Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley

The Girl on the Cliff
by Lucinda Riley

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Published: 2012
Publisher: Atria Books
Genre: Historical, Romance
Paperback: 416 pages
Rating: 4

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The mesmerizing story of two Irish families entangled by a tragic past that seems destined to repeat itself.

To escape a recent heartbreak in New York, Grania Ryan returns to her family home on the rugged, wind-swept coast of Ireland. Here, on the cliff edge in the middle of a storm, she meets a young girl, Aurora Lisle, who will profoundly change her life.

Despite the warnings Grania receives from her mother to be wary of the Lisle family, Aurora and Grania forge a close friendship. Through a trove of old family letters dating from 1914, Grania begins to learn just how deeply their families’ histories are entwined. The horrors of World War I, the fate of a beautiful foundling child, and the irresistible lure of the ballet give rise to a legacy of heartache that leaves its imprint on each new generation. Ultimately, it will be Aurora whose intuition and spirit may be able to unlock the chains of the past.

Sweeping from Edwardian England to present-day New York, from the majestic Irish coast to the crumbling splendor of a legendary London town house, The Girl on the Cliff introduces two remarkable women whose quest to understand their past sends them toward a future where love can triumph over loss.

Zombie sighting:
She hated taking her "zombie pills," as she called them.
- page 222, chapter 26

PeekAbook: a summary by Literature Book Mix

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): magic of love
I found this to be an engaging story that intermingles past and present along with history and fairy tale. Most of the characters are likable and their stories will sweep you away to New York, Ireland, London and Switzerland.

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  1. Sounds like a nice tale of friendship. Maybe one others don't approve of.
    Great review! I'd love to read it, if no one else bites. :-)


  2. Love those *wind-swept coasts* locales - has that gothic-flavor :)

    Ps- Quit teasing me with *zombie sightings* lol

  3. I'll put my hand up for your review copy.

    I'd love to read THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF thank you.


  4. Please count me in too. I came upon this a month or two ago and have been anxious to read it. Thank you!


  5. Oh wow. I had no idea this was a giveaway! I just stopped by after seeing your blog on the sidebar of another site. I love the cover and it reminds me of the books by Ciji Ware. I definitely would love to read this. Count me in. Thanks!!

    june (at) writingisablessing (dot) com

  6. Glad to see you enjoyed it. I have the book and really need to make time to read it. Have you read The Orchid House? That's the only book by Riley I've read so far, and it was really good!


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