No one tells a story like Jeffery Archer. And no one ends a story like him either. In ‘Only Time Will Tell’, Archer takes you back to 1919, an era he has written about multiple times with success. The book starts with the story of Harry Clifton who lives in relative poverty in Bristol. His mother is a war widow and his uncle is a dockyard worker. Fortune shines when Harry gets a scholarship to a prestigious boys’ school. His life will never be the same again.
Older benevolent characters trying to uplift a boy from a meager background, the high class rich friend, an enterprising parent, a powerful secret adversary – these are all mainstays of Jeffery Archer’s books. But don’t worry, the story is gripping enough that you don’t ‘analyze’ while you’re reading it. These are the signature style of Jeffery Archer, and you will know what I mean if you’ve read his other masterpieces like Kane and Abel or As the Crow Flies to name two.
This book is the first in a three part series, with the final one just released in April 2013. If you haven’t read this book yet, I recommend getting the second one – The Sins of the Father – and the third one – Best Kept Secret – and reading all three in a row. And there is an epic you don’t want to miss.