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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Book Review - Portion of the Sea by Christine Lemmon

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 CAN DO ANYTHING -- and gives her a journal to read.

The journal, written by Ava, a defiant girl of Lydia's age, becomes the catalyst for Lydia's awakening and new life adventure. A story of parallel lives, Portion of the Sea follows two young women in passionate pursuit of their independence -- Lydia during the cultural revolution of the 1950s and 1960s, and Ava during the late-1800s when a few pioneering American ladies set the course for women's freedom.

In this stirring follow-up to her debut novel Sanibel Scribbles, Christine Lemmon offers a trademark story of how women can inspire each other to pursue bold dreams, make courageous choices, and reclaim lost treasures.

It is always a pleasure to read Christine Lemmon's work, and this novel is no exception.

Lemmon 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.  A coming of age-ish story, plus a wonderful look back at the island's history through the eyes of early settlers, this novel was a delight from beginning to end. I think that both adults and teens would enjoy this tale immensely.

I highly recommend anything by Christine Lemmon - she is a talented storyteller whose books are a joy to read.

Christine Lemmon is the author of three novels - Sanibel Scribbles, Portion of the Sea, and Sand in My Eyes, and the gift book, Whisper from the Ocean. She has lived all over the country writing for radio, newspaper, television and magazine.

She currently lives with her husband and three children on Sanibel Island, a subtropical island off Florida's Gulf Coast, which is 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, but then she must hold her ideas until night, when her children are sleeping and she can write.

Christine is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs and women's groups where she discusses writing and creativity. She is writing her next novel. Her website blogs appear as columns in the ISLAND SUN.

Check out her beautiful website at www.christinelemmon.com

My thanks to BookSparks PR and the author for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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