Have you read any of Alison Ragsdale’s books? I have to admit, this was my first experience with her, and she totally blew me away.
About the Book
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.
Like I said, this was my first time with an Alison Ragsdale book. When I was asked to join this tour I was immediately interested, the topic of memory loss after surgery was extremely intriguing. I did not know that I was going to be in for such an emotional adventure with Ailsa and her husband Evan.
It’s one thing to deal with a marriage that after many years seems to hit a wall, but to forget that you were even married once, and to have to try and remember your life together can’t possibly be easy. There isn’t a minute from the moment you start this book that you are not immediately drawn into the story and consumed by emotions. I guarantee that you finish it in one sitting alone, I know I did.
When I started reading this book I was immediately reminded of an older Harrison Ford movie, called Regarding Henry. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, but in this movie imagine Harrison Ford as Ailsa. (Ok, not as a ballerina, though that would be fun to see, but as a person who loses their memory of their life and family and has to find themselves again). Though the premise of “HOW” of the movie and The Art of Remembering are completely different, the day to day struggle and stressors on a person and family when dealing with this kind of loss are depicted so beautifully. Its one thing to visually see someone act something out on a screen, but to be able to read something in written word, as Alison Ragsdale has done, and be able to visually see and feel this play out inside your own head and have it elicit so much emotion in your own being, is just true talent. Alison Ragsdale has beyond a doubt shown true talent with The Art of Remembering. When a book makes you feel like you are a part of it, then you know that the book is damn good.
I don’t do spoilers, so I can’t summarize the ending, or tell you how things work out, but what I can tell you is that this is one book that needs a lot more attention and a ton more publicity. It is beautifully written, easily read, highly relatable, and just one realistic and true to life type of story that most people tend to devour. I wish I could stand from a mountaintop and tell everyone I know to pick up a copy of this one. I think Alison Ragsdale might become more of a household name once this is released.
This is a true 5 star review for me, well deserved. One not to miss for sure.
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Release date is officially July 16, 2019 but can be pre-ordered at this link https://amzn.to/2JBvQBw
About the Author
A proud Scots lass, I was born in Edinburgh and the connection to my homeland has never left me. Consequently, my novels are set in the stunning Highlands and islands of Scotland.
I’ve had what could be termed a varied career. I trained as a professional ballet dancer and worked in the field of dance for many years. When an injury called a halt to that, I eventually became a marketing executive. After two decades in that world, I started my own health-services business but it took too great a toll on me so my husband encouraged me to focus on writing, as I’d always dreamed of doing.
I took the leap of faith in 2014 and dived into my first full-length novel TUESDAY’S SOCKS. It was a scary feeling, putting my ‘baby’ out there, but I was delighted when readers fell for my sweet protagonist, Jeffrey Mere. TUESDAY’S SOCKS soon became an Amazon bestseller. My second novel, THE FATHER-DAUGHTER CLUB, came out at the end of 2014. I was thrilled when it too made it to an Amazon best seller list, receiving a wonderful review from Kirkus Reviews, and going on to win the 2016, IPPY Bronze medal for Best Regional Fiction – Europe.
My third Amazon best-selling novel, FINDING HEATHER, was released in October 2016 and my fourth, A LIFE UNEXPECTED, won a 2018 IPPY Bronze medal in the Popular Fiction category, then become an Amazon best seller too.
While I didn’t set out to be an author, it has always been a dream of mine and now, thanks to my incredibly supportive husband and the forces of the universe, that has become a reality.
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