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Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 | [Jeffrey Archer]

Best Kept Secret: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage.
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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best seller Jeffrey Archer continues his beloved Clifton Chronicle series as Harry and Emma finally begin building a happy life - but a dangerous family enemy is about to resurface....

Best Kept Secret opens a moment after the end of The Sins of the Father, with the resolution of the trial and the triumphant marriage of Harry Clifton and Elizabeth Barrington, finally uniting their family. Harry, now a best-selling novelist; Emma; their son, Sebastian; and orphaned Jessica make a new life for themselves, but all is not as happy and secure as it could be. Emma's brother, Giles, is engaged to a woman who may be more interested in Barrington's fortune and title than in a long and happy marriage. And Sebastian, though he is bright, isn't quite the hard worker that his father was at school, and finds a hard time resisting the temptations that his somewhat unsavory friends provide.

It all comes to a head when a new villain is uncovered, a face from the past with grudges against both Harry and Giles - Fisher, who tortured Harry at school and later took credit for Giles' heroics during the war. Fisher teams up with Giles' now ex-wife to wreak havoc on Giles' latest election as well as meddle with affairs inside Barringtons, while Harry and Emma must deal with a new scheme that Sebastian has unwittingly fallen into with a supposed friend. The drama continues for Harry Clifton and his family, bringing this mesmerizing saga into the 1960s.

©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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    Susan United States 03-27-14
    Susan United States 03-27-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Left me hanging"
    Where does Best Kept Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is very good and kept me listening and very entertained. Love it until???


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't feel that there was an end. It just stopped in midstream and I am disappointed with that. Felt I had only read half a book.


    Have you listened to any of Alex Jennings’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love the narrator, could listen to him forever.


    If you could take any character from Best Kept Secret out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take either Emma or Grace. They are the smartest and no nonsense characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The next book will have to have a finish to this one before it can really start. Hope there is an end to this one.

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    helle VANCOUVER CANADA, BC, Canada 03-04-14
    helle VANCOUVER CANADA, BC, Canada 03-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    Would you listen to Best Kept Secret again? Why?

    I would definitely read this book again.
    I can hardly wait for the last book in this series.

    If it is Jeffrey Archer then it has to be good - in my opinion.


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    Marilee Memphis, TN, United States 02-18-14
    Marilee Memphis, TN, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2010

    constant reader

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    "Disappointing Third Installment"

    The first book in this series was excellent. The story and narrator were great. The second was good and so I looked forward to the continuing story of the Cliftons.and Barringtons. Too bad the story drifted away from them and into another direction. I finished the book, but was relieved to be done with it and from the description of the next book, it appears all of the characters I disliked the most will be featured. Too bad. I'm done.

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    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 12-13-13
    tonydinardo@earthlink.net Upland Ca.lifornia 12-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "OK so we'll all listen to the next in the series ."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story was trivial! and very, very obvious!


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    so we have to wait becasue of the hanger ending ... so what ---that just means renting another audio download. SO why dont we all say'"OK Jeffrey we'll buy your books, now make them interesting!!!!!"


    What three words best describe Alex Jennings’s voice?

    Good intonation


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Best Kept Secret?

    C'mon -- the whole trial thing was overplayed


    Any additional comments?

    Yea... end the book --- dont put in a saturday afternoon at the cinima serial cliff-hanger!

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    L. Moore California 09-12-13
    L. Moore California 09-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A waste of time."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book would improve significantly with a believable storyline and an ending. There is no ending.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    The first two Clifton chronicles were great! This one was pathetic. The South American storyline was too far-fetched and the ending was non-existent. Jeffrey Archer ripped us off. I would throw the book at the wall in anger except that it was an audiobook and I love my IPod.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Alex Jennings’s performances?

    Perhaps but the South American accent was atrocious.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Best Kept Secret?

    Loved the election, loved the reading of the will, loved the adoption, loved Seb's time at the boardinghouse in London. The South American story line/Harry posing as a pilot: dumb.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so mad at the way the book ended. I rightfully figured that the third book would tie up The Clifton Chronicles. This was the worst cliffhanger ever!

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    Linda Merlin, Ontario, Canada 08-12-13
    Linda Merlin, Ontario, Canada 08-12-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Best Kept Secret?

    Like everybody else I felt that the ending was quite a let down. If Mr. Archer were to write a fourth book which would bring everything together I think he could redeem himself. As to the title I'm still trying to figure out what the best kept secret was. Don't think I'll read any other books by Jeffrey Archer - too expensive to trust another let down.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not sure


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alex Jennings?

    Alex Jennings was good I would not recommend anybody else.


    What character would you cut from Best Kept Secret?

    None. The characters were good. I liked them all.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, can I have a refund?

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    E.M. Decatur, GA, United States 08-10-13
    E.M. Decatur, GA, United States 08-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "wait for book 4 before reading"

    Great series, but the cliff-hanger ending is frustrating, with nearly a year to wait for the next installment. I should have waited before starting the series, particularly this book.

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    Susan W Los Angeles 07-23-13
    Susan W Los Angeles 07-23-13 Member Since 2008
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    "The Cliftons Just Cannot Get a Break"

    I agree with the other reviewers, this 3rd book seemed like filler.

    Giles Barrington's whole MP campaign ran too long.

    *Spoilers*

    And after all that has happened with Harry and Emma, Seb would just run off?
    Perhaps this was a ploy to create another villain for future books that involves the next generation?

    Finally, what kind of an ending was that?!?!
    And yes, like a pawn, I will “read” book 4.


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    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 07-21-13
    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 07-21-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Nobody out there can tell a story quite as well"

    After reading the reviews I almost did not download this third book in the Clifton Chronicles series, but am glad I did. Like all the other Jeffrey Archer books I have read over the years, this one is entertaining. It may not have the depth and craft of some of his other books, but it did not disappoint. I guess the negative reviews might have lowered my expectations, but I am glad I read Book 3, and looking forward to the final installation to see how everything resolves.

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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-15-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-15-13 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "3 Down, 2 To Go"

    Perhaps it’s because I read all 3 books back to back (to back) that my interest is waning. Book 3 is just ok, like Book 2 it’s just more of the same… but that is the point of a saga isn’t it!

    I’d recommend the series, but I would advise breaks in between. Book 4 is not due out until 2014, so that solves that problem!

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