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Best Kept Secret (The Clifton Chronicles Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jeffrey Archer
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Book Description

Jeffrey Archer's mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues...

1945, London. 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 marches onto the page. But 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, the third volume in Jeffrey Archer's bestselling series, will answer all these questions but, once again, pose so many more.

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. An artful blend of colorful characters, seething resentment, calculated revenge, and a shocking, tragic cliffhanger distinguishes Archer's third volume of The Clifton Chronicles. Picking up where The Sins of the Father left off, readers discover whether Giles Barrington or Harry Clifton will inherit the late Hugo Barrington's fortune. Harry becomes a successful novelist and marries his true love Emma Barrington; they adopt a daughter with a secret past to join their son Sebastian. Poor smitten, likeable Giles, fighting for his political life as a member of Parliament, is lovesick for the scheming, vindictive Lady Virginia, whom he marries. Sensing disaster, on her death bed Lady Elizabeth Barrington writes Lady Virginia out of the will, prompting the unpopular Lady Virginia to enlist Giles' nemesis, Major Alex Fisher, as she plots her way to the Barrington fortune. Sebastian becomes a young man, sowing his wild oats and naively getting mixed up with a school chum's nefarious father and his sketchy business. Business-savvy Emma earns a college degree, intending to join the family shipping empire. Archer provides a pitch-perfect continuation of the Clifton family saga; his shrewd twists and turns are addictive from the get-go, and he stuns with his signature series sign-off, a cliffhanger leaving readers longing for its resolution. (May)

From Booklist

Archer’s epic-sized family saga, the Clifton Chronicles, continues in this third volume (following The Sins of the Father, 2012). It’s the 1950s, and Harry Clifton and his best friend (and possibly half-brother), Giles Barrington, are battling over who will inherit the estate and title of Hugo Barrington. The outcome of the battle sparks one of the book’s main story lines, which involves a shocking revelation in Hugo’s will and what that spells for Giles’ seemingly happy marriage and perhaps his career as a member of Parliament. Meanwhile, Harry, a best-selling author, has his own problems: his son is refused admission to a tony grammar school and soon gets mixed up in some unsavory goings-on. Running underneath everything is the story that forms the spine of the saga: the relationship between Harry and Giles, boyhood friends whose mutual affection is threatened by the demands of adulthood. No family saga would be complete without a villain, and this book has a good one, a well-drawn and believable character whose motivations are understandable. This thoroughly engaging old-school, multigenerational saga harks back to the work of Malcolm Macdonald, Belva Plain, and Irwin Shaw. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Archer has backed up a long-running track record for commercial fiction with a powerful social network, including 142,000 likes on Facebook. --David Pitt

Product Details

  • File Size: 1323 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (April 30, 2013)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BU75IQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,556 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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71 of 78 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 7, 2013
By Camilla
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I found this book extremely disappointing. After the first book which was excellent, the second which was quite good - this third book in the series was not up to Mr Archer's standard at all - in my opinion. Endless pages on how the electorate works in the UK.... at times I also felt that bits of the text and definitely story-line had come from previous novels.... as an avid fan I did notice! This is not a spoiler - but I felt that the ending invited another book of the Clifton Chronicles some time in the future. I will not be buying it. Hopefully Mr Archer will return to writing stand-alone novels again and not drag out a story over three books which could have easily been written as one.....
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97 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good Jeffrey Archer best-seller February 21, 2013
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Jeffrey Archer scores again with another page-turning best-seller with the next book in the addictive Clifton Chronicles series. Archer is a consummate story teller and this series continues to display his skills in writing easy-reading and exciting family-based stories. If you have read the first books in the series this one is a must-read. If not you will still enjoy it but it would help if you are able to read the other books first.

Those of you who have read the first two books in the series will know that at the end of each one Archer leaves you with a cliff-hanger (I call them "Clifton" hangers) of an ending so you have to wait on tenterhooks for the next book in the series to be released find the answer. At the end of "Sins of the Father" a tied vote in the House of Lords on whether Harry Clifton or his best friend Giles Barrington inherits the Barrington title and property has been left to the Lord Chancellor to decide. All I can safely tell you is that the Lord Chancellor found this the most difficult decision in his career and he "would never admit, even to his closest confidant, that he changed his mind at the last moment."

Harry settles down to pursue a career as a best-selling detective novelist, while Emma goes in search of her illegitimate half-sister who was put into foster care when both her father and mother died after a fight. Giles Barrington pursues his career as Labour MP for Bristol with the slimmest of majorities.

