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
This "trilogy" showed such promise but died somewhere in the second book. I agree with some other listeners that characters were not sufficiently developed and the book ended more abruptly than any book I've ever read. Very disappointed.
Third book in the Harry Clifton Chronicles. I loved the other two previous books. This one continues the magic. If you love a character-driven, subtle action series this is it- super. The voice actor was amazing as well with very easy and quick changes male/female and regional accents.
I disagree with other reviewer. Plot has lots twist and turns...nice development of characters.and not predictable. I recommend reading in order to understand all characters.
It's always a treat watching the characters grow up. Even though they are pretty static, what they say and do is always entertaining. Of course, I'm such a fan of Archer and his ability to carry a story over decades.
I have decided to only give 5 stars to good non-fiction, but I considered breaking my rule for this series. Archer is a very good story teller. At this point I can't stop listening and know I will be sorry when the final volume of the story is at an end. The first book I ever read by Archer was, "Not a Penny More" which is a short and oh so sweet book about turning the tables with a truly surprise ending.
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