Be Careful What You Wish For (Book 4)
Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry and Emma Clifton rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. Finding out that there was a misunderstanding, and that it’s Bruno, Don Pedro Martinez’s son, who has been killed, is both a relief and a shock, for them and for us.
Don Pedro’s grief and anger becomes ever more focused on the Cliftons and Barringtons, and he is casting around for a way to exact his revenge. When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him, but it is Don Pedro who is acting behind the scenes, intending to install his puppet, Alex Fisher (remember him?), in order to destroy the Barrington family firm from the inside.
Back in London, Harry and Emma’s adopted daughter Jessica (who of course is really Emma’s half-sister) wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love and becomes engaged to a fellow student, Clive Bingham. The story has sailed into the 1960s with verve and Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessica’s future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who does exactly what you’d expect to poor Jessica. What happens as a result is the most bittersweet, tragic moment of the whole series.
The machinations continue on the board of Barringtons, and help comes in the guise of a new board member, Cedric Hardcastle. Cedric’s contributions provide a much-needed balance to the threats of Don Pedro Martinez and Lady Virginia, but even still, the suspense over the goings-on inside a boardroom is delicious.
And once again, the book ends on a powerful cliffhanger—clearly Archer’s specialty—and so we anxiously await the Clifton and Barrington family story’s next installment. . . .