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 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
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