The Illegal Gardener : Greek Village

  • by Sara Alexi
  • Narrated by Suzanne Heathcote
  • Series: Greek Village
  • 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 may change yours a bit too.


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I was captivated

An English woman Juliet who is depressed after a nasty divorce decides on impulse to sell her home in England and buys a dilapidated farmhouse in a tiny Greek village in the Peloponnese. The house is livable by local standards but the job of restoring the garden is too big for just Juliet. She hires Aaman who had travelled to Greece from Pakistan illegally. He came to Greece looking for work to raise money to buy a harvester for his Village. His Village hopes the harvester will deliver them from poverty.

The English Juliet, who has the money and a valid passport, resents the intrusion even though she wants her garden cleared. Aaman needs the work and the money but resent the humiliation. He comes from a culture where women take the back seat. He takes offense at having to take orders from a woman.

The first part of the book nothing much actually happens. In the second half of the book something happens to Aaman (I won’t spoil it and tell you what happens) which forces Juliet to examine her own feelings. She takes responsibility of ‘saving Aaman’. The ending sets up for the next book in the series.

The book is easy to read, written in fairly short sentences but avoids being too stop/start. The character development is well done and their histories and the way they unfold are captivating. The book is well worth getting if you want a change of pace, because it’s certainly undemanding. The series has a huge potential if the author keeps developing the theme. The story provides a compassionate insight into the Greek people and culture, and the human condition in general. The book does make one stop and evaluate the status in the world of the illegal immigration problem.

This is a good story about relationships and perseverance. Suzanne Heathcote narrated the book.

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- Jean "I am an avid eclectic reader."

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Where does The Illegal Gardener rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top three

Who was your favorite character and why?

Asaan because he was so honorable and wise.

What about Suzanne Heathcote’s performance did you like?

Her narration was spot on. Good transition from male voices, Greek accents and English accents was seamless.

If you could take any character from The Illegal Gardener out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Juliette because of her growth as a human being and her courage and determination. She also enjoys good food!

Any additional comments?

I can't say enough about this novel and I am so glad it is first in a series although the only one on Audible. I grew as a human being after reading this book. It is kind of like a mini slice of The Grapes of Wrath in a European setting with the Okies replaced by Pakistanis, Indians, Russians and others escaping from terrible economies. I will never again see casual laborers trying to scrape together a living without a degree of compassion I never had before. This book changed me in a profound way. I do hope that Audible will present the rest of the series. It was an easy listen with a degree of humor and it wasn't preachy. A satisfying ending made my heart sing!

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-2014
  • Publisher: Sara Alexi