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Seven Days of Friday opens with Days of the Week underwear and closes with a forty-year-old secret that refuses to stay submerged. Thirty-four-year-old Vivi Tyler is living her nightmare: gay husband, self-harming teenager, melodramatic mother. They’re picking apart her sanity, one stitch at a time. She’s crawling along rock bottom when the arrival of a mysterious package Seven Days of Friday opens with Days of the Week underwear and closes with a forty-year-old secret that refuses to stay submerged. Thirty-four-year-old Vivi Tyler is living her nightmare: gay husband, self-harming teenager, melodramatic mother. They’re picking apart her sanity, one stitch at a time. She’s crawling along rock bottom when the arrival of a mysterious package opens a new door to a new country. A desperate Vivi dives headfirst into the quicksand that is Greece—her parents’ birthplace. But it’s a paradise far from perfect, and instead of the new beginning she covets, Vivi discovers trouble is determined to keep her in its pocket. Soon she’s fighting for her daughter’s life in a Greek hospital, clashing with her Greek relatives, and cobbling together an inadequate cage around her heart, lest she fall for an unavailable man. Before this story ends, somebody will be dead. And if some people are to be believed, this particular death is a good thing. A blessing, of sorts . . . .


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Seven Days of Friday opens with Days of the Week underwear and closes with a forty-year-old secret that refuses to stay submerged. Thirty-four-year-old Vivi Tyler is living her nightmare: gay husband, self-harming teenager, melodramatic mother. They’re picking apart her sanity, one stitch at a time. She’s crawling along rock bottom when the arrival of a mysterious package Seven Days of Friday opens with Days of the Week underwear and closes with a forty-year-old secret that refuses to stay submerged. Thirty-four-year-old Vivi Tyler is living her nightmare: gay husband, self-harming teenager, melodramatic mother. They’re picking apart her sanity, one stitch at a time. She’s crawling along rock bottom when the arrival of a mysterious package opens a new door to a new country. A desperate Vivi dives headfirst into the quicksand that is Greece—her parents’ birthplace. But it’s a paradise far from perfect, and instead of the new beginning she covets, Vivi discovers trouble is determined to keep her in its pocket. Soon she’s fighting for her daughter’s life in a Greek hospital, clashing with her Greek relatives, and cobbling together an inadequate cage around her heart, lest she fall for an unavailable man. Before this story ends, somebody will be dead. And if some people are to be believed, this particular death is a good thing. A blessing, of sorts . . . .

30 review for Seven Days of Friday

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    ???? What on earth have I just tried to read? It was so bad I forced myself to read to 100 pages, usually give up by page 50 if not interested. But this was so bad thought it must improve. I was wrong, somehow it got worse. No wonder it was free.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    Agonizing read! These Greek mothers would drive me batsh*tcrazy... The drama didn't stop throughout the book. For that reason- I've had it up to my eye balls of the soap opera and even though I enjoyed the authors wit and style I don't think I am able to pick up another of her books. Not yet anyway. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I'm not really sure how to rate this book. I hated it and I liked it. I almost quit reading it a few times, but by the end, I couldn't put it down. Max was likable but I was frustrated over his mother issues. The book balances uncomfortably between humor and serious issues, but in the end, the author makes it work.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It was a good drama. Reminded me romantic drama films I've enjoyed in the past. This book has infidelity, heartbreak, divorce, self harm, overbearing mothers, sexy doctors, and a woman on a mission to have a good life. Trying to figure out where life took a wrong turn after her husband leaves her for a man, and how she missed what now feel like obvious signs, Vivi decides a big change is needed. She decides to go to Greece with her daughter, as there is family there they can stay with. Not all It was a good drama. Reminded me romantic drama films I've enjoyed in the past. This book has infidelity, heartbreak, divorce, self harm, overbearing mothers, sexy doctors, and a woman on a mission to have a good life. Trying to figure out where life took a wrong turn after her husband leaves her for a man, and how she missed what now feel like obvious signs, Vivi decides a big change is needed. She decides to go to Greece with her daughter, as there is family there they can stay with. Not all are welcoming to the 'Americans ' when they arrive, but Vivi and her daughter try there best to settle into the life there. The first big shock came when they realized that her aunts home does not have a toilet *lol*. There is just a hole in the space, and a basket for the dirty papers to go into. There are plenty of up's and downs in this story, and things go along a nice pace. You the glimpses into Max's life as things go along too. Plenty of drama to go around. Especially when Vivi's overbearing mother comes to Greece, and announces that she's left Vivi's father and has come to stay with her daughter and granddaughter now. Hooo boy. The drama, she is escalating. 🤣 There is so much more I could go on about, but it's better if you just read it and decide for yourself.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Baggot

