We mentioned this book a few weeks ago when it first came out and now that we’ve all read it, we agree, it is deserving of our pick of the week title. It’s Jeffrey Archer’s Only Time Will Tell. It is the first in a new series (The Clifton Chronicles) that tells the story of one family across generations.
The story starts with 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 he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.
As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he 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?
This is a great book with a set of truly memorable characters that make the story come alive. We can’t wait for the next in this series!