Kudos Lord Archer for this powerful piece of work. Keep building and you will surely capture the hearts and minds of many more readers before too long. Nov 05, S. I began reading this book a few days after having read its predecessor. Although it was enjoyable in parts, i must say that i didnt feel all those 'wow' moments I experienced in 'Only Time Will Tell. Second, the Prisoner's Diary bit is already a borrowed theme from Jeffery Archer's non fiction chronicle of his exp I began reading this book a few days after having read its predecessor.
Second, the Prisoner's Diary bit is already a borrowed theme from Jeffery Archer's non fiction chronicle of his experiences. Third, knowing that there is a third book coming, one could predict the tied vote in Parliament, but it is a let down for someone who may not want to go further with the trilogy only to find out about the vote.
It is as though Jeffery has asked us all to wait through a long commercial break. Many may have forgotten the first one by then. But even accepting commercial logic perspectives, my problem is with the content novelty. Do I detect a struggle to put in a number of smaller stories for the bulk? Strangely, I enjoyed Hugo Barrington more than the protagonists, he remained true to himself until the end.
In any case I did finish it in one sitting, which speaks for the stickiness factor characteristic of Jeffery Archer. But then, when you've read all his books, you can think like him at times and anticipate his twists now. Looking for a real pencil-chewing Sudoku in the next one Jun 10, Tempe Lohmeyer rated it liked it Shelves: don-t-forget-it-s-a-series. I honestly don't know what to tell you. If I classify this under "beach reads" something quick and easy to read , then it's probably more 4 stars.
But for a engrossing, well-written generational saga, it's more like a 2. There is nothing new or notable about the plot: son of a dock worker is smart, lovable, and deserving of a chance to a good education in pre-WWII England. He befriends the richest family in the region's son and the t How to rate Jeffrey Archer's "The Clifton Chronicles" series? He befriends the richest family in the region's son and the two best buddies stand by one another through the years and family drama from Book 1: Only Time Will Tell.
Fast forward to Book 2 The Sins of the Father and all the characters have split apart due to war and more family drama, but thankfully they are all so intelligent and so brave that they find their way through a war and two continents to reunite. Still, no one can live happily ever after because So even though I felt the good characters were all sooooo good and the bad characters were nothing but bad and you read about the SAME FIVE YEARS from three or four points of view which gets irritating, especially in Book 1 , I still read both books in the series continuously for 10 hours and didn't put them down.
Not sure where that leaves me - the simplicity of the plot and the black and white of the characters drove me crazy and yet I read both nonstop. Two thumbs up if you're on the beach, but maybe not so much if you were hoping for an epic family saga. This is the second of the Clifton Chronicles series. We catch up with Harry Clifton as he disembarks the Kansas Star in America,only to be promptly arrested for murder.
And now he's in a mess. Meanwhile Emma Barrington, Harry's love and mother to his son, has embarked on a quest to find out what happened to Harry. Her quest leads her to the States,where she finds she is truly out of her element as she This is the second of the Clifton Chronicles series.
Her quest leads her to the States,where she finds she is truly out of her element as she wends her way through the brash new world that is New York City. Well, you need to read the first book in the series, Only Time Will Tell. This is not a stand alone book. You need the background or you will be lost through most of the book. Lord Archer's attention to detail is a double edged sword. While I appreciate the details that help me understand the ins and out of English society, the droning on and on about who was going to inherit the family title in the last pages made me do some serious skimming.
I did appreciate the humor in Emma's experiences in NYC. The colloquial and societal differences made for some much needed humor in a tense but drawn out situation, as she tries to find out what happened to Harry. I look forward to continuing the series. Jeffrey Archer is a master at bringing history to life. Thank you to St. Martin's Publishing through Goodreads for opportunity to read this.
I received this through a Goodreads giveaway. Well, this was one rip snorting ride that Jeffrey Archer has given us. I have read so many family sagas from the likes of Trollope, Delderfield, Follett and Susan Howatch, and this series is as good as, if not better than those works. Called the Clifton Chronicles, this is the story of the Clifton and Barrington families and there are more plot twists and excitement than one person can describe.
A fast reading book, this book is divided up into sections based on the Characters in the book and fol Well, this was one rip snorting ride that Jeffrey Archer has given us. A fast reading book, this book is divided up into sections based on the Characters in the book and follows them through their respective sections. Chapters are pages in length and the book moves quickly sometimes a bit too quickly through the World War 2 years and all the intrigue that involves the family.
