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The Prodigal Daughter (Kane & Abel #2)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  23,668 Ratings  ·  514 Reviews
Kindle Edition, 500 pages
Published (first published 1982)
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Jeff Dicks I tend to agree with this assessment. I ended up enjoying it, but I probably shouldn't have read it immediately after finishing Kane & Abel as…moreI tend to agree with this assessment. I ended up enjoying it, but I probably shouldn't have read it immediately after finishing Kane & Abel as much of the first several chapters were rehashing Kane & Abel itself. I am reluctantly considering reading Shall We Tell The Preisdent later this year, but am not near as excited about it.

On the other hand, Prisoner Of Birth by Jeffrey Archer is outstanding. (less)
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Sep 07, 2011 Kyle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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
Dec 19, 2012 Vinti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 20, 2012 Piyush rated it it was ok  ·  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
Sep 16, 2012 Bev Wall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 18, 2010 Mandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 10, 2010 Mridula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Katy Noyes
Apr 01, 2016 Katy Noyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Kane and Abel a few months ago, after years of debating if I wanted to read Archer. I finally did (more than a decade after seeing it on the BBC Big Read Top 100), and loved it. I soon after discovered there was a sequel, concentrating on a protagonist's daughter and her rise to power.

I've enjoyed reading this too, though it's not quite as powerful in its use of modern history to tell the story, and though I love the characters and story, I don't really like Archer's style very much. Tha
Chanaka Hettige
Dec 14, 2015 Chanaka Hettige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Books written about geniuses always awe me. It's a pleasure walk my selves through their success and failure as they proceed in their fictional lives. Jeffery Archer is a author who never fail to deliver such narrtives and The Prodigal Daughter is nothing short of it.

After treating us with financial narrative in Kane and Abel, the second installment comes with a political narrative. It was my best choice to read the second book of the series a long time after the first book because the first ha
Michelle Harris
Sep 20, 2013 Michelle Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 22, 2013 Tracy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 01, 2013 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: used-paperback
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
Oct 17, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 Grundling
Apr 28, 2013 Julia Grundling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 17, 2014 Mary McFarren rated it it was amazing

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
Jul 08, 2014 Marianne Stehr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 08, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 17, 2016 Jeanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Kane and Abel continues to the next generation. Well written story covering many years, with the main characters following their dreams. Sad at times, happy at times, a bit too political at times (for me, anyway). Loved the ending--6 out of 10.
Apr 26, 2014 Marian rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read this until just now enjoyed it and again Jeffery Archer kept me glued to the story
Helene Slowik
Jan 31, 2015 Helene Slowik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oprf-book-club
good story with good characters
Wendy Kendall
Nov 02, 2014 Wendy Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  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
Jul 10, 2014 Nirali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
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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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“Pride has never been a virtue. There are some occasions on which it is wise to remain silent.” 6 likes
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