‘Only Time Will Tell’ is yet another masterpiece from the stable of Jeffrey Archer and the first installment of the Clifton Chronicles. The novel which begins with these words ‘This story would never have been written if I hadn’t become pregnant. .. .’ is sure to captivate the readers to read more and more until the last page is turned.
Harry Clifton has never met his father for he was dead long before he was born. But why? This mystery never seems to leave his mind ever since. Every single question on his father is dealt with an unusual answer – ‘Your father died on the Front fighting for the country.’ But young Harry knew that it could not be true after he learned mathematics. He was born in 1920 but the Great War ended in 1919. This mystery seemed to be unnerving.
Our hero, Harry belongs to a very poor family living in the back lanes of Bristol and his mother a young widow takes on a variety of jobs to ensure that her son gets the best of education.
Harry Clifton has an Uncle Stan who knows the truth to his father’s mysterious disappearance but is simply not willing to divulge the information. What is Harry only left with is one Old Jack Tar, a Boers War veteran and a Victoria Cross holder. But he too is somewhat of a less-divulge-of-information type and never tells Harry about his past. At the same time he captivates Harry’s imagination with his talk on a vast array of subjects which inspires our young man to stop bunking school and pay more attention in studies than being a docker in the Bristol Shipyard. Sounds a bit familiar?
The teen years of our Harry saw his best friend’s sister, Emma Barrington falling in love with him and so from there begins another beautiful story of our Harry and Emma. He eventually made into Oxford University but had to leave the course midway to join Britain’s forces during the World War I, which had been declared. He decided to follow the footsteps of his father and serve the nation in the Navy. He needs experience and so joined a cargo ship. The German U Boats are out in the Atlantic Ocean ready to strike any British ships. Unfortunately for Harry his vessel was the target on a moonless night. Was he able to save himself? Who was Tom Bradshaw who looked like him but was an American? Why was Tom arrested by the police? If you want to know the answers then read the masterpiece from Jeffrey Archer to find out.
If Harry Potter failed to captivate you with his Tom Marvolo Riddle set back and enjoy this Harry Clifton with Tom Bradshaw to do the magic.
Verdict – A must read. Great novel. Truly a Masterpiece.