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Sand in My Eyes Paperback – July 1, 2010
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More About the Author
She gets most of her inspiration while biking, kayaking or walking around the island, and watching sunsets with her family.
Christine has lived all over the country writing for radio, newspaper, television and magazine.
Visit her at www.christinelemmon.com
"Christine Lemmon is a gifted writer with a very special flare for creating memorable characters with extraordinary stories of their own."MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
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It is a perfect cross-generational inspirational book for all women. It is the perfect book to give your daughter when she gets married- there are so many truths in the letters from Fedelina's mother, that I know I want to write down for my daughter, with additional stories from our family. Read this book with your mother and make a family album of stories of motherhood/womanhood/love- it will inspire you and your mother!
Fedelina is living in a nursing home in Indiana and when the two women reconnect, Anna begins reading her story to Fedelina, looking for approval from the woman on whom this story is based. The reader is taken back in time, twenty years earlier, to when Anna is an overwhelmed mother of three, caring for her three young children, taking care of a household, and stumbling through the after-effects of her husband's affair. She is on the verge of a complete breakdown when her husband heads out of town on a business trip and sends the children to stay with his parents for a week, giving Anna some much needed time and space to confront her emotions and figure out who she is and who she wants to be.
With a quiet house, Anna begins pursuing one of her lifelong dreams - writing a novel. When she meets her elderly neighbor, Fedelina, Anna's outlook on life changes completely. Fedelina gives Anna sage wisdom on life from raising her own seven children, with gardening metaphors that carry throughout the novel.
The story is broken out in sections.Read more ›
It started out with rather slow pacing, and the writing was not the best. By that I mean that the prose was sort of flowery and meandering. However, once I was caught up into the story itself, I barely noticed that. Plus, I think as the story picked up pace the writing was cleaner. The formatting was bad, though. Sometimes middle sections of paragraphs were indented and words were hyphenated in the middle of a page. It seemed like someone had changed the spacing so the words were no longer where they were supposed to be. That was a bit distracting.
Regarding her anger towards her husband, part of me understood it and part of me was like, "Come on, honey, if you want him to love you back then you can't ignore him and keep him on the couch every night." I admired that he stayed with her all that time. At the same time I understood her lack of trust, having gone through something similar myself many years ago. Yet when the chance to be happy came along, she said no, even though she wanted to say yes. This emotional back and forth was the thing that I found the most powerful in this story. I really felt like I understood her. I also identified with her longings and fears as a writer, because I am an author myself.Read more ›
New to the stay-at-home-scene she is overwhelmed by the demands of twin boys and a little girl. Feeling like all she does is clean the house, feed, or change the kids, or grab some much needed sleep, her novel isn't a priority.
"All I wanted was to finish an act from start to finish without interruption, so I set the egg I wanted to fry on the counter and steadily walked to the sink, trying hard to block out the noise hitting me from every direction. To an ordinary person, washing a pan is simple. But for a mother, who is also like a ringmaster in a three-ring circus, doing dishes is more hair-raisingly difficult than swallowing fire." ...
"You can do it," I chanted under my breath, trying hard to be the little engine that could. "You can make it through this day." At least I thought I could, thought I could, thought I could. There was nothing I wanted more this very moment than to become an escape artist and disappear, but then I saw from the corner of my eye the egg I was going to make for my children's breakfast, the only egg in the house, the extra large one sitting on the counter, roll to the edge and take a great fall. I dropped to my knees, trying to save old Humpty, but hard as I might, he slipped through my fingers." (Sand in My Eyes, p44)
I think that gives you a good picture as to Anna's state of mind. I know that I have been at this point before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Any woman who has been a wife and mother can relate to this well written book.Published 8 months ago by Connie Akers
Loved, Loved this book. We spent 2 weeks on Sanibel Island and plan on going back every year. I always try to find local authors and I found a gem in the books by Christine... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very relatable for moms with young children. Probably also for empty-nesters as well!
Amazing writer. Read more
I wish my 82 year old mother could read this. The messages and symbolism are so meaningful and hopeful.
I have read all 3 of Lemmon's books after visiting the Sanibel Island in Florida. I found my first book by her in a local store there and picked it up to read. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Auj
I love the way Christine Lemmon writes! Her books are hard to put down and I never want the story to end.Published on June 23, 2013 by Shirley E. Johnson
Loved how this book took me right back to the most splendid place... And how recharging and revival are a true and imaginable possibility in this tropical paradisePublished on May 25, 2013 by barbara turley