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Sand in My Eyes Paperback – July 1, 2010

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Christine Lemmon is the author of a series of superbly written novels with the theme of women struggle to realize their true potential. Sanibel Scribbles (9780971287419, $14.95) is the story of Vicki Brightman, her best friend Rebecca, a six-month journey to another country, a roster of colorful characters, and the unexpected demands that compel equally unexpected changes in one's life. Set in 1953 era Florida, Portion Of The Sea (9780971287457, $14.95), is the complex story of 15-year-old Lydia Isleworth, who meets Marlena DiPluma, an aspiring Hollywood actress who give Lydia her journal and admonishes that Lydia is capable of accomplishing anything that she wants to achieve. Sand In My Eyes (9780971287471, $14.95) is the story of Anna Hott, who leaves her high-pressure life, failing marriage, and demanding children behind when she moves from New York City to Sanibel Island, a barrier island off of Florida's Gulf Coast where life is lived at a very different pace and enables her. Very highly recommended for community library contemporary fiction collections and personal leisure time reading lists, all three novels document Christine Lemmon as a gifted writer with a very special flare for creating memorable characters with extraordinary stories of their own. --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

Christine Lemmon was born in Chicago, Illinois. When she was eight years old her family moved to Saugatuck, Michigan where together they worked their family businesses. Her schooling was in Holland, Michigan, where she also graduated from Hope College, a private, liberal arts college. Christine lives on Sanibel Island with her husband and three children. Ideas for her novels come to her while bike riding, hiking through preserves, and watching sunsets with her family.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 355 pages
  • Publisher: Penmark Publishing, LLC (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971287422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971287426
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Christine Lemmon is the author of four novels-Sanibel Scribbles, Portion of the Sea, Sand in My Eyes, and Walking Temples (Spring 2015), and the gift book, Whisper from the Ocean. She lives with her husband and three kids on Sanibel Island, a subtropical island off Florida's Gulf Coast, and the setting for her novels.

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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Sand in My Eyes is a story about difficulties and stress of motherhood, and how personal dreams get placed on hold when children come into a marriage. I love how the author interweaved the meanings of flowers into stories of everyday life. I will never look at an orchid the same: " there are more varities of orchids than any other flower in the world., and you've got to know what type of variety you are dealing with in order to care for it properly..and like orchids,one must be aware of whom she is before she can flourish". So women are like orchids, not Venus! But I think the best quote was at the end: "not everyone can have a green thumb, that's why God invented wildflowers".

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!
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This book is kind of hard to describe. It is a "story within a story". Anna Hott is a woman in her mid-fifties who is reflecting back on her life twenty years prior, of the week she had all to herself, where she began writing her novel. When life intruded upon her again, the novel got tossed in a drawer, never to be seen again. At the opening of this book, Anna is on her way to see her old neighbor, Fedelina, who inspired Anna to write that story so many years ago. Anna is looking for an ending to her story, and to reconnect with the woman who changed her life.

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.
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Sand in My Eyes is a poignant story about an overwhelmed mother, Anna, who is bitter and stressed because her life wasn't turning out the way she had hoped it would. She meets a neighbor who is an elderly woman and learns a lot from her, which Anna decides to write into a novel. This story is women's fiction and has some twists in it that are sometimes disappointing, and other times quite gratifying. It is hard to write a review without giving away a spoiler or two so I'll do my best without being too vague. I'll start with how I felt while reading the story.

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.
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Fairly early in Anna's marriage, she discovers that her husband has had an affair. Believing that a change of scenery, and getting her husband away from his co-worker with whom he cheated, she quits her high power publishing job and moves her family to Florida, to a house on stilts. She has always wanted to write a novel and figures now is a good time to start.

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.
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