#BookReview: The Art of Remembering by Alison Ragsdale

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: July 16, 2019

Summary:

Professional ballerina, Ailsa MacIntyre, is at the peak of her career when her world is shattered by a shocking diagnosis. Life-saving surgery leaves her with a fractured memory, little recollection of her husband, Evan, and none of her career as a principal dancer.

While recuperating at home, Ailsa hears beautiful music coming from the apartment upstairs, and the sound of the grand piano at the hands of a talented new neighbor sparks her muscle memory. As her recovery progresses, the broken pieces of her past gradually re-emerge, a picture not quite as idyllic as Evan would have her remember. Ailsa must navigate the conflicting visions of her past, and potential future, as they collide.

Review:

First let me begin with, that I am so glad that this was our monthly book club pick for January.  I was excited to read this and was not disappointed.

Alison Ragsdale has written a beautiful, poignant novel with “The Art of Remembering”.

I flew through this book and read it in 2 evenings. The flow of the story and the way the book is written had me not wanting to put it down.

Ailsa’s relationship with her husband Evan, both before and after her surgery were complex. It is said that sometimes you have to look at things from an entirely different angle to see it from another perspective.

When re-examining from this new “after surgery” perspective, things were much different and she had to work through things and determine what path was her true destiny. Likewise, she had to re-examine the relationship with friends and family.

This was thought-provoking and I asked myself if I would have chosen familiarity or would I have ventured out into the unknown?

There were parts of the book that made me sad for Ailsa, but there were even more happy moments where I caught myself smiling and overjoyed.

Alison Ragsdale is definitely becoming one of my favorite authors. So far I have read two of her novels, and have added more to my to-be-read list after reading this novel as well as “Tuesday’s Socks” recently.  I highly recommend that you check her books out!!!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

#BookReview: Tuesday’s Socks by Alison Ragsdale

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Reviewer: Serena Soape

Date of Release: September 3, 2014

Summary:

Founder and sole employee of Mere Accounting, Jeffrey Mere is a solitary man. He has spent his entire life close to home, in the picturesque Scottish town of Pitlochry. After sixty-four years of playing it safe, with retirement looming, Jeffrey resolves to climb Ben Macdhui, Britain’s second highest peak. His decision sets off a chain of events that changes his life forever.

Challenging weather on the mountain, and an encounter with a mysterious stray dog, leave him exhilarated and inspired. When he gets home to share the news of his achievements with his ninety-one year old mother Agnes, who lives in the old-folks home in town, Jeffrey discovers that nothing is as he left it.

When a fire threatens the street where he lives Jeffrey’s selfless act of bravery transforms him from a no-body to a local hero. His renewed confidence nudges him towards Mary Ferguson, Agnes’s favorite nurse at the home, a trip to the ancient streets of Rome and a brush with the Italian underworld. Facing the possibility of losing the only woman he has ever loved, Jeffrey takes a leap of faith towards a future that he could never have imagined for himself.

Review:

Alison Ragsdale has written a charismatic feel-good novel with “Tuesday’s Socks”.

Jeffrey’s transition throughout the novel was relatable and heartwarming. Mary and Agnes and the other characters were just as charming.

I absolutely loved the shaggy dog in the story!!!

This was a truly enchanting novel and I highly recommend you read this or get the Audible version !!!!

I had the pleasure of listening to the Audible version. I absolutely loved the narration and the accents were impeccable which made me feel like I was back in Scotland again. I have visited Scotland twice for holiday and this brought back such great memories!!!!

Don’t Miss this chance to see that you can still have a coming of age story late in life!! This was fabulous!

I received a copy of this Audible book from the author in exchange for fair and honest review.

5 Stars.

#BookReview: The Art Of Remembering by Alison Ragsdale

Reviewer: Annie McDonnell

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Professional ballerina, Ailsa MacIntyre, is at the peak of her career when her world is shattered by a shocking diagnosis. Life-saving surgery leaves her with a fractured memory, little recollection of her husband, Evan, and none of her career as a principal dancer.

While recuperating at home, Ailsa hears beautiful music coming from the apartment upstairs, and the sound of the grand piano at the hands of a talented new neighbor sparks her muscle memory. As her recovery progresses, the broken pieces of her past gradually re-emerge, a picture not quite as idyllic as Evan would have her remember. Ailsa must navigate the conflicting visions of her past, and potential future, as they collide.

Review:

Music and dance come together like never before in Alison Ragsdale’s Novel “The Art Of Remembering”. My heart was fully captivated as I turned the pages.

When I first started reading this story, I fell immediately in love with Ailsa. She proved to be an awe-inspiring character and one that will stick with me for a long time to come. I realized along the way..this was her story, just as much as it was Alison’s. The fact that she brought her this much to life was just stunning to me!

Ailsa is a professional ballet dancer that falls ifll and has to recover from brain surgery and memory loss. Her neighbor upstairs plays music that just may be able to help her remember things she has forgotten; which include her husband, her friends and her dancing. Honestly…Herself.

I was blown away by the beauty with which her story is written. It’s as if love is actually weaved within the pages leaving Ailsa’s soul laying bare for us to see. The pain. The raw, dirty suffering. The need and want for her to remember!

The enlightenment that came along the way as she looked recovery in the face was truly a heartfelt, gripping, and breathtaking story.

You will feel better and even stronger for knowing this story!

Ailsa will touch your heart and she will definitely sit there a while. Maybe even dance, too.

You will Remember Ailsa! 🎶

5 Stars.

#AuthorInterview: Alison Ragsdale Encore Interview to celebrate outstanding release of “The Art Of Remembering”

We had to visit with Alison Ragsdale again to celebrate the outstanding release of her novel “The Art Of Remembering”! It is receiving much deserved praise and accolades from reviewers all over the world. BookBub has it listed among other amazing novels as one of the “Best Book Club Books” and, “Women Writers, Women Books” has listed “The Art Of Remembering” as a “Recommended Read”.

Sitting high in the charts already, we are sure to see this novel soar as more readers delve into Ailsa’s life. Alison Ragsdale undoubtedly wrote us a novel that touches our hearts, teaches us few things about human nature and the capacity of the human spirit,

Join us to learn more about Alison….