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Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3 | [Jeffrey Archer]

Best Kept Secret: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3

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
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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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  • Janice
    Wallington, United Kingdom
    4/23/13
    Overall
    "Not up to scratch"

    I really enjoyed the first two books in the series of the Clifton Chronicles, having followed Harry Clifton and his friends and family from his disadvantaged childhood into his boys-own adventurous adulthood. The third book was going well as we learned what happened about the Barrington legacy, even though the characters are either very good or very bad. But then it went completely off track into another world of gangsters and smuggling and I lost interest at that point.

    I hope with the fourth book we return to the lives of Harry, Giles and the whole Clifton/Barrington clan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathy
    Cornwall
    4/20/13
    Overall
    "I despise myself for liking Jeffrey Archer but ..."

    He's not the best writer, it's all a bit trite but I actually do give a toss about the characters and its a ripping yarn. And I will inevitably punch the little man even further up the rich list by buying the next episode. Please don't tell my lefty friends or Tory husband, I'll never live it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    SHIFNAL, United Kingdom
    4/19/13
    Overall
    "Loved It"

    When an audio book makes you find excuses to listen to it you know its good.



    I know Archer has got a bad reputation I suppose I'm not bright enough to understand why (I also like Dan Brown) but his books are totally engaging. I get fully involved with the story and the characters.



    The only critisium I have is the why Mr Archer has left me hanging - he did not need to worry that I might not buy the next one it was guranteed now I'm abxious and frustrated.



    I would highly recommend it - but what do I know!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Ripley, United Kingdom
    4/14/13
    Overall
    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pauline
    Andover, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shelagh
    Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    4/12/13
    Overall
    "When will we know???"

    looking forward to the next book, can't wait to find out what happened. What a cliffhanger

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • carol
    SUFFOLK, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Honiton, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    chorley, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
    Overall
    "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!



    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Christine
    petersfield, United Kingdom
    4/2/13
    Overall
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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