The Girl on the Cliff by Lucinda Riley
A Novel

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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.

About Lucinda Riley

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Lucinda Riley is the #1 internationally bestselling author of The Orchid House, The Girl on the Cliff, and The Lavender Garden. Born in Ireland, she now lives in the English countryside and in France with her husband and four children. Visit her online at
Published October 30, 2012 by Atria Books. 418 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Using a similar device (this time it’s letters instead of a diary), Riley (The Orchid House, 2012) does a workmanlike job with this sophomore multigenerational saga, and fans of the genre will likely be willing to overlook the occasional creaking plot device.

Sep 02 2012 | Read Full Review of The Girl on the Cliff: A Novel

Suite 101

From the author of P.S I Love You comes a funny, magical and heart-warming story that explores what happens when you ignore your life.

Jan 24 2012 | Read Full Review of The Girl on the Cliff: A Novel

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Grania agrees to look after lonely Aurora whilst her father is away and slowly, with the help of her mother, she learns about the lies, sacrifices and tragedies that have caused a rift between the Ryans and the Lisles.

Nov 07 2011 | Read Full Review of The Girl on the Cliff: A Novel

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The last story is learnt when there are big questions that need to be answered, and it is a sad and unfair story taking place in the 70s.

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