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Be Careful What You Wish For

by Jeffrey Archer

St. Martin's Press | March 11, 2014 | Hardcover

Be Careful What You Wish For is rated 4.74074074074074 out of 5 by 27.

Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

Back in London, Harry and Emma's adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica's future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.

Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle's first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storyteller's talent as never before - when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.47 × 6.42 × 1.32 in

Published: March 11, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250034485

ISBN - 13: 9781250034489

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be careful what you wish for I thought it was a well written story.worth reading Great character's good plot .makes you want to buy the next book
Date published: 2015-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clifton Saga Continues Excellent read, as were the previous in the series. There are a couple hours characters that I came to strongly dislike, but you'll have to read the book to figure out who they might be. Enjoy!!
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be Careful What You Wish For I loved the whole 4 books, I didn't care for the ending. I think he could get a 5th book on the way. He really needs to finish this series with a good note.
Date published: 2015-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be careful what you wish for. What a creative mind that Jeffery! I love these cronicles. I just wish he wold hurry up a write the next one.
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be Careful What You Wish For Loved it.....it's bee quite a long time since reading Books 1,2 &3 so had to recall story line & characters but this book gives you little bits to jog your memory!
Date published: 2015-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be Careful What You Wish For At the beginning I thought it was a great book and could hardly put it down. However before I completed reading it I was very disappointed. I know there are lots of readers who would enjoy this book. Sorry I am not one of them.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Have just finished reading all four books in this series in just the past three weeks and have recommended them to several friends.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Be careful What you wish for Another cliffhanger from Archer, We now have to wait while he writes the next sequal. I wish he would use British spelling as well as British terminology.
Date published: 2015-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the book down. Book was extremely well written and kept your interest throughout. Hope the next book in the Clifton series is out soon! Book leaves you with a few cliff hangers.
Date published: 2015-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be careful what you wish for Another great story by a very talented writer! How long will we have to wait for the next one? I guess I better get back to the house work!
Date published: 2015-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from so glad i kept on reading was reading the book, hard to get into...at first glance. After i read about 150 pages, thinking, i don't like this, my opinion changed. From then on the excitement started, hard to put down. The disappointment came at the end with a cliff hanger. Continued in the next book, grrr
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be Careful what you wishes for It was like a magnet , kept me interested from beginning to end Archer is a Master at plot writing Now for the finale please , Archer hopefully in his next book we get to see what happens to Harry and Emma
Date published: 2015-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Clifton Chronicles Wow! What a series! Archer is a topnotch writer and I was delighted to see his books included on Kobo. One can never go wrong with this author.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be Careful what you wish for Awesome book. Followa the saga of these families,l can wai for the next episode.I recommend all of Jeffery Archers books
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I couldn't put this book down. I thought it was the best one so far in the series. I feel like every book has been better than the last. Cannot wait for the next one
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Great Jeffery archer book like always
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book I have read the other 3 in this series and the plot continues to thicken. Excellent read. Would highly recommend! Can't wait for book 5.
Date published: 2014-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be careful what you wish for. Can't wait for the follow up....a year of waiting....not fair!
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clifton Chronicles #4 Unfair to have to wait till 2015 - and then that one will end with a cliff-hanger to be continued in 2016. I may lose interest by then
Date published: 2014-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be careful what you wish for Very good book, leaves you in wondering until the next one comes out in 2015 long time:-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jeffery Archer is amazing! The characters that Archer has created will have you turning page after page. I have followed this family for four novels. It is the far from my usual genre, but I will be quick to purchase volume five the moment it is released. You will love it!
Date published: 2014-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be Careful What You Wish For This is the fourth book in a series I am thoroughly enjoying reading it, only problem the next one does not come out till 2015
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Be Careful Wha You Wish For I ordered it on line. As soon as it arrived, I couldn't wait to start reading. It is a page-turner just like the other chronicles he has written about the Clifton/Barrington families. Too bad we have to wait another year for the next one.
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read. Jeffrey Archer never fails to deliver! Can't wait for the next book
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT STORY--CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE This is the fourth in the series and they are all keepers. Once you start one you want to keep going into the next and the the fifth won't be ready until 2015. Too long to have to wait to find out what happens next.
Date published: 2014-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Downton Abbey fans will enjoy it! Great read. Continues with twists and turns like the previous novels in the story of the Clifton's. If you're a fan of 'Downton Abbey' you'll enjoy these books.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Clifton Chronicles I purchased Be Careful what you wish for - the fourth book in the Clifton Chronicles - it is excellent reading and I cannot wait for the next book to be published next year.
Date published: 2014-04-07

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Be Careful What You Wish For

Be Careful What You Wish For

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.47 × 6.42 × 1.32 in

Published: March 11, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250034485

ISBN - 13: 9781250034489

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1  HARRY CLIFTON WAS woken by the sound of a phone ringing.He was in the middle of a dream, but couldn’t remember what it was about. Perhaps the insistent metallic sound was just part of his dream. He reluctantly turned over and blinked at the little phosphorescent green hands on the bedside clock: 6:43 a.m. He smiled. Only one person would consider calling him at that time in the morning. He picked up the phone and murmured in an exaggeratedly sleepy voice, “Good morning, my darling.” There was no immediate response, and for a moment Harry wondered if the hotel operator had put the call through to the wrong room. He was about to replace the receiver when he heard sobbing. “Is that you, Emma?”“Yes,” came the reply.“What’s the matter?” he asked soothingly.“Sebastian is dead.”Harry didn’t reply immediately, because he now wanted to believe he was still dreaming. “How can that be possible?” he eventually said. “I spoke to him only yesterday.”“He was killed this morning,” said Emma, clearly only able to manage a few words at a time.Harry sat bolt upright, suddenly wide awake.“In a car accident,” continued Emma between sobs.Harry tried to remain calm as he waited for her to tell him exactly what had happened.“They were traveling up to Cambridge together.”“They?” repeated Harry.“Sebastian and Bruno.”“Is Bruno still alive?”“Yes. But he’s in a hospital in Harlow, and they’re not sure if he’ll make it through the night.”Harry threw back the blanket and placed his feet on the carpet.
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From the Publisher

Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

Back in London, Harry and Emma's adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica's future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.

Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastle's first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storyteller's talent as never before - when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.

About the Author

JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and twenty-two years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections-including Best Kept Secret, The Sins of the Father, Kane and Abel, and False Impression-have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

Editorial Reviews

"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." -Booklist

"Archer knows how to dole out tiny crumbs of suspense right up to the last page, which ends with...a really excellent cliffhanger." -Washington Post

"The most gripping of the Clifton Chronicles yet. The tension and the build-up are terrific, and kept this reader on the edge of his seat." -The Observer (UK)