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  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Starburst Digital Rights International Inc. (Sept. 30 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987793012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987793010
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,826,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a compelling read right to the exciting climax." -- Quill & Quire

"Karleen Bradford demonstrates once again the ability to develop a pervasive mood and sustain it in a story full of intriguing characters and mystifying events." -- Children's book News, the Canadian Children's Book Centre --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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While driving through Wales on one of our children's school breaks we passed a gloomy old house, sitting high on a cliff. It was pouring rain. The roof of the house shone blackly, the waves crashed against the rocks far below. As far as we could tell the house was absolutely deserted.

"I have to write a ghost story about that house," I decided. So I did. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I’m pleased to find a Canadian, <b>Karleen Bradford</b> behind such a great novel. “<b>The Haunting At Cliff House”</b>, 1985 is about Welsh neighbours who don’t elaborate on a peculiar house beyond evasive hinting. I was in anticipation of <i>Gareth’s</i> ostentatious Grandmother, alive long enough to know about <i>Alison’s</i> great-aunt and house, shedding light on the dark past that was behind her aversion to the mansion. Odd looks that she cast <i>Alison</i> foreshadowed a thrilling encounter that might feel nearly as staggering as seeing a ghost. Her character’s viewpoint would lend such tremendous history and ambiance that I was surprised it wasn’t utilized. This very enjoyable novel had room to be longer.

We are rewarded that this isn't debunked fiction stealing a paranormal title. Genuinely enchanting, ghostly, mysteries are rare. <b>Ms. Bradford’s</b> heroine is mature enough to relate to adults despite her age. Hidden places and the very valuable artifact of a diary had me riveted, culminating in a quest that is unforgettable. It’s merely odd that unravelling cataclysmic events hinged on <i>Alison</i> finishing the diary. Had she hastened and not drawn out the passages over a number of days, the crux would have come into play much sooner. It felt futile to know all she need do is see the rest of the entries. Who among us wouldn't devour a find like that in one sitting?

