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“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.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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!
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
An extremely enjoyable read. Lots of twists and turns and interesting characters that fascinate, amaze and amuse!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Another lovely story from Lucinda Riley. I’m looking forward to more from her. She has become my favourite author...So well read as well.