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.
It's time for me to start reading his books again, too! Kane and Abel would have been a much better story if there were not so many mistakes in the plot. Glad you enjoyed this one. If you like multi generational stories, you might like Penny Vincenzi's saga starting with No Angel. I hope you enjoy it. I don't know, Kaye.
BUY THE BOOK
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? Will he make various lifelong friends?