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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.
©2012 Sara Alexi (P)2014 Sara Alexi
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By Marjorie on 08-30-15

Enjoyable Listen, Sweet, Maybe Too Sweet...

I did enjoy this novel and the audio performance was flawless. The story was a bit simplistic and although the author does explore the hardships which are faced by the illegal immigrants in Greece (and elsewhere in this world); the tragedy of these lives could have been better developed. The story centers around the life of a middle-age woman who has moved to Greece to start a new life for herself. She develops a friendship with her "illegal gardener" and, from there, the reader is given a glimpse both into the woman's pursuit to build a new life and of the life of the gardener whose life is vastly more difficult and impoverished. It was fun to hear about the Greek countryside and people. There is a lightness to the book which is enjoyable while at the same time it borders on trite. I would have enjoyed deeper character development. Ms. Alexi is an excellent writer in terms of prose and grammar. If you are looking for a "light" read which has a little cultural exploration in it, this might just be the book for you.

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By Kathy J on 01-06-15

Heartwarming

This story gave me a fresh perspective on immigration and the "illegal" status of those who are seeking a tolerable life away from their homeland. Well written story and excellent narration.

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By Kaggy on 07-04-16

Well meaning but dull and annoying

The suffering and exploitation of the illegal immigrants was well portrayed and actually very moving in places. I just didn't enjoy the relationship between the two main characters. Juliette is a self-centred and self-pitying woman, given to crying jags with tiresome frequency. I also felt very uncomfortable with her referring to her new friend as a 'house boy'. Let’s face it, she is somebody who was prepared to exploit the immigrants for their cheap labour and was generally irritated by their presence and the difficulties of having to pay and feed them. Her portrayal as an overall force for good was therefore a bit too rich for me. This was one of my bargain purchases, so I can't really complain too much, but l I thought this book was boring, irritating and far too safe given the seriousness of the subject matter.

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By Vava on 05-10-15

Rambling enjoyable yarn

Liked it. A soothing silliness. Descriptions could be better, there were a lot of 'the' in the descriptions. The grass was green. The sky was blue. The and so on. Descriptions didn't flow. But the rest was great as a relaxing listen.

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By Clare on 12-25-17

Grows on you.Pardon the pun

What did you like most about The Illegal Gardener?

Initially I didn't like the main character ( who is not really the illegal gardener) but the character grows and develops through the novel,and I warmed to her . Initially seems a far fetched tale becomes a believable tale

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By imtralee on 01-31-16

A heartwarming tale

with love across ages, cultures and boundaries. Real, unselfish love. i want a Greek Cottage and the chance to find myself just this way. And a friend so unbelievably forgiving.

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