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.
Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Series #1)
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? From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….
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?
Toby Clements is pinned down by Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer's new novel.
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? This first volume—and its cliffhanger! Hi, I am a new reader to your books. I just finished Only Time Will Tell and really enjoyed it. I am delighted to see this discussion space as there were two things in the book that I had difficulty with. They are both farther along in the book.
The book was published worldwide in It was launched by Jeffrey Archer himself in Bangalore , India in March , as the beginning of a global book tour. The novel is set in Bristol, England, from to and centers on Harry Clifton, a young boy destined to follow in the footsteps of his father and uncle and work on the docks until a new world is opened up to him. Harry has the gift of song, and when Miss Monday, the choir mistress; Mr. Holcombe, his elementary school teacher; and Old Jack Tar, a Boer War hero and loner all help him, his life is changed forever.