Island Girl by Lynda SimmonsIsland Girl by Lynda Simmons

Island Girl

byLynda Simmons

Paperback | March 27, 2013

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There are people who try hard to forget their problems. All Ruby wants to do is remember...

Ruby Donaldson has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease, and she'll be damned if she won't straighten out her troubled family before she no longer knows how.

Ruby spent years fighting to hold on to the home her grandmother built on Ward's Island. The only way she can ensure that her younger, mentally scarred daughter Grace can live there for the rest of her life is to convince her older daughter, Liz, to sober up and come home.

Ruby always thought she'd have a lifetime to make things right, but suddenly time is running out. She has to put her broken family back together quickly while searching for a way to deal with the inevitable- and do it with all the grit, stubbornness, and unstoppable determination that makes Ruby who she is...until she's Ruby no longer.
Lynda Simmons is the author of Getting Rid of Rosie. She lives in Canada.
Title:Island GirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.12 × 5.22 × 1.01 inPublished:March 27, 2013Publisher:Berkley TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0425237249

ISBN - 13:9780425237243


Rated 5 out of 5 by from "One Fabulous Story!" I was on an emotional rollercoaster of laughter and tears. Lynda Simmons has opened my eyes to the tragic world of Alzheimer's and shown me one woman's fight to keep her dignity to the end. One of the best books I have read in years.
Date published: 2011-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Haunting and highly recommended Every now and then, you read a book that haunts you and won’t let go. Island Girl is that book for me. Imagine yourself having early onset Alzheimer’s. Imagine yourself knowing you have it, and racing against time to set everything straight in your life with the people you love. The author skillfully puts the reader into the head of fifty-five year old Ruby, and we experience what she does with breathtaking realism. The idyllic setting of Toronto Island plays a sharp contrast to the turmoil that is taking over Ruby’s mind. But there’s a rich family saga in this book too; the author weaves the viewpoints of two vulnerable daughters through the story as well. It is like we see the progression of Ruby’s Alzheimer’s through a trick three-way mirror. This is a compelling, meticulously researched book. But for anyone who has experienced the sorrow of watching a loved one afflicted with Alzheimer’s, this story is haunting and life-changing. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2011-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I enjoyed this book thoroughly. Couldn't put it down. Loved Grace. Made me laugh and cry. I recommend this book highly to everyone!!!
Date published: 2011-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from HIGHLY RECOMMENDED I could NOT put this book down. I was riveted until the very last page. Fabulous read. My family has experienced Alzheimer's and this book was so spot on. Just fabulous.
Date published: 2011-01-20