Aravind posted a review at 2008-05-02 03:08:40.
Ignore everything that happened in the last couple of years regarding the misdemeanours of the author, none of us are perfect because regardless of what you think of Jeffrey Archer as a person he is a terrific storyteller.I have been fortunate to have read a number of his books and have yet to find one that I have not enjoyed. Kane and Abel was the first Archer book that I read and after that I became an instant fan, it only seemed natural therefore to read other Archer books and The Prodigal Daughter was next.Although technically this is a sequel to Kane and Abel with the similar amount of intensity however you could read it easily without having any knowledge of the original story as the book centres on the life of Florentyna Rosnovski the daughter of Abel and Richard Kane the son of Kane. The hatred between the two fathers is not really shown in this book to any great sense although it is obvious that there is a history between them.This book shows Jeffrey Archer at his very best. I would not say that it is his best book however, but it is up there with a couple of others. The storyline in general is typical Jeffery Archer, beginning with the birth of the central character, in this case Florentyna Rosnovski.Florentyna had a very happy childhood and was given the freedom to make her own decisions in life, with her father being directly behind her supporting her even when she ran away from home and married against his wishes.Richard Kane grew up in similar surroundings to his father, Ivy League player, life shaped by his fathers connections in politics until one day he meets and falls in love with Florentyna Rosnovski and they marry.Jeffrey Archer designs Florentyna as one of his more memorable characters. The book has a lot of politics involved in it with Florentyna aiming to become President of the United States. Of course she does have a couple of disadvantages to overcome - 1. She is a woman, 2. She is a Jew, and 2. She is extremely rich but this makes her more determined to fight.The rest of the story deals with betrayals, political intrigues, and suspense, some tragedies including Richardâ€™s early death and most importantly Florentyna fight to become President.One good thing about this book is that it does seem to fill some of the missing details from Kane and Abel, so if you liked that book you should love this one, but the terrible feud between the two men comes to end during this novel but their new found friendship is short lived as Kane dies, only a short while before Abel dies in Poland.