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The Girl on the Cliff

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  11,450 ratings  ·  914 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 576 pages
Published October 27th 2011 by Penguin (first published 2011)
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Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I cannot really share all the excitement of the other reviews. It's not like I didn't like the book. I just think it was overly dramatic at times, tended to be a little too unrealistic sometimes and was just very sentimental. Moreover I think that the character of Aurora was just completely unauthentic, I could not connect to her at all. Even though she was supposed to be an 'old soul', her thoughts were way to mature, with the author desperately trying to make her sound like a child.

At times,
Marcia Killingsworth
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: NO ONE.
Recommended to Marcia by: Goodreads
This is an unforgivably, irredeemably rotten book. "The Girl on the Cliff" is set in Ireland and weaves together both contemporary and historical plot-lines.

The best use of this book is as a drinking game; it is otherwise useless. Truly.

The game: Take a drink every time an American character says "real" instead of "really," and another when an Irish character calls someone "pet." And chug the contents of your glass for the countless malapropisms, e.g. emotions that go *up and down, like a pendu
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: don't remember
Shelves: favorites
“I believe that our lives, just like fairy tales - the stories that have been written by us humans, through our own experiences of living - will always have a Hero and a Heroine, a Fairy Godmother and a Wicked Witch.”

A lovely beautiful story with haunting and ethereal tones to it. Grania and Aurora meet by chance on the cliffs and from there unfolds a friendship and connection she didn't expect. She soon learns their families histories are more tangled than either her or Aurora knew.

There are tw
Marisa Sauco
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guau. Maravillosa. ❤ ...more
Tea Jovanović
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Tipična druga knjiga... dosta lošija od prve... malo autora uspe da drugu knjigu napiše jednako ili približno dobro kao prvu... Lično, ne vidim opravdan razlog za njenu toliku popularnost kod nas (kada su u pitanju stil pisanja i fabula knjige)... Batalila posle sto strana (ostatak knjige mi je majka prepričala)... :)))) Lusinda je definitivno stvar ukusa... (jer vidim da su mnogi od vas oduševljeni ovom knjigom)... :)
Charlie Brown
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I was appalled by this book and cannot believe it was published by Penguin.

Luckily I only paid 20p for it at a carboot sale but to be honest I even begrudge paying that.

Some possible spoilers below - but they illustrate just some of the reasons why I found this book so dreadful...

There is a complete lack of cohesion between the multitude of storylines; one is meant to be told through a series of letters, which the heroine is given to read, but is delivered through a hefty piece of narrative wit
Carolyn Hill
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Two and a half stars, rounded up. I was attracted to this book by elements I typically can't resist - a setting on the coast of Ireland, multiple time frames from the present back to WWI and decades between, two families intricately linked through the generations, an old estate home on a cliff above the sea and another mansion in London, and a bit of a Gothic flavor with mysterious orphaned children, suicide, and hints of ghosts. This definitely falls in the Kate Morton vein of what I call new G ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novela con una historia bonita y fácil de leer, sin mas pretensiones que entretener. Justo lo que necesitaba en este momento.
Elphaba J
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Menina na Falésia é uma história maravilhosa. Adaptada a públicos variados, devido à singularidade e mestria do seu texto, esta narrativa chega a ser encantatória envolvendo totalmente o leitor nos conflitos e amores que tomaram conta de várias gerações entre duas famílias destinadas a estar unidas.

Existe na memória uma força poderosa que faz crescer o medo e, mesmo que essa memória seja tão antiga como os erros e as paixões que dominam estas personagens, é imprescindível aprofunda-la, conhece
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girl on the Cliff published by Penguin ticks all of my favourites in a book. It's a story told in a dual time narrative, it's a story of family relationships, it's a romance and at times it's a tragedy. With almost 450 pages in the paperback edition, it's a hefty read but I found myself flying through it.
There are three main female characters; Aurora - the Girl on the Cliff; Grania - the modern-day heroine and Mary, who was Grania's Great-Grandmother.
Grania has fled her life in New York af
Rating: 4.5 stars

This book has a real ethereal quality to it. Aurora, the girl on the cliff, and Grania, back in Ireland after ten years away, are drawn together through grief and circumstance, and in doing so, the past lives of the Lisles (Aurora’s family) and the Ryans (Grania’s family) are brought back to the fore.

The families entangled histories, which resulted in a bitter feud, started 100 years earlier when Mary began working as a parlour maid for the wealthy Lisles. Baby Anna is entrusted
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 4-estrellas
3,5 estrellas para una historia que en parte me ha encantado y en otra me ha parecido más del montón, según el momento narrado. El planteamiento ha estado muy bien, invitaba a continuar leyendo para averiguar qué ocurre en torno a la vida de esa niña que la protagonista conoce casi por casualidad; la historia pasado ha sido maravillosa, justo como a mí me gustan y como a mí me han disfrutar; donde ha disminuido un poco mi interés ha sido en el planteamiento final y en ese hilo conector, con un t ...more
Dec 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dual-timeline
The only times I've given a 1 star rating was when I disliked a book so much I didn't even finish it. Given that I only finished this one for a challenge and would for sure have abandonded it otherwise, I think I can make an exception. Ah, maybe I should give it 1.5, because I could have stopped reading and didn't. I was just so interested to know what bizarre thing the author would come up with next!

Boy, was this bad, the present-day story at least. For a while I reasoned the storyline set in
Joanne D'Arcy
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lucinda Riley’s first book Hothouse Flower was excellent, her second surpasses that; something which many authors struggle to do.