I like her relationship with her Dad, resembling a Welsh mystery by <i>Elizabeth Cody Kimmel</i>. The friendship with <i>Gareth</i> is solid and respectful. It’s keenly plotted that resistance to him dating <i>Gareth’s</i> sister, <i>Meiriona</i> parallels <i>Bronwen’s</i> reaction to her Father’s love interest.
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"The Haunting At Cliff House" by Karleen Bradford is a wonderfully written story about the relationship between a father and a daughter.
The story is set in the heart of Wales in a house which Mr.Evans (The father) and Alison (the daughter) inherited from a Great-Aunt. This house has a spirit trapped in time haunting it. Alison sees visions of the ghosts (Bronwen) life and is directed to an old diary. This diary holds the keys to why Bronwen is trapped. Throughout the story Alison seems to be going through the exactly the same situations as the Bronwen did in 1810. Alison soon realizes what has happened to Bronwen and helps her change the past.
Throughout this plot Alison is going through tough times herself. Her mother has long since passed away and her father has found a new woman (Meiriona) who he has taken a liking to. Alison feels her territory has been invaded by Meiriona and will ruin her tight knit relationship with her father. In helping Bronwen out with her problem, Alison discovers that she can make room, she doesn't own her father, and that everyone including her father has the right to be happy.
I recommend this story to anyone who likes mystery, suspense, sentiment, and a touch of the supernatural. Karleen Bradford once again accomplishes a perfect score.
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"The Haunting At Cliff House" by Karleen Bradford is a wonderfully written story about the relationship between a father and a daughter.
The story is set in the heart of Wales in a house which Mr.Evans (The father) and Alison (the daughter) inherited from a Great-Aunt. This house has a spirit trapped in time haunting it. Alison sees visions of the ghosts (Bronwen) life and is directed to an old diary. This diary holds the keys to why Bronwen is trapped. Throughout the story Alison seems to be going through the exactly the same situations as the Bronwen did in 1810. Alison soon realizes what has happened to Bronwen and helps her change the past.
Throughout this plot Alison is going through tough times herself. Her mother has long since passed away and her father has found a new woman (Meiriona) who he has taken a liking to. Alison feels her territory has been invaded by Meiriona and will ruin her tight knit relationship with her father. In helping Bronwen out with her problem, Alison discovers that she can make room, she doesn't own her father, and that everyone including her father has the right to be happy.
I recommend this story to anyone who likes mystery, suspense, sentiment, and a touch of the supernatural. Karleen Bradford once again accomplishes a perfect score.
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"The Haunting At Cliff House" by Karleen Bradford is a wonderfully written story about the relationship between a father and a daughter.
The story is set in the heart of Wales in a house which Mr.Evans (The father) and Alison (the daughter) inherited from a Great-Aunt. This house has a spirit trapped in time haunting it. Alison sees visions of the ghosts (Bronwen) life and is directed to an old diary. This diary holds the keys to why Bronwen is trapped. Throughout the story Alison seems to be going through the exactly the same situations as the Bronwen did in 1810. Alison soon realizes what has happened to Bronwen and helps her change the past.
Throughout this plot Alison is going through tough times herself. Her mother has long since passed away and her father has found a new woman (Meiriona) who he has taken a liking to. Alison feels her territory has been invaded by Meiriona and will ruin her tight knit relationship with her father. In helping Bronwen out with her problem, Alison discovers that she can make room, she doesn't own her father, and that everyone including her father has the right to be happy.
I recommend this story to anyone who likes mystery, suspense, sentiment, and a touch of the supernatural. Karleen Bradford once again accomplishes a perfect score.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99a06990) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x999c057c) out of 5 stars Another Hauntingly Wonderful Book By Karleen Bardford April 14 2000
By Mike Reid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Haunting At Cliff House" by Karleen Bradford is a wonderfully written story about the relationship between a father and a daughter.
The story is set in the heart of Wales in a house which Mr.Evans (The father) and Alison (the daughter) inherited from a Great-Aunt. This house has a spirit trapped in time haunting it. Alison sees visions of the ghosts (Bronwen) life and is directed to an old diary. This diary holds the keys to why Bronwen is trapped. Throughout the story Alison seems to be going through the exactly the same situations as the Bronwen did in 1810. Alison soon realizes what has happened to Bronwen and helps her change the past.
Throughout this plot Alison is going through tough times herself. Her mother has long since passed away and her father has found a new woman (Meiriona) who he has taken a liking to. Alison feels her territory has been invaded by Meiriona and will ruin her tight knit relationship with her father. In helping Bronwen out with her problem, Alison discovers that she can make room, she doesn't own her father, and that everyone including her father has the right to be happy.
I recommend this story to anyone who likes mystery, suspense, sentiment, and a touch of the supernatural. Karleen Bradford once again accomplishes a perfect score.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99b81288) out of 5 stars Great Ghost story for all ages Oct. 27 2011
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When Alison's father inherits a house in Wales from a great-aunt he's never heard of, he decides there is nothing to do but to spend the summer in Wales, where he will work on his book. However, almost as soon as she walks in the door, Alison has a bad feeling about Pen-y-Craig, or Cliffhouse as it is known in the local village. Alison discovers a diary written by a former inhabitant, and also sees and hear strange things in her old room. Is Pen-y-Craig haunted? Is there something Alison needs to do?

This is a great little haunted-house story - quite short, but plenty of plot to fill the spaces. Underneath the spookiness is a neat little sub-plot about second chances that I found quite nice. Definitely a must-read for young readers who enjoy being spooked a bit, or for readers of any age.
HASH(0x99d0ca5c) out of 5 stars “I knew she was trapped. I knew the tide had cut her off, and I heard her call me...Oh, dear God, I didn’t go back!” Oct. 20 2015
By Mark Louis Baumgart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alison Evans has just finished eighth-grade when the great aunt that she or her father has never met in Wales dies. Now her and her father, her mother having already died at some unspecified time in the past, are going to summer at the isolated Pen-y-Craig house, a. k. a.: Cliff House, as her father writes his novel, and in the very first chapter of “The Haunting At Cliff House” Alison is already hearing mysterious voices.

Then while visiting the nearby village of Llanarfan Alison and her dad meet the beautiful librarian Meiriana Ellis, whom Alison takes an instant resentment to, as Meiriana and Alison’s dad hit it right off the bat, and Alison feels threatened by this. When Alison gets back she gets a visitation from Cliff House’s ghost, and through this visitation she finds a diary from 1810 from the thirteen-year-old Bronwen.

