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
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.
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.
older listener -- enjoys books rather than california traffic. enjoys running while listening -- or is it the other way around?
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!
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.
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