Island Girl by Lynda Simmons ~ 2010

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

Publisher: Berkley Trade
Published December 7th 2010
Paperback, 448 pages
ISBN: 9780425237243
Edition language: English
Dust Jacket Illustrator: Jean Pajot

Lynda Simmons

This novel is about a dysfunctional family having to deal with Alzheimer's and the relationships within that family. It was set in an idyllic setting that I could see and I did enjoy reading this story, although Ruby grew on me like mold.

I could not believe the restraints on Grace. Sure she let her go bird watching, bicycling, and anything that did not require Ruby's "supervision". Her reins were so tight that Ruby HAD to snoop on her computer, lie to her and basically never telling her the whole truth on almost everything. Ruby treated her like she was incapable of being her own person. My heart went out for Grace; she tried her best even with her intellectual delay.

Liz, Grace's sister and promising attorney turned alcoholic, I was hoping she would eventually turn her life around and glad she did thanks to her Russian support group Nadia.

There are numerous characters that all hold an individual color to the story and I would recommend this novel to anyone who would love a good read. The ending sums up the hopes that the reader is hoping for and pulls everyone together; there is one beautiful surprise for Grace.

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About the author  ~


 Connect with Lynda

I'm a writer by day, college instructor by night and a late sleeper on weekends.  I grew up reading Greek mythology, bringing home stray cats and making up stories about bodies in the basement.  From an early age, my family knew I would either end up as a writer or the old lady with a hundred cats.  As luck would have it, I married a man with allergies so writing it was.

I started out writing romantic comedy for Harlequin and Kensington, and made the leap to mainstream in 2009 with Getting Rid of Rosie, a paranormal comedy.

When I'm not writing or teaching, I like to canoe, cross-country ski and watch movies.  I usually have three books on the go as well -- one by the bed, one in the bathroom, and one in the family room.  At least two of those are usually research books for whatever I'm working on at the time.  I think that half the appeal of writing is the research!

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