The Illegal Gardener by Sara Alexi (Kindle Edition)
This was a shot in the dark for me. I usually like thrillers, science fiction etc but wanted something different for a change. It is certainly a change of pace! Its like a lazy Sunday afternoon read, very undemanding but holds you all the same. Its very easy to read, written largely in fairly short sentences but avoids being too stop/start.
My one criticism is that for maybe the first half of the book, nothing very much actually happens. Illegal gardener Aaman gets work for Juliet, he works in her garden, she speaks on phone to friend back home and they both try to figure each other out culturally. That was my one gripe, although its still well written and highly readable, not alot was really happening. But then from about half way, something happens to Aaman (won’t spoil it, suffice to say its to do with his illegal status) and for me the story started moving again. It was almost reminiscent of Remains of the Day in that there is clearly a growing underlying romantic tension but neither party is bold or brave enough or ready, to act on that.
I was a trifle disappointed that when Aaman returns home at the end, everything seems to be tied up very neatly, maybe too much of a fairytale ending. But I’m probably nit-picking. Its a good read and well worth getting. The author has huge potential and if she keeps writing and developing like this then I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see her name on a future Man Booker list! If you want an undemanding book that’s not too deep but still highly readable then you’ll like this.
Thanks for reading.