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The Prodigal Daughter (Kane & Abel #2)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  19,892 ratings  ·  442 reviews
With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel's daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president.

Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own p
ebook, 496 pages
Published May 16th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 1982)
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The Prodigal Daughter focuses on the life of Florentyna Rosnovski Kane, the daughter of a Polish immigrant who lived the American dream. The first half of this book is a retelling of events from Kane and Abel. The reader gains a few new insights seeing things through Florentyna's eyes, but these were rare because so many passages were completely lifted from the original book and put into this sequel.

One element that seemed to be missing in this book compared to Kane and Abel was the tension and
Jan 03, 2011 Melanie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with breif knowledge of the American Political system
Honestly, I found this in my father's car and only popped in the first tape to have something to listen to on my 20 minutes drive to school. I was surprised to find myself engrossed in the novel about a young girl who was the daughter of a Polish immigrant who build his own American Deam in the form of the Baron hotels. Imagine my surprise in finding out that this was the sequel to another best seller, that I will be sure to pick up as soon as possible. The best part was the main character, Flor ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Piyush rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: not-recommended
Ok....not that the name suggested anything different, but I was hoping against odds for an inspiring story...specially now that I had just graduated from Kane & Abel but oh dear..dear..dear....this book not only failed to provide that.....but left me highly disappointed...After all what is so awe-inspiring about the story of a girl born with a silver spoon, growing up in an immensely rich and influential family, and getting married into another equally influential family...who then predi ...more
Bev Wall
It's been years since I've read this book, but I liked it so much that I held on to the hardback edition so the I might be able to read it again. Consider me inspired.
I listened to this audio book. I didn't realize this was the second in a sort of series, and Nathan checked out the first one after I had already finished this one. I did enjoy this book, although it was slow, and even though at just under the half way point I didnt know what else could go on for the rest of the book.

I really enjoyed the characters. We get to follow Florentina from infantcy through adulthood as she chases her dream to become president of the United States of America. She has two
by: Jeffrey Archer


(a) A girl who grows up to be a model woman for many

(b) Politics and business


Language: Shrewd spoken English

Interesting note: It is said that Archer got the inspiration for (the lead protagonist) Florentyna’s political life and rise from the elections of Golda Meir, Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi.

Splendid Start:

It had not been an easy birth but then for Abel and Zaphia nothing had been easy….

‘Congratulations, Mr. Rosnovski’, said the doctor.

‘Thank you,’ said
I must have read this book more than 5 times! I was hooked from the beginning til the end. The plot is well-written, though there were some parts that I don't like, but overall, I love this book.

Florentyna was a strong woman. She run her father's hotel empire. She was a politician. She had everything that she could ask for yet she also had trials in her life that she must overcome. Though she was raised with golden spoon in her mouth, she wasn't a spoiled brat. When she was dealt with the bigges
3.5/5 stars

Like almost all Jeffrey Archer books, this one too started out very good but gradually became so slow that I found myself dosing off during the end. I liked Florentyna and how nothing seemed impossible for her and her perfectionist attitude. (view spoiler) I loved Richard. He was handsome, sweet, caring, supportive, wasn't intimidated by his wife's success and always encouraged her to follow he
Hmmm.... So this was definitely better than it prequel, perhaps, more because of the representation of an empowered woman and less because of the romantic touch in the story, contrary to what I believed before. I realised that this book had more of an impact on me because of the idea that it was a story of a woman, not one who has been stepped over and is ready to snap at society but one who was built, from the time when she was young, to lead, to stand up for what she believed. A woman not driv ...more
I've loved Jeffrey Archer ever since I read Kane and Abel. And this book is a sequel to it. If you loved Kane and Abel for the fierceness of the characters, for the love and die-hard hatred they have for each other, The Prodigal Daughter will go on to tell how the qualities of each of those characters were deeply ingrained in their children to reach and achieve great heights in their lives!

A totally must-read for people that love fast-paced fiction :)

I loved it!
Michelle Harris
I wasn't sure what to expect with the 2nd book after reading poor reviews.

I had read criticism that much of the story was repeated from the first book. There were pages that retold the same story but then we were treated to the remaining years being told from Florentyna's perspective. I loved it, can't wait to read the third and final book in the series.
Awesome read, one of my favorites. It's the sequel to Jeffrey Archer's "Kane & Able", which didn't do much for me, but "The Prodigal Daughter" send shivers up my back each time I've read it. You can't say that about just any novel.
I finished this one last night but I honestly needed a day (and a few drinks) to ponder this recap.

I think it is best for me to research just WHY this novel was even written. Perhaps as a favor to a friend or publisher? There was just no room for story here. So the author instead seemed to toss the plot out the window and use this book to display his knowledge of political inner workings and his ability to be employed as a speech writer.