Alison finds as she reads the diary that Bronwen’s life, as documented in her diary, parallels Alison’s present circumstances, including Bronwen’s father having an interest in a younger woman, as Alison’s father does in Meiriana. After a near-death experience in which Alison almost drowns, Alison begins hanging out with Garath, who is Meiriana’s younger brother, and who is home from school for the Summer.

Alison is, despite her above average intelligence, is still just a thirteen-year-old, impetuous, headstrong, immature girl, and she doesn’t see that Bronwen’s life, which may end in tragedy, is running parallel her own. And to emphasis this, the ghost of Bronwen keeps appearing to Alison, as this is an anniversary of Bronwen’s tragedy.

“The Haunting At Cliff House” by Karleen Bradford is a solid ghost story for younger teens showing a young woman’s coming to grips with her father’s personal interests outside their own little unit. This novel certainly falls into the gothic romance genre even if written for early teens, and Bradford uses the gothic trappings of this genre very well to both teach and to entertain.

To teach as in that a person should be more tolerant and perceptive of others, especially of our parents of whom we often think of being different than other people, and they’re not. Bradford also uses the novel to teach us that nothing is written is stone, we can all change our destiny if we want to, something we learn when we read the ending of this story.

However, none of us ever reads a novel for just the teaching moments, that’s all gravy, that if the author is skilled enough, that we all catch on to subliminally. What most will find entertaining is that Alison, as a character, is somebody that will be identifiable for many people, as who doesn’t want to be the center of their parents universe? Especially at the young age that Alison and Bronwen are/were. Also, Bradford doesn’t overdo either the gothic atmosphere or the supernatural elements. She keeps both evenly leavened throughout the novella as she does the duel romances of both Alison and her father. Yes, Alison gets a boyfriend.

The cover to the Scholastic paperback that I read is also well done, although unfortunately it is not very representative of the contents of the novella. The cover gives the impression that this is a novel of teenage angst involving a sulky child, but this novel is so much more.

All-in-all, this juvenile gothic romance is a good read, a fast read, and a book well worth reading. Would make a good tv movie for Nickelodeon

For this site I have also reviewed these other books of interest:

Cave of the Living Skeletons by Cindy Savage.
The Ghost of Windy Hill by Clyde Robert Bulla.
The House On Hackman's Hill by Joan Lowery Nixon.
Mystery of the Blue-Gowned Ghost by Linda Wirkner.
Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz.
Psycho Busters, Book 2 by Yuya Aoki.
Psycho Busters: The Novel Book Three by Yuya Aoki.
Skull Island (Usborne Adventure) by Lesley Sims.
HASH(0x9968300c) out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Wonderful Book By Karleen Bradford April 14 2000
By Mike Reid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"The Haunting At Cliff House" by Karleen Bradford is a wonderfully written story about the relationship between a father and a daughter.
The story is set in the heart of Wales in a house which Mr.Evans (The father) and Alison (the daughter) inherited from a Great-Aunt. This house has a spirit trapped in time haunting it. Alison sees visions of the ghosts (Bronwen) life and is directed to an old diary. This diary holds the keys to why Bronwen is trapped. Throughout the story Alison seems to be going through the exactly the same situations as the Bronwen did in 1810. Alison soon realizes what has happened to Bronwen and helps her change the past.
Throughout this plot Alison is going through tough times herself. Her mother has long since passed away and her father has found a new woman (Meiriona) who he has taken a liking to. Alison feels her territory has been invaded by Meiriona and will ruin her tight knit relationship with her father. In helping Bronwen out with her problem, Alison discovers that she can make room, she doesn't own her father, and that everyone including her father has the right to be happy.
I recommend this story to anyone who likes mystery, suspense, sentiment, and a touch of the supernatural. Karleen Bradford once again accomplishes a perfect score.
HASH(0x99673288) out of 5 stars Leaves you in suspense with every page turn, Jan. 1 2014
By yummytulip:) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book scared me to death half of the time I read this (which is not suprising due to the that I am reading this before bed).Overall,I enjoyed this very much and want to read a sequel to this even though I might have terrible thoughts and nightmares just like poor Allison did.But I might as well reassure myself that Bronwen is a good ghost (as you learn when you get closer toward the end).I must say that Karleen Bradford is now offically one of my favorite authers. :)

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