Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles #1)
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
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 neve
The author goes to great lengths to convince us that yes, the Main Character is indeed a brilliant child/man with unseen depths and superb intellect. We must believe this because of the great lengths other characters go to ensure that the Main Character has the means to build on his future, and th ...more
I listened to this book and the narrator was really good and very well suited to the story.
I really enjoy family sagas and this was no exception with its well formed characters, a flowing and twisting tale and a little social history to keep the reader entertained.
This book reminded me a little of Downton Abbey and I think readers who enjoyed that series will really enjoy the clifton Chronicles.
I was a little di ...more
This book is set up so that each section is from one person's perspective. Harry, Maisie, Jack Tar, Hugo, Giles and Emma all get a section. (Harry gets the first and last section. Maisie gets an extra few pages in the prologue.) Sounds like a common set up, but here is where it gets really interesting: each section starts wi ...more
“Only Time Will Tell” – to say I enjoyed reading this first book in the Clifton Chronicles would be an understatement. Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller: Clean, captivating writing; clever interwoven plot(s); and well-developed characters of great distinction. Whether loved or despised, I was fully entranced by, and invested in each character’s history, ...more
This book now has a spot in my top 100 reads of all time. Going into this I didn't think that I would like it. It was so different from what I usually read. However I am very glad that I went ahead and read this! I loved this book so much. It is so dear to my heart. I honestly have no complaints about this book. That may seem hard to believe but it's true.
Every character was well thought out and interesting. They each held their own in their chapters and I actually liked them all equally(apart f ...more
There were some instances which i felt were outright silly eg the one where old jack waits until harry's wedding day to reveal the truth and call off the wed ...more
But seriously? It felt like I was reading a soap opera.
It was outright pushy and juvenile in its style of writing as the author tries so hard, rather too hard, to prove how the main character is exceptionally brilliant, a child prodigy and how the entire town of Bristol ...more
But Maisi ...more
Having said that, I have a few observations to make.
When an author publishes the first book if he has already planned it will be a series (or do the authors always decide it that way? Who knows! I am just a reader!), is that likely to have an impact on the book/books till you come to an end! However he has written a trilogy already, ...more
The style of writing is fresh. Every book starts with the diary of a character, and then moves ahead with his / her life and blends with the inci ...more
Only Time Will Tell is the story of Harry Clifton. Clifton comes from a very modest home and humble beginnings. All along, people around him can tell that there's something special about ...more
3 to 3.5 stars.
This book was really good. It wasn't at all what I expected, which is good. If I'd known it would be so good I surely would have read it sooner. Solid writing. Great storytelling. I am most definitely now a Jeffrey Archer fan.
The Clifton's and the Barrington's are two families from Bristol, England that couldn't be more different. Yet the families are connected eternally by two events, one tragic, one fleeting that forever shape a ...more
"Some people standby you in your darkest hour while others walk away; only a select few march towards you and become even closer friends."
Harry Clifton may not have much, but in some ways he's rich. He has great friends and a loving mom. This is the story of his life, from start to what I'm guessing will eventually be his end. You can't help but fall in love with Harry. He's smart, kind, and almost everyone who meets him likes him insta ...more
Believing he will leave school and work the docks as his uncle and deceased father have, he instead finds himself in a tony boarding school on a scholarship.Weathering the inevitable emotional bumps and bruises that come with being the awkward newcomer,he deter ...more
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He was a Member of Parliament and deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, and became a life peer in 1992. His political career, having suffered several controversies, ended after a conviction for perverting the course of justice and his subsequent imprisonment. He is married ...more