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Dignity and Grace

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From the best selling author of The Art of Remembering, comes a heart-rending story about secrets that tear a family apart, of loss, and courage, and the strength of a gifted young woman to face the past, find a way to heal and move forward.

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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"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

"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

"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

"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

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