Had this been a standalone I likely wouldn't have been so
I chose this book because I enjoyed Archer's "Prisoner of Birth", and this seemed to be the highest rated on Amazon of the titles available at my library. Prisoner of Birth was great largely because the author's knowledge of the British penal and court system gave it a wonderful richness. Here Archer writes about the American political system, and I can't help but think, "What was he thinking?" In Prisoner of Birth, you suspend disbelief because the story is so improbable that it's just fun. But ...more
Julia Mukuddem
had a whole morning of reading ... bliss ...

again a solid 4 star from me. his books never quite reach the 5 star for me, but they're all a solid 4 star. he is a master storyteller.

although i enjoyed 'kane and abel' more, this one had my attention and i love the unexpected things that happen - i can't bear a story where i can figure out the next move.

to be honest, i personally found all the detail around the presidential election slightly boring, as there were a lot of facts, but as i said to
Mary McFarren

readable. couldn't put it down. worthwhile interesting all the way. characters lived. thank you so much for this. top of my list, read. I will share it with all my reading friends

Marianne Stehr
Jeffrey Archer is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. He ability to tell a story with characters that are so captivating is second to none. I feel like I have grown with these people and they are considered my friends. Each time I end one of his books I feel alone and lost. Absolutely brilliant!
Vanessa Pillay
The storyline fell apart in the middle and I practically forced myself to complete it- desperately hoping things would take a turn for the better. Unfortunately it did not. Mr Archer's love for politics makes for an interesting window into that world and yet again, as in the case of Kane and Abel, I did not connect with the characters. This time around I could almost sense the writer trying to undo the mistakes and fill the gaps left in Abel's life, but unfortunately Abel's daughter suffers the ...more
After the high of Archer's "Kane and Abel" the sequel is a huge plunge, fell below expectation. I have two concerns with this "sequel" 1. The first part of the book was basically a review of what took place in Kane and Abel. So I spent over 150 pages reading what I already knew from the previous books, granted there were a few things that came up that wasn't mentioned in Kane and Abel but for the most part, no shocker. 2. This "story" was so mundane and monotonous, it complimented nothing that w ...more
This is the second in the Kane and Abel series. I would recommend reading the first one before this one. There was some repetition so that a reader who hadn't done so could still enjoy the book, but there were also lots of new things to learn about the characters in the previous book. Kane and Abel the main characters in the first book who basically hate each other find themselves as in-laws when their children meet, fall in love and marry. This is their story finding their place in the world, b ...more
Helene Slowik
good story with good characters
Wendy Kendall
American politics, pursuit of happiness and the American way are all wrapped up in this moving family saga. I love this story of ambition and family ties, and I’m obligated to issue a page turner warning! This story is so engaging it’s hard to put it down.

For irony, it’s written by an English storyteller and hit number one on the New York Times Best Seller List on July 4, 1982. It’s a timeless book, and its premise of who will be the first woman President of the United States has not yet been an
Karthik Thrikkadeeri
Jul 31, 2014 Karthik Thrikkadeeri rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who have read Kane and Abel
Those of you following my reviews will know that this is the first book that I've rated 3 stars in a long long time. I'll get straight to the point.

Kane and Abel was a brilliant book and I couldn't wait to get started with this book. The beginning showed lots of promise and at one point I even believed it would be a 5-star book. But then came the second half of the book. It's obvious that Florentyna's gonna run for president so I won't keep a spoiler alert here.

The second half is one among the t
Pankaj Goyal
This was my first Archer reading and, to be frank, I really got disappointed. While I had heard so many praises about Archer’s works, this is not what I generally prefer to read. This book certainly fell below my expectations. The book focuses on the life of Florentyna Rosnovski, the daughter of a Polish immigrant who builds his American dream. It is about how Florentyna becomes president of America. In fact, this book is more like reading a memoir. Florentyna is smart, intelligent and beautiful ...more
This book was absolutely amazing, especially when you consider that it is a sequel. I read Kane and Abel about five years ago now, but it all came back to me when I read the Prodigal Daughter. I love that it focused on a powerful woman in the real world, who happened to be the daughter of Polish immigrants and the heiress to a hotel fortune. The romance between Florentyna and Richard Kane seemed secondary to the plot of her ambitions and how she achieved them, which was refreshing. It was also f ...more
Jan 21, 2009 Sharee added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all adults
This was an inspiring book that gave me hope that all can acheive, even if our beginnings are difficult. It retaught me that we all need to look for the good in life, have great examples, a positive outlook, and always have hope.Florentyna shows over and over again that each of us has a hero inside. Her nanny, Miss Tredgold did for her what all of us want to do for those we love, to help us reach our greatest potential.
The ending! Damn it! Not that it's a cliffhanger or anything but it makes me wanna read the next book so much!

The book itself is thick; 100++ more pages than I usually read which took me longer to finish this book. The writing style is fine but since the book is about how a girl becomes a president, it feels like reading a memoirs instead of a pure storyline. It was written in too matter of fact.

But oh how i'm so glad reading the continous story of Kane and Abel. I can't remember at what point
Did not enjoy this sequel to Kane and Abel. So much of the book was a recap of what transpired in Kane and Abel and didn't even begin to do it justice. I also found Florentyna's presidential aspirations unbelievable and the book became of a linear representation of political campaigns which i found boring and completely uninspiring. Can't believe the two books were written by the same author.
This book is like an ode to Florentyna Kane. Smart, intelligent and beautiful, Florentyna Kane can do wrong. Even her political maneuverings are justified, so much so that the readers are made to believe that the sun shines right out of her. Moreover, the way in which she came to hold the post of the President was disappointing; it was almost too contrived.
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Jeffrey Howard Archer, Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare (born 15 April 1940) is an English author and former politician.

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
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Kane & Abel (3 books)
  • Kane and Abel (Kane and Abel, #1)
  • Shall We Tell the President? (Kane & Abel, #3)
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