The House on the Edge of the Cliff

The House on the Edge of the Cliff

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From bestselling author Carol Drinkwater, comes an epic story of enduring love and betrayal, from Paris in the 1960s, to the present day.

'One to get lost in' Woman & Home - Best Books of Summer

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, 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.
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'I was hooked from a start threaded with mystery and menace, and it kept me gripped' Dinah Jefferies, author of The 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 Clifton
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 27mm | 309g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405933348
  • 9781405933346
  • 22,491

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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 * 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 * Gripping * Candis * 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 * - * Everything you want for a summer read. It has romance, passion, intrigue and danger * Press (York) * This moving, gripping story is filled with characters who are tenderly and elegantly portrayed * Daily Express * A striking and compelling family drama where the past takes a ferocious bite into the present . . . Within the first few pages I became as hooked as a hooked thing can be . . . Carol Drinkwater writes with captivating eloquence . . . Full of secrets, tense moments, gorgeous descriptions and emotional interplay, The House on the Edge of the Cliff is truly a beautiful read * LoveReading * A love story with bite, with France itself one of the stars * France Magazine * A page-turning thriller * Yorkshire Post * An epic tale of love and betrayal set in a Provencal villa * Sunday Post * A mysterious and intricately woven story of passion and betrayal across the decades, set against an alluring French backrop . . . this moving, gripping story is filled with characters who are tenderly and elegantly portrayed * Daily Express * This sweeping tale of love and tragedy charts the life and secrets of engaging and intriguing heroine, Grace. One to get lost in * Woman & Home, Best Books of Summer * The story of a love that, despite wrong turnings, grows and develops over time, it is given extra resonance by the beautifully drawn French landscape. Emotional and tenderly written -- Elizabeth Buchan * bestselling author of The New Mrs Clifton * Carol Drinkwater's writing is always guaranteed to sweep me off my feet and The House on the Edge of the Cliff is a beautifully woven and compelling tale of passion, love and intrigue -- Rowan Coleman Carol Drinkwater's writing is like taking an amazing holiday in book form -- Jenny Colgan I was hooked from a start threaded with mystery and menace. And the story kept me gripped as the past tragedy unfolded. I could see the coast of southern France, feel the cooling breeze, and smell the salty ocean -- Dinah Jefferies * bestselling author of The Missing Sister *
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About 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.
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99 ratings
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