Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret

Hardcover | August 27, 2014

byJeffrey Archer

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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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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 Ame...

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 Only Time Will Tell, Kane and Abel, The Sins of the Father, and False Impression-have been international bestselling books. Archer ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.34 inPublished:August 27, 2014Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rivetting An excellent series with many twists and turns!! Can't wait to read the next book in the series. A definite cliff hanger type ending.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible secrets Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller who draws several parallel characters into stunning climaxes. This book does not fail to hold your attention.
Date published: 2015-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! Great series! Jeffrey Archer keeps us interested all the way through all three books. Looking forward to the fourth in the series.
Date published: 2015-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I have read the whole series and look forward to the 6th book. Interesting characters, good plot. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Kept Secret Good. Third in the series so you know what to expect however, I found there were too many new people to keep track off. Not surprised by ending but still quite intriging and you keep reading till the end.
Date published: 2015-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Geat afternoon read!! Very enjoyable read for both of us!! Been a long time since we have had to wait for the other to put down the Kobo. We have actually read all four books in the chronicles series and recommend all of them.
Date published: 2015-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series This is the third book in this series all are really great and well write so easy to follow.Just love it.
Date published: 2015-01-21
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Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So-So Third in the series and it feels like it's there just to propel you into the 4th instalment. The first two were really good and I'm hoping the 4th one will be worth plodding through this one. It's interesting, but unavoidable.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Kept Seccret Certainly hooked on this series---no choice but to continue
Date published: 2014-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beet Kept Secret Hmmmmm. Not the ending I thought. Another excellent Archer novel.
Date published: 2014-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Kept Secret Interesting reading about British political system. Cliffhanger!
Date published: 2014-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Fantastic series! Can't wait to start book 4.
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Biggest cliffhanger yet! This third book the the Clifton Chronicles is every bit as good as the first two. I was slightly upset to find out that what had been listed as a trilogy has more than three books. And this one has the biggest cliffhanger of them all. However, it's hard to be upset when you discover that there is more to one of the best series you've ever read. This book is extremely well written, and the characters are totally believable. I totally recommend this book to anyone who likes to read.
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Best kept secret Loved it! Fast paced, entertaining - and, unfortunately leaves you hanging At the end
Date published: 2014-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I could hardly wait to find out what was going to be happening next to everyone in the book. Revenge never gets old.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I enjoyed this story and am searching for the next book.
Date published: 2014-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Loved the book but hated that it ended where it did. I hope the next installment is in the works - I can't wait two years to find out what happens next!!!! Archer is a captivating writer and I thoroughly enjoy EVERYTHING he writes.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Even more exciting and unexpected twists and turns for the Clifton family. Wonderland throwback of how day to day life was affected by modern advances in travel & communications. Mix in family intrigue, lies, politics, and honest family read.
Date published: 2014-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best kept secret Again a fantastic continuation to a previous novel but the first time I have been left without knowing when I will get more and if Mr archer does not release the next in this family of novels I will have to track him down and force him to write
Date published: 2014-02-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Best kept secret Loved, loved, loved the first two books. Couldn't wait for the third! But unfortunately I was quite disappointed. As much as I adore Jeffrey Archer's work, the story veered off in so many ways that it was no longer about the Clifton's and the Barringtons. And the ending????? All I can say is I sure hope there's a fourth book in the works.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now waiting for next book Very good read, once again will need to obtain next book, if Mr Archer has written it yet!
Date published: 2014-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unputdownable 3rd in the series and I loved every one. I sincerely hope the next one comes out A.S.A.P. as I can't wait to see what happens. Mr. Archer never fails to keep one in suspense from beginning to end. I ignored all my household chores in order to finish the book and am now in a quandry as to what to read next - even though I have a couple of bestsellers sitting on my bedside table, they seem tame in comparison.
Date published: 2013-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great - Great - Great What more needs to be said " It's a Jeffrey Archer Book". As with the other books in this series it was as spellbinding as the previous ones. It is the kind of book that you want to read in one day and have a hard time putting down. I am very excited for the next installment.
Date published: 2013-05-06

