Best Kept Secret (Book 3)


As the world moves on from war, Harry Clifton, finally married to Emma, is realizing a promising career as an author, while his brother-in-law Giles Barrington has been elected to the House of Commons from Bristol. And the vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has finally been decided. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while 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: his and Harry’s old nemesis, Alex Fisher.

Although there is clearly plenty of intrigue remaining in the stories of Harry, Emma, and Giles, seeing Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma’s son, become a fully fledged character in his own right is very satisfying. After his own escapades in school, in 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family takes over the spotlight. But after Sebastian is expelled from school, risking his scholarship, he falls under the spell of his best friend’s father, Don Pedro Martinez, and unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue and several million pounds worth of counterfeit money. What happens to Sebastian turns Don Pedro into the Cliftons and Barringtons’ latest nemesis, as he vows revenge, but it’s the cliffhanger at the end that provides the biggest tension—and promises the most dramatic moment of the series in the opening of the next book.

  1. Nancy Ellis says:

    I confess I’ve already forged ahead and read book 4, but I’ll try not to give anything away. These cliffhangers are killing me! I’m so glad the “correct” decision was made regarding the family fortune. Can’t imagine it being any other way. And I knew it was only a matter of time before slimeball Alex made a repeat appearance…..although he meets more than his match in Lady Virginia! She is deadly, and it makes my skin crawl to think of what she is capable of. I did love the scene where the will was read, though!! Now that Sebastian has become a full-fledged character, we see that he’s capable of getting himself into some pretty heavy trouble. Is it just me, or do others think Harry, Giles, and Sebastian are rather naive and not nearly suspicious enough of others??? I love them all, though, and can’t wait to see how the next cliffhanger is resolved.

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