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The Art of Remembering

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★★★★★ An exquisitely drawn story

THE ART OF REMEMBERING is an exquisitely drawn story of a talented ballerina confronted with the unimaginable, and her ensuing journey to find the truth. Set in the competitive dance world, this relatable story pulled me in from the beginning, never releasing its grip until the end. You will be rooting for Ailsa with every turning page. – Peggy Lampman, award-winning author of The Promise Kitchen and The Welcome Home Diner.

★★★★★ Gorgeously-written and beautifully told

THE ART OF REMEMBERING is a gorgeously-written and beautifully told story of human behavior under the most catastrophic circumstances. From the prologue to the very last word, Ragsdale commands the reader’s attention with characters that are both complex and compelling. One by one she peels back the hidden layers of responsibility, expectation, and fame to expose the soft underbelly of Ailsa MacIntyre’s life. – Bette Lee Crosby, USA Today best selling author.

★★★★★ A deeply moving story

Ragsdale writes a beautiful tale of choices and fate, all along an exquisite journey through the lives of professionals dancers and what they give up and how they give in. I found myself mining their deep emotions and falling for the very things Ailsa fell for: love, dance, friendship, and the memories they reside in.

Here is a deeply moving story, one woman’s evocative journey through the life she knows and the the one she’s lost. A beautifully woven tale of finding yourself all over again with a heartwarming conclusion that will leave you a little richer. This is my first book by Ragsdale and it won’t be my last. Brava! – Rochelle Berger Weinstein, USA Today best selling author.

★★★★★ Like a Degas painting come to life

The body remembers even if the mind forgets. This is the essence of Alison Ragsdale’s novel THE ART OF REMEMBERING. Reading the book is like watching a Degas painting come to life and finding out what happens to the dancers after they leave the canvas. This is a luminous story about love…for a spouse, a friend, for music and for ballet– it’s heartbreaking and yet joyous. – Amulya Malladi, Best selling author of The Copenhagen Affair and The Nearest Exit May Be Behind You.

★★★★★ A story of self discovery

From page one, Ragsdale brings the reader into Ailsa’s world. As we get to know Ailsa and Evan, we are rooting for Ailsa as she tries to recuperate, a process which involves not only regaining her physical strength but also piecing together her personal life. Spending time with her new neighbor, Sam, causes Ailsa to re-evaluate her life choices and before long she asks herself what role dance should play in her life. This central question propels the reader to the final chapter, which provides a meaningful and satisfying conclusion to this story about self discovery. – Heather Bell Adams, award-winning author of Maranatha Road.

A Life Unexpected

2018 IPPY Bronze Medal Winner — Popular Fiction

★★★★★ A must read if you enjoy beautiful writing

I was reading another book and decided to glance at the first chapter of ‘A Life Unexpected’ to queue it up as my next read and could not put it down from that moment on. A must read if you enjoy beautiful writing that makes you feel exactly what the main protagonists are going through emotionally.

★★★★★ Excellent Read

A well crafted story in the tradition of Alison Ragsdale. An honest believable exploration of soul searching, marriage, parenting and family in the midst of a mother discovering she’s adopted then exploring herself and her origins. The art of story telling was tested by a packed cross country flight where I immersed myself in this book and ignored the elbow being poked in my ribs as the story carried me away. Highly recommend it.

★★★★★ Poignant and beautifully written

Once again, Alison Ragsdale explores the complexities of mother-daughter relationships and this book–as her others–did not disappoint. Keep ’em coming!

★★★★★ This is a lovely read

This is a lovely read; full of descriptive detail that helps to immerse you in the relationships of the main protagonists and the situation that Eve and Jess and their husbands find themselves facing. Alison Ragsdale has a really great ear for dialogue and for the day-to-day ups and downs of married life, and the way that life sometimes takes us by surprise and makes us behave in unpredictable ways. Recommend.

Finding Heather

★★★★★ Women’s fiction at its best

This woman writes lovely books with characters that are so real, you want to know them.

★★★★★ Finding Heather is a great read

I just finished this book and totally loved it!! Loved all of the characters and enjoyed their interaction with each other. I would love to see a sequel to this and find out who get who and how! The authors physical descriptions of the people and town brought great visual pictures to mind and I was so sorry to leave this family their friends and homes

★★★★★ Tugs at your heartstrings

I was totally swept away by this book. I love the characters and feel like I have made new friends. The ending sets it up for a sequel which I can’t wait to read.

★★★★★ Textbook on grief

It has been nearly twenty years since the death of my wife, but the story line grabbed my heart! As I read I was reminded of my journey through the pain of my loss and the joy of newfound love.

The Father-Daughter Club

2016 IPPY Bronze Medal Winner — Best Regional Fiction — Europe

★★★★★ Would like to see this on Netflix!

After the first chapter I knew this was a book I’d love. First, the setting. I love Greece and it was nice to re-enter the landscape. Secondly, and most important, I loved the characters. Totally identified with the lovable, albeit flawed, Elizabeth. Finally, the plot. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down!

★★★★★ I fell in love with all the characters

I couldn’t put this book down. Seriously. It “took” me to Greece and Scotland and eloquently addressed a controversial and important topic. I fell in love will all of the characters, especially Lottie. Alison has such a way with words- you can tell each one is chosen so carefully and intentionally, yet her writing is so flowing and reads with such ease

★★★★★ Another excellent book by Alison Ragsdale

Another excellent book my Alison Ragsdale. I loved “Tuesday’s Socks” as well, so was eager to read “Father Daughter Club.” I was not disappointed. I love this author’s ability to bring these places and her characters to life in my mind. Now, onto Finding Heather..! Please keep them coming, Ms. Ragsdale.

 

“…emotionally rich…descriptions…as sumptuous and lyrical as a travelogue. Flowing dialogue…at once complex and believable.”

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Tuesday's Socks

★★★★★ Amazing

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