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Sand in My Eyes

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  108 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Twenty years ago, Anna Hott thought she could control everything -- her crumbling marriage, her demanding children, her hectic life -- by quitting her high-placed job in New York City and moving her family to tranquil Sanibel Island, Florida. But she brought her untamed emotions, her rage toward her cheating husband, and her yearning to write a novel with her. When her hus ...more
Paperback, 355 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Penmark Publishing, LLC (first published January 15th 2001)
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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 ...more
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
After a trip to beautiful Sanibel Island last year, I bought this book because it was set on the4 island and written by an islander. There are some beautiful moments and messages in this novel, especially those related to nature and gardening as metaphors for women's lives. I am glad I read it, and there are some good twists to the tale. I enjoyed the flora and fauna of Sanibel mentioned here. But I am sorry to say that the book needed some pruning.

At the center of the novel is Anna Hott, an ov
Jul 20, 2010 Angelc added it
This book wasn't really for me because I think I'm not the target audience. I'm not a mother and I'm not in the stages of life that these women were in. I think if I were, maybe I would have gotten more out of this book. The tone of the book was too melancholy for me. I understand that being a mom and a wife are something you work at, but this book paints too depressing a picture.

The end was shocking and I liked the new twist, one that you wouldn't normally see. I definitely didn't see it coming
Laura Lysiak
Jul 04, 2012 Laura Lysiak rated it did not like it
Wow, as much as I really liked Portions of the Sea, I really disliked this book with great intensity. Every chapter, page, paragraph, sentence, was nothing but a woman complaining about her husband, children and life in general. I found nothing whatsoever positive in reading this book. And the ending, was one of the most disappointing I have ever read, it made you feel like your effort in getting to the end, was a sham and nothing but a waste of time. I always finish books, because I feel, even ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Susan rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
On page 246 I've given up on this book. The main character whine incessantly about how hard it is to be a mother. She follows with overly flowery language about how much she wants to be a writer, but has no time. Flashing back and forth between a story within a story (within yet another story) has made me just plain tired of the character, her lack of emotional depth, and her absence of motivation.

This book just wasn't the right match for me.
Mar 10, 2010 Jan rated it it was ok
I found it took me a long time to get into this book and then when I did I was not thrilled with the ending.
Jul 21, 2010 Cinnamon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
If there's one thing that is guaranteed to brighten my day, it's curling up on the sofa with a soft blanket and a good book. SAND IN MY EYES by Christine Lemmon happened to be the latest book to join me on the reading couch and I have to say that it definitely earned the honor.

In short, SAND IN MY EYES is a story of self-discovery. When struggles and pains seem momentous, sometimes it's the little things in life, either memories or actions, that change our perspective and make life just a bit br
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
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 h
Jul 12, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
From My Blog...[return][return]An absolutely beautiful novel, Sand In My Eyes by Christine Lemmon is a story of friendship, women, and the different stages of life. As the story opens, Anna Holt, now in her 50s finds herself an empty nester worrying about her daughter Marjorie, now off on her own. Lemmon tells the story through Anna’s life about the struggles of motherhood, marriage, day-to-day living and the insight from her older neighbour Fedelina. Each woman adds a new insight into life and ...more
This was a quiet, introspective read, full of wise counsel and beautiful analogies.

We follow Anna's journey through motherhood to empty nest, overwhelmed and exhausted with the chaos that 3 young children often bring, crumbling marriage, unfaithful husband, and general discontent. The melancholy tone of the novel is lifted with the introduction of Anna's neighbour Fedelina and the evolving friendship between the two.

