Wednesday, June 5, 2013

THE GIRL ON THE CLIFF by Lucinda Riley


A lover of all things Irish, I was delighted to receive a review copy of The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley. From the back cover:

To escape a recent heartbreak in New York, Grania Ryan returns to her family home on the rugged, wind-swept coast of Ireland. Here, on the cliff edge in the middle of a storm, she meets a young girl, Aurora Lisle, who will profoundly change her life.

Despite the warnings Grania receives from her mother to be wary of the Lisle family, Aurora and Grania forge a close friendship. Through a trove of old family letters dating from 1914, Grania begins to learn just how deeply their families' histories are entwined. The horrors of World War I, the fate of a beautiful foundling child, and the irresistible lure of the ballet give rise to a legacy of heartache that leaves its imprint on each new generation. Ultimately, it will be Aurora whose intuition and spirit may be able to unlock the chains of the past.

Sweeping from Edwardian England to present-day New York, from the majestic Irish cost to the crumpling splendor of a legendary London town house, The Girl on the Cliff introduces two remarkable women whose quest to understand their past sends them toward a future where love can triumph over loss.

What a page-turner! I was hooked from page one. Grania, a gifted sculptor, has fled from New York City to Ireland to find solace with her family in her childhood home. A chance encounter with the strange and mysterious Aurora Lisle eventually provides her with a reason to stay, despite her Grania's mother's misgivings about the situation. As the story unfolds, we meet Aurora's father and gradually learn about the relationships - and tragedies - that have divided the two families for decades. Meanwhile, Grania's ex-boyfriend remains in New York, waiting to find out why she has left him hanging on the verge of their being married.

Five enthusiastic stars! Highly recommended!

NOTE: I received a copy of this book for FREE in exchange for a written review. There was no expectation that this review be either positive or negative, and I was not given any financial compensation to read the book or write the review. This information is disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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