    This was the first Alex A King book I've read, recommended to me because it's about women of Greece. I am a big fan of all things Greek! It definitely won't be my last. This was a triumph. I loved everything about it. The writer's style was unique and refreshing and I lapped up the humor and tragedy in equal measure. It tells the story of Vivi and her teenage daughter, Melissa, travelling back to Greece to re-start her life after a marriage break up. Romance is provided by the delicious doctor, This was the first Alex A King book I've read, recommended to me because it's about women of Greece. I am a big fan of all things Greek! It definitely won't be my last. This was a triumph. I loved everything about it. The writer's style was unique and refreshing and I lapped up the humor and tragedy in equal measure. It tells the story of Vivi and her teenage daughter, Melissa, travelling back to Greece to re-start her life after a marriage break up. Romance is provided by the delicious doctor, Max, but there's so much else going on for everyone will love win the day? Highly recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    The way the women in this book talk to each other and treat each other needs some getting used to. But once you see beyond that, you'll see the humor in it. And then you can't help but love it! Never knew that a story about fighting women could be so funny! P.S. There are also men in this book. And it is filled with love!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Hendrix Eva

    Top Quotes: "That's okay, I care enough for both of us" "Wouldn't that be something?"

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katherine Owen

    3.5 stars - Seven Days of Friday is a somewhat charming story line with a mix of humorous as well as some unexpected dark plot lines. Most of these worked. Some didn't. There were many things I liked about this novel. The heroine, Vivi Tyler, was attempting to start a new life with her fifteen-year-old daughter in Greece after the surprising end of her marriage and there were enough moments of levity to make the story enjoyable. However King also took on some heavy topics with this novel, in 3.5 stars - Seven Days of Friday is a somewhat charming story line with a mix of humorous as well as some unexpected dark plot lines. Most of these worked. Some didn't. There were many things I liked about this novel. The heroine, Vivi Tyler, was attempting to start a new life with her fifteen-year-old daughter in Greece after the surprising end of her marriage and there were enough moments of levity to make the story enjoyable. However King also took on some heavy topics with this novel, in terms of a thirty-ish mother coping with her unhappy teenager, a marriage ending, and a willing acceptance to start over in a foreign country--Greece to be exact. At times, it felt like it might be spinning out of control because there was too much going on, but overall I loved the humorous aspects of the first person narrative, especially Vivi's. For the most part, I think the author handled the various challenges the two main characters faced fairly well. Readers get some insight into the hero, Max, who is a pediatrician and more or less in search of himself because he operates under the heavy opinion of his mother instead of himself. In that sense,the stereotypes about the Greek culture were easy to spot and more character development beyond the cliches would have helped. Additionally, there were multiple points-of-view which sometimes left me confused as a reader. Some characters were stronger than others. Then, towards the end of the novel, a mystery of sorts was thrown in, but I felt it took away from the main story of Vivi and Max. In fact, the ending was from a point of view of the Vivi's father, who barely played a part in this novel. That was disappointing. It didn't have to be.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary Spellman

    Crazy Family Done Right and Oh So Wrong 5 Platypires Great Scott @ Platypire Reviews I was searching for free ebooks and this one caught my eye. First because of the title and second because of the cover. I mean, the title itself is enough to draw you in. On a hunch, I downloaded it and seconds later, it appeared in my kindle app. King hooked me from the first sentence and for that, she deserves a round of applause. If I'm not instantly drawn in by the first page, I usually bail. Why? Because I Crazy Family Done Right and Oh So Wrong 5 Platypires Great Scott @ Platypire Reviews I was searching for free ebooks and this one caught my eye. First because of the title and second because of the cover. I mean, the title itself is enough to draw you in. On a hunch, I downloaded it and seconds later, it appeared in my kindle app. King hooked me from the first sentence and for that, she deserves a round of applause. If I'm not instantly drawn in by the first page, I usually bail. Why? Because I have the patience of a two year old. Everything she wrote, I felt. Her characters were complex human beings, which is why at times I loved them and hated them. Emotions aren't always easy to convey through words, but King made it look like child's play. Another round of applause for her. It was unexpectedly hilarious, which deserves her another round of applause. The synopsis will bring you to the conclusion that this is an intense drama, and it is. But King didn't stop there. It's young adult, it's romance, it's comedy, it's crime. It's breath taking. I am grateful to have stumbled across this story and will most certainly read on.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    A good book with a story line that held my attention. I am constantly drawn in by books that have chapters told from the different character's perspectives and feel that this author did a pretty good job at it (although still feel that Barbara Kingsolver did it best in The Poisonwood Bible). There are some moments of amazing humor in this book that took me by surprise and I got a couple of strange looks from my boyfriend from randomly laughing out loud. Not sure I will be seeking out other books A good book with a story line that held my attention. I am constantly drawn in by books that have chapters told from the different character's perspectives and feel that this author did a pretty good job at it (although still feel that Barbara Kingsolver did it best in The Poisonwood Bible). There are some moments of amazing humor in this book that took me by surprise and I got a couple of strange looks from my boyfriend from randomly laughing out loud. Not sure I will be seeking out other books in this series to purchase, but if I happen to come across them for free or at the library I would pick them up for an entertaining and comical read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Worfolk

