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The Girl on the Cliff

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Dunworley Bay, West Cork, Ireland, London, parlor maids, orphans

Dunworley Bay, West Cork, Ireland, London, parlor maids, orphans, a character with a sixth sense, castles, crashing waves, a family legacy, letters, and secrets....what else could you ask for?

All this and more is wrapped up in THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF. This book takes ...
Dunworley Bay, West Cork, Ireland, London, parlor maids, orphans, a character with a sixth sense, castles, crashing waves, a family legacy, letters, and secrets....what else could you ask for?

All this and more is wrapped up in THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF. This book takes you away to the magic of life in 1914 in castles, normal households, and into the life of a family that leaves a legacy and many secrets for current-day folks to discover and secrets that reveal the family's history and who Anna really was.

The book begins with and continues at the beginning of different sections with thoughts and comments directed to "Dear Reader" from Aurora, the youngest member of the family, giving reflective insights into what will be coming up and her opinions on situations....very nice touch. You will find yourself in New York, Ireland, and London reliving the life of Aurora and Grania who are the basis of the current-day story and the story that is made up of their ancestry of Mary who was a parlor maid and Anna an orphan in a house where Mary is the only mother she really knew because her mother gave her away. As the book and secrets unfold you are taken back and forth learning the life of the characters in London, 1914, and beyond.

The characters are very well developed, and you will put yourself into their lives and into each emotion they are experiencing as each character makes decisions or manipulates someone. You will feel their passion and relate to each character as the author describes in detail their connection to each other and their part in the family heritage.

You will fall in love with Mary and Anna as they tell their story and feel the pain of Kathleen who doesn't want her daughter Grania to know the family's history but must tell her. You will enjoy the descriptions of the everyday life in Ireland, the landscapes, the views, and the houses.

You will want to know what secret the family has that has affected all its descendants. Will the suitcase owned by Anna's mother tell all? Who will find it? Does anyone remember it is in the attic of Mary and Anna's home where Mary was a parlor maid? Or will Kathleen, Grania's mother and descendant of the Ryan family, know enough for everyone? Aurora is the tie to it all and the final key to the family's secrets.

The theme of the book is my favorite and was difficult to put down. 5/5

This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

posted by SilversReviews on November 12, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good read.

Interesting plot twists, but narrator gets in the way of the story. I found the narrator interruptive and felt the story would be better served without her. Otherwise, I thought the book was interesting and certainly surprising. It kept my interest.

posted by 4444993 on January 28, 2013

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

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    Dunworley Bay, West Cork, Ireland, London, parlor maids, orphans

    Dunworley Bay, West Cork, Ireland, London, parlor maids, orphans, a character with a sixth sense, castles, crashing waves, a family legacy, letters, and secrets....what else could you ask for?

    All this and more is wrapped up in THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF. This book takes you away to the magic of life in 1914 in castles, normal households, and into the life of a family that leaves a legacy and many secrets for current-day folks to discover and secrets that reveal the family's history and who Anna really was.

    The book begins with and continues at the beginning of different sections with thoughts and comments directed to "Dear Reader" from Aurora, the youngest member of the family, giving reflective insights into what will be coming up and her opinions on situations....very nice touch. You will find yourself in New York, Ireland, and London reliving the life of Aurora and Grania who are the basis of the current-day story and the story that is made up of their ancestry of Mary who was a parlor maid and Anna an orphan in a house where Mary is the only mother she really knew because her mother gave her away. As the book and secrets unfold you are taken back and forth learning the life of the characters in London, 1914, and beyond.

    The characters are very well developed, and you will put yourself into their lives and into each emotion they are experiencing as each character makes decisions or manipulates someone. You will feel their passion and relate to each character as the author describes in detail their connection to each other and their part in the family heritage.

    You will fall in love with Mary and Anna as they tell their story and feel the pain of Kathleen who doesn't want her daughter Grania to know the family's history but must tell her. You will enjoy the descriptions of the everyday life in Ireland, the landscapes, the views, and the houses.

    You will want to know what secret the family has that has affected all its descendants. Will the suitcase owned by Anna's mother tell all? Who will find it? Does anyone remember it is in the attic of Mary and Anna's home where Mary was a parlor maid? Or will Kathleen, Grania's mother and descendant of the Ryan family, know enough for everyone? Aurora is the tie to it all and the final key to the family's secrets.

    The theme of the book is my favorite and was difficult to put down. 5/5

    This book was given to me free of charge by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2013

    Riverting story!

    I really enjoyed the novel. My mother was born in Ireland and spent
    several years in an orphanage before coming to Boston at age 11. It truly is amazing how our lives can seem to be so closely related to someone close to you, only to find out that you are related in some way to that person. I found that out on a visit to Ireland 10 years ago when, after visiting relatives, I found that I was related to a co-worker. Life truly works in mysterious ways!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Highly Recommended - such a good story

    Enjoyed this book very much. It was worth the wait.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Fabulous book

    I really love both books that Lucinda Riley has written. She is an outstanding author. Her books have everything that I love in a story. YOU WON'T GO WRONG TO PURCHASE HER TWO BOOKS!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 7, 2014

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    I am your perfect match. He tied her up with strong rope. And took her to result 1

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    CloverStar

    We have to go to MistClan camp. Our camp is still not safe.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    HollyFrost

    Pads back to the ForestClan Camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Day

    He nodded thoughtfully

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    Sweet Death/ Bloodfire

    The process complete, Bloodfire's soul entered the alicorn shaped castle, taking the sword with her. The castle swallowed it to protect it.<p>Sweet Death woke up. She scrambled into her hooves and claws. Seeing the castle, she cursed. She flew to Ponyville.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Fabulous

    Wish she had more books available. Wonderful author and fabulous story lines. Read all three and hated to stop reading any of them. Wonderful descriptions of the people, the countries and the settings. Hope she has another book ready for printing soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Great book

    Great book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 27, 2012

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