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The Girl on the Cliff: A Novel

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  4,259 ratings  ·  492 reviews
From the author of the international bestseller The Orchid House, comes a mesmerizing story about two Irish families and the tangled ties that have bound them since World War I.

Escaping a recent heartbreak in New York, Grania Ryan returns to her family home on the wind-swept coast of Ireland. During a walk on the edge of a cliff, she meets a young girl named Aurora Lisle
ebook, 416 pages
Published October 30th 2012 by Atria Books (first published 2011)
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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 Marcia Killingsworth rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
Elphaba J
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
Carolyn Hill
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
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
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,
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
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.
Neide Parafitas
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!!!! :)
Joanne D'arcy
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
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
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
Charlie Brown
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
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
Estefânia Botelho
Razões da escolha do livro: Oferta da editora Asa! A sinopse pareceu-me muito interessante e a capa do livro é muito apelativa.
Proveniência: A minha biblioteca.
A minha Opinião:
Ter a oportunidade de ler este livro foi fenomenal!
Em primeiro lugar, tem um cenário diferente dos livros que estamos habituados: grande parte da narrativa decorre na Irlanda, que pelas descrições do livro, parece ser um país fascinante. A história também tem lugar em Londres e Nova Iorque.
É um livro que descreve gerações
I must admit, The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley, isn’t necessarily a book I’ve been looking forward to; until I received it for review, I didn’t even know it was coming out. When my copy came, I wasn’t necessarily sure I’d read it; I’m not a historical fan in general, however sometimes it’s nice to take a chance on a book you wouldn’t ordinarily look twice at. Mostly, though, I just thought Aurora sounding enchanting and I was rather desperate to know exactly why the Ryans and Lisles were s ...more
This is the first novel I’ve read by Lucinda Riley and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The mysterious atmosphere of the Irish coast, the interplay between past and present, and the slowly unfolding connections between the characters was intriguing.

Multi-generational stories, where the existence of one character (or characters) is shown to reflect or be intertwined with those of past generations are popular right now and think Riley does justice to the genre.

A lot of times I get to the last 50 or so p
Paula pccst
Iniciei a leitura d'"A Menina na Falésia" com altas expectativas, depois de várias opiniões positivas de outros leitores e agora terminado, sou mais uma leitora que reforça o quão agradável é este livro.
"A Menina na Falésia" é narrada pela pequena Aurora Lisle, uma menina que perdeu recentemente a sua mãe, e é através dela que nos é apresentada a história de duas famílias que vêm as suas vidas ligadas desde há muitos anos até aos dias de hoje.
Neste livro temos assim duas personagens principais
O que dizer deste livro? Sem sombra de dúvida um dos melhores que li nos últimos tempos e só espero que a autora continue a ser editada cá por Portugal. A escrita irlandesa encanta-me, adoraria conhecer aquele país e de fato, este é um livro que nos transporta para as bonitas paisagens irlandesas, onde um toque de magia e de misticismo nos envolvem no decorrer da leitura. Durante a leitura do livro estive sempre com um «pé atrás» em relação a Aurora, ali «havia gato» e como não podia ser, o fina ...more
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
Diana Barbosa
Adorei adorei adorei!

As personagens conquistam o leitor e os mistérios das famílias Lisle e Ryan deixam o leitor embrenhado na leitura.

Crítica no Refúgio dos Livros:
Travel to Ireland with Lucinda Riley in this tale of family secrets over the years. Stunning locations and settings and a saga spanning decades.

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
Elas Büchertruhe
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Mit gebrochenem Herzen sucht die Bildhauerin Grania Ryan Zuflucht in ihrer irischen Heimat. Bei einem Spaziergang an der Steilküste von Dunworley Bay wird Grania jäh aus ihren trüben Gedanken gerissen: Am Rande der Klippen steht ein Mädchen, barfuß und nur mit einem Nachthemd bekleidet. Der Wind zerrt an der zerbrechlichen Gestalt, und von plötzlicher Sorge ergriffen spricht Grania das Kind an. Ohne es zu ahnen, stößt sie durch diese Begegnung die Tür zu ihrer eig
"Das Mädchen auf den Klippen" ist mein erstes Buch von Lucinda Riley. Ehrlich gesagt, habe ich das Buch nur gekauft, weil mir das Cover so gut gefallen hat. Ich wusste nicht wirklich ob, "Das Mädchen auf den Klippen" ein Krimi ist, oder vielleicht eine Fantasy-Geschichte. Ich habe also ganz unvoreingenommen angefangen zu lesen.

Zum einen ist da Grania, die mit einem schweren Schicksalsschlag zu kämpfen hat, zum anderen ist da die quirlige Aurora, die Grania für einen Mutterersatz hält. Wie beide
Marcia Killingsworth
Mar 30, 2013 Marcia Killingsworth rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
There's one thing you have to know about books by Lucinda Riley: at the end, the girl will always get her boy and the secret will always be revealed.

But the way in between and what the secret is... that's what's so interesting.

I bought Girl On The Cliff on a whim, because I had read her first book Hothouse Flower and liked it. I'm usually not into these kind of books. But Hothouse Flower sounded intriguing and had not let me down.

And now Girl On The Cliff.

I have to say that the secret was not as
I have never read a historic book before and first when I was recommended this book on Twitter I was a bit unsure but I brought it and I was very wrong by the end of the first chapter I was hooked.

I loved the emotion in this book it's a beautiful read and I loved the mystery to it all as I need something else other than romance to get me to like this book.

I think the author is incredible and I will be buying more
Kelly Spillane
I can't count how many times I have picked up a Lucinda Riley book in the bookshop, looked at it, read the blurb, put it back on the shelf and left the shop without it. Well last weekend that didn't happen, last weekend, this book made it's way to the till. And after it being recommended to me be so many people on twitter, I took the plunge and read it. Now having finished it just moments ago, I don't think I'll ever look at a book in the same light again. I don't think that I'll ever find a boo ...more
This is a hard one to review...I felt the author was most fluid when she was telling Mary's story so that made it easier to read. When she was in the American's voices - she was pretty bad. I'm thinking she is not that familiar with Americans and the way we talk. I can't say that I especially liked Grania - her reason for leaving was so lame it was laughable...and Matt - Jeesh!!! Oh well..on to the next book!
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Lucinda Riley was born in Ireland and during her childhood travelled extensively abroad, particularly to the Far East to visit her father.

Moving to London she became an actress working in film, theatre and television. Five years ago she designed and built a house on the island of Koh Chang in Thailand, where her father had purchased land many years before. Her passion for histo
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