As usual Archer adds a few baddies to spice up things. Among them are Alex Fisher, who bullied Giles and Harry at school and nearly got Giles killed at Tobruk, and Lady Virginia Fenwick - a beautiful, aristocratic, gold-digging control-freak.
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64 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Who wrote the last 30 pages? March 14, 2013
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I am a huge Sir.Archer fan, but this book wasn't up to his standards. The first two parts of the Clifton Chronicles were amazing. The third was really good, for the most part.


Are we supposed to believe Harry and Emma would let Seb visit Eaton Square and Martinez home on his own after everything happened? Not even warn him? I thought we were dealing with smart people until that point.

The whole Argentinian saga seems frivolous, just so that another arch villain can be created that would involve Seb.

I was very disappointed. Not the usual Sir.Archer fare, I should admit.

If you have read the first two books, you should read it anyway, for continuity. I hope things get better with #4.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Is Archer phoning it in? May 11, 2013
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I really liked the 1st two books in this series and was really excited to get the newest chronicle. This book leaves much to be desired. It is a good story as far as it goes, but it doesn't go very far. I could not believe how abruptly it ended! It was like starting a book, getting into the characters and plot only to find the last 50 pages are missing. I fear Archer is going the way of James Patterson: he used to write terrific books but now only seems to want to get them to the market. Archer needs to work on his cliff-hanger skills. I will read the next book in this series but I may not be so eager to fork out the money to pre-order.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed May 9, 2013
After having enjoyed the first two of the Clifton Chronicles, I have to say I'm VERY disappointed with this book. The plot was thin and lacked credibility. Save your money. I will continue to purchase any Jeffrey Archer books that were written in the past which I have not yet read but I will not buy any future books. He has really let his fans down with this one. I felt insulted. I honestly can't believe he was the author...and have to be suspect about the initial 5 star reviews....
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars such an abrupt ending May 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase I understand the plot; it's easy enough to follow...albeit unrealistic at times...only to have no closure. The fate of the villains is not addressed and the story is left up in the air.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
By Vikram
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Although the first two books in the Clifton Chronicles series were good, this one has a rather lame plot, is too predictable and frankly speaking doesn't really have much to say...its a shame really, as Archer is capable of putting together a much better plot
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Best Kept Secret April 5, 2013
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This book is not up to his normal standard.I felt cheated because I finished it so quickly. Word to use is shallow?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!!!
The Clifton Chronicles is the best that I have read in a long time! What a fabulous family saga!!! This is the 3rd, so be sure to start with #1
Published 2 days ago by Debrarhopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good story
This is the third book in the Clifton Series- and I am looking forward to number four. This is a wonderful story.
Published 3 days ago by jack jaeger
3.0 out of 5 stars Best Kept Secret
I waited for this book to be available, looking forward to reading it. It was a quick read, a page turner. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. Karen Janjanin
5.0 out of 5 stars as always does not disappoint me
I have been a fan of Archer for years. You will also become one after reading. I couldn't be more a fan.
Published 4 days ago by Ricki Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
I've enjoyed all three of the Clifton Chronicles. However, "Best Kept Secret" captured my heart and emotions. It has kept me turning every page with anticipation. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Lois Garbarino
3.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER ENJOYABLE READ
Jeffrey Archer has done it again. His second book in "The Clifton Chronicles" was not as good as his first. The plot contained several segments which bordered on the unrealistic. Read more
Published 11 days ago by BeBe
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok read
If you want to know the ending you must buy book 4. I do not feel so compelled and am probably finished with this author.
Published 13 days ago by L. Beachum
5.0 out of 5 stars Found it intriguing and a page-turner
I almost didn't read this book because I saw 7 out of 8 bad reviews on the "newest reviews" page. What? So I got the book from the library instead of buying it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Maggy Graham
2.0 out of 5 stars From Epic Series to Low-Grade Soap Opera
This one really left me cold. While I greatly enjoyed the first two books in the series, this installment of a planned 7-book series has me wondering if I really want to go through... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Robert Hustwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoy all of Jeffrey Archer's books!
Published 16 days ago by Ronm01
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Jeffrey Archer has topped the bestseller lists around the world, with sales of over 270 million copies in 97 countries and more than 37 languages. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (eighteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

Jeffrey served five years as a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons and twenty-two years as a Member of the House of Lords.

His latest novel Be Careful What You Wish For, published in March 2014, is the fourth volume in a seven book saga called The Clifton Chronicles, and spent twelve weeks in the top 10 - four of them at #1 - on the Sunday Times Best Seller list, and also went to the top of the bestseller lists in India, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and South Africa.

Jeffrey is also an art collector and amateur auctioneer, conducting around 30 charity auctions a year.

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