The Illegal Gardener by Sara Alexi

Reviewed by Broadland Wanderer 

Sara Alexi weaves an entrancing story of the burgeoning relationship that develops between two people from very different backgrounds and cultures, an Englishwoman living in Greece and the Pakistani illegal immigrant who becomes her gardener and house boy. Each comes with their own problems, their own past baggage, and she explores these with sympathy and understanding as well as the many nuances of the differences in cultures as they become more and more dependent on each other.I was delighted – without giving away too much of the story – that she didn’t fall into the trap of writing them into an intimate relationship, just a delightfully heart-warming story of a growing friendship that survives and develops despite the many setbacks and misfortunes that beset them.

The book comes with the usual disclaimer that all people and events are fictitious, and yet….. it did seem so real! It was a real page turner – I wanted to see what happened next, but I didn’t want to come to the end of the book. An excellent read!

Broadland Wanderer

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