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A striking and compelling family drama where the past takes a ferocious bite into the present. The House on the Edge of the Cliff explores relationships, how they can alter, move with fluidity, ever-changing almost without realisation. The house in question sits on the edge of a cliff in France, a character in its own right, a sanctuary, utterly bewitching, and yet full of history, of memories. When Grace was 16 an event occurred which has affected and remained with her ever since, when the past suddenly rears its head, danger beckons. We first meet Grace in the present and within the first few pages, I became as hooked as a hooked thing can be. Heightened, in fact, frantic emotions dance across the page and left me feeling breathless. Time then begins a slide backwards, explaining just enough, setting more questions and encouraging more thoughts to flow. Carol Drinkwater writes with captivating eloquence, I find her books so wonderfully readable, I just slip down into the welcoming pages and enjoy. Full of secrets, tense moments, gorgeous descriptions, and emotional interplay, The House on the Edge of the Cliff is a truly beautiful read and one of my picks of the month.
No one else knows what happened that summer. Or so she believes.
Grace first came to France a lifetime ago. Young and full of dreams of adventure, she met two very different men.
She fell under the spell of one. The other fell under hers.
Until one summer night shattered everything.
Now, Grace is living an idyllic life with her husband, sheltered from the world in a magnificent Provencal villa, perched atop a windswept cliff.
Every day she looks out over the sea - the only witness to that fateful night years ago.
Until a stranger arrives at the house. A stranger who knows everything.
The past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping story of love and betrayal echoing across the decades . . .
Closing date: 11/12/2020
I loved this book. I kept snatching a few more pages whenever I could. It has left me wanting to head to warmer climes and take part in the grape and olive harvests. Well I can dream can't I? - Mumsnet
A story of love and loss, sadness and great joy - The Middle East
An emotional tale of loss and kindness - French Property News
Gripping - Candis
This atmospheric read will whisk you straight to the South of France as you become immersed in the tale of secrets and heartbreak - Marie Claire
A gripping tale - Sunday Post
A lovely book packed with the sunshine, scents and savours of the South of France. Plenty of page-turning drama but also mouthwatering descriptions of Paris and Provence. Enough to make you rush straight to the Eurostar - Daily Mail
Mesmerising, haunting and extraordinarily relevant - Lovereading
A great and compassionate writer -- Danuta Kean - Guardian
Ranging across time periods this is a story to savour, complete with wonderful settings stretching from Paris to the glorious countryside of southern France -- Dinah Jefferies Secrets, tragedy, hidden pasts and family secrets all set in glorious Provence - I loved this -- Santa Montefiore Praise for Carol Drinkwater - -
Carol Drinkwater's writing is like taking an amazing holiday in book form -- Jenny Colgan -
Publication date: 16/05/2019
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||16th May 2019|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Historical mysteries, Adult & contemporary romance,|
Carol Drinkwater was our Guest Editor in May 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Carol Drinkwater is a multi-award-winning actress who is best known for her portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small. She is also the author of over twenty books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her quartet of memoirs set on her olive farm in the south of France have sold over a million copies worldwide and her solo journey round the Mediterranean in search of the Olive tree's mythical secrets inspired a five-part documentary film ...More About Carol Drinkwater