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1"THEREFORE IF ANY man can show any just cause why these two people may not lawfully be joined together in holy matrimony, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.”Harry Clifton would never forget the first time he’d heard those words, and how moments later his whole life had been thrown into turmoil. Old Jack, who like George Washington could never tell a lie, had revealed in a hastily called meeting in the vestry that it was possible that Emma Barrington, the woman Harry adored, and who was about to become his wife, might be his half sister.All hell had broken loose when Harry’s mother admitted that on one occasion, and only one, she had had sexual intercourse with Emma’s father, Hugo Barrington. Therefore, there was a possibility that he and Emma could be the offspring of the same father.At the time of her dalliance with Hugo Barrington, Harry’s mother had been walking out with Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who worked at Barrington’s Shipyard. Despite the fact that Maisie had married Arthur soon afterward, the priest refused to proceed with Harry and Emma’s wedding while there was a possibility it might contravene the church’s ancient laws on consanguinity.Moments later, Emma’s father Hugo had slipped out of the back of the church, like a coward leaving the battlefield. Emma and her mother had traveled up to Scotland, while Harry, a desolate soul, remained at his college in Oxford, not knowing what to do next. Adolf Hitler had made that decision for him.Harry left the university a few days later and exchanged his academic gown for an ordinary seaman’s uniform. But he had been serving on the high seas for less than a fortnight when a German torpedo had scuppered his vessel, and the name of Harry Clifton appeared on the list of those reported lost at sea.“Wilt thou take this woman to thy wedded wife, wilt thou keep thee only unto her, as long as you both shall live?”“I will.”It was not until after the end of hostilities, when Harry had returned from the battlefield scarred in glory, that he discovered Emma had given birth to their son, Sebastian Arthur Clifton. But Harry didn’t find out until he had fully recovered that Hugo Barrington had been killed in the most dreadful circumstances, and bequeathed the Barrington family another problem, every bit as devastating to Harry as not being allowed to marry the woman he loved.Harry had never considered it at all significant that he was a few weeks older than Giles Barrington, Emma’s brother and his closest friend, until he learned that he could be first in line to inherit the family’s title, its vast estates, numerous possessions and, to quote the will, all that therein is. He quickly made it clear that he had no interest in the Barrington inheritance, and was only too willing to forfeit any birthright that might be considered his, in favor of Giles. The Garter King of Arms seemed willing to go along with this arrangement, and all might have progressed in good faith, had Lord Preston, a Labor backbencher in the Upper House, not taken it upon himself to champion Harry’s claim to the title, without even consulting him.“It is a matter of principle,” Lord Preston had explained to any lobby correspondents who questioned him.“Wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance, in the holy estate of matrimony?”“I will.”Harry and Giles remained inseparable friends throughout the entire episode, despite the fact that they were officially set against each other in the highest court in the land, as well as on the front pages of the national press.Harry and Giles would both have rejoiced at the Lord Chancellor’s decision had Emma and Giles’s grandfather, Lord Harvey, been in his seat on the front bench to hear his ruling, but he never learned of his triumph. The nation remained divided by the outcome, while the two families were left to pick up the pieces.The other consequence of the Lord Chancellor’s ruling was, as the press were quick to point out to their rapacious readers, that the highest court in the land had ordained that Harry and Emma were not of the same bloodline, and therefore he was free to invite her to be his lawfully wedded wife.“With this ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship and with all my worldly goods I thee endow.”However, Harry and Emma both knew that a decision made by man did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that Hugo Barrington was not Harry’s father, and as practicing Christians, it worried them that they might be breaking God’s law.Their love for each other had not diminished in the face of all they had been through. If anything, it had grown stronger, and with the encouragement of her mother, Elizabeth, and the blessing of Harry’s mother Maisie, Emma accepted Harry’s proposal of marriage. It only saddened her that neither of her grandmothers had lived to attend the ceremony.The nuptials did not take place in Oxford, as originally planned, with all the pomp and circumstance of a university wedding, and the inevitable glare of publicity that would accompany it, but at a simple register office ceremony in Bristol, with only the family and a few close friends in attendance.Perhaps the saddest decision that Harry and Emma reluctantly agreed on was that Sebastian Arthur Clifton would be their only child.Copyright © 2013 by Jeffrey Archer

Editorial Reviews

"One of the top ten storytellers in the world." -Los Angeles Times on JEFFREY ARCHER"There isn't a better storyteller alive." -Larry King on JEFFREY ARCHER"Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages." -The Boston Globe on JEFFREY ARCHER"Archer is a master entertainer." -Time on JEFFREY ARCHER"A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas...unsurpassed skill." -Washington Post on JEFFREY ARCHER"Archer delivers another page-turning, heart-stopping saga, with delightful twists, and a surprise ending... readers will surely wait for the next with bated breath." -Publishers Weekly on Sins of the Father"You'll risk back injury just from being kept on the edge of your seat.... I guarantee that anyone who takes this book from the shelves will not be able to put it down." -The Spectator on Sins of the Father"A master of fiction...[Jeffrey Archer] can tell a story, and he does so with such conviction, such appealing naïveté, that you suspend disbelief, and read happily on." -The Scotsman on Sins of the Father"General readers as well as Archer fans will enjoy this unforgettable tale, which abounds with cliff-hangers that propel its intriguing and intricate plot." -Library Journal (starred review) on Only Time Will Tell"The drama of Harry Clifton's young life takes the reader to the edge of the cliff, where they must hang until the next Clifton Chronicle..." -Sunday Telegraph on the Clifton Chronicle series"What appears at the outset to be a straightforward coming-of-age tale becomes, by the end, a saga of power, betrayal, and bitter hatred. The novel ends on a deliberately dark note, setting the stage for the sequel...An outstanding effort from a reliable veteran." -Booklist (starred review) on Only Time Will Tell