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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.
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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bless Their Hearts Mom VINE VOICE on September 30, 2010
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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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By katiejn on October 26, 2014
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Very relatable for moms with young children. Probably also for empty-nesters as well!
Amazing writer. I know nothing about flowers but will look at life and flowers differently from now on. This is a book I will read multiple times! It was just what I needed to read.
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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.

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Anna Hott lives on Sanibel Island with her husband and three kids. The story uses flashback to describe what it was like for Anna when her kids were younger. She relishes her relationship with her spouse, even loves her cluttered house and overly active children - all standard fare for this stage in her life. Anna doesn't have the energy to find a clean towel, effectively deal with her children or berate her husband about his past transgressions - including his prior affair with another woman.

The reader will have a short attention span when it comes to Anna's complaints. She is overburdened, over scheduled and generally coming apart at the seams. She meets her neighbor Fedelina Aurelio and the reader is let in on the secret of their separate pasts.

The author utilizes flashback techniques to introduce the reader to the past loves of the characters. On the surface, the story is one of survival. The gems come from the letters and correspondence read depicting the lives of the characters in the past. The book is interesting in that every reader will get something different out of the story. I recommend the story for readers of any age.
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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 Lemmon. I usually give my mother my books when I'm done with them, but this time I'm keeping this book and buying my mother another copy.
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Christine Lemmon is the author of a series of superbly written novels with the theme of women struggling to realize their true potential. "Sanibel Scribbles" 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", 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" 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.
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