The Prodigal Daughter Hardcover – Jul 1 1982
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"Archer is one of the most captivating storytellers writing today. His novels are dramatic, fast moving, totally entertaining--and almost impossible to put down." --"Pittsburgh Press" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Jeffrey Archers mastery of characterization and white-knuckle suspense, combined with a gift for the ingenious plot twist, demonstrate why he is one of Britains best-selling authors. In this collection of audiobooks, a fine cast offers readings of some of the master storytellers most spellbinding work. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Some may argue that Jeffrey Archer cheats the reader since approximately the first 200 pages are a recap of KANE AND ABEL. However, instead of getting the story from the viewpoint of the two men, we see the events throught the eyes of Abel's daughter Florentyna and the added insight makes the second telling of the events highly worthwhile.
Florentyna Rosnovski is a formidable and unforgettable character. She endears herself to readers as a young girl through her relationship with her governess Miss Tredgold and her adventures from elementary school through college. Even the expected meeting with Richard Kane takes on new dimensions as they marry despite the deep rejection by both fathers.
It was after the initial marriage and career boom that I thought the book faltered slightly. Florentyna became too perfect, everything came too easily, and even the tragic events did not seem to touch her as I would have expected. However, her rise to fame and her battle to achieve her childhood ambition by becoming President of the United States is a page-turning read, one that will surely satisfy fans of KANE AND ABEL.
I like the book also because its protagonist is a woman. She was gifted with beauty and spirit but above all with an indomitable will. There's a lot of politics involved in this book but nonetheless a terrific book with a twist in the end. The rest of the story is filled with betrayals, political intrigues and suspense, some tragic incidents like Richard's death, follows the pursuit of Florentyna to reach the highest office of the country.
Most people are of the opinion that this book was better than Kane and Abel but I would anytime choose the latter over this book. Even though I put the heavily detailed politics in the book as a minus point, it is that very portion which gives life to the book. I recommend this book to all those who have already read Kane and Abel or even otherwise. This book rightly proves that Mr. Archer is a great storyteller.
Beware of the recently published book "The best kept secret". Do not buy it!!!
Life is good for this young heiress, privilage, a nanny, loving mother, college etc..., untill she is propositioned by an attractive man at Bloomingdales, where she works behind the counter, who keeps asking for gloves.
Her relationship with her loving but overbearing father turns upside down when she reveals to him that her lover is Richard Kane, son of his most hated enemy.
Suddenly out in the real world with the love of close college friends and mother, "Jessie" and Richard strike out on their own.
Florentyna soon finds out her real calling is politics and she soon starts off down the road that will see her obtain the highest office in the land, albeit with tragedy and a few revelations along the way.
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With what's happening politically in Canada and the US today (October 2015), the timing couldn't be better. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ben Harrison
Amazingly realistic, full of rebounds and, like the first book , superbly written. One of the best I have read over the past few years.Published 10 months ago by Bankerbiker
After the strong start with Kane and Abel this book bogs down the story. The opening overlap is far too extensive and the story line moves slowly toward the contrived ending. Read morePublished 12 months ago by aquinas
After the excellent intrigue of Kane and Abel, The Prodigal Daughter is a sad follow up. A far fetched attempt at portraying a woman's aspirations.Published 13 months ago by schnitz
I thought that this was a very good women's book as it showed what a brave and courageous woman can do if she has the drive.
This was a very good human interest story as well. Read more
I enjoyed this book. It was typical of Archer as he always writes a good tale. It also let you know a little more about American politisPublished 20 months ago by Mary Villanyi
this is a great story and certainly able to stand on its own but is made even more interesting if you read "Cane and Able" before hand.Published on July 29 2012 by Colin