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Reflections of an Island Girl Book

Reflections of an Island Girl Book

What's it like to be and Island Girl? Fifth-generation Islander Christie Ontko (Duffy) shares her thoughts and dreams, her pet peeves and admiration for the island she has called home for more than 40 years. A former teacher and columnist for the island's newspaper, The Put-in-Bay Gazette, Christie is the owner and developer of Your Only Earth (FKA OntkOrganix,) a line of products inspired by one of her great-grandmother's healing remedies.

Through Christie's insights, the reader gains an appreciation for this little Lake Erie island (officially South Bass Island, but commonly known as Put-in-Bay) in a way usually understood only by locals. Some poignant, some humorous, and even getting deep from time to time, each chapter reveals a snippet of her life growing upon this remote piece of land.

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Customer Reviews

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Joan Warner (The Colony, US)
Island Girl

I love, love, love this book. Mostly because it doesn't go in a straight line -- not a beginning and not an end. It's simply reflections of an island girl's life, sharing some of the insights she's gained over the years. Through her descriptions I have a better understanding of how and why some peoples cling to traditions. And the book is entertaining as well.

Thank you so much for your lovely review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed 'Reflections of an Island Girl' and appreciated the unique storytelling style. Our goal was to provide a glimpse into the life of an island girl and we are glad to hear that it resonated with you. Thank you for your support, Joan!