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
I enjoyed the first two books of the Clifton series but this one seemed forced and awkward. I found the characters unsympathetic, the plot unrealistic and the narrative tedious.
Easily the worst. I usually get sucked into his stories and carried along by the fast paced stories but this one dragged.
I found the narrator pretentious but competent and clear diction.
I hope number four will be back to the standard of the first two otherwise it sullies your initial positive impression of the series.
Loved listening to this whole series, Archer leaves cliff hanger endings that make you so edgy to read the next one!
Everything ties together, yet the story keeps on unfolding, there's always more you want to learn about the characters and their intertwining past, presents & futures!
I have just listened to this, having waiting on tenterhooks for this sequel to be released! I felt quite uneasy in parts of the novel because I was so 'wound up' in the fates of our family that I could see disasters falling, and I became tense .......... having finished it over two days - I am now WAITING FOR THE NEXT PART!!!!!!
Really a gripping tale - I really care what happens to the Cliftons and the Barringtons .... Lots of intrigue, lots of clever plans - but now ..... How long until number 4.
"Dissapointing end to the saga"
The Clifton Chronicles has been a 'good story' and that's what you expect from Jeffrey Archer. At no point was I on the edge of my seat or listening all night because it was so exciting. You get to know the characters and can relax into the book. The narration is very good but I did find this part of the saga a bit lazy as it just became a bit boring and I lost interest a few times. All a bit far fetched but I will still read the next one!
Excellent story, really good plot line kept me hooked till the end. The narration and characterisation was very believable and I would quite easily listen to it a second time. Highly recommended!
"Best Kept Secrety: Clifton Chronicles, Book 3"
I'd been looking forward to this book and mistakenly had expected it to be the last of the chronicles. I was disappointed and wondered why I'd bothered buying it. Although it says this is book 3 I felt as if most of it was missing because just as it got going it finished. It hasn't inspired me to want to continue reading the Clifton Chronicles.
"How long to wait?"
Really annoyed - thought it was only 3 parts now I have to wait for the 4th part - quite a page turner!
"I absolutely love this series"
The narration, the twists and turns, the way the story us told from the point of view of all the characters and each section ends on a mini cliff hanger.
Anything else by Jeffrey Archer, particularly As The Crow Flies
Yes, but it was too long and life still has to go on.
Off to read the next installment ...
"What a let down !!"
Book three I thought was a bit boring in parts and I lost interest sometimes. However things got going and I was caught up in the story and then it ended..... Just like that !!
I wonder if there will be a book 4?? I will just have to listen to it as I need to find out what happens to the family. And I hope they keep Alex Jennings who is just wonderful at doing all the different voices, he made the book for me ..
"Keep them Coming"
This set of books is fabulous (although you could listen to them as stand alones I would recommend buying the set and start with the first.) They are a true saga that spancs generations of the same families and see's excellent charecter development and good attention to detail. It is easy to ampathise with the charecters and you will develop firm favourites!
"I love this series"
Gripping. Evocative. Unpredictable.
I love a good series where you almost develop a relationship with the characters. I just can't wait to see what happens next to Cliftons and Barringtons.
Jeffrey Archer never lets us down. I love his style of writing and boy can he tell a good tale. How many more are going to be in this series though. Can't wait for book 4. Alex Jennings is just right for telling this story and I love listening to his voice.
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