Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey ArcherI havent read Jeffrey Archer for years, and now I wonder why. This new series featuring Harry Clifton, son of a dockworker (or is he the son of an upper crust owner of a huge shipping line?), and his climb through the British public school system is going to be a delight if this first one of five is any indication. Make no mistake, this is not a Pulitzer, but it is good, solid storytelling, with bold characters, a world wide setting, and a story that has enough twists, turns, and sneaky heart-stoppers to definitely merit the label page turner.
The story involves Harry, as he grows from an angelic choirboy into an intelligent, hardworking young man faced with the difficult choice of going to Oxford upon graduation from the US equivalent of high school, or joining the armed forces as Britain enters the war against Hitler. His romance with the sister of his best friend, together with some of the aforementioned story twists makes his choice even more difficult. Harrys mother, a hard-working widow, who takes a series of back-breaking jobs to help with Harrys expenses, is harboring a secret about Harrys parentage. This secret, if revealed could destroy lives, and Archer skillfully weaves his story around it.
My only problem with the book was the absolutely sucker punch ending. I was left gasping, yelling Dont do that to me!!. I will be among thousands lined up to get my hands on the second book in the series to find out what happens next. The Clifton Chronicles promises to keep us all enthralled for several years to come.
Jeffrey Archer on Only Time Will Tell
Harry meets his lifelong best friend at St. As he enters adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth he hears from his mother only leads him to question whether he really is the son of Arthur Clifton, a working man who spent his whole life on the docks, or the first-born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?
Only Time Will Tell
The "Clifton Chronicles" is Jeffrey Archer's most ambitious work in four decades as an international bestselling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in , with the chilling words, 'I was told that my father was killed in the war'. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked in Bristol docks, or the first born son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? Volume one takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford, or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. In Jeffrey Archer's masterful hands, the reader is taken on a journey that they won't want to end, and when you turn the last page of this unforgettable yarn, you will be faced with a dilemma that neither you, nor Harry Clifton could have anticipated. The first novel in the Clifton Chronicles, an ambitious new series that tells the story of a family across generations and oceans, from heartbreak to triumph, from 1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Archer.
Rate this book. The epic tale of Harry Clifton's life begins in , with the words "I was told that my father was killed in the war. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again. As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? This introductory novel in Archer's ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany.
Thank you! The first book in a new series, a family saga called The Clifton Chronicles, slated to cover years. His subsequent story spins out in a series of overlapping narratives that lead to a great deal of overlapping details, otherwise known as padding. At the age of 12, Harry demonstrates a keen mind and sings with a rare quality. His mother, of little means but great determination, thus resolves to enroll him in public school where he will receive a strong education. Eager to see Harry on to Oxford, Maisie opens a tearoom with great success. Maisie suspects Hugo as the culprit and proceeds to blackmail him with information about the fate of her husband.
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The sequence will chart the life of one Harry Clifton, whom we first meet as the orphaned son of a Bristol stevedore at the start of the 20th century, and where it will leave him — oh, Lord — only time will tell. He could be a gifted frogman. Harry is plucked from obscurity and put up for a scholarship to a fancy prep school. Will he be bullied? Will he see off the bully?