This Was a Man
The Clifton Chronicles #7
Historical Fiction (Adult)
St. Martin's Press
November 8th 2016
In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife Karin from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game?
Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus, while his wife Emma completes her ten years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.
Sebastian Clifton becomes chairman of Farthings Kaufman bank, but only after Hakim Bishara has to resign for personal reasons. Sebastian and Samantha's talented daughter Jessica is expelled from the Slade School of Fine Art, but her aunt Grace comes to her rescue. Meanwhile, Lady Virginia is about to flee the country to avoid her creditors when the Duchess of Hertford dies, and she sees another opportunity to clear her debts and finally trump the Cliftons and Barringtons.
So it took me some time to pick up this book even though I love this series and author. But better late… right?
Again Archer puts down a masterpiece, just the only thing which annoyed me was (spoiler alert): everything the characters touch turns out to be gold. It’s about winners and Archer obviously believes in “if you work hard for it you’ll get what you want”, “money does not buy happiness” is something he never heard of obviously.
This motto is soaked through this book, which gets very predictable… I understand he does not want his characters to end up in the gutter but there could have been a better balance IMHO. Therefor just 3 stars, sadly.
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