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The Girl on the Cliff: A Novel

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  8,857 Ratings  ·  789 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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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,
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
Marcia Killingsworth
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  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
Marisa Sauco
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guau. Maravillosa. ❤ ...more
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
Charlie Brown
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Joanne D'Arcy
Oct 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 3 Aug 28, 2015 05:12PM  
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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 languages and sold over ten million copies worldwide. She is a Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.

Lucinda’s novels include The Seven Sisters, a seven-book series telling
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“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.” 30 likes
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