Book Review – Dignity & Grace by Alison Ragsdale


About Dignity & Grace 

• Paperback:  280 pages
• Publisher: Alison Ragsdale (July 27, 2020)
• ISBN-10: 1733037756
• ISBN-13: 978-1733037754

On her 21st birthday, gifted cellist Iona Muir receives a package from her estranged father containing a letter from her mother, Grace, a talented musician who tragically died ten years earlier. Reeling from what she reads, Iona soon discovers a mysterious, faded photograph of Grace, hidden inside her cello case. Honoring her mother’s request, Iona visits Grace’s beloved music teacher, taking the first step on an emotional trail of discovery that has been left for her. As Grace’s story unfolds, Iona gains a deeper insight into the mother she lost and the heartbreaking truth about Grace’s last months. The more Iona learns, the more she is drawn back to her family home, on the remote Scottish island of Orkney, and to her father.






Dignity and Grace circles around a young woman’s journey to unravel the secrets about her mother, and the unexpected path her journey takes.This poignant story delivers all of the familial pathos, love and redemption that I’ve come to expect from an Alison Ragsdale story. I look forward to her encore! – Peggy Lampman, bestselling author of The Ruby of the Sea.


This is a tender, emotional story of how strongly the threads of family and love hold us together. One you won’t want to miss. – Judith Keim, best-selling author of Breakfast at the Beach House Hotel.


Dignity and Grace is the atmospheric, heartwarming story of a young woman retracing the steps of her mother’s last journey, on which she uncovers long buried secrets and difficult truths about the people she loves. Ragsdale confronts the emotionally charged issues of a tragic death with sensitivity, courage, and forgiveness. – Kerry Anne King, bestselling author of Everything You Are.


Alison Ragsdale mines the depths of love and forgiveness in this poignant story that leads readers on a journey of reflection and the true meaning of family. The rugged beauty of Scotland provides a splendid backdrop. – Patricia Sands, author of the bestselling Love in Provence series.


Alison Ragsdale’s pace and prose sparkle in this beautifully crafted tale of a young woman losing her mother and finding herself. In a surprising series of twists and turns, Iona Muir follows the trail of letters her mother left behind and discovers a father’s love far greater than she ever imagined. A page turner from start to finish.  – Bette Lee Crosby, USA Today Bestselling Author of Emily, Gone.





My Thoughts 

Are you ready for a good heartfelt emotional read? One that makes your heart feel heavy yet you can’t possibly put it down until you reach the end? This is how I usually feel with Alison Ragsdale’s books, and her newest release Dignity & Grace makes no exception.

Ten years ago, musician Iona Muir”s mother died tragically from ALS.  Since then she has quit playing her cello and has closed herself off from her father. When Iona finds a photo in her cello case of her mother at a much younger age, she finally agrees to go visit her mother’s old beloved and trusted music teacher to talk. This begins an emotional journey towards learning about the mother she lost and the truth behind her last few months of life, bringing her closer to the family and home she left behind.

Another amazing Alison Ragsdale novel that reflects the experience of life, loss, love and forgiveness written in such exquisite prose it verges on poetic. Alison takes you on an emotional journey with her lyrical and passionate writing once again, and leaves you content with a powerful story of family secrets and absolution. I guarantee this one will grab you immediately and leave you inspired. A beautiful family drama. 5 stars

.Thank you to @allisonragsdalewrites and @katerocklitchick for my gifted copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion for review.



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About Allison Ragsdale

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.

THE ART OF REMEMBERING, released in July, 2019 debuted as a best seller. It has since been included in BookBub’s Best Book Club Book list for July and August, 2019, was honored as a finalist in the 2019 American Fiction Awards – Literary category, and was nominated for the Goodreads Readers Choice Award, 2019.

THE LIAR AND OTHER STORIES is my first collection of short stories and will be released on May 12th, 2020.

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.

I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I loved writing them.

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Serious book loving critical care RN dealing with RA, being married to a surgeon, my 2 crazy dogs, an obsession with crafting, and a mad desire to swing golf clubs (although quite poorly).

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