Three women who grew up depending only on each other learn how to let go of their past mistakes and welcome love and joy into their lives.

Daisy Davenport is the sensible one--focused, driven, ambitious. She'll do anything not to wind up like her mother.

Beatriz Davenport Romero is the wild child--high school dropout, single mother, divorced at twenty. She's never wanted a nine-to-five kind of life, but now she's trying to do the right thing for her daughter...even if it's not the right thing for her.

Stella Davenport gave up everything for her orphaned nieces--including the young man she loved, and a chance at motherhood. Looks like she may have a shot at the latter after all...but what about the man she could never convince her heart to forget? 

In Cape Sanctuary, California, on the beautiful, rugged northern coast, two sisters and their beautiful young aunt face their crossroads and find their way to the other side, in The Cliff House.


"RaeAnne Thayne gets better with every book. The Cliff House is an absorbing, romantic, and deeply moving story about taking chances and being brave in both life and love—I didn't want it to end!"

– #1 New York Times Bestselling Author,
Robyn Carr

"…the heart of this sweet contemporary story is in the women's relationships with each other, and it will suit readers on both sides of the blurry romance/women's fiction divide."

- Publishers Weekly

“Thayne is in peak form in this delightful, multiple-perspective tale of the entwined lives and loves of three women…. Thayne skillfully interweaves plotlines with just the right amount of glamour, art, and kindness to make for a warmly compelling and satisfying work of women’s fiction.”

-Starred Review from Booklist



Spoiler Alert! There may be spoilers in this Readers’ Guide that may make it wise to avoid it until you’ve finished the book. We hid the questions in the drop downs below, to help avoid any unwanted plot reveals. 

Question One

Sisters, and the relationship between them, is a crucial element of this book. In what ways does the relationship between Daisy and Beatriz mirror the one between Stella and Jewel (the girls’ mother)? How is it different?

Question Two

Some might see a parallel between the choices Stella and her niece Daisy makes; and the ones that Beatriz and Jewel make. How are their paths similar?

Question Three

Chances and risks—the ones the characters take, and the ones they avoid—play an important part in THE CLIFF HOUSE. Over the course of the narrative, how do Daisy and Stella learn to take more risks? And how does Bea learn to carve her stake in the ground?

Question Four

The Road Not Taken is an important theme of THE CLIFF HOUSE. How do you think Stella’s life would have been different had she married Ed twenty years ago? And how would Ed’s life have been different? Do you think he would have become a doctor?

Question Five

What if Beatriz decided to reunite with Cruz, instead of moving on with Shane? How would her life be different?

Question Six

Even the narrator says that twelve-year-old Marisol might be the most mature character in this book! Can you think of examples where Mari is the voice of reason?

Question Seven

Stella, to a large degree, and Daisy, to a lesser one, suffer real tragedy and disappointment during the course of this story. How do you think each of them gets the courage to try again?

 Question Eight

One of the key messages of this book is, You Don’t Have to go Through it Alone. Whatever it is—be in pain or joy, all is better shared. Which character do you think needed to learn this lesson the most, and why?


New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne finds inspiration in the beautiful northern Utah mountains where she lives with her family.

Her books have won numerous honors, including six RITA Award nominations from Romance Writers of America and Career Achievement and Romance Pioneer awards from RT Book Reviews.

She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at 


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