Troubled by recent loss, Grania Ryan has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family. It is here, on a cliff edge, that she first meets a young girl, Aurora. Strangely drawn to Aurora, Grania discovers that their families are deeply entwined. From a bittersweet romance in wartime London to a troubled relationship in contemporary New York, the Ryans and the Lisles have been entangled for a century.
©2011 Lucinda Riley (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
“The Girl on the Cliff” by Lucinda Riley was different from any book that I have read. There were so many stories wrapped up in two families that I was mesmerized until the very end. I listened to this book as an “audible” on my Kindle. The narrator, Gerri Halligan, must have been challenged by all the different voices, but somehow she made each character stand out as their unique selves.
The modern story of Grania and Ryan was often frustrating because of the stubbornness of the characters, but that didn’t detract one bit from the book. I was actually speaking to Grania out-loud at certain times in the book - wanting her to just open up about what she was thinking and feeling!
The history of the two main families of the book – the Lisles and the Ryans – takes the reader on a journey from World War I to modern day. We hear much of the story told by Aurora Lisle whom Grania meets in Ireland upon the cliffs above the sea. Their two families had been sharing a history with secrets, betrayal, and love since the first World War.
The reader visits the different decades through memories. One of my favorite characters was Kathleen, Grania’s mother. Her compassion and protectiveness for her family was endearing. Even though her character suffers a great deal in her early years – she doesn’t appear to be bitter. Aurora’s character is enchanting and hard to forget.
I loved the book - it was a wonderfully entertaining story. If you like pure historical fiction though this might not be one for you as about 60% of it takes place in present day. Just a head's up.
It's a bit cliché, but so what... It's a great story that kept me listening endlessly.
The narrator is great EXCEPT for her American accent, it was a little annoying and pretty inaccurate, but overall she has a lovely voice and is a great performer!
Enjoyed the story, but the terrible American dialog very nearly ruined it. The author seems to think that Americans, even those with PhD's, actually speak in the voice of Mickey Rooney in 1930's teenage movies. Every other word is "real" as in "real happy" or "real sure." I expected the next phrase to be "real swell." In my 72 years in America, I have never heard anyone speak in such a terrible manner. Where was the editor?
Fortunately, most of the story is written in British English, but I shutter to think that speakers of British English actually think that Americans sound like those in this book. Horrors!
Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels.
I thought this was a good story. It was a little predictable but still worthwhile. If I could change anything it would be something about Grania. Because she was a major character and intertwined in the story, she is very important. However, at times unlikeable, annoying, and unconnected. Grania’s and Matt’s dialog with the “honey and baby” got to be very over the top. Also, I would have liked to hear more of a back story about Ann’s Russian mother. I’m not sure if changing these factors would elevate the book to a “great”.
Lucinda Riley did a remarkable job moving from past to present. I prefer listening to stories from the past, but because she kept a natural flow to the story, the present day story was also captivating. Listening to the story of Mary was the best part of the story for me. I liked Aurora as the narrator of the story, she was the glue that put it all together.
I liked that the story spanned generations and that the characters were connected. I guess the part I liked least is that I wanted more.
It was very sad to me that Anna, who seemed such a sweet girl, turned in to a negative character. I could not see how or why she had become the way she had become. It would have been nice to have had some insight into her behavior. She suddenly veered off of the track I saw her on and became a nearly separate character with her later behavior. It just felt off and out of place.
The narrator did a great job with the characters however, the American accents were awful :)
I would rent it or get it on netflix
Lots of twists and turns, heartache and love. Just a great story. I am hooked on this author. Loved also the readers ability to to do all accents. Very clever.
I am a woman who loves to read and to listen to books. I want to be entertained and taken to another place when I listen..
This book was just great and it is definitely well worth your time. I throughly enjoyed it!
Having read and enjoyed books by this author previously, I was not disappointed by this book either! It switched from past to present in a very easy way and I was filled with anticipation throughout. I would recommend this book.
"A feel good story"
The characters were so believable the narrator did a wonderful job giving the characters individual voices. I enjoyed trying to work out how everyone was connected but then was surprised when it wasn't as i expected. The story weaves in and out of time without any wooden moments.
I don't normally listen to this genre of book so i really cannot make a comparison.
She made the characters so real that i almost felt i knew them and it was a story that i found hard to turn off and leave. She read this book well and i enjoyed listening to it. I might even be persuaded to look for her story ready skills again.
I did so want to but i couldn't i guess if i had had the time i probably would have.
"Interesting Family Saga"
An interesting story that winds its way across 100 years as 2 families intertwine. There are bits of Downton Abbey- style intirigues with upstairs and downstairs and a strong period feel and some lovely Irish sequences that go a bit too close to cliche. The ending was long in coming and slightly annoying but the book is well narrated and a pleasantly rewarding listen
no because would know the surprise ending.
there are many sad parts in this story.
tried three time to listen to this story and decided to listen to something else. came back to it and thought it was a well written book with good characterisation. set mainly in Ireland and bits in America it moved quickly from present to past and back again.gerri haligan performed the book very well bringing the characters to life.I enjoyed it and will try more written by Lucinda riley
"Another Superb Story from Lucinda Riley"
Definitely way up in my top five.....most of which I have to admit are all Lucinda Riley stories. I love the way she writes and have thoroughly enjoyed every book of hers that I have listened to.
The unexpectedness (is that even a word!) of everything....excellently written
I love Gerri Halligan as a story teller as she gives such excellent performances. This is another one.
Both, but mainly cry as there were several very emotional scenes.
I just love Lucinda Riley's books and have listened to every one that is in the Audible library...can't wait for her to release another.
"Did not live up to expectations"
I had been looking forward to this book after listening to The Light Behind the Window but was quite disappointed in this book not only the story line but the narration as well
I wouldn't know as I have never read the book, I prefer audible books anyway
I couldn't say really it held to my attention threw out, with all it's twists and turns
She brings all the characters to life for me, it was so interesting I couldn't put it down
I wish I could have done but unfortunately that would have not been possible
"another good book my Lucinda Riley"
I was very frustrated after reading the second book in the seven sisters series so decided to try on of her other books. it is written very much in the same style of past and present but it was a lovely book. Gerri Halligan's amazing and brought the book to life.
"GIRL ON A Cliff"
This was a good read, though sto ry line obvious. The narration was clear. Recommend
"A book I could not stop listening to."
A lovely book so wish it went on and on. I certainly recommend it to anyone.
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