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Best Kept Secret Jeffrey Archer s mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues London The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie

  • Title: Best Kept Secret
  • Author: Jeffrey Archer
  • ISBN: 9781250000989
  • Page: 153
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, whJeffrey Archer s mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues1945, 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 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 .

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    1. Its a little slower compared to its prequel. However Archer, if anything, understands the business of selling books better than anyone else. This third book is more of an extension of the previous installment, and if anything it may be called the second part of "Sins of the Father", and not exactly a separate book. The story moves on to the next generation of the Clifton-Barrington family and introduces quite a few characters. Written in Archer's patent British style, the master story-teller lea [...]

    2. Best Kept Secret was another disappointment. The struggles and achievements of the characters are not developed and far too predictable. Harry needed to be on the New York Times Bestseller List. A few pages later the goal is accomplished. Emma wants to locate her late father’s child. Walla, it’s done. Now she wants to adopt her. Check. Sebastian is having problems socially in school. An incident occurs and abracadabra he is the hero. These examples are endless. Characters unknown to me but p [...]

    3. Since this is third in a series, anything I say about the characters would be a spoiler. All of these books end in a cliffhanger, and this one is no different. If I so much as indicate who is married or divorced or living or dead, it could ruin things for those yet to read this series. So again, I'll only say how much I'm enjoying the series. I very recently read the author's bio on and never knew what a crazy life Jeffrey Archer himself has lead. Plenty of fodder for his book writing professio [...]

    4. You can shoot me down if you like but I can't help liking Jeffrey Archer. In spite of being a bit of a cad he sure writes a good yarn, and this is no exception. Luckily I was given an advance copy to read and as usual I breezed through it quickly. This is the third episode in the Clifton Chronicles, mostly we follow on with the story of Harry and Emma Clifton, their son Sebastian and their adopted daughter Jessica. Emma develops an academic career and ultimnately joins the Barrington business wh [...]

    5. I've loved this series so far, though I cannot seem to pinpoint why. This book wasn't quite as good as the first two, and it ended on a much bigger cliffhanger.At this point, it's starting to seem a little silly because nothing ever goes wrong for the Clifton family. Well, maybe I should say: nothing ever STAYS wrong with the Clifton's-they always somehow seem to come out ahead. I'm going to try the next one just in case it holds a big surprise, (like all the Clifton's die or something), and the [...]

    6. Oh my heart! Archer just tugged my strings! Such a storyteller. This series is perfect for audio because I feel like I'm being told a real tale. The format of the first two books ( switching between personalities with different narrators) is not apparent in this book. Some original characters move one, but they are replaced by great new ones. I think my favorite is Lady Virginia, a cunning, manipulative, money hungry minx.Damn you, Archer!!! Why must you persist in the cliffhanger endings????

    7. Let me preface this by saying that I almost never write reviews, and if I do, is because I have experienced a rather extreme emotion: either highly impressed or mostly appalled. Sadly, in this book's case, is the latter.I am[ considering if I might need to use the past tense after this book ] a fan of Jeffrey Archer, always found his books clever, entertaining and highly readable. Although one can get used to his style and characters, it usually still manages to deliver some surprising stunts th [...]

    8. Third installment, three times the drama; a bit overly dramatic at times, verging on a melodramatic soap-opera feel. Not my thing. Perhaps that's because I'm neither 'Young nor Restless'. But overall, the Barrington/Clifton personal/political/business tensions/exploits were engaging and riveting. And book three once again proved Archer is still king of the CCC - Clifton Chronicles Cliffhangers. Oh my, no parent wants to get a call like that!!!Four stars - enough to entice me into reading the fou [...]

    9. The third instalment of the Clifton Chronicles. As usual, the author churns out a thrilling series with new characters added. The third book is more about the life of Sebastian Clifton. It seems like somewhat like a replay of Harry Clifton's childhood. Enter Harry's old foe Alex Fisher who tries to Barringtons' company along with Giles' wife (a new character), almost jeopardising the political career of Giles. Enter Don Pedro (another new character), who plays with the life of Sebastian. The boo [...]

    10. I'm really enjoying this series. It's a family saga I suppose you could call it but it's not too soap opera-ish that it bothers you. Instead, early on you fall in love with the main characters and then of course you follow their lives and get all tangled up in what happens, always hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. This particular book ends on a cliffhanger and I'm of course going to HAVE to start book 4 today.

    11. As tradition, I've been buying the copies of the Clifton Chronicles the day it released. Best Kept Secret, the third out of four of the chronicles was no different. It was even more special because it was a one of a kind autographed by the author himself copy.The book has an unsual beginning. The demise of Lord Harvey seems mysterious. More like the author deliberately kills him so that Giles Barrington could win the vote.Following this, Harry and Emma begin their search for adoption. Jessica Cl [...]

    12. Jeff churns these out at two or three books a year and they continue to sell in their millions.Basically, he's the ultimate storyteller, who doesn't let character development or dialogue get in the way.Always easy reading and you are never bored for too long, before he chucks in another twist.Who am I to criticize, when he's sold two hundred million books.