    3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one, but I have to say there was a scene towards the end that was badly handled afterward by the characters. (view spoiler)[When Melissa's date rapes her, although it's seen as a bad thing, no one calls it that. It's more discussed in terms of Melissa having sex before she is ready. It. Was. Rape.) (hide spoiler)] Apart from the aftermath of that scene, I did enjoy the book. I read it while I was in Greece, and really was tickled by how the author was so able to capture 3.5 stars. I enjoyed this one, but I have to say there was a scene towards the end that was badly handled afterward by the characters. (view spoiler)[When Melissa's date rapes her, although it's seen as a bad thing, no one calls it that. It's more discussed in terms of Melissa having sex before she is ready. It. Was. Rape.) (hide spoiler)] Apart from the aftermath of that scene, I did enjoy the book. I read it while I was in Greece, and really was tickled by how the author was so able to capture the cultural idiosyncrasies of the country as they would appear to a foreigner. The fact that you can't flush toilet paper! The delicious food! Everyone mainlining frappés at every opportunity! The use of vinegar and rubbing alcohol as cure-alls! I kept reading parts of it out loud to the Greek-Canadian friend I was traveling with and she was like, "Yup, totally accurate."I liked the author's voice and style--she avoids the cliched and stilted writing that sometimes plagues romance novels. She's much more naturalistic and less mannered. I suppose some readers could find her dialogue a bit choppy, but I think that's a stylistic choice, not poor writing. I also liked the characters--this novel passes the Bechdel Test and portrays some good relationships between Vivi and her daughter, Vivi and Max, and Max and his brother. Vivi's and Max's mother were hellish, but I have actually met people like that, so...lucky you if you think they're completely unrealistic, I guess. I was not crazy about the fat shaming of Vivi's awful cousin Effie. Yes, she was horrid, but it didn't have anything to do with her size. Overall, I found it a good holiday read, though not unproblematic. Despite its issues, I'd say it is head and shoulders above a lot of romance novels. It seems to straddle the line between romance and chick lit, but there were definitely aspects of romance and it fit some of the parameters. I would consider reading another book by this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lii

    This is a very cute story about change in women's lives of different ages. It tells of family bond and how even family can be a person's worst enemy or the closest ally. It is also a love story of women who love their daughters and between a man and a woman. The story is fairly simple but spiced up with Greek culture and Greece itself. The writing is funny and entertaining, very much different from what I am used to, and the characters with their problems are relatable. The only criticism I would This is a very cute story about change in women's lives of different ages. It tells of family bond and how even family can be a person's worst enemy or the closest ally. It is also a love story of women who love their daughters and between a man and a woman. The story is fairly simple but spiced up with Greek culture and Greece itself. The writing is funny and entertaining, very much different from what I am used to, and the characters with their problems are relatable. The only criticism I would give is the lack of current climate affecting on any of the characters lives. No talk of unemployment, which would affect fairly many even in a small village. In addition, things seemed to happen fairly easily to the main character, even though there were a lot of bumps in the road, but when she wanted something she got it. It is a fairly light read considering that it involves accidental suicide attempt, death, cheating and murder investigation, but I guess the greek culture lightens the mood, and especially the protagonist's attitude towards everything. I couldn't put the book down and found the book enjoyable to read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Nicole

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Once I had starts ftp read it I wasn't sure what was going on to be honest. There was a lot of side bar conversations, but I guess it was supposed to read like a soap. Either way this worked well for the plot. There wasn't really a character that I didn't like. I feel like each of them had their perks and quirks. It starts off with Vivi and her husband separating. Apparently he's a slimeball that had been cheating on her for a while prior to him telling I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Once I had starts ftp read it I wasn't sure what was going on to be honest. There was a lot of side bar conversations, but I guess it was supposed to read like a soap. Either way this worked well for the plot. There wasn't really a character that I didn't like. I feel like each of them had their perks and quirks. It starts off with Vivi and her husband separating. Apparently he's a slimeball that had been cheating on her for a while prior to him telling her he was leaving her. It's so easy to feel sympathetic towards her because she's such a strong character from the jump. But you also realize she's a bit crazy. Once you meet her mom, Eleni, you realize where she gets her crazy gene from. While Vivo is having a crisis, her daughter is having a psychological breakdown and begins self harming. Vivo makes a big decision to leave all of her problems in America and move her and her daughter to Greece. Unfortunatley the problems only follow her. As she meets Max, whom the story is told through alternate points of view with.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Lee

