Abby realises she has to stand on her own two feet for the first time…  She meets Stella, who runs the local ouzeri - a rough and ready eatery were farmers gather to drink and take refuge from their domestic lives.  Stella does not need a naive young English girl hanging around, and the ouzeri is not the glamorous bar that Abby had bargained for.   But when events throw them together, the situation brings to the boil tensions that have been brewing for years, the ripples drawing in other people in the village, threatening Abby's ability to ever leave, culminating in shocking unforeseen events and the uncovering of dark secrets that change peoples' thinking about themselves and others permanently.
The Art of Becoming Homeless
Michelle has always had a positive attitude to work and responsibility and has made all the 'right' choices. Why then does she feel she might have ended up in the wrong place?  Disenchanted with life as a high-flying lawyer in London, when her firm decides to send her to Athens to handle a case she jumps at the opportunity.   Before work begins on Monday Michelle decides to squeeze in a sun-filled weekend on an island but a chance encounter on the boat across and a tragic accident throw her plans into disarray and threaten to change the entire course of her life.
In the Shade of the Monkey Puzzle Tree
Mid-life brings problems. For Theo it makes him wonder if there is more to the world than the small village where he has lived all his life and, if there is, how far he needs to go to find it. The path he takes results in an unexpected journey that challenges his perception of everything he knew to be true.
A Handful Of Pebbles
The latest novel in the Greek Village Collection follows Sarah who travels to the village in Greece for the wedding of her youngest son to Helena. 'This was an emotional book, of loss and regret and of the chance to change things and make a new start.' 'This story is so rich in content that you really feel for the characters and go on a journey with them. I am starting my own collection of pebbles ! A must read for anyone, anytime or anyplace.' 'This is Sara Alexi's seventh book in the 'Greek Village Collection' and is as good if not better than the first one! (No need to read in order.) The story is about loss, regret and the belief that you can be whoever you want to be...' 'Excellent writer, excellent book' 'This is one of those books where you just don't want it to end.' - Micheal Finlayson (Amazon top 1000 reviewer.) 'Her storytelling is so good it is easy to ignore the depth of her characterisation, ' 'After reading this I have to say the Greek Village Series just gets better and better.' 'Was enthralled by the twists and turns; particularly at the end.' 'A well told story, real and rounded characters and a Greek background that is so well written you can feel the sun and smell that wonderful warm, baked earth and sea salt scent that that is unique to Greece.' 'The Characters, the descriptions and the whole atmosphere that Sara Alexi provides, a truly great storyteller.' 'This book is so evocative that I wanted to start reviewing it even before I'd finished the first few pages. The characters are so clear that I thought I knew them immediately I met them but, as in life, surprises are thrown at us at every turn. Any event described by Sara Alexi is so clear as to be almost real - I was a fly on the wall at many events throughout the book, thinking on occasion "Wow! Didn't see THAT coming!"' 'This book is one giving hope to many who think their life, as it is, is all there is. It made me very reflective of my own life and left me wondering...' 'And again, Sara Alexi writes with perfect pace to have the reader slow down to the pace of the village, experience the dryness and heat and beauty of the place; I found myself literally relaxing, slowing myself down as I read and would stop from time to time to consider the meaning of life and the wisdoms shared. This is such an intelligent writer and thinker
The Unquiet Mind
anni has lived all his life in semi isolation, on the ridge at the top of the island, with only his parents and their herd of goats for company.   But when the family's donkey dies, the burden rests on him to make the journey over to the mainland to buy a new one...   Reluctantly, and fearing he will not be able to cope with the wider world, Yanni resolves to make the trip, and in doing so to face his own demons.   One hope spurs him on, and that is the chance of being reunited with Sophia, his childhood sweetheart who was sent away to the mainland at an early age, and whom he has not seen or heard from since.   Will Yanni be able to find Sophia, and will she even remember him?   Once again Sara Alexi spins a masterful yarn that delves deep into the heart of more characters from the Greek village, and exposes more of what it means to be human, and fallible...
