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The Girl on the Cliff Paperback – 27 Oct 2011
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Praise for Lucinda Riley (-)
Thoroughly addictive storytelling with a moving, emotional heart (Dinah Jefferies)
Absolutely impossible to put down (Tracy Rees)
A brilliant page-turner just soaked in glamour and romance (Daily Mail)
An absolutely fantastic storyteller (Katherine Webb)
Brilliant escapism (Red)
Breathtaking (Iona Grey)
Atmospheric, heart-rending and multi-layered (Grazia)
One of the strongest authors in this genre . . . excellent historical detail, heart-wrenching romance, and an engaging mystery (The Historical Novel Society)
About the Author
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland. She lives in Norfolk with her husband and four children.
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And a clever ending too, which although not "happy" was nonetheless very satisfying, with all issues resolved.
Past lives were cleverly woven into the ones in the present, along with the impact they had had, with interesting allusions to some continuity after death. A very enjoyable book which I would highly recommend to anyone who likes a good story in the traditional sense.
The small figure was standing perilously close to the edge of the cliff. Her luxuriant, long read hair had been caught by the strong breeze and was flying out behind her
And we are immediately transported to the cliff in Ireland where we meet Aurora with the scene set with such passion and evocative writing that you can also feel the wind in your hair and concern that the child is too near to the edge of the cliff. but then this is Lucinda Riley’s writing - as she not only takes you to the story and the characters but the setting is also a character in itself.
London in war time is grim and dangerous, the West coast of Ireland, rural and carefree and New York painful to remember. Each location draws on the story and reveals secrets about the characters and the importance of belonging.
The settings themselves are wide ranging and deeply descriptive - we are taken to World War I and II, contemporary Ireland and New York and meet a large cast of characters from a variety of social backgrounds along the way.
But the thread woven in and out of each page along that journey is the story of Aurora, the enchanting little girl who is the link between the two feuding families and a catalyst for change. she holds the key to the mystery and the developing relationship between Grania and the girl is lovely to see. Aurora is enchanting and playful and fresh - in every way.
As we start to discuss Aurora’s backstory, this is the most enchanting part of the novel but the story of her mother and Grania’s mother is the most upsetting part of the whole story. Yet, just like the war time setting where we meet another figure, it is yet another thread in the overall weave of a history and past that is important to present day.
An historical jigsaw puzzle with the enchanting girl on the cliff at the centre.
Having said that, I am nearly at the end of The Girl on the Cliff and although I have enjoyed it, I didn't think it was quite as good as Ms Riley's other books- all of which had me gripped from the first pages. I would give them 5 stars- plus.
I am looking forward eagerly to the next book very much- out, I think, in a couple of months. I have pre-ordered it.
I do recommend Lucinda Riley to other readers- but read Midnight Rose, The Italian Girl ( my favourite ) and The Light behind the Window first. Then you will be hooked! Lovely flowing style and very accurate descriptions. Perhaps Ms Riley is a trained musician herself?
Even though I found the characters a bit one dimensional; eg an Irish girl that is hard headed and bright - never! ;) - I really enjoyed this one and found it hard to put it down.
Can’t wait until the next of The Seven Sisters series but these others plug the gap nicely.
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