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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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    Linda Merlin, Ontario, Canada 08-12-13
    Linda Merlin, Ontario, Canada 08-12-13
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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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E.M. 08-10-13
    E.M. 08-10-13
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan W Los Angeles 07-23-13
    Susan W Los Angeles 07-23-13

    Why read when someone else can read to you.

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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 07-21-13
    J. Guy Muse Guayaquil Ecuador 07-21-13 Member Since 2008

    jagumu

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 07-15-13
    Simone 07-15-13 Member Since 2014

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stefanie Gainesville, GA, United States 07-07-13
    Stefanie Gainesville, GA, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Drop Off Ending"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sort of. I am hooked on the Clifton Chronicles, so I had to listen. Overall, it was worth a listen, but I was disappointed.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The last book left us at a cliff hanger and now this one does. In my opinion, a good series includes books that can stand alone and have merit, not require you to read the next to get the rest of the story. I would definitely change the ending. I also would have picked fewer characters and really did them justice rather than get so scattered.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the Rodin sculpture is opened up.


    Was Best Kept Secret worth the listening time?

    This question is redundant with the first.... If you are a Clifton Chronicles fan, you get more of the story. It just wasn't as good as the first, and if you were frustrated with how Book 2 ended, you will be super frustrated with the end of this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope we don't have to wait as long for Book 4, but I also hope Mr. Archer doesn't get sloppy with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Perry, GA 07-03-13
    Amazon Customer Perry, GA 07-03-13 Member Since 2010

    music dawg

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    "A Missed Opportunity to Continue a Good Series"
    What did you like best about Best Kept Secret? What did you like least?

    I liked best that this book answered the cliffhanger from Book 2 of the series. I did not like the character or storyline development. I also did not like that the book ended with another cliffhanger. I prefer when books, although in a series, stand independently. Archer's cheap shot ending worked, because I will read the next book, but I'm not happy about it.


    What was most disappointing about Jeffrey Archer’s story?

    I never had the opportunity to invest in the characters. It seemed that Seb and Jessica were the developing characters, but their stories were disjointed and empty.


    Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favorite?

    I was beginning to really like Seb and his interaction with Tibbie. Still, the development was too shallow.


    Could you see Best Kept Secret being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. This book cannot stand alone.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third Archer book I have read. If the next one isn't significantly better, it will likely be my last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A Blake Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 06-25-13
    A Blake Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 06-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Out of nowhere, the book ended. Ridiculous ending"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I really enjoyed the series until the end of this book which smacked of the "publisher is on my case, I better finish it." If there is another book in the series I could accept the ending... but barely.


    Any additional comments?

    I had not noticed previously but in this book Archer's technical knowledge lacks the depth to describe some aspects of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nilda 06-23-13
    Nilda 06-23-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Shame on Jeffrey Archer"

    After eagerly waiting for this part to be published,I finished listening to this book last night and I was furious for the reasons mentioned by other reviewers-We don't know what secret Archer had a mind; I understood that this was a trilogy so the ending was a shock; I thought it would have more to do with Emma and Harry; it was just all over the place. I was glad I had lived in England because the whole political scene, which went on too long, would have been confusing. I may or may not purchase the next part. The narrators did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan oakland, ca, United States 06-23-13
    Susan oakland, ca, United States 06-23-13 Member Since 2009
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    "So so annoyed"

    This was supposed to be historical fiction. There is so little history in it that I don't think it qualifies. And, silly me, I didn't know this wasn't the last book in the chronicles - and what a stupid place to end the book - cheap - unreasonable - I have no idea if I will continue with this series. I like HISTORICAL fiction - the only little tidbits I got didn't come close to satisfying that genre. Boo Jeffrey Archer. The only reason I gave it three stars is that for much of the book it would have been a fine vacation read.

    Oh, and one other annoying thing. Usually when a part of a book has a label on it, like a character name, the story is told from that character's point of view. In this book, sometimes, even in the midst of one character's story, the narrative jumps to something about another person that the main character in that part couldn't possibly know about - totally disjointed.

    I repeat - boo Jeffrey Archer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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