Watching the Wind Blow
This story is based on true events that happened to a family member of Sara Alexi in the year 2000. Set in the Aegean sea, under the Mediterranean sun, Watching the Wind Blow is a tale of a girl and a man who are thrown together unwillingly in circumstances that are soon beyond anyone's control. The endless blue sky and calm clear waters are no more than a tease for Irini, as it soon becomes clear that her life is at risk. Stumbling to keep herself safe she finds herself revisiting a time in her life that has left her scarred and scared. She has no idea how huge the cost, or the amount of love she needs to heal these wounds.
The Reluctant Baker
Loukas Hates his job. Ellie is stuck in an unfulfilling marriage.   They are both young, but feel that life is passing them by, and can see no way out...
The English Lesson
Toula receives an invitation to her granddaughter's third birthday.   To attend means a trip from her beloved Greece to England, where her daughter's family have settled.   Her husband refuses to go and in his refusal it is implied that she cannot go either.   It has been a lifetime of this; a lifetime of being the woman behind the man, her voice heard less and less.   Now, in the final years of her life, perhaps it is time to take action, time to strike out alone, time to take advantage of whatever life offers her.   The truth is she can do whatever she wants to do, go to any extreme, if she is prepared to accept the consequences.
The Priest's Well
Savvas fulfills his mother's dying wish and joins the priesthood. After a questionable start in America he is quietly appointed to a remote Greek farming village.   But the setting is far from the comfortable city life he had hoped for, and to make matters worse he finds that his predecessor has given over the main house to Nefeli, the youthful housekeeper, and her invalid mother, and that he must make do with the servant's quarters.   Nevertheless Savvas hopes to change his fortune and impress the bishop. He plans to regain the main house for the church, but there is something bewitching about the alluring Nefeli, and matters take a darker turn.
A Song Amongst the Orange Trees
Sakis wins the a major European song competition in Kharkiv, the Ukraine, but with a song that he considers cheap and musically poor.   His win forces him to choose between money and fame, and maintaining his artistic integrity...
The Stolen Book
Hidden under dust, stacked and forgotten lay the book.  Just a pamphlet really, only within its pages it promised to show a way to unlimited wealth right out of the circumstances that surrounded her.  It wasn’t hers, she shouldn’t take it, but with two sons to educate and a poorly paid farmer as a husband it promised her just what she needed.   So, to start her journey, she became a thief.
The Rush Cutter's Legacy
Born and bred in a small agricultural village, Vasso spends her days in the yellow wooden kiosk at its heart, keeping the locals supplied with cigarettes, sweets, ice creams and more.   By now, Vasso knows the stories of most of her fellow villagers, and can often be found sharing them over a frappé with her friend Juliet. But Juliet has noticed that Vasso rarely talks about herself.   Why is Vasso so reluctant to share her own story? Why did she leave the village for Orino Island one summer, many years ago - and what was it that finally drove her back?   Grab the last of the summer with this gripping new tale from one of Amazon's best selling authors...
Saving Septic Cyril
In a dim terraced house on a cobbled street in West Yorkshire, Cyril gives refuge to all the stray dogs, abandoned furniture and broken toys he finds.   The ghosts of his past find their way in anyway - and now one of his neighbours wants him evicted.   When Saabira moves in next door with her husband Aaman and their young daughter, she hopes the family has left all its troubles behind in Pakistan.   But memories can be stubborn things, and Saabira has a few that even the wild winds from the moors can’t shake.   Cyril just wants to be left in peace. Saabira just feels compelled to reach out.   With all their differences, can the two of them begin to trust each other?
Being Enough
Rallou wakes up one day to find that her dreams have escaped her. The children are grown and gone, and her husband is no longer the man she married.   Their house is not their own, and Rallou has not achieved the things she thought she would with her life.   Has she really made the choices that have determined her life, or is it a case of 'once a village girl always a village girl'? Either way, it is not enough...   As she ponders her position, a force of nature shatters all she has known and her husband goes missing. Is this the catalyst she needs to make some big decisions, or must she settle for a life that feels less than satisfactory?   Set against the backdrop of a sunny Greek island, 'Being Enough' is a simple tale that will resonate with anyone who has ever questioned whether there is more to life.

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