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REVIEW º The House on the Edge of the Cliff ´ ☆ The House on the Edge of the Cliff PDF / Epub ✩ Author Carol Drinkwater – Available to pre order now Carol Drinkwater's epic story of enduring love and betrayal from Paris in the 1960s to the present day No one else knows what happened that summer Or so sheMenace and it kept me gripped' Dinah Jefferies author of The House on the Edge of Kindle Missing Sister'A beautifully woven and compelling tale of passion love and intrigue' Rowan Coleman author of The Summer of Impossible Things'Carol Drinkwater's writing is like taking an amazing holiday in book form' Jenny Colgan author of The Bookshop on the Shore'Given extra resonance by the beautifully drawn French landscape Emotional and tenderly written' Elizabeth Buchan author of The New Mrs Clift. Could not connect with the characters It was bland with not a lot of life to it


Ed from the world in a magnificent Provenal villa perched atop a windswept cliffEvery day she looks out over the sea the only witness to that fateful night years agoUntil a House on the PDF #9734 stranger arrives at the house A stranger who knows everything and won't leave until he gets what he wantsThe past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping House on the Edge of Kindle story of love and betrayal echoing across the decades 'I was hooked from a start threaded with mystery and. Grace’s past may not be as far behind her as she thoughtGosh What a textured and multi layered story Carol Drinkwater has wrought in The House on the Edge of the Cliff The story tracks back and forth in time making its structure remind me of the ebb and flow of the tide that so mesmerises Grace in the south of France The structure and time scale are fascinating because there is a real sense of the way the past makes us who we are in the present so that there’s a compelling sociological element to the story I loved the fact that I had no idea how The House on the Edge of the Cliff might finally resolve itself and Carol Drinkwater kept me guessing throughout Her writing is seductive so that I had to keep reading to see what happened nextWith a sweeping love story at its heart The House on the Edge of the Cliff explores the nature of obsession guilt betrayal and history in a manner that scoops up the reader and makes them wonder just what might happen if their own past reappeared I found the Parisian setting of 1968 fascinating and Grace’s theatrical background allowed me to experience a world completely unfamiliar to me in a vivid and captivating manner I thought the iterative image of drama and theatre was so fitting to a book where identity is fluid unsettling and complicated In addition the cultural references to contemporary history people music and politics made The House on Edge of the Cliff a truly immersive activity Indeed I found reading The House on the Edge of the Cliff felt a bit like lifting the lid on an animated memory box bringing all kinds of connotations and experiences into the effect it had on meI love the multi faceted uality of Carol Drinkwater’s writing style A smattering of French lends authenticity to The House on the Edge of the Cliff but it is her attention to detail the descriptions of nature heat the sea and food that make the narrative sensuous and luxurious The author’s love for France shines through her writing The house and France are as much characters as any of the peopleThe portrait of Grace is superb Her development from selfish sybarite to mature woman feels completely natural so that whilst I didn’t much like her to begin with I felt an affinity with her Grace’s narrative voice is so affecting and very conversational as if she is speaking directly to the reader There’s a wistful melancholic tone that makes her story feel confessional and draws in the reader so that they experience her emotions with her I can’t say too much about some of the other characters without revealing the plot; the men in Grace’s life have an important impact on her but you’ll have to read the book for yourself to find out whyThe House on the Edge of the Cliff feels mature complex and atmospheric I thought it was sinuous and compelling I thoroughly enjoyed it and really recommend it

