Book Review - Cometh The Hour

by Jeffrey Archer (MacMillan) ISBN:  9781466867505 

Jeffrey Archer has written another page-turner of note. Famous for his inter-generational sagas, this is the sixth in a series of seven. 

Cometh The Hour continues the story of the Cliftons and the Barringtons, starting with the end of a court case between Mrs Emma Clifton (who should have a number of titles surrounding her name) and Lady Virginia Fenwick, who is no such thing. 

The lives of Emma, her husband Harry, Virginia, her ex-husband Giles, Emma and Harry’s son Sebastian continue to entertain, a bit like royalty splashed in vivid colour on the pages of a Hello magazine. 

King of the twist, master of the cliff-hanger (at the end of nearly every change of viewpoint and at the end of every novel), and commander of the superb action packed dialogue that leaves one gasping for breath at times, Archer does not disappoint. 

I am slightly relieved there is only one more book to come. 

Bev Bouwer


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The Sins of the Father

by Jeffrey Archer (Macmillan) ISBN: 9780230748231 

Jeffrey Archer has topped bestseller lists worldwide, with book sales of over 270 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 1939. As he leaves the ship, he is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, and sent to jail for 6 years.

In prison, he turns to books as a way to preserve his sanity. 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.

We are also afforded glimpses into the lives of Giles Barrington, Maisie Clifton and Hugo Barrington. The novel ends in 1945 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

Amanda Patterson

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