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The Girl on the Cliff [Paperback]

Lucinda Riley
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Book Description

27 Oct 2011

Why has a secret from 1914 caused a century of heartache?

Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. And it is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora, who will profoundly change her life.

Mysteriously drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that the histories of their families are strangely and deeply entwined . . .

From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, from devotion to a foundling child to forgotten memories of a lost brother, the Ryans and the Lisles, past and present, have been entangled for a century. Ultimately, it will be Aurora whose intuition and remarkable spirit help break the spell and unlock the chains of the past.

Haunting, uplifting and deeply moving, Aurora's story tells of the triumph of hope over loss.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241954975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241954973
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and four children.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious but inconsistent 11 April 2013
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Though most other reviewers seemed to be full of praise for "Girl On The Cliff", I'm afraid I really struggled to get through it- and struggled to even want to get through it. I've started and finished half a dozen other books inbetween first picking this up and finally plodding through its bulk.

The scope of the story is far too ambitious (in a way it's a modern day drama and a historical war novel jammed into one), and to put it bluntly, it's far too long. It's not engaging enough to sustain over 400 pages- the characters are too unsympathetic and one-dimensional, and there's not enough genuine intrigue to compel you to find out what happens. Neither is there a real sense of originality. Unless you've got a good chunk of time to devote to reading it in one go, it's also got so many threads going on that it becomes difficult to follow who's who and what's what if you have to take a break from reading it- which I think was my main issue with it.

In a way it's a shame as there are some very warm little set-pieces that suggest that maybe the inconsistent quality of the book is down to it being rushed to press.

Having been intrigued originally by the blurb, I really wanted to like this book, but couldn't.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romantic melodrama 19 Feb 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is pure romantic melodrama built around two families in Ireland and their hidden secrets. It doesn't aspire to be more than romantic entertainment but there are far better crafted novels of this type out there.

Some of the characters are little more than ciphers, and the events of the story are all hyper-dramatic - so think rape, suicide, romantic early deaths, pregnancy, stolen children... The plot manipulations to keep our main characters Grania and Matt apart are particularly awkward and so very contrived.

So I didn't find this terrible by any means, but it feels like a tired formula which has been done many times before, and far better. There are only so many abandoned adorable children that I can take in one book and I'm afraid this one stretched my limits.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant novel 23 Jan 2012
I appreciate contemporary literature for its beauty and wonderful story-telling. The Girl on the Cliff demonstrates those qualities. It is beautifully written and kept me enthralled until the end. The plot is well developed and thought out. It is about Grania Ryan who returns to her native Ireland following a terrible tragedy and as a result abandoned a good life in America, as she has loving partner and a promising career as an artist. She meets a young girl Aurora in the cliff and develops a special bonding despite strong condemnation from her mother. The special bonding is so touching. Unfortunately, a dark secret changes everything as there is an unwanted history between two set of familes: Ryans and Lisles. The journeys start from Grania great grand-mother where it all begins. How will history change everything? How does the tone of novel change? It is emotionally, poignantly and deeply piece of novel. It shifts between the past and the present, as we take a historical journey to the war-time as the secret spans many years ago. How will knowing the truth change everything? It paints humanity in a negative and positive light. I find the novel absorbing and enjoyable. The characters are wonderfully sketches and connection between past and present is fascinating and intriguing to explore. The novel is brilliant and deserves strong praise in all cylinders.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful piece of storytelling 6 Dec 2011
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Now, here is a book to curl up with on a cold, dark winter evening.

The story begins with Grania, who has run from her life in New York back to her family home on the Irish coast.

Kathleen, her mother, doesn't understand why. Grania had a wonderful partner, a lovely apartment, she was building a career as a sculptor. But she sees that something has gone wrong and welcomes her daughter home.

And then the girl on the cliff appears. Aurora. A child who has nearly everything: beauty, charm, talent. a wealthy family, a grand home. Everything except a mother.

A very real child, with maybe a touch of magic ...

Grania is charmed by Aurora. And then she is drawn into her life, and her home.

But Kathleen is concerned. Because she knows that the lives of Ryans and Lisles have been entangled before, with unhappy consequences.

And so stories of different generations unfolded, the narrative moving backwards and forwards to build a wonderfully absorbing story.

Every time and every place is captured perfectly. Every story contains a wealth of emotions. Patterns repeat. And themes, around the importance of home and family, echo across the years.

There were times when the story became a little predictable, the characters became a little annoying, the plot a little unbelievable. But it didn't matter.

Because the writing was lovely, and because the author had a lovely way of making you wonder for just the right amount of time before she sets out exactly what you want to know.

There is always a question or two in the air to carry you forward.

Because the plotting, and the way the story builds is so clever. Complex, and yet so easy to understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty read
Lucinda really knows how to grasp the attention of her reader. The way she writes is like getting two books for the price of one and is a real page turner. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Maria Delaney
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. couldn't put it down.
Engaging story. With many interesting characters intertwining to tell a story. It pulls you in and you almost feel that you belong to the Ryan family as well. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Excellent.
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book a lot but not as much as ...
I enjoyed this book a lot but not as much as Midnight Rose, also by Lucinda Riley. I found of the plot rather predictable
However, it was still pleasant bedtime reading
Published 5 days ago by Valerie Hargrave
4.0 out of 5 stars girl on the cliff by lucinda riley
Well thought out plot and a flowing story line.several twists and turns keep you on tenter hooks. The characters are really well drawn. I would thoroughly recommend this book.
Published 5 days ago by Pat Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl On The Cliff
Have read other Lucinda Riley books but I could not put this one down! Brilliant! Loved the way it spanned generations and continents and investigated human frailty.
Published 9 days ago by Mrs W E Tisdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the book Couldn't put it down. Can't wait for the next book to come out.Sandy
Published 15 days ago by sandy
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this story
I enjoyed this story. Took a bit longer to get into than the other Lucinda Riley books I have read, but warmed to the story and the locations described as the story progressed. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Helen Clancy
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I have found Luinda Riley quite recently and bought all the books on my kindle all the other books bar this one I couldn't put down she is a fantastic writer ,I'm sorry that I... Read more
Published 20 days ago by elaine
4.0 out of 5 stars another great read
I love this author have read as many books of hers I can so far have not been let down once
Published 21 days ago by Mary Bowsher
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another good read
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Was swept along with the characters, and love the time shift, running throughout the book. Brilliant.
Published 24 days ago by Lynn Weaver
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