    Just an opener I've once again fallen into the trap of reading the first book in a series that is merely there to open the door to the rest of the series. This book is like the 'previously ' recap at the start of a TV show. It gives you a taste of who everyone is and what is to come. It gives you the highlights needed to understand the rest of the story. As a stand alone novel it's an easy holiday read with a thin plot, a few sassy lines and a happyish ending which is actually just the beginning. Just an opener I've once again fallen into the trap of reading the first book in a series that is merely there to open the door to the rest of the series. This book is like the 'previously ' recap at the start of a TV show. It gives you a taste of who everyone is and what is to come. It gives you the highlights needed to understand the rest of the story. As a stand alone novel it's an easy holiday read with a thin plot, a few sassy lines and a happyish ending which is actually just the beginning. I wouldn't mind at all of it was strong enough to persuade me to continue with the series but it's not. There's nothing really bad about it. It's just not great either. *shrugs*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ju Haghverdian

    This paragraph pretty much sums up the whole story "Someone kills herself on your land, your mother goes to jail, you go to jail, you take a beating from your cousin, and what do you do? You tell me life is good.” “You forgot the part where my ex-husband is gay and my daughter tried to kill herself." This was such a delighting read, I loved the Greek family drama, the superstition, the description of food, of Greece, of their traditions and weird behaviors. The only thing that annoyed me was the This paragraph pretty much sums up the whole story "Someone kills herself on your land, your mother goes to jail, you go to jail, you take a beating from your cousin, and what do you do? You tell me life is good.” “You forgot the part where my ex-husband is gay and my daughter tried to kill herself." This was such a delighting read, I loved the Greek family drama, the superstition, the description of food, of Greece, of their traditions and weird behaviors. The only thing that annoyed me was the careless editing, there were so many typos throughout the story and this really bothers me. Vivi was funny and delightful despite and the crap she was going through. Max, ah Max... I will leave it at that.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Renae Rogers

    Hoo boy. Wasn't this book a wild and crazy ride?! Almost as wild and crazy as the majority of the characters in the book. I always find it educational to read things set in different cultures but I struggle to relate to certain elements of the book. And some things which I do relate to, I struggle to relate to the extremeness of them. I don't know if they are overexaggerated for the story or if things are really like that in Greek culture. Some of it made me sad, some of it made me angry, some Hoo boy. Wasn't this book a wild and crazy ride?! Almost as wild and crazy as the majority of the characters in the book. I always find it educational to read things set in different cultures but I struggle to relate to certain elements of the book. And some things which I do relate to, I struggle to relate to the extremeness of them. I don't know if they are overexaggerated for the story or if things are really like that in Greek culture. Some of it made me sad, some of it made me angry, some of it just left me bewildered. I'm still sitting much closer to bewilderment even now, a few weeks after finishing the book. And yet there were some truths there too. Yeah. What a trip.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Friedland

    I liked it until about halfway through. When we see the characters apart, living their own lives, it was great. It was only when they got together that the book started going downhill. There was a scene I had a lot of trouble with near the end that involved some questionable decisions. Up until that point, things had been morally black and white, but then an actual bad thing happened and everyone acted like it was no big deal. It was definitely a book aimed at women, and as a woman, there were I liked it until about halfway through. When we see the characters apart, living their own lives, it was great. It was only when they got together that the book started going downhill. There was a scene I had a lot of trouble with near the end that involved some questionable decisions. Up until that point, things had been morally black and white, but then an actual bad thing happened and everyone acted like it was no big deal. It was definitely a book aimed at women, and as a woman, there were some parts I enjoyed. But I probably won't be picking it up again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Leta McCurry