    13. I liked the beginning of the seriesI really didI expected a lot from this one, I actually didI was surprised when it was confirmed it has moved from a series of three to a series of 5d in between reading the book, how I hoped it would have been restricted to three least it wouldn't have deviated so much wouldn't have just kept on people to keep goingAnd then, I was speechless, when I realized that the author is planning to increase the series to even 7 or 8Phew!!This book starts off welltakes a [...]

    14. Another fun, and fast installment in the Clifton Chronicles. This one is set in post-WWW2 England and there are some really great moments regarding an inheritance trial, a decedents will, a contested election between old foes and the smuggling of Nazi forged currency back into England. We are given a good introduction into young Master Sebastian Clifford, family nemesis Major Fisher and new evil guy Don Pedro Martinez. This book is short on character development but long on action and the plot a [...]

    15. The third generation of the Clifton/Barringtons start moving to center stage in this installment of the Clifton Chronicles. Sebastian, son of Emma and Harry is a handful as a toddler and becomes more so as he grows. His half-sister Jessica is given a back seat to Sebastian's spotlight, though I sense(and hope) given the length of the series she will be given her place in the sun. The saga has moved into the nineteen fifties. Women are taking their place in the workforce and starting to be heard [...]

    16. Mr Archer appears to be seeing too many movies of the 50s and 60s. The dries starred with "Only Time will tell"- and I think Time has told. Mr Archer, its about time you give your pen a rest. Your imagination appears to have dried up and you present one cliche after another for us to swallow. The characters have all become uni-dimensional. There is no spark here, as the one Massie and Old Jack and Emma brought to the first two books. The people have become boring and the plot seems taken right o [...]

    17. A saga continua com o mesmo interesse do primeiro. Leitura compulsiva e emocionante. Um amargo de boca com o final algo inesperado e ansiosa pelo próximo.

    18. It took me quite a long time after reading the first in this series before reading the second and now I’m reading the third within 12 months after reading the second, so I’m improving in the rate I’m getting around to these books! This one certainly ends on a cliff-hanger, so I’m even more keen to read the fourth - Be Careful What You Wish For - as soon as possible!I’m enjoying following the fortunes of Harry Clifton and his family. I like Jeffrey Archer’s style of writing, and this [...]

    19. It's a decent book. A typical Archer book with those twists and turns. He does know how to hold a reader's interest. Needless to say, like the previous novels in the series, it also has a cliffhanger ending. I'm sure those who haven't read much of Archer will love it. But for someone who has read a lot of his books, it gives you a Deja Vu feel. He is repeating himself. It has many elements that we have already seen in 'Not a Penny more' and 'First among equals'.All in all, if you have been follo [...]

    20. Its pretty below the mark than its predecessors. There is no story just lofty words. Whole 380 pages go for a toss without any story. Not good. Archer is just dragging the series to make it more than 7,8 books its waste of time to read it.

    21. So, here's another disappointing venture by Mr. Archer, a man who has previously written so many wonderful books!This is the third book in the Clifton Chronicles series. While I loved the first one, namely 'Only Time Will Tell', the second one ('The Sins of the Father') dragged so much in the climax, it became almost impossible to complete. The third one is even worse!It picks up from where the second book ended - with the mysterious death of Lord Harvey, and the much-too-convenient hung vote of [...]

    22. After the latest episode, I believe even more strongly that Clifton Chronicles should have been one mega-novel rather than broken into five. Clearly, this would not have favoured the author - either in terms of the readership (large books tend to be read by far less) or revenues, but the reader suffers enormously with the split.The author does a reasonably good job of bringing the reader up to speed with the relevant details of the previous two books although it makes the start of the novel some [...]

    23. The first one was intriguing, the second not so much the third was (I thought the series was actually a 'trilogy' was disappointing:-) Frustrated that I have to wait a year for the fourth - not because of the suspense, but rather not looking forward to another disappointment. I shall be reading the fourth and fifth I always have to finish what I've started!

    24. Another good story, again with a cliffhanger at the end, and what a cliffhanger it is! Can I wait till tomorrow?

    25. I’ve been binge-reading the Clifton Chronicles and while finishing this third installment, Best Kept Secrets, I can’t help but observe that the overall feel of these books has shifted. Indeed, from here on out, the main focus is no longer on the family dynamics, but rather on politics and on industrial intrigue and seeing I’m not that interested in British politics - those sessions in the House of Commons were truly boring - I sort of started to be disenchanted. It’s actually too bad.I a [...]

    26. Another volume in the Clifton and Barrington saga - taking us from 1946 to 1959 - when Sebastian Clifton is ready to go to Cambridge. A contested will, a tightly contested election and a criminal family provide the main themes of this book, written in typical Archer style. Nearly 400 pages read in one sitting

    27. Jeffrey Archer forges ahead in the Clifton heptalogy, keeping volume three full of excitement and intrigue. After an eventful vote in the House of Lords on the Barrington family fortune, Harry and Emma are able to move forward with their lives, intertwined as one. They seek to expand their family in a not so traditional manner, perfectly suited for this Archer tale. Giles Barrington continues his life as a Member of Parliament and faces a tough Conservative candidate when the election is called. [...]

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