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Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer
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Only Time Will Tell by Jeffery Archer is the first book of The Clifton Chronicles. The story begins from Harry’s perspective in 1920. Harry never knew his father but was told that he was killed in the Great War. Harry was expected to work on the docks when he finished school, but an unexpected gift got him a scholarship to an exclusive school. As Harry matures, he learns the awful truth about how his father really died leaving him wondering, Was he even his father? Was Harry 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?
I enjoyed reading Only Time Will Tell by Jeffery Archer. Archer’s high quality writing is detailed, interesting, emotional, and unpredictable. The viewpoint of the story switches among the main characters where each section for a character starts off with a first-person narrative, and then switches to a third-person narrative for that character. This type of writing resulted in overlaps that can cause confusion while at the same time giving you a deeper understanding of the events. Every character's development impacted the plot in a unique way. The plot was overall interesting but there were a few spots where it was boring so I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars. The story ends with a twist that leads into the second book which has not been released yet.
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