Reviewed by Poppy J.
Anna Hott lives on Sanibel Island with her husband and three kids. Through the use of flashbacks, we see what life 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 of 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. Through her relationship with Fedelina, Anna is able to come to terms with the hurt she has been carrying, and discovers what is most important in her life. She develops the courage to work on her relationships and later learns to love again because of the deep friendship between the two women.
On the surface, Sand in My Eyes is about survival. The gems come from the letters and correspondence 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 within.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.
A review copy was provided free of any obligation by BookSparks PR. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.