Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles) (The Clifton Chronicles, 1)
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The first part of the book is pretty much the every cliché you read about English boarding schools: sadistic prefects, social snobbery, cruel mockery etc. If I had to sum up my opinion of this book in one sentence, it would be "Honey, could you pass me the Excedrin?
He reminds me of someone I once knew actually, just in a more extreme way, with much more money at his disposal! His romance with the sister of his best friend, together with some of the aforementioned story twists makes his choice even more difficult. In Jeffrey Archer's The Prodigal Daughter, the titanic battle between two men obsessed with destroying each other follows on to the next generation. They have two sons, William and James, three grandsons and two granddaughters, and divide their time between homes in London, Cambridge and Mallorca. I came here for a good mystery book and I got , predictable twists and dicey situations , obvious and annoying cliffhanger , *I yawned 1000 times* revelations , and the worst ending .I nearly got myself expelled from my prep school for stealing – heaven knows how he managed to fix that – and after that I let him down by failing to get into Eton. 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? Whether it’s his own career in politics, his passionate interest in art, or the wealth of fascinating background detail – inspired by the extraordinary network of friends he has built over a lifetime at the heart of Britain’s establishment – his novels provide a fascinating glimpse into a range of closed worlds. 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?
In The Short, The Long and The Tall the master storyteller joins forces with renowned illustrator Paul Cox, to re-imagine twenty of Jeffrey Archer's most popular and feted short stories alongside beautifully rendered watercolour illustrations. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war. There are slightly overlapping timelines shared between the characters but I liked this structure as it allowed for a greater understanding, not only of the character viewpoints and motivations but in the way it brought to light more and more subtle information. This book reminded me a little of Downton Abbey and I think readers who enjoyed that series will really enjoy the clifton Chronicles. The remaining chapters are told by a third present omnipresent narrator still focused on that character.
When he meets Giles Barrington he soon forges a life-long friendship, even if they come from different social circles. But Jeffrey Archer pleased me entirely, because his novels include nearly everything You can possibly want (even fantasy-novels use similar patterns)!