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In the summer of 2000, Jane falls hopelessly in love with an island she never knew existed, even though it is a mere three hours from her home. She imagines a life there, far from mounting bills, to-do lists, domestic strife, needy friends and family, and a long-distance commute to her stressful job. Pelee Island haunts her dreams, and before the year is out she has put her home up for sale, and moved there with her young daughter. But under a thick blanket of snow, Canada's most southerly inhabited point looks different and behaves differently than it does during the height of summer. Amusing faux pas and anecdotes pepper this sweet memoir about living among a wary, blunt community of islanders who were hibernating contentedly until Jane arrived.

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    Loved this book

    I grew up in Leamington and only ventured to Pelee Island once on a summer boat trip to Sandusky, Ohio. I loved Jane Christmas' book, The Pelee Project. Even though I now live in Calgary, AB, Ms. Christmas' journey and life changes so mirror my own except that I didn't get to experience mine on Pelee Island. There's still time for that adventure too. Thanks for the insights and laughs.

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    An honest book.

    I have enjoyed all Jane Christmas' books and this is no exception. Her attempt to step out of a frantic life and send the winter in a borrowed house on an island in a lake is told with complete honesty and humour. Easy to read and very thought-provoking.

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