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Only Time Will Tell

Only Time Will Tell

Large Print - 2011
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A New York Times Bestselling Author -- 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 learned about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him in the shipyard once he's left school. But then an unexpected gift wins Harry a scholarship to an exclusive boys' school, and his life will never be the same again.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. :, Thorndike Press,, 2011.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410441997
Branch Call Number: LT FIC ARCH
Characteristics: 627 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
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May 06, 2021

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Feb 06, 2021

I truly enjoyed this first in a series of The Clifton Chronicles - enough so that I have put a call out on the next two! I definitely want to know what happens next for all of the characters - there are so many threads going and none is less important or interesting than another!

bobbehull Feb 28, 2020

First in a series, followed by Sins of the father; Best Kept secret, etc.

Feb 15, 2020

G - 02/15/20

Jul 30, 2019

Am enjoying reading this story. Just wish that EPL was not forced to purchase the U.S. publications. Just wish the U.S. publishers did not find it necessary to translate U.K. spellings to U.S. spellings.

Apr 27, 2019

first in series

Aug 07, 2018

Jeffrey Archer knows how to spin a good yarn, but I was disappointed with this one. It’s basically a good story - but it’s trite. Everyone and everything seems to come together to help the young hero. It just isn’t very realistic. I know this is the beginning of a series, but I won’t bother with the sequels.

esillius Jun 01, 2017

The whole series is amazing but the first book, as is most often the case, is the best. Character development is important to me and all of the many characters in this ensemble case are flushed out well. I appreciate that the chapters alternate between characters so we get a strong focus on each but get right back to a different character in time before you forget anything. I also found that I learned a lot about history, which is always a plus!

Mar 08, 2017

Enjoyed most of the way through.

Jun 16, 2016

Our June choice was Only Time Will Tell, by Jeffrey Archer. This novel, the first in a series, covers the period from 1919 up to the start of WW2, but the entire set of seven will span almost 100 years.
The story is told as a series of overlapping points of view, where eight sections cycle through six different characters, with each one introducing their own chapter. At first we found this slowed the pace down, as each key event is re-examined through other eyes, but it did add important motivations and extra depth to everyone. The setting ranges from the dockyards to private schools, and the people from labourers to aristocrats. There are a number of smaller characters and sub-plots running through this story too, but they are all well done and are necessary to support such a long and complex series. We did find at times that the complex interweaving of characters and events was filled with a few too many coincidences, but we still enjoyed it and gave a rating of 4.5/5. I'm looking forward to book #2.

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