WARNING: THIS NOVEL WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO ESCAPE TO THE SUN!
Submerging you in the rich culture of life in a pastoral Greek village, The Reluctant Baker throws you in amongst its colourful characters going about their daily lives as the donkeys bray and the sun shines.
Burdened by his job working unreasonable hours in the village bakery owned by his mother and father in-law, Loukas is a loyal young man who wants to please his in-laws but feels life is passing him by. So when tragedy strikes the family, a way out from his hopeless situation seems even further away.
Also looking for an escape, nineteen year old Ellie overcomes her timid ways to break free from a pre-planned life and overbearing father by heading from England to Greece, with only a few belongings in a rucksack. Checking herself in to the new hotel near the village, she ends up disrupting more than she bargains for as her presence in the village shakes foundations to the core.
As two young souls search for a better life, can Loukas find a way to start over without letting his in-laws down? And will finding the path to true love and happiness prove to be impossible for Ellie?
In an uplifting story of resilience conquering adversity, this tale of young love, scandal, jealous neighbours and a plot to bankrupt the new hotel before it has opened its doors will leave your feet barely touching the ground.
Genre: General Fiction
Used availability for Sara Alexi's The Reluctant Baker
March 2015 : Paperback
March 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition