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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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    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 2015
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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.

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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!

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    Dee naples, florida, United States 06-15-13
    Dee naples, florida, United States 06-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "IT'S BRILLIANT"
    If you could sum up Best Kept Secret in three words, what would they be?

    I read/listen to many books that don't capture me and every time Archer just gets it right. The way he is detailed without lingering too long over something. He brings tension from the start and holds you always wanting more. I find his knowledge of so many aspects of life outstanding and I find him highly intelligent. I have loved the Chronicles and cant wait for the next.

    He really is exceptional. Well I think so.....



    What did you like best about this story?

    the tension and details


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I thought it was ready brilliantly and his accents and change from character to character was so distinguishable. Excellent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Toronto, ON, Canada 06-08-13
    David Toronto, ON, Canada 06-08-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Shades of a soapie..."
    What did you like best about Best Kept Secret? What did you like least?

    Seriously - I've read and listened to a lot of JA stories. The Clifton Series could have been his magnum opus. Instead it was spun out into a story version of a tv series. Poor. Poor. Poor.


    What does Alex Jennings bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The spoken performance is very good. He does slip accenting on a few occasions but it's not a huge distraction.


    Was Best Kept Secret worth the listening time?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyisha 05-30-13
    Tyisha 05-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "New Favorite Series!"
    What did you love best about Best Kept Secret?

    This book tells a great story across generations! Never a dull moment!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how there was so much going on at once.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Harry's son accidentally purchased a night with a prostitute.


    Who was the most memorable character of Best Kept Secret and why?

    Emma. I love how she goes back to school and is an active member of her father's board.


    Any additional comments?

    This series reminded me of the Harry Potter series because of the accent and vocabulary. I assure you this is realistic fiction! There's no magic in this story. :-) I just assumed J.K. Rowling had made up terms like "Prefect" when they are real roles are things in Britain. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-26-13 Member Since 2010

    Mom of three

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    "Not Archer's Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I might recommend this series to a friend, but I would warn them that so far this book is the weekest link in the chain. I look forward to the next book in the hopes that Archer will tie things up a little better.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Harry Clifton. He is the most real of the characters to me. I like it that he is a book writer, too!


    If you could rename Best Kept Secret, what would you call it?

    No Pain, No Gain Part 1


    Any additional comments?

    One of the things I love about Archer is how he cleverly brings things around in the end. His book are usually nicely wrapped packages, full of suspense. During this book I kept wondering, "Where's the big story?"
    I still love how Archer writes and I will still read the next installment, but I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed this time around.
    Listening to the book was no problem -- I enjoyed the narrator. If I had been reading the book I would have had more trouble with the lack of intrigue.

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    Virginia 05-25-13
    Virginia 05-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Should have stopped at two"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was frustrated that I had spent the time listeneing to this story


    If you’ve listened to books by Jeffrey Archer before, how does this one compare?

    Felt like it was at a level well below the others


    What three words best describe Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ’s performance?

    Average to fine


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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    Mike Mission, BC, Canada 05-25-13
    Mike Mission, BC, Canada 05-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Audible listener the life saver in my 180 minutes of commuting each work day.

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    "Slow starter but worth the wait"
    What did you love best about Best Kept Secret?

    The central characters in the book mature and younger entirely plausible characters are introduced brilliantly.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely. Never quite sure where it was going to go next.


    What about Alex Jennings and Emilia Fox ’s performance did you like?

    Seamless and engaging. Both very much reading to the Jeffrey Archer intent in the writing.


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

    The landlady of the guest house. Salt of the earth type who would sit and share a newspaper wrapped cod and chips.


    Any additional comments?

    Left hanging on the edge of a clifton. Can't wait for the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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