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From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, 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 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 introductory novel in Archer's ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler's Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

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    Jeffrey Archer never fails with his riveting page turners they just keeps you going. Throughout the whole trilogy the twists and turns and wanting to find out what happens next I could not put the book down, but that's how all his novels are. You get caught up emotionally with the characters and join the roller coaster ride. Wait till you read the last page of this trilogy Best Kept Secret!!

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    Archer does it again!!!

    I picked up this book in paper form - didn't realize it was part of a series. Now I can't wait (a) to read the previous novels in the series and, but especially, (b) for the next novel in the series to come out. Talk about a cliff-hanger ending. Definitely a good read.

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    A great book. I could not put it down. The story is well written, and its a page turner. You feel like you are in the book relating with all the characters.

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    Only Time willtell

    Jeffery Archer always succeeds in keeping me captivated. Wonderful characters and great storryline, I can't wait to open the cover of the second book.

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    Only Time Will Tell

    Great read! I look forward to the next! This book takes you from Europe to North America, peace time to war with a dash of intrigue and unrequited love. Compelling!

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