Friday, March 22, 2013

book club

Thanks,Katie & Heather!

This week I made my way through Lucinda Riley's The Girl on the Cliff

From the author of the #1 international bestseller The Orchid House, the mesmerizing story of two Irish families entangled by a tragic past that seems destined to repeat itself
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 coast to the crumbling 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.

(thanks to amazon)

This book was just so-so and for some reason it took me all week to read,nothing totally grasped my attention to pull me in. The characters were decent enough,lovely settings, real-life issues. A bit too long though and I thought some of the plot twists were unbelievable/unnecessary for the overall story. A bittersweet ending,not as upsetting of an ending as Lucinda's first novel. I give this a C.

Happy Reading :)


  1. I hate that this book wasn't great. The amazon description sounds like something I would by in a heartbeat. I have The Orchid House on my too read list. Did you read it also?

  2. Bummer. The synopsis sounds great!


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