You really need to begin this series with the first book because, unlike some other authors, Archer moves quickly into action mode and does not recap what happened as thoroughly, as other writers, what happened in the prior book. I had read Book 1 about 2 year ago and found myself floundering a bit at the beginning of this book the first 20 pages until I just started reading and not worrying what had happened previously. I now have all the other books in this series, and as soon as I finish this review I will begin Book 3 on my Kindle - these books are that good and the stories are that engrossing!
If you have not read Archer he is quite a colorful character in his own right and so it should come as not surprise that his books are great and fun reads. Jun 11, Jenny rated it liked it. For whatever reason I did not enjoy volume 2 of the Clifton Chronicles as much. I LOVED the first one as evidenced by my 5-star rating and this one didn't quite live up to my exceptions.
I have a few theories as to why this is When I first saw that this book was coming out in May, I was very surprised and happy, as the first one was published in August. I guess it is not as short of a window as I thought, but typically it is about a year between books bring published in a series, assuming th For whatever reason I did not enjoy volume 2 of the Clifton Chronicles as much.
I guess it is not as short of a window as I thought, but typically it is about a year between books bring published in a series, assuming they are not all already written. I noticed a few typos in this one for all I know there were typos in the 1st that I didn't catch and in general it just felt a little more rushed to me. The first book covered a large span of time and lot of Harry's growing-up years. I LOVE generational books where we following characters as they grow, age and mature. Harry is such a lovely character to follow I was just swept in to his story watching him grow up in book 1.
This books takes place over just a couple years, when Harry is technically already an adult, and I think that made me not quite enjoy it as much. The stories also all felt a little flat. Definitely a few interesting things happen, but in general it just was not as great in my opinion as the first. I definitely plan to keep reading as the rest come out though!! Jeffrey Archer has topped bestseller lists worldwide, with book sales of over million copies. The Sins of the Father is the second in his five-book Clifton Chronicles saga. Written in the perfect family saga tradition, Archer is comfortably in his element.
Harry Clifton arrives in the United States in In prison, he turns to books as a way to preserve his sanity. After a few months of hell, Jeffrey Archer has topped bestseller lists worldwide, with book sales of over million copies. After a few months of hell, and some clever manipulation, he starts working in the library. He writes The Diary of a Convict, and this allows him to write down his truth. He has a record of who he really is and what really happened, and it allows Emma Barrington, the love of his life, to find him. The novel ends in with a twist in the tale as all good Archer novels do.
If you enjoy family sagas, you will love The Sins of the Father. Apr 11, Natasa rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , england. Just like the first book, this one, captIvates the reader. The plot even though tied to the first book, has twists of its own. The technique of dedicating a chapter, within a timeframe, to each character, makes it easy to follow the plot. The second episode of the Clifton saga covers the war years, an extraordinary period for all the players.
Good stuff, the narrative races along in a very readable style. Apr 12, Toni Osborne rated it really liked it. Archer continues the Clifton Chronicles with a plot-driven story that begins hastily with Harry Clifton in prison detailing his experiences after he had switched identities with Lt. Tom Bradshaw who died when his ship was sunk by a U-boat. Archer is a canny and experienced author that has made his sequel complete in itself without the benefit of what has happened before. The story spans the years of World War 11 with the family drama of the Cliftons and the Barringtons continuing at top speed.
This is an attention grabber from the start plunging us into the action, shifting points of views between 5 characters and peeling layers after layers of the story in every chapter. The narrative is divided into sections by character and we follow each one as the years move on during the war. All are strongly connected to Harry, the central character. The war is at the forefront and we have a few combat scenes which are vividly described and exciting.
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While, back in England the other characters are caught up in their own melodrama. It is quite captivating to follow them. Archer puts a cunning twist in the very last paragraph…and, yes, we're left with another cliff-hanger, right at the end, as we're awaiting a decision from the House of Lords….. I am curious to see what will come out of this family drama. Follow Harry Clifton and his friends and family from to Although this is the second book in The Clifton Chronicles series, it can be read as a standalone. I liked how Jeffrey used the same format for this book as he did in the first.
Each character had chapters written from their point of view, so you as the reader get the whole story, as opposed to the characters who only get a snip. I liked how Jeffrey gently gave you the backstory, so that if you had not read the first book, you were Follow Harry Clifton and his friends and family from to I liked how Jeffrey gently gave you the backstory, so that if you had not read the first book, you were not left in the dark. Also if it had been awhile since you had read the first book, then your memory will be refreshed, which gives added value to the story.
