The Prodigal Daughter [NOOK Book]

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With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel's daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president.

Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, ...
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With a will of steel, Polish immigrant Florentyna Rosnovski is indeed Abel's daughter. She shares with her father a love of America, his ideals, and his dream for the future. But she wants more to be the first female president.

Golden boy Richard Kane was born into a life of luxury. The scion of a banking magnate he is successful, handsome, and determined to carve his own path in the world-and to
build a future with the woman he loves.

With Florentyna's ultimate goal only a heartbeat away, both are about to discover the shattering price of power as a titanic battle of betrayal and deception reaches out from the past-a blood feud between two generations that threatens to destroy everything Florentyna and Richard have fought to achieve.
BONUS MATERIAL INCLUDED:  1st chapter of Jeffrey Archer’s newest novel SINS OF THE FATHER, coming May 2012.

SINS OF THE FATHER: 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.

On landing in America, however, Bradshaw quickly learns the mistake he has made, when he discovers what is awaiting him 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.


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Editorial Reviews

Nora Johnson
Mr. Archer substitutes tons of information for characterization and a breakneck pace for insights. It's all impossible: I longed for something to go wrong with Florentyna's Wonder Woman life, but hardly anything did. Still, for the most part I was very much behind Florentyna and will certainly vote for her. -- New York Times
From the Publisher
“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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429954099
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2004
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 18,626
  • File size: 712 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Archer

Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain’s House of Commons and fourteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections--including And Thereby Hangs a Tale, Kane and Abel, Paths of Glory and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

Biography

Few contemporary writers can lay claim to as many career highs and lows as Jeffrey Archer -- bestselling novelist, disgraced politician, British peer, convicted perjurer, and former jailbird. And whether you view his misfortunes as bad luck or well-deserved comeuppance depends largely on how you feel about this gregarious, fast-talking force of nature.

Born in London and raised in Somerset, Archer attended Wellington School and worked at a succession of jobs before being hired to teach Physical Education at Dover College. He gained admission to Brasenose College at Oxford, where he distinguished himself as a first-class sprinter and a tireless promoter, famously inveigling the Beatles into supporting a fundraising drive he spearheaded on behalf of the then-obscure charity Oxfam.

After leaving Oxford, Archer continued work as a fundraiser and ran successfully for political office. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1969 but was forced to step down in 1974 when he lost his fortune in a fraudulent investment scheme. He turned to writing in order to stave off bankruptcy. His first novel, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, was published in 1976 and became an instant hit. It was followed, in quick succession, by a string of bestsellers, including his most famous novel, Kane and Abel (1979), which was subsequently turned into a blockbuster CBS-TV miniseries.

On the strength of his literary celebrity, Archer revived his political career in 1985, serving as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The following year he was forced to resign over a scandal involving payment to a London prostitute. (He admitted paying the money, but denied vehemently that it was for sex.) In 1987, he sued a British tabloid for libel and was awarded damages in the amount of 500,000 pounds.

Despite the adverse publicity, Queen Elizabeth (acting on the advice of Prime Minister John Major) awarded Archer a life peerage in 1992. The Conservative Party selected him to run for Mayor of London in the 2000 election, but he withdrew from the race when perjury charges were brought against him in the matter of the 1987 libel trial. In 2001, he was convicted and served half of a four-year prison term. (He turned the experience into three bestselling volumes of memoir!) Since his release, Lord Archer has expressed no interest in returning to public office, choosing instead to concentrate on charity work and on his writing career.

Controversy has dogged Archer most of his adult life. Claims still circulate that he falsified his paperwork to gain entrance to Oxford; and, at various other times, he has been accused of shoplifting, padding expenses, insider trading, misappropriation of funds, and financing a failed coup d'état against a foreign government. Needless to say, all this has kept him squarely in the sights of the British tabloids.

Yet, for all the salacious headlines and in spite of lukewarm reviews, Archer remains one of Britain's most popular novelists. His books will never be classified as great literature, but his writing is workmanlike and he has never lost his flair for storytelling. In addition to his novels, he has also written short stories and plays. Clearly, in "art," as in life, Jeffrey Archer has proved himself an affable survivor.

Good To Know

Archer was once a competitive runner and represented Great Britain in international competition.

Regarding the sex scandal that ultimately landed her husband in prison, Lady Mary Archer, the author's wife of 35 years, told reporters that she was "cross" with her husband but that "we are all human and Jeffrey manages to be more human than most. I believe his virtues and talents are also on a larger scale."

The prison where Archer was transferred for carrying out his perjury sentence in October 2001 is a "low security" jail on the Lincolnshire coast, a facility known for raising high-quality pork. According to one authority, "It is considered to be a cushy little place."

After his "fall from grace," Archer counted former Conservative PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major among his many loyal supporters.

