Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley Review & Giveaway

From Goodreads - Could a secret from 1914 end a century of heartache?

A tiny figure stands at the cliff edge - hair flying in the breeze. Grania Ryan is hypnotised by the enchanting vision, unaware this young girl, Aurora Lisle, will change her life in countless ways. For Grania is suffering and has returned to Ireland and the arms of her loving family, in the hope her wounds might heal.

As their paths begin to entwine, Grania's mother becomes deeply troubled … because almost a century of entanglement has brought nothing but terrible tragedy to their two families.

The past is set to repeat its sorrows. A suitcase hidden in the attic of a magnificent house in London during the First World War is where it all began, but could it now hold the key to ending the heartbreak that has beset the Lisles and the Ryans for so long?

In The Girl on the Cliff, there are many characters, storylines and two different times.  However, Riley does an impeccable job of writing and weaving them all together into a seamless story for the reader.   It's the stories of Grania and Aurora, who is the girl on the cliff.  The two families go way back, spanning almost a hundred years.

Secrets and multiple family dynamics take main stage in this page-turning saga.  It's interesting to see how the two families interacted as time moved on and how they react when Grania meets young Aurora.  I really liked reading about Grania's past, how she came to meet Aurora.  I also enjoyed the letters and whatnot that showed Aurora's family before she and Grania met.  It was really something special the way everything came together. Long after the last page was read, I'm still thinking about the story and the characters.  Very poignant.  Highly recommend!

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