I liked The Sins of the Father more than the first book. I thought the plot was far better and I liked that Harry and his contemporaries were now adults rather than teenagers. I liked how the book progressed and I was unsure how the story would unfold.
I found this novel to be a pleasant read. Character development was very good, regardless whether the person was a good or bad guy. I found The Sins of the Father to be a comfortable read. Although it was set in times well before I was born, it had dilemmas etc that are still relevant today. This book kept me entertained and I am pleased that I purchased a copy. I thought the writing was of good quality and it captured mood, very well indeed.
Aug 13, Barbara Senteney rated it it was amazing. Enjoyed very much the story of Keisha and Gabriella, sisters who have never met. Keisha's mother gets ill and send a letter to the man who is Keisha's father. Since Keisha's mother is a whore Keisha only found out about her father at age 14, with the aid of Mr.
Stanley a teacher. It cost Keisha way more than she bargained for to get this information. Gabriella and Keisha are polar opposites , Keisha being raised by a single mother who turns tricks for a living, and Gabriella who also lost her mot Enjoyed very much the story of Keisha and Gabriella, sisters who have never met.
Gabriella and Keisha are polar opposites , Keisha being raised by a single mother who turns tricks for a living, and Gabriella who also lost her mother but was raised by her father. Upon her mothers death Elijah Wilson shows Gabriella the letter from Keisha's mother along with a picture of Keisha, who is the spitting image of their father. Keisha has little, a beat up truck that barely runs but can be slept in a few clothes and a blanket of her mothers as a remembrance. Gabriella, has it all , a loving husband named Mauricio , a daughter named Bella, her own company , and a best friend named Regan.
Regan and Mauricio do not trust this new found sister. Gabriella just wants to know Keisha, and Keisha just wants everything her sister has, minus the best friend.
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Elijah wants to make up for lost time. Who will get their just deserts? I wanted to add I would love to read all the books in this series, so far I know the first one was called Lust, I can't wait to read more. Two sisters raised by two very different parents. Two very different lifestyles. Keisha who was raised in Whitehaven Arkansas and Gabrielle raised in California. Keisha mom was a lady of the night and on her deathbed decided tp write keishas father so he can take care of her after shes gone. Even though it was a shock to Gabrielle family they welcomed her with open arms.
Not knowing the envy that Keisha has in heart. I liked her in the beginning but by the end I truly felt sorrry for Keisha. The life she lived and the thing she endured.
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This was a great book and I can't wait for book 3. Jul 28, Dee Cherry rated it it was amazing Shelves: paperback , deadly-sins-series. Good storyline with a touch of suspense as the plot thickened. Well rounded characters. Bella was a doll. Regan was a good friend overall. Storyline held my interest as I completed this book in less than 1 day. Good read. Keisha suffered some significant trauma in her life. Keisha desired to know her father and an opportunity presented itself when her mother died.
Not only did Keisha learn about her father, but she also gained a sister as well. This story reveals the difference between the upbringing of the two sisters. Regan and Mauricio had their suspicions about the family addition based on some action and behavior. Elijah tries to develop a relationship with his new daughter, but does she want a relationship with him. Bella triggered some dark secrets Keisha tried to suppress. Read the book to find out why those two are so loyal to each other. I truly enjoyed reading this book; it is a page-turner.
There are times I wanted to cuss characters out and times I cried with them. Envy was an emotional story where the flashback allowed you to connect with the characters and show empathy. We learned: the meaning of sisterhood displayed between sisters and sister-friends, tested marriages, pain, forgiveness, motherhood, and trust. I have mixed feeling about how the story ends; I do not know what I would do until I am their shoes. I guess. Enjoy the story. Feb 12, Dedria A. Victoria Christopher Murray has made a name for herself with stories of women in the black community, and with a publishing house, Brown Girls Books, that celebrates those stories and their authors.
Envy is about a newly formed family: a widowed truck driver, his super successful daughter Gabrielle, and Keisha, his daughter conceived at a truck stop with a prostitute. From Victoria Christopher Murray has made a name for herself with stories of women in the black community, and with a publishing house, Brown Girls Books, that celebrates those stories and their authors.
From that beginning, the Wilson family attempts to start again. What the members, including Gabrielle's husband and five-year-old daughter, and best friend, Regan, and celebrity, Justus, don't get, is how wide the gap between the new relative and themselves. Thus the conflicts build up with a push from the new relative. A key scene occurs in church where the sermon points out the difference between envy and jealousy, but the wrong people are listening.
