The Girl on the Cliff
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...more
At times, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Boy, was this bad, the present-day story at least. For a while I reasoned the storyline set in ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Só não consigo dar 5 porque a Grania me pareceu uma personagem um bocadinho inconstante, o que me enervou bastante.
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, ...more
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 ...more
Com um leque de personagens fascinantes, foi um livro que me transmitiu imensos sentimentos, desde a revolta, até ao grande poder do amor!
É um livro cheio de mistérios, de famílias interligadas, de afectos e corações generosos :)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more