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The Prodigal Daughter Hardcover – Jul 1 1982


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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; First Edition edition (July 1 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340276878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340276877
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,485,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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IT HAD NOT been an easy birth, but then for Abel and Zaphia Rosnovski nothing had ever been easy, and in their own ways they had both become philosophical about that. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jroucka on Jan. 4 2014
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I hate when authors use a very successful, previously published book, to repeat the same story under a new title. If you read "Kane and Abel" you do not need to buy this book. I feel betrayed by mister Archer after reading and loving his early books.
Beware of the recently published book "The best kept secret". Do not buy it!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Klein on April 12 2004
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I thought KANE AND ABEL was one of the best books I'd ever read, so I was eagerly anticipating THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER. Although it falls a shade short of the greatness of its predecessor, this is still an outstanding novel that reveals more about the characters I had come to love in the first book.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee on Dec 6 2003
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The Prodigal Daughter is the second book in the Kane and Abel trilogy. It goes back in time to the childhoods and lives of the daughter of Abel Rosnovski, Florentyna, and the son of William Kane, Richard. She is an intelligent young lady with high ambitions from the start. The Prodigal Daughter has a lot of politics involved in it, with Florentyna trying to become the president of the United States. Of course, her being a woman and extremely rich will make her face difficulties, but she fights against all odds.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 31 1998
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I found this book to be very much up to Archer's standards. To me this book was every bit as captivating as his first. This is a wonderful read for almost anyone interested in history, politics, or just in search of a great book.
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By joeyrou on June 17 2014
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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. I was fascinated with the story of her family and the trials and tribulations that they faced.
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By Mary Villanyi on June 2 2014
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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 politis
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By Colin on July 29 2012
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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.
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By A Customer on Dec 15 2003
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I first read "Kane & Abel" also by J. Archer, this one book was so good that even though I know that second parts are not as good as first parts I wanted to read it.
This turn out to be an incredibly disapointing book, so much that I had to make a huge effort to keep reading and dont put the book on the trash.
More than half of the book only repeats what we already knew from "Kane & Abel", and the rest was just the worst plot ever.
How can someone writte so well first and then just be the worst writter ever?
I just regret to have buy this book in the first place.
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