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, with clearly defined characters. Vivi with her teen daughter flees betrayal and heartbreak in the U.S. to make a new life in a small town in Greece. It seems a small town in Greece is like a small Southern town on steroids. Everybody knows everybody else's business and interferes in everybody's business. Vivi has almost more meddling and advice than she can handle. Makes for some funny scenes. There is a little bit of everything, heartbreak, I really enjoyed this book. It was well written, with clearly defined characters. Vivi with her teen daughter flees betrayal and heartbreak in the U.S. to make a new life in a small town in Greece. It seems a small town in Greece is like a small Southern town on steroids. Everybody knows everybody else's business and interferes in everybody's business. Vivi has almost more meddling and advice than she can handle. Makes for some funny scenes. There is a little bit of everything, heartbreak, regaining trust, romance, mystery - all fun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    The writer does a nice job of giving the reader a glimpse the Greek psyche (no pun intended). There were a few elements that reminded me of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", but in a good way. A fun read, with a strong female lead. The book could benefit from a professional editor (if it had one, then a better one). There were several incorrect word usages, as well as some missing words/ extra words. I find this rather jarring while I am reading, which is why the rating is not higher for the book. An The writer does a nice job of giving the reader a glimpse the Greek psyche (no pun intended). There were a few elements that reminded me of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", but in a good way. A fun read, with a strong female lead. The book could benefit from a professional editor (if it had one, then a better one). There were several incorrect word usages, as well as some missing words/ extra words. I find this rather jarring while I am reading, which is why the rating is not higher for the book. An original story line, but too many niggly mistakes to give it 5/5.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    This was one of those books that you start reading, and think.... hmm.... is this going to be a dnf But then I found myself dragged into the story. I sympathise with readers who found the writing 'choppy' and awkward, because at times I felt the same, but the characters are believable (if incredibly annoying at times) and I got caught up in what was happening. Some fairly dark themes here and also some very amusing ones but I wouldn't call this a 'beach read'. Now going to find more by this This was one of those books that you start reading, and think.... hmm.... is this going to be a dnf But then I found myself dragged into the story. I sympathise with readers who found the writing 'choppy' and awkward, because at times I felt the same, but the characters are believable (if incredibly annoying at times) and I got caught up in what was happening. Some fairly dark themes here and also some very amusing ones but I wouldn't call this a 'beach read'. Now going to find more by this author.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beckie

    Bit of a difficult one to finish... Vivi is Greek however her family moved from Greece to America when she was young, therefore American culture is all she's ever known. However after a heartbreak , she decides to uproot herself and daughter Melissa to start a new life in a Greek town where everyone knows everyone. The story depicts the twists and turns of Vivi and Melissa's new life. I found this one very predictable and slow to get to it's final destination.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    So when your marriage crumbles what do you do. In this book she uprooteded herself and went back to her original roots of Greece. Trying to rent and herself and give a better life to her daughter. This book is a good read the lifestyle is very my big fat Greek wedding which I adore. What more can you expect out of a book about finding yourself, a vacation, romance, oh and a hint of murder and Greek curses.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vicki

    A book that I couldn't easily lay down. Something for everyone. Aggravating, funny, romantic, divorce, sadness, grief, suspense, family issues, new beginnings, and coming of age. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone because of the language/sex but for those who do not get get offended by it, it's a good and easy read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Adele Jaab

    Possibly a slow start? Can't decide if this was a slow start or whether I was too busy to get into it but saying that I usually always find time for a book! A few chapters in though I was hooked and enjoyed this pleasant story that for me was not predictable, well written and easy to read

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I could not get enough of this book. I wasn't sure about it at first as it seemed everything was going wrong for Vivi but the moment she got to Greece it all seemed to change for her in great and amusing ways! I actually found myself laughing out loud at work of all places. Would definitely recommend especially for a holiday/vacation read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    I really did enjoy this novel, although it was a bit long-winded for the storyline and was too close to "Under the Tuscan Sun" or whatever finding-love-after-a-long-relationship story you must read RIGHT NOW! The underlying story was good and the characters were great and got me involved in the story. Overall, I have recommended this novel to several friends and recommend it overAll!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    First of all there seems to be two editions of this book, I wonder why? They are exactly the same, except one has one more page. The title, Seven Days of Friday, seemed very strange, but it's explained almost in the first chapter. The plot contains betrayal, a search for a new life, love, jealously and Greek delights. Enchanting and not to be missed.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Janice

    Women of Greece It starts off slow so if you get through the first few chapters it is very entertaining. The story is told from different characters perspectives so you are looking at the same story from different views. This is a series but you don't have to read another book to get closure from this one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Smolak

    Enjoyable look into Greek small town Easy to read. Gave insight to the family dynamics in Greece and the difference and similarities with American families. Finished in two settings. Didn't want to put it down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Another great read from Alex A King Have read the Kat Makris books and thought I'd give this series a try. Wasn't disappointed,really entertaining and enjoyable. Ready for the next one! LOVE this author.

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