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
The story is very good and kept me listening and very entertained. Love it until???
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.
I love the narrator, could listen to him forever.
I would take either Emma or Grace. They are the smartest and no nonsense characters.
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.
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.
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.
The story was trivial! and very, very obvious!
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!!!!!"
C'mon -- the whole trial thing was overplayed
Yea... end the book --- dont put in a saturday afternoon at the cinima serial cliff-hanger!
The book would improve significantly with a believable storyline and an ending. There is no ending.
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.
Perhaps but the South American accent was atrocious.
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.
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!
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.
Alex Jennings was good I would not recommend anybody else.
None. The characters were good. I liked them all.
Yes, can I have a refund?
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.
I agree with the other reviewers, this 3rd book seemed like filler.
Giles Barrington's whole MP campaign ran too long.
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.
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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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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