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What Would You Do If You Were Told You Had Alzheimer’s?

Posted Dec 09 2010 1:14pm

island_girl_smallIsland Girl by Lynda Simmons, the emotionally riveting story of a 55 year old mother, Ruby Donaldson, fighting to reunite her family as she struggles with the diagnosis of early on-set Alzheimer’s.

Facing the terrible reality of her illness, Ruby refuses to let the disease control her future. But before she can take any final action, she must find a way to convince her elder daughter Liz to grow up and come home; to take her place as head of the family thereby securing the future of their home on the Island, and ensuring that Liz’s younger sister, Grace, will be cared for in the only place that is safe for her.

But Liz and Ruby have been estranged for years, and now Liz wonders why she should forgive her mother a lifetime of sins just because she’s sick. Does Alzheimer’s somehow grant Ruby instant immunity, a moral get-out-of-jail-free card?

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…before she’s Ruby no longer.

You can find Lynda Simmons book “Island Girl” at bookstores near you, release date was Tuesday December 7, 2010. If you cannot find it please ask your local book store to order it.

For more information about Lynda or to invite her to your next book club meeting visit her website at

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