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. . . .

  1. Bhavik Keshvani says:

    Its an astonishing piece of work. I just can’t wait for the Book – 5 ” Mightier than the sword”. What i found to be confusing is the last 2 chapters of the book. I am unable to get clarity about who is “LORD GLENARTHUR”, or who is finally described worrying whne the bomb explodes and also who is called the “CHAUFFER”.

    • Rebekka says:

      Lord Glenarthur is a distant relative of the Barringtons and an IRA member takes on his persona to get a cabin on the ship. After his work is done he drops his disguise. The chauffeur is also s member of the IRA.

  2. Vignesh srinivasan says:

    Sir.. Its been a roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs as i reas the 4 books of the amazing clifton chronicles. Cant wait anytime as the majestic climax awaits..
    I have been an avid fan of your writings sir.
    I hope to read many more of our works in the days to come.

  3. Nancy Ellis says:

    No spoiler here, but I’m so excited that my book arrived today….Mightier Than the Sword……and as soon as I could, I sat down to find out how you resolved the bomb issue…………….I was like a kid waiting for Christmas morning…..and I wasn’t disappointed! Looking forward to the discussion of the new book………

  4. james collins says:

    anyone know the name of book 6 or is it to soon for it to have a title?

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