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Portion of the Sea

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  69 ratings  ·  19 reviews
A tale about a woman’s treasures – heart, soul, and mind –
and the struggle to keep them afloat.

It’s 1953 in sunny Florida, and 15-year-old Lydia Isleworth thinks her ultimate life goal, like that of every woman she knows, is to marry a respectable man and raise a family. Then, she meets an aspiring Hollywood actress Marlena DiPluma, who says four life-changing words—YOU CA
Paperback, 422 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Penmark Publishing
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Alisha Marie
I'm just going to get right into it and say that I went through various stages of like when it came to Portion of the Sea. When I first started, I kind of fell in love with it. I found the descriptions of everything from the island of Sanibel to Lydia's awakening absolutely beautiful (although that didn't change throughout the whole novel). So much that I copied a few quotes and put them in my notebook (where I keep most of the quotes I encounter on a daily basis). I sort of expected my love of ...more
I received this book from the Good Reads giveaways program.

The first two-thirds of the book were awful. The mirroring stories of Ava and Lydia were extremely contrived with little character depth. The author could have played on Lydia's strained relationship with her father or Ava's complicated relationship with her mother, but she did not. These were definitely missed opportunities.

As the stories and years progressed in the novel, the development of the characters did not. When I was reading a
An empowering novel about women living for themselves. Lydia and Ava are both strong women who want their independence regardless of what society thinks of them. Lydia, growing up ion the 50s reads Ava's journal from the late 1800s. The novel follows both of these women as they try to figure out how to live as happy, independent women, rebelling against society's view of what a "lady" should be life. It also is in part a love story as both women struggle to find the role that love will play in t ...more
Oh. Wow. I don't even know how to begin ... I won this in a Goodreads First Reads contest, and am so very very glad I did. At first, I was just interested because it's strongly centered around Gulf Coast Florida - a region I have been in love with for YEARS. But I was quickly caught up in the story -- stories, actually: it's a dual-story that is linked cleverly and surprisingly. The characters had my attention, and I become emotionally attached to them. I had to keep reading, late into the night ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jane by: Goodreads - recommendations
3 1/2 stars. Loved the two stories concept paralleling each other. This is a book about girls/women who lived in two different generations (late 1890s and late 1950s) but were strong, creative, and independent despite what their families and society thought about it. It is also about the idea that love and marriage don't always work out the way dreams and expectations would have them. And finally it is a story about women's issues like the different forms of depression that can plague women and ...more
This book caught my eye because the author is from Sanibel Island and one of the many settings of the book is Sanibel. I really loved visiting there and I thought I'd give the book a try!
This book is written about 2 women, Ava from the 1800's and Lydia in the 1950's. Their lives end up running parallel to each other when Marlena meets Lydia when she is young. I really enjoyed this book ... it was great to read about a beach town while we were going through such an awful winter here. If you enjo
Veronika Levine
My mother got me this book when she went to Sanibel and I dreaded reading it for a while. Instead, I found it delightful. I loved the idea of a girl from the 50s reading the diary of a girl from the 1800s who lived on the Island. It's amazing how the trials and tribulations of women haven't changed it all that much. And while at times I wanted to smack the main characters, I really enjoyed this story. For anyone who is a lover of Florida stories or Sanible, this book is for you!
An interesting book about young girls growing to be women in two different times in history. Each one realizing what her choices can be and discovering what she really wants in life. The story is told in 2 voices. Ava from the late 1800s and Lydia from the 1950s. As Lydia reads Ava's journal she finds that they have a great deal in common and that Ava's life has a lot to tell Lydia about her's.
Sharon Chance
It is always a pleasure to read Christine Lemmon's work, and this novel is no exception. She paints a gorgeous picture of life on Sanibel Island with this story that has roots in the past as well as dreams for the future. I highly recommend anything by Christine Lemmon - she is a talented storyteller whose books are a joy to read.
This was a great light read and made me wish I was on Sanibel the entire time. I found some typo's but I think it could have been the part when the girls are younger and it is supposed to be like that. Or, the editing wasn't good.

Anyway, I recommend this book. Local author. I will read her other novel, too.
Susan Abbott
Yes, I read this while on the beach at Sanibel and loved it, not only because it is about Sanibel, but also because it is about women and the decisions they make throughout their lives. Struck a nerve with me. I want to re-read it in the winter and six months from now and see if it is as impactful.
Debra Machen
My first time reading a book by Christine Lemmon. It hooked me from the beginning and I couldn't put it down. So many parallels to my life. Loved the exploration of depression and the effects of touching someone's life through encouragement and friendship. On to the next book!
Emily Tychek
Local author in Sanibel Island, FL. This book was fabulous and even more special because I bought it on our honeymoon.
A touching story. A must read for anyone who has ever been to Sanibel Island, FL.
Laura Lysiak
Loved it. I am on Sanibel very often, and made me love it even more.
Very heartwarming novel. Highly recommend
Loved it! This is one you can't put down!
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“There is a beginning, middle and end to every woman's life. But once a woman arrives at what she thinks might be her end, all she must do is reach deep down into her innermost depths and there she will find a new beginning. A woman is hardy as a perennial flower and deep as the sea." --Whisper from the Ocean” 11 likes
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