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Only Time Will Tell - Jeffrey Archer

Only Time Will Tell

Author Jeffrey Archer

  • Published: 2011-08-30
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
4 Stars
From 297 Customers Review
Price: $10.99


From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

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.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. 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. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Fantastic

    From iBooks reader
    A wonderful book about how hard it was in England with the different classes. An amazing boy Harry with the help of his Mother and an even greater friend Jack helps him to beat all that. Unfortunately things don't go well and I'm so ready for the next in the series to find out what happens next. Super author
  • Loved

    From MGR Toronto
    I couldn't put it down. Very clever writing style and such rich characters. A great read.
  • Only Time Will Tell

    From ColinSaliba44
    Excellent, highly recommend this book. Will most definitely continue on with the series!
  • Highly recommended.

    From JohnnyToronto
    Great book! This is a nice introduction to the 5 part series. It takes a few chapters to get into it, but once you become fond of the main characters, you won't be able to stop reading for the rest of the series.
  • Only Time Will Tell

    From keri.g
    Make sure to have the sequel on hand as soon as you finish OTWT...
  • Only Time Will Tell

    From Hofstater12333333
    Spellbinding! I couldn't put it down. A gripping story that totally engaged me. The twists and turns and the I weaving of the characters was Jeffrey Archer at his best.