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Island Girl Intertwines Family Drama with Toronto Island History
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Lynda Simmons' latest novel Island Girl takes readers on a trip to Canada and the Toronto Islands, a small clustering of islands just off shore in Lake Ontario. In her novel rich with island history, Simmons introduces the Donaldson women, a group of females full of strength and slightly ornery.

Although in another (less-skilled) author's hands a story involving Alzheimer's could become melancholy, sappy, and overly emotional, Simmons wields her pen with grace and aplomb. The result is a carefully drawn story mixed with island history of the best sort (think your grandmother's stories rather than your boring high school history teacher).