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The Art of Remembering

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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
Kindle Edition, 399 pages
Published July 16th 2019
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The first time I saw the cover, I knew I had to read The Art of Remembering. And the words inside? Just as beautiful! Although I know absolutely nothing about ballet (or brain tumors, for that matter), Alison Ragsdale's descriptive writing made me feel as if I was right there in the story. From the beauty of the dance and the effects of the medical diagnosis on a marriage, I was enthralled with this story. Be prepared to clear your calendar. The Art of Remembering is unputdownable!
Susan Peterson
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew that this book was going to be special from the opening pages, as author Alison Ragsdale beautifully introduced me to Ailsa and her world. As the story moved on, I realized that the author had truly poured her heart into the pages of this compelling novel. My own heart made a beautiful connection to Ailsa—I felt her pain, her doubts, her disappointments, her successes and her joys. My eyes were opened to the life of a ballet dancer, the determination and the sacrifices, but above all else ...more
Laura Peden
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audioreviewcopy
The Art of Remembering is a beautiful piece of Women’s Fiction & I was honored to be chosen to review an audiobook copy for Alison. I’ll share a brief synopsis:

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
Megan L (Iwanttoreadallthebooks)
Spoiler Alert: My review contains a little bit of spoilers.

The Art of Remembering is a stunningly written novel by Alison Ragsdale. Ailsa MacIntyre is a professional ballet dancer at the height of her career. She is a principal dancer and her entire life is centered on her dancing. She travels throughout the world with her dance company, has an incredibly regimented exercise regime, and must watch everything she eats to ensure that she stays in peak physical condition. Her mother, a former dance
Bambi Rathman
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"There's an art to remembering, Ailsa, but if anyone can master it, you can." This book is amazing! It's so beautifully written! From the very beginning of the story, I loved the character, Ailsa. She infiltrated my heart. I felt her emotions and thoughts as if I were a part of her. This is such a heart wrenching read. It's a journey that Ailsa never thought she would be taking...the struggles that she would have to tackle or the events that would change her life. Sometimes things happen and you ...more
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Ever read a book you dont want to end? Well, this is one of those. I could not put it down and while I am not one to follow ballet, I not only learned a lot about the dance but actually enjoyed learning about it.

The story centers on Ailsa, a ballerina who finds out she has a brain tumor. Her husband, Evan, is always pushing her to be better at her dance and when Ailsa undergoes surgery with the possibility of many side effects - one of which is memory loss - he finds he is at a loss to help his
Patricia Sands
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alison Ragsdale gently leads the reader into the world of prima ballerina Ailsa McIntyre, whose life so far has been devoted to dance. Sacrifice and commitment have brought her great success. When headaches suddenly become a life-threatening medical emergency, the life as she has known it becomes a vague memory in many respects … including her marriage and, indeed, the ability to dance again. This is a gripping read from start to finish. Poignant and suspenseful, Ailsa’s journey to what lies ahe ...more
Bette Crosby
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. Highly recommended
Linda Zagon
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Linda's Book Obsession Reviews "The Art of Remembering" by Alison Ragsdale, July 16, 2019

WOW! Alison Ragsdale, Author of "The Art of Remembering" has written such an intense, captivating, thought-provoking, poignant, emotional and heartbreaking story. The Genres for this novel are Fiction, Women's Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction. The timeline for this story is set in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events in the story. The author describes her dramatic ch
Amulya Malladi
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rochelle Weinstein
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coming into this, I really had no idea that the author shared so much in common with the main character. And having turned the last page and read of the similarities, it's easy to see how this book was written with such depth and compassion.

Ragsdale writes an intricate tale of choices and fate, an exquisite account of 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
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A professional ballerina, a life altering diagnosis and the healing ability of music. This is my first time reading this author and what a powerful first read this was for me. This story was beautiful, emotional and deeply heart felt to me. Like the character and the author my father also had brain tumor. I enjoyed this story of love, lost and hope.

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Tina Hottinger
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Alison Ragsdale for writing this work of pure magic! You will cry for will cheer her will feel like she is your friend by the time you are done with this book. If you're like me you will be excited for the end to see what happens and then when it ends you will need more! Everyone need to read this will be glad you did!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Y'all I was not expecting how amazing this book was. The book instantly drew me in and I didn't want to stop reading or for Ailsa's story to end. Ailsa's character was drastically changed by the circumstances of her life and I loved watching her character grow. While the book was mainly about her ballet career and how memory loss affected her, it also covered how a marriage can change over time. Evan may not of been my favorite character, but he really tried to be there for her post surgery. Alt ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alison Ragsdale has an extraordinary ability to not only bring the reader along on Ailsa’s journey but subsequently make one feel like a friend in Ailsa’s road to recovery. I find that it’s typical to read a novel and walk away satisfied with nothing more than what is offered; however, in reaching the end of Ailsa’s story, I was left in silence, reflecting on my own person decisions and considering what influences those decisions. This book will stay with me for quite some time. I believe what m ...more
Melissa B
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I could not put this story down. I read until 1 in the morning just to complete the book, to let my heart rest peacefully.
Deborah Blanchard
This is a beautifully written book about Ailsa, who is a principal ballet dancer in the Scottish Ballet company when tragedy strikes. She has been suffering from headaches and doesn't know why. This book brings us into her world. She loses many of her memories and struggles to come to terms with her new normal. It is a story of sadness, strength and ultimately, finding joy. The characters are well crafted and I absolutely loved Ailsa. They are believable and the issues are true to life. I felt s ...more
Annie McDonnell
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 prof
ReadingGirlReviews (Gina)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Have you ever read an Alison Ragsdale book? This was my first one, and it won't be my last.

