Saturday, November 10, 2012

Review and Giveaway of The Girl On The Cliff by Lucinda Riley

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November 10 - November 23
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.


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  1. Fantastic review. This sounds amazing and I'm suddenly very anxious to read it. Ireland is one of my very favorite book settings.
    2 Kids and Tired Books

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  3. This book sounds so good, and your review makes me want to read it even more. Thank you for the giveaway!

  4. Thanks, Diana. I really liked it and I am glad my review helped.

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  6. I have this book on my list, and your review has caused me to push it closer to the top!

  7. This looks like a good historical read. I love adventuring through England and Ireland through books.

  8. THANKS, Beth.

    Nice to hear a compliment like this from an author. :) You will love the book.


  9. I don't think I've heard of this one so thanks for the review and the heads up! I love historical books. LOVE them :)This will be going on my list!

  10. Thanks for linking this in Elizabeth. Cheers

  11. This sounds like a lovely read on a chilly Fall night. Thanks for the wonderful review and recommendation :)

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  12. I have The Aviator's Wife to read too - it's supposed to be good.

  13. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story

    i'm a follower, too.

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  14. Sounds like a great book! Thanks so much for the giveaway. =O)

  15. I guess I'm a new follower! lol I've been here before though :D

    Laura Kay

  16. This has been on my radar for a while now.
    Great review.