1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor’s deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father’s office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, who ultimately influences his uncle’s fate.
In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more.
©2013 Jeffrey Archer (P)2013 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd
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"Archer at his best"
Great storyline, brilliantly written and superb narration from Alex Jennings.
Sat here twiddling my thumbs, waiting for the next in the series.
Come on Jeffrey, can we have a twenty hour working day please from now, until the book is finished.
"Best Kept Secrets"
Another winner from this author. How does he do it, time after time? The Clifton Chronicles continue to enthrall and surprise. I feel I know this family so well and can't wait for the next instalment.
"When will we know???"
looking forward to the next book, can't wait to find out what happened. What a cliffhanger
"Is this the end?"
I have been eagerly anticipating the next part of the story and relaxed listening intently.
Whether I have omitted to download the whole story OR we have been left with a cliffhanger I am not sure?
An enjoyable listen.
"Best Kept Secret"
I was recommended to read The Clinton Chronicles by my Daughter-in-law who is American. I was surprised that she would read any of Jeffrey Archer's novel! However, on her recommendation I down loaded the books on Audible. From the minute I started to listen to the reading of part 1. I was hooked and listened to the rest of the volumes one after the other. I was so caught up with the ongoing saga I'd race through my chores so that I could continue to listen. I hope that by the way the last volumne finished, there must be further books to come. I do hope so.
"Best kept secret"
An ok read if you have nothing better to do. Listen to while you iron or on a journey, as it requires little concentration. A money spinner if there ever was with more to come!
"A big disappointment - and I'm a fan"
I found this book verged on boring and certainly didn't live up to Jeffrey's usual level of intrigue and excitement. I have read all his books and this is the only one that I would rate below 5 star! Right at the end it started to get really good but that didn't make up for the hours of mediocrity. Oh dear. If he's planning another one in this series I hope he recovers his mojo.
I really looked forward to the 3rd sequel. I, therefore, downloaded it at once upon its release. But this book I hardly got into it, had to rewind again and again and when I eventually "worked" through it the end was so unexpected that I thought it was only the end of part 1 having missed the familiar "This book has been broken into multiple parts ...". Having said so the book comes up to its title.
I was so excited to see on Friday that this latest book was out and couldn't wait to hear the judgement on who was to be named THE Lord Barrington... All weekend I have hardly been able to concentrate on anything as the story unfolded and progressed introducing us to yet another generation and more intrigue. I had hoped that this was the final installment and everything would be sewn up, but NO! I'm on the edge of my seat wondering what's going to happen next as I watch the counter count down the last 30 seconds of the story and that's no where near time to sew everything up and then..... ANOTHER B******Y cliffhanger!!!! This really is no good for my blood pressure! I cannot wait for the next book and cannot recommend this series highly enough. Mr Archer is truly a wonderful tale-spinner!
"Couldn't get into it!"
I am sure there are many great things said about this book (I for one loved the first edition to the clifton chronicles) but none of which can be spoken from my lips.
It has been sitting in my library for a while now, and only now could I bring myself to face the sad reality that I had to write a quick review explaining that I didn't get on with it. Considering my previous review for the first book was titled "I have a new love!" I am very surprised at this.
Great first book, but I just couldn't get on with this one, sorry Jeff!
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