What I’m Reading: The Clifton Chronicles

I’ve been working my way through the Clifton Chronicles by Jeffery Archer.  From what I know, it’s a three part story starting with Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles)
then goes to The Sins of the Father (The Clifton Chronicles).



The stories take place in England.  The whole series reminds me of something that would have been a “made for television series” back in my day.

Here’s what Amazon has to say about the first book, “The first novel in the Clifton Chronicles, an ambitious new series that tells the story of a family across generations and oceans, from heartbreak to triumph, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jeffrey Archer.  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 and expects to continue on at the shipyard, until a remarkable gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again…As Harry enters into adulthood, he 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, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line? From the ravages of the Great War and the docks of working-class England to the streets of 1940 New York City and the outbreak of the Second World War, this is a powerful journey that will bring to life one hundred years of history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.”

The stories are good but a tad slow like those old epic series were.  I’ve read the first two and have the third book Best Kept Secret (Clifton Chronicles) on my waiting list.

Amazon gives the first two books 4.5 stars and the last one 4 stars.

When I read the first book I was a little shocked at the ending as the book just more or less stops with little conclusion.  That’s when I realized it was a series and I immediately got the next book.  This is a series that you’d need to read in order.

All in all..so far, good books.

1 thought on “What I’m Reading: The Clifton Chronicles

  1. Lisa B in AK

    Sounds like a series of books I would enjoy. Unfortunately my local and online libraries only have the last book in the series. Why do libraries do that?!?!

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