In the 1980s, Archer and his wife, Mary, purchased the Old Vicarage, Grantchester, a house associated with the poet Rupert Brooke.
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    1. Hometown:
      London and the Old Vicarage, Grantchester
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 15, 1940
    1. Education:
      Attended Brasenose College, Oxford, 1963-66. Received a diploma in sports education from Oxford Institute

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    Enjoyable Reading

    Although fictional, Archer has injected enough historical facts into his yarns that they almost mirror reality, this one was no exception. The Prodigal Daughter is the story of the rise of a first generation Polish American woman into the American educational, business and political systems. She aspires to become the first female President of the United States. The story gives the reader a small glimpse of the behind the scenes deals and deception rampant in American Politics. Easy and understandable but not a page turner; it is simply put, a good story.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

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    I noticed that this book was written a few years back. I hope it was in the best sellers list or even on Oprah's must read list.
    This is one of the most entertaining and compelling book I have had the pleasure of reading for quite some time. I love that the author introduced you to the main character from the time she was born to her presidency. I felt that I was there every step of the way. I think that Florentyne's success in her life was all due to the wonderful nanny who raised her, guided her, nutured her and devoted most of her life to make sure she stayed on course. The mother, Zaphia left all of the care of her child to the nanny. Which was a good thing. I admired Florentyne and Richard because they were both raised in a life of wealth and privelege and they used it and not abused it. Florentyne seemed to have the "Midas Touch" She was the definition of success. She was able to juggle family, husband, and a demanding career, and still come out on top. In reality, this is not possible. Something has to give.
    I felt she deserved to be elected president by the people's vote instead of being plucked off a golf course and being whisked off to the white house. She finally achieved her dream but under the circumstances she could not have forseen.
    Wonderful book, five star rating, highly recommended, Jeffrey Archer at his best!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Sequel to Kane and Abel. Two great books.

    I LOVE MY NOOK!!!!!!!! I recommend it to any reader.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2009

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    A most captivating continuing story of life in America.

    Another great novel by Jeffrey Archer. He is a mastermind in producing wonderful sagas in his captivation of great characters and plots. The "Prodigal Daughter" is a continuation of "Kane and Abel", and tells of how both the family's next generation comes alive in this tale.
    The history of America comes alive as the plot brings the families of two different families together to continue in their quest to live in America.
    The historical political background this author shows is mesmerizing to the readers. One feels they are truly in the political arena of this great nation.
    The heart warming character, Florentyna Kane, will become beloved by all who read about her honest and difficult travels to achieve her childhood goals. Florentyna's struggles, achievements, sadness, and happiness will keep you enthralled to the end.
    This book is so thrilling, dramatic, and romantic it was impossible to put the book down for even a minute. Many days passed as I had to put my life on hold as I finished reading this wonderful book with such a great plot.
    I recommend everyone to read this book and all previous and future books about the continuing story of this great American family from such different backgrounds. It was my pleasure to have read this book from cover to cover. It shows how anyone can make their place if they work hard enough into the annals of American history.

    Cherry Blossom

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Good

    Good

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Love this author!

    Glad that I was able to get this on my Nook tablet. Bought the actual book at an airport book store many years ago, and then proceeded to forget it on the plane when I landed. This is a must read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    Good story well told

    Jeffery Archer tells stories that span generations and in which the good wins but at a cost. This story is a fun read. There are some good insights into the immigrant experience of adjusting to America. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted to spend a day, sitting by a fire, reading an uplifting and interesting story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Awful...

    Looked foward to reading after finishing Kane & Abel and was so disappiinted I didn't even finish it!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    AWESOME,STUNNING,UNFORGETTABLE,THE BEST NOVEL EVER!

    I have read it last week and have already begun reading it again this morning,it seems as if am a part of the story(Edward Winchester).

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2002

    Couldn't wait for this one

    This is the sequal to Archer's most acclaimed book Kane and Abel and it does not disappoint the reader. It is the story Kane's daughter Florentyna. When she inherited her father's hotel chain there didn't seem much to strive for. But being rich is not the only important thing in life. There is power and there is obligation. Florentyna is striving to succeed at both. There are however enemies who could destroy her dream. Once again Archer intrigues the reader to the last page.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2001

    A great sequel

    Excellent!! I want to keep reading about the characters from the original Kane & Abel forever! I feel like I know them personally!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2000

    Excellent Book

    I have already read it three times...it says everything!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2014

    Prodigal Daughter

    Love Archer books, but Prodigal Daughter added more political pages than necessary to read. Should have gone right to the ending
    source. Not being a very political person myself, book became quite boring during the "political" pages. Just scanned and kept going. I have order "shall we tell the president" and hope I have not paid $9.99 just to read more politics....hope this is the end of this trilogy, which was great in the beginning...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Highly recommend

    I love Jeffrey Archer books. He keeps you interested from the begnning of his books. Great writer. good story.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Good but not as good as Kane and Abel

    Too much from Kane and Abel and way too political for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Recommended

    Quality sequel to Kane and able with a strong woman main character Ending could have been extended- unless another sequel is planned...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2013

    .....RADAR.....FEBUARY 25TH, 2013.....

    I can't see where anyone could give this book ONE STAR, while claiming to have read "KANE & ABEL" and liking it. The "PRODICAL DAUGHTER" is also another Jeffery Archer 5 STAR novel...RADAR...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Wow.. Just wow..!! A sequel as good as the original..!! (if not

    Wow.. Just wow..!! A sequel as good as the original..!! (if not better).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Kept making me mad!

    Loved this book and so far all of the ones I've read! In this one i kept getting so mad at the ones that made Florentyna believe the lies! Kept me reading for sure and now I cantwait to start the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    recommended

    great read

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