Rating: 4 / 5
Best Kept Secret opens with the ruling on whether Harry or Giles will inherit the Barrington title and property. Lord Chancellor has decided to the liking of both Giles and Harry, for Giles will inherit the land and title, and Harry is free to marry Emma Barrington. Harry has pursued a career as an author and together with Emma, they have adopted Jessica, Emma’s half sister. Giles has taken the political career track.
All is not well, however, with the recurrence of Alex Fisher, a bully and arch nemesis to both Harry and Giles. Also in this installment is the introduction of Virginia Fenwick, a socialite hellbent on marrying into the Barrington fortune. Best Kept Secret also delves into the life of Emma and Harry’s son, Sebastian Clifton. While I thought the Clifton Chronicles were supposed to be a trilogy and this the last of them, the ending makes me think Archer will continue this series, which has me excited.
I’ve loved all of Archer’s previous works. His work is not high-brow, but his stories are warm, rich, and intensely engaging. He’s a master storyteller, and I truly hope this is not the last of the Cliftons and Barringtons.