The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer
352 pages; 10 hrs., 9 min.
"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 Uboat, drowning almost the entire crew.
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. But on landing in
America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made... 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." --Book Cover
This is the second in The Clifton Chronicles saga, and I love these characters. If you like heroes who value honor, integrity, loyalty, family, and perseverance in difficult circumstances then you'll enjoy this story. If you dive in, you'll definitely want to start with book one.