This is a book where its core theme is love both with the present story and the past story which is told to us by Aurora the girl on the cliff. Aurora opens the story telling us as a readers she is going to tell her story, that of the past and the present and the intervening years and she is going to tell it despite unhappy occurrences and struggles of her many relativ
Mermaid Undine
Aug 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
oh god I don't know why I'm still reading this , oh yeah the library doesn't open until tuesday.

aurora is annoying, swings from being immature and needy to manipulative. i was rather hoping her father would turn out to be a vampire (pale, grey, skeletal - surely a vampire?) nope just dying and not man enough to tell anyone denying them a chance to come to terms with whats happening.grania/matt/charley just a huge cliche, one of those ones that if they just sat down and talked to each other like
Jan 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-irlanda, 4e
Foi com imenso prazer que convivi, ao longo de 500 páginas, com as famílias Ryan e Lisle. Durante um período de cerca de cem anos, desfilam personagens cujas vidas, boas e más, me enterneceram e me deixaram com saudades após virar a última página.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mein bisher liebstes Lucinda Riley-Buch. :)
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um livro fantástico que nos agarra desde o início. Uma história de amores desencontrados, escolhas difíceis e redenção. Um segredo de família escondido por gerações e desvendado com grande suspense, entrecalando uma história no passado com o presente.
Só não consigo dar 5 porque a Grania me pareceu uma personagem um bocadinho inconstante, o que me enervou bastante.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucinda Riley conseguiu engendrar uma trama tão simples como complexa que me manteve cativa até ao fim!

É uma história tão mas tão bonita. . . contada por uma pessoa muito especial. . . que ensina o que é o verdadeiro amor, que o amor tem várias formas, que a vida é curta e que não nos adianta ver o lado negativo das coisas mas o lado positivo e a esperança. . . porque temos muito pouco tempo por cá. . . são umas férias, como se costuma dizer. . .

É a história de duas famílias desde há cem anos,
Once again I find myself a 1-star girl in a sea of (mostly) 5-star reviews.

Where to begin?

I could maybe forgive the stilted dialogue -- especially when Ms. Riley portrayed young, modern American characters -- and perhaps forgive the blindingly obvious manipulations of Charley. Less forgivable were the Hallmark Channel smarmy/absurd story line (full of convenient coincidences), what an irritating, creepy kid Aurora was (couldn't stand her myself), the childish relationship between Matt and Grania
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A minha nota vai para a história, que adorei, porque se formos pela tradução fiquei bastante descontente. Além da repetição de certas palavras ou expressões até à exaustão, não gostei da forma como foi traduzido o sotaque dos locais de uma determinada região da Irlanda. Ficou a parecer alentejano e não acrescentou nada à história.
Neide Parafitas
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, leituras-2012
Absolutamente Maravilhoso este livro!!!!

Com um leque de personagens fascinantes, foi um livro que me transmitiu imensos sentimentos, desde a revolta, até ao grande poder do amor!

ADOREI!!!! :)
Carla Geraldes
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edigital
Não sei como ainda não tinha lido este livro. Em boa hora olhei para ele e pensei que era desta que finalmente o ia ler, e... Adorei!
É um livro cheio de mistérios, de famílias interligadas, de afectos e corações generosos :)
Minty McBunny
Mar 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, march-2014

This book started out promisingly enough. Aurora's segments addressing the reader were annoying, but the story itself was engaging enough, particularly Mary's story (though why it was presented to Grania as letters but then not told in epistolary form, and included way more details than would have been shared with a fiancé's mother is beyond me).

But then, in the last portion of the book, it just got ridiculous. Grania's reason for leaving Matt was ridiculous, if they'd been togethe
Diane Cuipers
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wat een prachtig verhaal weer !
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As primeiras 5 estrelas de 2013, estão dadas.

Opinião completa aqui:
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Dunworley Bay, West Cork, Ireland, London, parlor maids, orphans, a character with a sixth sense, castles, crashing waves, a family legacy, letters, and secrets....what else could you ask for?

All this and more is wrapped up in THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF. This book takes you away to the magic of life in 1914 in castles, normal households, and into the life of a family that leaves a legacy and many secrets for current-day folks to discover and secrets that reveal the family's history and who Anna real
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
The Girl on the Cliff has all the elements which usually enchant me in a novel – dual time frame, a variety of interesting locations and characters and a hint of romance. Indeed, the author has packed a lot into this novel – World War I and II, contemporary Ireland and New York, a large cast of characters from a variety of social backgrounds.

In our contemporary story, Grania Ryan has fled her bohemian life (and partner, Matt) in New York following the traumatic experience of a miscarriage. She h
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was almost 4 stories in one. The novel starts out in present day with Grania having just lost a baby and having a fight with her long term boyfriend moves back home to Ireland. She had been working in New York and living with Matt. In Ireland she meets an 8 year old girl who is going to change her life in more than one way. The novel flashbacks to Grania's great grandmother and her own mother. The stories all relate so it is not confusing. A good story but I do prefer some of Lucinda ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 4 Aug 28, 2015 05:12PM  
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  • The House of the Wind
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  • Every Secret Thing
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AKA: Lucinda Edmonds
Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland, and after an early career as an actress in film, theatre and television, wrote her first book aged twenty-four. Her books have been translated into over thirty five languages and sold fifteen million copies worldwide. She is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller.

Lucinda is currently writing The Seven Sisters series, which tells the stor
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