This book reminds the reader of the delusions that people have about success and how it is achieved. As well, it is a reminder that all black people are not the same and that a true culture gap exists. But aside from those what matters most her is the real dynamic of interpersonal relationships and how difficult it is for people to remember they are loved. Jan 12, Literary Jewels rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Envy tells the story of Gabrielle Wilson a woman who has it all but a family secret is revealed that changes everything and everyone. When Keisha joins the family it is all good until it is not any longer and you see a side of her that you did not know existed. She's sneaky and conniving but at the same time, you feel sorry for her as she is a Envy is the second novel in the Seven Deadly Sins series by Victoria Christopher Murray.
She's sneaky and conniving but at the same time, you feel sorry for her as she is a result of her parent's irresponsible choices. It is almost as if you love her and then you hate her but nonetheless Murray has cleverly woven together a storyline that keeps you engrossed. There is a fine line between where jealousy and being envious lives but forgiveness exists there too.
Kudos for a good read! Jan 11, Hulean Lani rated it really liked it. I understood the feelings of envy which resonated with Keisha. I definitely saw Reagan view point, to protect her sister, best friend and partner. What bothered me was the family, from the beginning that were naive and opened their doors and heart with ever really thing about the life Keisha lead or investigating her history. Immediately these successful individuals were too trusting. When ever thing was falling apart,Gabe still could not see the truth and was willing to champion a stranger more I understood the feelings of envy which resonated with Keisha.
When ever thing was falling apart,Gabe still could not see the truth and was willing to champion a stranger more then listen to her best friend. The jealous.. In the last chapter, the author motion that an ulterior motive was given Wish it was the epilogue. Also that the epilogue was A few years later.
A great book Which shows prematurely that forgiveness comes when love and understanding happens. Nov 30, Kim Melikian rated it it was amazing. As usual this author never disappoints. Envy is about Keisha Jones finding and meeting her father and sister. Keisha was told by her mother that she didn't have a father, but Keisha learned in school that everyone has father. Keisha finds out who her father is in high school and it's not until her mother passes when her father comes in to her life. Keisha has known who her sister is by looking her up through on social media.
Keisha wants to live like her sister Gabby. Her sister, Gabby, has eve As usual this author never disappoints. Her sister, Gabby, has everything that Keisha wants. What will Keisha do to get what Gabby has? Read the book to find out the answer. I really had empathy for Keisha when she was telling what she went through to get her father's information. I was hoping the story line will include what happen to the person that help her get her father's information.
Diane left the village once more alone and soon entered into a petty argument with a group of knights called the Knights of the Golden Wheats , who had discriminated against her for being a giant. Meliodas stopped them, then questioned Diane if she was frightened; his having treated her as he would, a normal girl of his size made her feel as though she was his size, i.
When Diane arrived at the village, Dolores was revealed to have been killed by mountain bandits on a bodyguard job. After Diane learned that Matrona was the one who sent Dolores, she punched her in anger, upset knowing her friend would rather die, than wanting to fight. The day after, Diane and Matrona were hired by the Knights of Liones as mercenaries to help in taking down foreign savages.
This was all a ruse however, as the knights' true objective was Matrona, looking to gain reputation and prestige for taking her down. Diane and Matrona engaged in a battle against the traitorous Holy Knights. In the midst of the brawl, a poisonous arrow was about to hit Diane, but Matrona took the arrow in her place, severely crippling the Giant warrior chief.
Despite being weakened by the arrow, Matrona used the last of her strength to take down Gannon and other Holy Knights before supposedly dying. Diane mourned for Matrona's death before being captured by the Knights of Liones and arrested under false crimes. She was sentenced to capital punishment under the pretense of killing Matrona out of envy, along with the deaths of other Holy Knights to an attempt to silence all witnesses.
As her punishment was read aloud, Diane was saved at the last moment by Meliodas who gained legal custody over her. Sometime after this, Diane officially became a member of the Seven Deadly Sins and became acquainted and friendly with all the other members, including King, with whom she did not remember or recognize at all. While on a mission to wipe out a group of vampires who had taken over Edinburgh castle, Diane, who was partnered with King, were suddenly weakened due to a drunken Ban's deliberate use of Snatch and as a result, the two had a hard time in battle against two Vampires, Mod and Ganne until they were saved by Gowther who had made the two vampires believe he was a part of their family and started to kill and attack one another.
