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Best Kept Secret

by Jeffrey Archer

St. Martin's Press | August 27, 2014 | Hardcover

Best Kept Secret is rated 4.25 out of 5 by 4.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.34 in

Published: August 27, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125000098X

ISBN - 13: 9781250000989

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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
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 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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Best Kept Secret

Best Kept Secret

by Jeffrey Archer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.34 in

Published: August 27, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 125000098X

ISBN - 13: 9781250000989

About the Book

"New York Times"-bestseller Archer continues his beloved Clifton Chronicle series as Harry and Emma finally begin building a happy life--but a dangerous family enemy is about to resurface. This book opens a moment after the end of "The Sins of the Father."

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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.
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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.

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 Only Time Will Tell, Kane and Abel, The Sins of the Father, and False Impression--have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.

Editorial Reviews

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.