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.
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
"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
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.
Someone who doesn't object to appalling attempts at accents.
I didn't get far enough to judge the story.
Not if she attempts accents. She reads well but should just read - not try to mimic.
Can't say as haven't got very far.
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