Christine Lemmon does a wonderful job with character development. Anna felt ver
Nicole Henke
Sep 30, 2010 Nicole Henke rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Alins rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 20, 2010 Teresa rated it really liked it
My thoughts: Have you heard the phrase about friendships that each one serves a particular purpose and that a friend comes into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. I think the same can be said for books. I kept thinking this phrase over and over as I was reading this book. Fedelina and Anna needed one another at this particular point in their lives. Fedelina was able to provide wisdom and insight to the younger woman. Anna was able to ease the loneliness of the older woman. There was ...more
Aug 04, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: forreview
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 bei ...more
Oct 14, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I loved this novel. It was a beautiful story about a woman lost in her life and hidden by the chaos of raising young children. There were so many aspects of this story to love.... beautiful storytelling, amazing life lessons, and motivation to make life better. Originally, I devoured this book in the spring. After I gave back the borrowed copy,I found myself thinking of the story...often wishing that I could re-read. I ended up buying myself a copy and read it slowly over the past few months. Ne ...more
Darcia Helle
Jul 08, 2010 Darcia Helle rated it it was amazing
This is the story of a woman losing herself amidst the chaos of her life as a mother of 3 young children, then finding a new version of herself that she is comfortable with. Her journey is taken in part through conversations with her elderly neighbor, who compares a woman's life to flowers and the nurturing of a garden. I was captivated from beginning to end. I loved the flower analogies, the relaxed writing style, and the characters. The tidbits of knowledge sprinkled within the pages had me no ...more
Feb 20, 2014 Paula rated it did not like it
Shelves: scrapped
Scrapped~ couldn't wade through the "woe-is-me" attitude of the main character and the huge overuse of the phrases that begin with "A woman should feel..." and "A mother should be...". I started to cringe every time those words came up, which was several times each page.
Jul 09, 2010 P rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
It's been a really good week for me--this is the second book I've won in the past week! Good thing I'm not teaching summer school. I am lovin' the reading....

Now that I have finished the reading, I have to say that I have mixed feelings about it. I really liked the garden metaphor that carries throughout the book. The narrator annoyed me with her whiny, woe-is-me attitude. The character of Fedelina I adored. With her practical advice and her tinkering with her roses and other flowers, she remind
Mar 21, 2015 Janet rated it really liked it
Love to support local Florida authors. Great story line, writing sometimes bogged down for me.
Mar 04, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
An excellent story of an overwhelmed young mother of three children and the elderly Master-Gardener neighbor..... whose lives intertwine as they navigate through the seasons of their lives.
My Book Views
Sep 02, 2010 My Book Views rated it it was ok
Sand in My Eyes left me with varied thoughts primarily because I could not like the main character. I nearly laughed when I read at the end of the book, “…And in the very little selfish time that I had through the years, I wrote,” because Anna struck me as incredibly selfish.

I enjoyed the concept of Sand in My Eyes, though often felt it would work better as a movie because the act of Anna telling Fedelina her story meant that there was a lot of exactly that--telling rather than showing. I would’
Debra Machen
Jul 23, 2013 Debra Machen rated it it was amazing
This book drew me in slow and steady. At first I was annoyed with Anna but then stuck with her and loved her in the end. We all can be annoying after all, lol. I especially love the foundation of faith woven throughout and the lessons taught and learned through the imagery of a garden.
May 05, 2013 Barbara rated it it was amazing
This book is so enjoyable bc it takes me right back to the subtropical paradise of Sanibel, from which I just returned. It references the local area and places I've been and can't wait to return to. Plans already made for my return.
Aug 21, 2013 Inna rated it really liked it
Shelves: english
I am not a mother of three, but I still laughed out loud and cried from my heart while reading it. This book is a good read that makes you think about life and love, as well as helps one review his or her life priorities.
Dec 12, 2012 Vicky rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Ms. Lemmon. I felt it deep in my soul at times such that I cried along with Anna. The author's words rung true for me on so many levels.
Jun 07, 2012 Roxann rated it it was amazing
Great book--You will laugh, cry and learn! Any Mom will enjoy this one-don't get to the middle and quit because the content is not your view--the ending is worth it!
Nov 12, 2013 Lynne rated it liked it
Took me a while to really get in to the book and relate to the main character but by the end of the book I really liked the clever plot and surprise ending.
Jan 08, 2010 Bonnie rated it liked it
I have just started reading this on January 8th, 2010. It is my Sanibel read for 2010.
Lori Frey
Aug 05, 2012 Lori Frey rated it really liked it
Love the story by a local author:)
Mary Jo
Apr 05, 2013 Mary Jo rated it it was amazing
Great book. Surprising ending
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