The Sins of The Father by Jeffrey Archer

12160906Genre: historical fiction (I’m guessing here – I’m not sure)

Blurb: (from Goodreads)On the heels of the international bestseller Only Time Will Tell, Jeffrey Archer picks up the sweeping story of the Clifton Chronicles….

Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of long-buried family secrets, and forced to accept that his desire to marry Emma Barrington will never be fulfilled, has joined the Merchant Navy. But his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, drowning almost the entire crew. An American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a handful of sailors, among them Harry and the third officer, an American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry seizes on the chance to escape his tangled past and assumes his identity.

But on landing in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York. Without any way of proving his true identity, Harry Clifton is now chained to a past that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape.

What I liked: I listened to this book and it was read by Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox and they did a very nice job. Of the book itself, there were parts that were interesting, stories of the separate characters kept my interest. Archer made me care about each character, wanting to know more but…

What I didn’t like: …but the separate stories were not connected well physically (within the book)- it seemed disjointed. And the end, I would have voted it the worst ending of a book I had read in a long while but this was tempered somewhat when I found out this was the second in a 5 book series. Still, it was a poor ending, even for a series. I didn’t know this and hadn’t read the first book “Only Time Will Tell” but I’m not sure I will read it or the subsequent books. Maybe.

Rating: 3/5


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