Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Girl on the Cliff

~ I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author to facilitate this review.  I received no compensation and opinions are 100% my own or my family. ~

Synopsis (from Amazon): From the author of the #1 international bestseller The Orchid House, 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.

My Review: 

One (or more) Sentence Summary:  Wow...two stories told at once.  One present day and one in early 1940's. Bringing together the two stories in one book.  Two families and their connection through time, twists and turns, family secrets discovered through letters from the past. Really enjoyed reading it. 

Favorite Character(s):  Grania...she is a strong woman.  Mary....willing to sacrifice everything, another strong woman.

Fast read/slow read:  A good pace.

Cover:  Love it!!

What Others Are Saying:  "Tautly paced yet picturesque, The Girl on the Cliff is a compelling and romantic novel of recovery, redemption, new opportunities, and lost love."
(Booklist (Starred Review))

"The Girl on the Cliff firmly establishes Lucinda Riley as one of the most compelling and gifted storytellers working today."
(The Paramus Post)

“Colorful writing…Keeps the pages turning.”
(Kirkus Reviews)

Would I Read Other Books by the Author: Yes, for sure!

Meet the Author:  Lucinda Riley is the internationally bestselling author of The Orchid House (published asHothouse Flower in the UK, more than 2 million copies sold worldwide); The Girl on the Cliff (an instant New York Times bestseller), and The Lavender Garden (published as The Light Behind the Window in the UK). Her fourth novel, The Midnight Rose, will be published around the world in early 2014. Her novels have been translated into twenty-two languages and published in thirty-six countries. Born in Ireland, she lives with her husband and four children in the English countryside and in the South of France.

Connect: You can connect with Lucinda on her blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Purchase it:  You can purchase The Girl on the Cliff online at Amazon.

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