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The Girl on the Cliff | [Lucinda Riley]

The Girl on the Cliff

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 12-30-12
    DHackney Round Rock, Texas 12-30-12
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    "Sweeping Family Drama Beyond my Expectations"

    “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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 01-31-14
    Heather PALM BAY, FL, United States 01-31-14

    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.

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    "Pleasing, keeps you intrigued."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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”.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Cliff?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Tiffany San Diego, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Intriguing!"

    I really enjoyed this novel. I think it is the best out of her books that I have read thus far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mendi SAN RAMON, CA, United States 04-25-13
    Mendi SAN RAMON, CA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An Enjoyable Book"
    What did you like best about The Girl on the Cliff? What did you like least?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    Did Gerri Halligan do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did a great job with the characters however, the American accents were awful :)


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would rent it or get it on netflix


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    london, United Kingdom
    7/19/13
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bibby
    Norfolk, England
    4/13/13
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    "Enthralling"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Amanda Thompson
    Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire United Kingdom
    12/8/13
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    "A feel good story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Cliff the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Girl on the Cliff to, and why?

    I don't normally listen to this genre of book so i really cannot make a comparison.


    What about Gerri Halligan’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did so want to but i couldn't i guess if i had had the time i probably would have.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia
    St Cirgues la Loutre, France
    8/23/13
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    "Unsatisfactory narration"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who doesn't object to appalling attempts at accents.


    What was most disappointing about Lucinda Riley’s story?

    I didn't get far enough to judge the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gerri Halligan’s performances?

    Not if she attempts accents. She reads well but should just read - not try to mimic.


    What character would you cut from The Girl on the Cliff?

    Can't say as haven't got very far.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fran
    WILLENHALL, United Kingdom
    5/6/14
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    ""Enchanting""
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl on the Cliff to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know as I have never read the book, I prefer audible books anyway


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Cliff?

    I couldn't say really it held to my attention threw out, with all it's twists and turns


    What does Gerri Halligan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    She brings all the characters to life for me, it was so interesting I couldn't put it down


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could have done but unfortunately that would have not been possible


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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