Diane and King were soon upset over Gowther for not coming sooner, who revealed he wanted to make it exciting. The Seven Deadly Sins, including Diane, were summoned to a castle to meet the Great Holy Knight Zaratras sometime after defeating the troll queen and, at the same time, destroyed the Great Druid Altar. On their way, Diane speculated that the Great Holy Knight might reward them in their last mission, though Merlin predicted that it'll be a scolding from their superior.
When they find him dead, they are ambushed by all the Holy Knights in the kingdom  , with Diane later being able to escape and reach the Forest of White Dreams , where she forced the indigenous Prankster Imps to hide her, lest she goes on a rampage. As a member of the Seven Deadly Sins, Diane is shown to be incredibly strong. She was able to punch the ground and use it to stop a horde of bugs from destroying a town.
Matrona, who trained her all her life, said that Diane had the potential to become the strongest warrior of the entire Giant Clan. After passing the trial, her connection to the earth increased to where she can increase her power farther while dancing. Drole himself believed that eventually, she will become a greater ruler of the Giant Clan than himself because her love made her stronger than mere combat power.
Immense Strength : Since she's a giant, Diane is able to perform staggering feats of strength, able to clash with the likes of Meliodas in terms of strength and even break through barriers capable of withstanding meteors with a single punch. She can swing a war hammer with a weight of kg Pounds. Enhanced Speed : Using her strength, Diane is actually incredibly fast and agile, however, due to her giant size this speed is reduced to nil, but when shrunken to human size her speed increases and is able to dodge rapid arrows shot by a foe of similar ability such as Gowther.
Immense Endurance : Due to being a giant, Diane is able to withstand several mortal blows, such as being pierced through the shoulder and thigh and still move fast enough to save citizens from collapsing buildings, and still retain consciousness even after losing blood and taking a further beating. Enhanced Durability : Being a giant, few attacks are powerful enough to actually cause grievous harm to Diane, and she can shrug off all but the most powerful attacks from Holy Knights.
In her human size, Gowther assessed her strength level to be at Diane and Meliodas are both members of the Seven Deadly Sins.
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She often gets very jealous of other girls who she suspects of having a close relationship with the captain and deals with it by raging at him. However, her feelings of love toward Meliodas disappeared as she regained her memories of King, thus falling in love with the fairy. She still shows respect and care for Meliodas afterwards.
After passing her trial and learning about Meliodas and Elizabeth's curse, Meliodas comforted Diane who felt bad for not knowing, and in turn Diane became all the more protective and supportive of both him and Elizabeth as her friends. Diane and Ban are both members of the Seven Deadly Sins. They are generally friendly with each other and are shown to have a teasing relationship. They tend show a bit of rudeness to each other when they converse.
They are shown to have strength rivalries by arm wrestling, which Diane is shown winning by using only a finger.
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Despite their rivalry, Diane is shown to care for Ban, getting upset when he didn't wear the new outfit she and King bought for him. Ban is aware of Diane's abilities and is shown to worry twice over her raging. Diane and King are both members of the Seven Deadly Sins. When she encountered him after ten years, she was shown to be happy to see him and didn't appear to be aware of King's love for her.
When Diane was a child, she spent five hundred years playing and forming a deep friendship with King after she had rescued his unconscious body from a river. While playing a game, King promises to grant Diane a wish if she could catch him. After winning, Diane asks King if he loves her. After saying yes, Diane asks him to love her forever, to which he agrees.
However, King begins to regain his memories and has to go back to his home. He breaks his promise of not leaving her after he doesn't come back, leading to her memories of her time with him being erased. After King saved her from Helbram, Diane began to regain her memories of their past and her love for Meliodas was replaced with King. When King went missing, Diane grew upset and began to cry, as she wanted to tell him how she feels. She claimed that she would die of loneliness if he were gone.
It is believed that Diane still loved King even when her memories were erased, but she could not recall King at the time and loved Meliodas in King's place. Diane and Gowther are both members of the Seven Deadly Sins. They are fairly friendly with each other. There was an instance where Gowther revealed her true height to the other Sins, and she grew very upset at him, calling him a jerk. After finding out Gowther erased Guila and Zeal's memories of each other, Diane became furious and battled the Goat sin.
Gowther erased Diane's memories using Lost World. When she regained her memories and returned to the other sins, Gowther began regaining his own. When he tried to use Lost World on himself out of fear for the new feelings, Diane stopped him and encouraged him to let them come.