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The House on the Edge of the CliffAvailable to pre on the Epub #226 order now Carol Drinkwater's epic story of enduring love and betrayal from Paris in the s to the present day 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 menShe The House ePUB #187 fell under the spell of one The other fell under hersUntil one summer night shattered everything Now Grace is living an idyllic life with her husband shelter. The House on the Edge of the Cliff is the latest novel by Carol Drinkwater Just published with Michael Joseph it is described as ‘an epic story of enduring love and betrayal from Paris in the 1960s to the present day’ The House on the Edge of a Cliff is a very seductive book drawing the reader right in from the opening pages Set off the coast of the Mediterranean overlooking glittering and scented landscapes The House on the Edge of the Cliff is a coming of age story a love story a novel laced with passion and dripping with guilt a wonderful tale It is a dual timeline novel that takes us on a journey from the student protests of the late 1960s in Paris to the present day in the South of FranceGrace young with a pocket full of dreams arrives into Gare du Nord train station in Paris With no plan sixteen year old Grace wants to escape her life at home leaving the heated domestic disputes between her parents far behind her It’s 1968 Paris is alive and exciting and Grace is ready to have a grand adventure On her very first day she meets a dashing young man Peter Soames He senses in Grace that she is lost and alone so he sorts out accommodation for her with his family His father works for the British Embassy and his mother is a socialite with her own issues and demons Their apartment can easily accommodate Grace and she is in awe when she sets foot inside the doors Peter’s family have a house maid Peter’s family have money living the kind of life that Grace could only ever have dreamed of Caught up in the excitement of her newfound freedom Grace jumps head first into this wonderful summer in Paris relishing ever single moment as Peter introduces her to a whole new world Peter is a romantic an idealist he is a student of the Sorbonne with ambitions for his future and for others in society 1968 was the year when Paris and eventually France came to a standstill as student protests escalated into a mass dispute between de Gaulle’s government and the French working folk with over 10 million workers eventually going on strike Grace and Peter become embroiled in the protests with Carol Drinkwater bringing their enthusiasm which uickly turned to panic and fear alive for the reader The portrayal of this period takes you right into the streets of Paris with the smells and the noises emanating from the narrative adding to the sense of terror and confusion that was rampant on the streets of the capital at that timeIn an attempt to escape the madness Grace and Peter make the trip across France to the coast of Provence to the home of Peter’s artistic aunt Agnes Agnes’s home is set literally on the edge of a cliff with spectacular views overlooking the bay not far from Marseille Grace is yet again in awe of where she is Her relationship with Peter has moved on and life for Grace is just perfect Agnes is a free spirit sensing the youthfulness in Grace but she welcomes her into her home and Grace settles in amidst the enchanting scent of lavender and broom ecstatic with her surroundingsThe book opens in the present day many years later in the same house on the edge of the cliff Grace and Peter are there spending family time with children and grandchildren when something happens something that impacts Grace to the core A memory resurfaces and Grace is dragged back to that summer in 1968 that summer when her life altered beyond her wildest dreams Now with a family to protect Grace is frightened Can she prevent the past crashing into this perfect world they have created Will the mistakes of her youth finally catch up with herCarol Drinkwater paints a picture with her language and narrative invoking all your senses The House on the Edge of the Cliff is packed with stunning scenery that will make you long for warmer climes but it is also laden with menace There is a sense of the unknown throughout as you attempt to make sense of the chronology of events as they unfold Using real life events such as the Paris revolt of ’68 and also mentioning Brexit Carol Drinkwater writes bringing a sense of authenticity to her story I was swept up in the anger of the protests I was enad with the clifftop views the scents and the sun glinting on the sparkling French coastline I could smell the sweet heady flowers but I could also smell the fear the intoxication and the sense of remorse that radiated off Grace as she looks back at a past that has finally returned to haunt her What should have been a wondrous coming of age experience for Grace as an innocent and naive sixteen year old in the 1960s became instead an ever present memory a companion that sat beside her always in the shadowsuntil nowThe House on the Edge of the Cliff is an incredibly atmospheric novel one that completely immerses it’s reader between the pages as Grace’s story slowly unveils itself It is a romance It is a mystery It is a beguiling and appealing book filled with passion and suspense with betrayal and obsession It’s an homage to the country that Carol Drinkwater is lucky enough to call homeMy Rating 45