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 wer
Lynda Rose
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having read all of Alison Ragsdale's books, I looked forward to reading “The Art of Remembering.” This is, in my opinion, her best work thus far!

Alison has a rare gift. She very quickly, through her beautiful prose, draws us in to the protagonist’s pain and determination. As readers, we can almost feel what Ailsa is enduring both personally and professionally. While other characters provide a strong foundation to the story, it is Ailsa who we get to know best and then root for the most.

Pam Vogt
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best stories I have read in a long time. It gave me a chance to look into the life of a ballerina, the constant practices, self-discipline, painful feet, and visualizing Ailsa dancing across the stage. Her mother was a ballerina and drove Ailsa to become the best, never realizing it wasn't always her dream but the dream of her mother. When a frightening diagnosis threatens her career, you can so relate to what Ailsa went through during her surgery and recovery. Ailsa was marri ...more
Bunty Cachia
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading Alison's first book I have eagerly awaited her new publications. Also very interested to see her writing develop as each new book came/comes along. There was a lot of build up to The Art of Remembering, and this is fully understandable when you know the parallels that go alongside the writing of this book. I was not disappointed. The problem with a good book is that there is an end page and one is left with an almost 'feeling of loss' once you have finished reading it, not knowing ...more
Kate Rock
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Remembering had so much I was excited about 1. ballet and 2. serious medical prognosis. As a small girl I loved being in ballet and I have been in healthcare most of my career, so to get both was a thrill.
What I found was a beautifully crafted novel full of raw emotion, deep, well-crafted characters and I story I was lost in immediately. The intricacies of life as a ballet dancer, a wife in a tumultuous relationship, a medical diagnosis that changes everything and a second chance at..
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A first by me by this author and after reading this it won’t be my last! This book was so very powerful and touching it had me in tears! So beautifully written it made my heart feel so many emotions I couldn’t put this book down to take a break! Ailsa’s character had me captivated by her grace and strength. Would she ever be able to find herself again after her accident? An amazing inspirational read! It touched my soul! Can’t wait to read more by this author !
Reading Mama
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Do you ever walk into a room and completely forget why you went in there in the first place? Good news! You're not crazy! Walking through a doorway is called an "event boundary", and it's the brain's way of compartmentalizing information.

When I read the synopsis of this book, I knew it was one that I had to read. The Art of Remembering by Alison Ragsdale is a beautiful story about loss, passion, love, and self-discovery. Alisa, the main character, is a professional ballerina who is diagnosed wi
Harriet Dickerson
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully done! I had a difficult time putting this book down! There was something very intimate about this story. I almost felt as though I were sneak-reading someone’s diary. The characters and events felt very real. Life changes in ways we can’t always foresee or control. I enjoyed watching how each character navigated the unfolding events, relationships, desires, pain and joys. Many reviews have already summarized the book better than I can, so I’ll leave it at that. If you like dramatic/p ...more
Virginia Gavin
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really drew me in,her writing is so beautiful.
Samantha “Sam” A
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ailsa MacIntyre, a professional ballerina is at the height of her career when she’s shattered with a diagnosis that could change her life and career forever…

First, let me take the time to truly thank Ms Alison Ragsdale and Kate Rock Book Tours for the Advanced Readers Copy!

Second, let me say that when this book drops on Amazon, You HAVE to GRAB IT!!

A beautifully heartbreaking but, captivating and empowering story of Ailsa and her recovery. Allowing the reader to see a woman growing in spite of h
Diana Silvester
The story was enjoyable, though predictable. The salient negative was the poor editing; there were type and word errors throughout.
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a bit different from what I usually read. It was a very well written book about a young woman who is a ballerina and is having horrible headaches. She goes through a lot before finding out what is wrong and her husband is not the most understanding of people. While I didn’t like him for this I sort of understood that maybe he was in denial about her being anything less than perfect. I felt that he was a bit selfish at times but I also felt t
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Originally from Edinburgh, Alison now lives in the US with her husband and dog. Educated in England, she holds an MBA from Leicester University.


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