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Portion of the Sea

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  25 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
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: beach, favorites
Lovely read. Lydia in 1953 reading the diary of Ava of the 1800's. This book should be read by Moms and daughters and even sons.Lydia learns alot from Ave's journal entries-even used as a guide in her own life. Nice "ancestral" read. Good character development. The very end of the books is almost rushed and almost anti-climatic.So much time building the story and then abruptly concluded. There was a "jump' in the story line was was disruptive for me. I also had issue with some 21st century slang ...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
Oct 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Sharon Chance
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Denise Gobble
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up because I love the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. This was such a great read. Loved that it spanned many years and still stayed relevant. I highly recommend this book to all women. It was wonderful.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Liked this book a lot.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, this really was a strange story. Women who had uncontrollable depression. An underlying theme of wealth throughout the book. The saddening reality that most people have to make choices that cause unhappiness or disappointment.

It seemed the key theme was the evolving world for women, that as time progressed women had more options and choices. But these women didn’t seem to know what they wanted. And when Ava was finally free from the guilt-laden obligation her mother had over her, she made
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jean Browne
Apr 29, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was suggested to me by a friend that lives on
Sanibel. Since I have also vacationed there I was quite eager to begin.

The story is told through the eyes of two women that are torn between the lives that society has dictated and their own dreams and desires. The author describes their parallel lives through Journal entries. Add to the fact that one woman is writing in the late 1800's and the other woman more present day , and you have a good story thread. I did however have a hard time
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Susan Abbott
Aug 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Apr 29, 2010 marked it as interested-in
Shelves: giveaway
I love the cover. Looks interesting.
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was in love with the idea of this book but didn't finish it because I found it a little dull. Maybe it was the timing. I might have to try again another time.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Loved it. I am on Sanibel very often, and made me love it even more.
Mar 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A touching story. A must read for anyone who has ever been to Sanibel Island, FL.
Sep 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! This is one you can't put down!
Local author in Sanibel Island, FL. This book was fabulous and even more special because I bought it on our honeymoon.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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