The Girl on the Cliff

The Girl on the Cliff

Book - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"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"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2012
Edition: First Atria paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781451655827
Characteristics: 407 pages ; 21 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Dec 26, 2018

Silly plot. Dumb dialogue. Kept waiting for it to get better; it didn't.

Jul 09, 2018

It was an interesting story, but a little confusing at times. Really didn't like the interruption in the book line occasionally from one of the characters=distracting & unnecessary.
Love Lucinda Riley's books, but I wouldn't say that this was one of her best.

Nov 09, 2016

Grania Ryan has recently suffered a mid-term miscarriage and has fled her life in New York to return to her native homeland of Ireland. In the middle of a storm Grania meets Aurora Lisle, a little girl with a very adult take on the world. This meeting leads to Alexander Devonshire, Aurora's handsome father.
There are some issues I have with this book. Troubles within the book are far too easily worked out. It seems that Grania is the saviour of Alexander and Aurora and brings peace of mind just by simply being there.
The Girl on the Cliff weaves both contemporary and historical storylines together. The historical part of the story is told through old letters and then a good old chinwag between mother and daughter. Its a romance novel and a tragedy. Two families, the Ryan's and the Lisle, are bound together for over 100 years, but the only way to make sense of the book is to study the family tree that is a hidden part way through the book. Without the family tree provided by the narrator, I would still be trying to make sense of the in's and out's of the two families.
I found that the timeline of the historical part of the story slow in some parts and then great swathes of time were covered in the space of a few pages, making for an uneven journey.
Another issue I had with this book was the complete trust Alexander put in Grania after only meeting her twice. One has to ask if a millionaire would really leave the care of their only child to a women with no training or references. To me it is highly doubtable. And the fact that Jeremy didn't even flinch over Mary and Anna's story just seems too simplistic.
There are downsides of this novel. But once again Lucinda Riley has written a grand story about family secrets and love. Leave behind all thoughts of reality and enjoy the overly Irishness of the Ryan family. Suspend reality and just imagine holding onto a winning lottery ticket that comes in the shape of a little girl.
Read this book because you need a few hours of escapism and this book is just right. Not up to the standard I've come to expect from Riley.

Apr 13, 2013

Full of atmosphere and plot twists; you'll sympathise with Grania the female protagonist. People who like Historical Romances will enjoy this.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at DPL

To Top