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A Sarah’s Vignettes Book Review: The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) ~ @MichaelJBooks

~ Publisher’s Description ~

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 Provençal 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, and won’t leave until he gets what he wants.

The past and present spectacularly collide in this gripping story of love and betrayal echoing across the decades. 

~ My thoughts ~

When I heard that Carol Drinkwater had a new novel coming out, I couldn’t wait to go out and buy a copy. Having loved both The Forgotten Summer and The Lost Girl, I had high hopes for The House on the Edge of the Cliff. I am pleased to say that it did not disappoint!

Rich description of Provence, family drama, intrigue, mystery, passion, loss coupled with what happens when the past and present collide and some twists and turns thrown in, all make The House on the Edge of the Cliff a compelling and gripping read from start to finish.

The intrigue, mystery and passion in this book starts with its elegant front cover, which invites the reader to ask several questions: who is the woman on the rocks? Why is she there? What is she thinking? What’s the significance of the house on the cliff behind her? Well, I can tell you that the woman on the rocks is Grace, the protagonist of The House on the Edge of the Cliff. For the answers to the other questions, you will have to read the book, as I would certainly give away too much of the story here.

We first meet Grace in the present day, at her idyllic villa close to Marseille. Her step daughters and grandchildren are packing up to go home after their holiday. Grace’s grandson wanders off and she goes to find him. When Grace does catch up with him, it’s not quite what she expects. The start of the book really packs a punch and sets up the rhythm and tension for the whole book. We then follow Grace’s life, loves and losses over 50 years.

I really enjoyed the historical elements to this story. Like in The Lost Girl, where Carol Drinkwater set the book around a pivotal moment in France’s history (the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks), The House on the Edge of the Cliff is set around the Paris riots of May 1968. From the detail that goes into these scenes, it is clear that Carol Drinkwater has researched this period to an inch of its life. I learnt a great deal about France’s history when I studied in Paris for 3 years, so I really appreciate these parts of her books as well as the present day France. It feels like coming home.

Another thing I enjoy about Carol Drinkwater’s storytelling, is her ability to write as though she is looking down the lens of a camera, capturing every aspect of the scene in front of her. Each sound of a cicada, perfume of a flower, crack on the wall of the house is described so vividly, I was transported to that moment.

~ Where to find The House on the Edge of the Cliff ~

The House on the Edge of the Cliff by Carol Drinkwater

The House on the Edge of the Cliff was published by Michael Joseph on 16 May 2019 and is available to buy in all good bookshops as well as on Amazon UK . It can also be found on Goodreads.

~ About Carol Drinkwater ~

Carol Drinkwater

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

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 series, The Olive Route

She is also the author of novels The Forgotten Summer, The Lost Girl and The House on the Edge of the Cliff

She lives in the south of France where she is writing her next novel.

W: www.caroldrinkwater.com ~ T: @Carol4OliveFarm

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The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) ~ Recommended Read ~ The Riviera Woman

Each month, I share one of my top reads from this blog over at The Riviera Woman.  Continue reading “The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) ~ Recommended Read ~ The Riviera Woman”

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#Review: The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) @MichaelJBooks

~ Book Blurb ~

Her daughter disappeared four years ago. . .

Since her daughter went missing four years earlier, celebrated photographer Kurtiz Ross has been a woman alone. Her only companion her camera. Since Lizzie disappeared, she has blamed and isolated herself, given up hope. Until, out of the blue, an unexpected sighting of Lizzie is made in Paris. Continue reading “#Review: The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) @MichaelJBooks”

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#Blogtour: #25in25 #TheWomanInTheWood by Lesley Pearse (@LesleyPearse) #LoveLesley @ed_pr @MichaelJBooks

I am absolutely thrilled to be part of this special blog tour celebrating the publication of Lesley Pearse’s 25th novel: The Woman in the Wood. Thank you to ed public relations for having me!

To celebrate this fabulous achievement, each stop on the blog tour has a fact from Lesley Pearse about one of her 25 books.

I am delighted to be able to share with you a fact about Lesley’s 23rd novel, Without a Trace. First, here is what the book is about.

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Pre-Order: The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater (@Carol4OliveFarm) @MichaelJBooks

51bKF0XlyRL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_I have pre-ordered THE LOST GIRL by Carol Drinkwater.

Why is this significant? Well, I have to admit I do not pre-order books. However, from devouring the author’s bestselling Olive Series and her superb novel THE FORGOTTEN SUMMER, I just know that this book is going to be wonderful (read my review of THE FORGOTTEN SUMMER here).

When THE LOST GIRL is published, in the UK, on 29th June, I want to be able to dive straight into it and not come up for air until I have finished it.

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Thank you Penguin! (@Carol4OliveFarm @MichaelJBooks ‏@PenguinUKBooks)

**I first published this post on an old blog site on 8 September 2016**

To coincide with today’s paperback release of the wonderful The Forgotten Summer by Carol Drinkwater, the Marketing Team at Michael Joseph, Penguin Random House, have put together some great cards with quotes from bloggers and readers to share. How fabulous is that?!

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Click here to read my review.