International bestselling author Jeffrey Archer’s mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues.
London, 1945. Who shall inherit the Barrington family fortune? The vote in the House of Lords 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 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.
“One of the top ten storytellers in the world.”
—Los Angeles Times
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 Archer’s bestselling series, will answer all these questions but, once again, pose so many more…
“[A] PAGE-TURNING, HEART-STOPPING SAGA.”
—Publishers Weekly on Sins of the Father
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1 . Not up to his high standards
Posted November 23, 2013 by Joanne GH , San DiegoJeffrey Archer is my absolutely favorite author, so it is with regret that I am posting a negative review of this book. After a great deal of excitement and delight over the first two books in this Barrington series, I was horrified by this installment. First of all, I thought this was to be a trilogy, and as it turns out, there is more to come. Uncharacteristic of Archer, there were a number of inconsistencies in this reading - no real reason why Giles married that nightmare of a wife - the foolishness of Harry involving himself in outlandish plots - to name two. More than once, I wondered if this was ghost-written, since it seemed so far-afield from Archer's usually tight storylines and character studies. When my husband started reading this book and became frustrated by the same flaws, I suggested he not waste his time finishing it - knowing he would be disappointed with the story. Sorry - I kind of want to see book 4 to see if I was misguided in my opinions about this book...but I could also survive without it. Sorry...*
St. Martin's Press
April 29, 2013
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