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The Haunting at Cliff House [Paperback]

Karleen Bradford
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Sept. 30 2011
<“Alison, you must come back! Alison…” From the moment she sets foot in the forbidding house high on the cliff, Alison senses a mysterious presence in one of its rooms. There she discovers an ancient diary belonging to a girl who lived in the same house, centuries before. A girl exactly her own age, and whose life bears an uncanny resemblance to Alison’s. A girl who calls to her and cannot be denied. What does Bronwen want…and why is she so certain only Alison can help her? "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) "...a compelling read right to the exciting climax." (Quill & Quire) Karleen Bradford is an award-winning writer of historical and fantasy fiction for children and young adults. Born in Canada, she lived in Argentina until she went back to Toronto to university. After university she married a young Geography student who morphed into a Foreign Service Officer with the Canadian Government and they spent the next 34 years travelling the world. Grist for the writing mill. Husband retired, she now lives near Orillia, Ontario. During a school visit a young boy once asked her, “How many books are you going to write before you die?” It’s 24 and counting. You can check out Karleen’s work at www.karleenbradford.com and follow her blog at http://karleensblog.wordpress.com

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Wonderful Book By Karleen Bradford April 14 2000
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Hauntingly Wonderful Book By Karleen Bradford April 14 2000
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.
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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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mild ambiance but very good. Sept. 29 2013
By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I hadn't encountered Karleen Bradford and I'm always pleased to find a Canadian author behind a great novel. "The Haunting At Cliff House", 1985 doesn't show the titular spectre as much as I would like, nor is it elaborated upon with the Welsh neighbours beyond evasive hinting. Moreover, it was a wasted opportunity that the neighbour's Grandmother, alive long enough to know a great deal about Alison's great-aunt and house, did not have a discussion about it with her. Her character's viewpoint would have lent tremendous history and ambiance to this novel. The odd looks she gave Alison foreshadowed a thrilling encounter that was squandered and I question this decision by the author.

To the good, this isn't among the multitude of fiction that steals a paranormal title but disappoints the reader with black & white outcomes. We do glimpse a spectre, albeit not to my fill, and we do incorporate secret hiding places and very valuable artifact of a diary. My sole criticism is that the whole story hinged on nothing more than Alison reading it. Had she hastened and not drawn out the passages over a number of days, the crux would have come into play much sooner and we could have built a lot of action upon that. It felt futile to know that all she need do is see the rest of the entries and 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 Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. The friendship formed with Gareth is mature. It's uncanny that resistance to her Dad and Gareth's sister Meiriona, parallels Bronwen's reaction to her Dad's love interest. I merely found it odd that Alison didn't seek their graves at the church. The conclusion was fantastic.
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5.0 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
5.0 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.
5.0 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.
5.0 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. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunting at Cliff House March 11 2012
By Scooby2 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I won this from Library Thing and it did not disappoint. I thought this story was well written and had a great plot. I loved the descriptions of the sea and manor. This story is the perfect haunted house story for those with younger readers, those who like ghost stories with a mystery behind it, or for those who don't like scary haunted houses. I highly recommend this story to others to give it a chance, you won't be disappointed.
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