Synopses & Reviews
Sebastian is dead, is the opening line of Be Careful What You Wish For, but just like all of Jeffrey Archers tales, its the first of many twists, because Harry Clifton, Sebastians father, rushes to the hospital only to discover…
When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to take his place, but Don Pedro Martinez plans to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, so he can destroy the Barrington family firm once and for all.
The talented Jessica Clifton, Harry and Emmas adopted daughter, wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art and falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted and preparations for the nuptials are well under way, when Charlotte Bingham, Jessicas future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.
But then, without warning, a man no one had ever heard of takes his place on the board of Barringtons and causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated. Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshire banker, quickly decides who he should support, Emma Clifton or Don Pedro Martinez, and the story takes yet another twist.
In one last throw of the dice, Martinez sets up an audacious coup when the MV Buckingham sets sail on its maiden voyage to New York. If you were on the edge of your seat at the end of Best Kept Secret, then prepare for sleepless nights once youve turned the last page of Be Careful What You Wish For, when you will wonder how Harry, Emma and Giles can possibly survive.
Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storytellers talent like never before—as the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in an epic tale of love, loss, ambition and betrayal.
Praise for international bestselling authorJEFFREY ARCHER
"One of the top ten storytellers in the world." —Los Angeles Times
"There isnt a better storyteller alive." —Larry King"Archer plots with skill, and keeps you turning the pages." —The Boston Globe
"Cunning plots, silken style…. Archer plays a cat-and-mouse game with the reader." —The New York Times
"Archer is a master entertainer." —Time
"A storyteller in the class of Alexandre Dumas…unsurpassed skill." —Washington Post And for the novels in his Clifton Chronicle series BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR
"No family saga would be complete without a villain, and this book has a good one, a well-drawn and believable character whose motivations are understandable. This thoroughly engaging old-school, multigenerational saga harks back to the work of Malcolm Macdonald, Belva Plain, and Irwin Shaw."—Booklist
"Archer knows how to dole out tiny crumbs of suspense right up to the last page, which ends with…a really excellent cliffhanger."—Washington Post"The most gripping of the Clifton Chronicles yet. The tension and the build-up are terrific, and kept this reader on the edge of his seat."—The Observer (UK)Best kept secret"An artful blend of colorful characters, seething resentment, calculated revenge, and a shocking, tragic cliff-hanger…Archer provides a pitch-perfect continuation of the Clifton family saga; his shrewd twists and turns are addictive from the get-go, and he stuns with his signature series sign-off…leaving readers longing for its resolution."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Archer spins sufficient narrative threads for six novels, complete with ample money, old-boy connections, intrigue, and a deus ex machina. What-will-happen-next reading."—Kirkus ReviewsTHE SINS OF THE FATHER"Archer delivers another page-turning, heart-stopping saga, with delightful twists, and a surprise ending… readers will surely wait for the next with bated breath."—Publishers Weekly "Youll risk back injury just from being kept on the edge of your seat…. I guarantee that anyone who takes this book from the shelves will not be able to put it down."—The Spectator (UK)"A master of fiction…[Jeffrey Archer] can tell a story, and he does so with such conviction, such appealing naïveté, that you suspend disbelief, and read happily on."—The Scotsman ONLY TIME WILL TELL"General readers as well as Archer fans will enjoy this unforgettable tale, which abounds with cliff-hangers that propel its intriguing and intricate plot."—Library Journal (starred review) "The drama of Harry Cliftons young life takes the reader to the edge of the cliff, where they must hang until the next Clifton Chronicle..." —Sunday Telegraph "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."—Booklist (starred review)
Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer's Be Careful What You Wish For
opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?
When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.
Back in London, Harry and Emmas adopted daughter wins a scholarship to the Slade Academy of Art where she falls in love with a fellow student, Clive Bingham, who asks her to marry him. Both families are delighted until Priscilla Bingham, Jessicas future mother-in-law, has a visit from an old friend, Lady Virginia Fenwick, who drops her particular brand of poison into the wedding chalice.
Then, without warning, Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman who no one has come across before, takes his place on the board of Barringtons. This causes an upheaval that none of them could have anticipated, and will change the lives of every member of the Clifton and Barrington families. Hardcastles first decision is who to support to become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or Major Alex Fisher? And with that decision, the story takes yet another twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Be Careful What You Wish For showcases the master storytellers talent as never before - when the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties, in this epic tale of love, revenge, ambition and betrayal.
International bestselling author Jeffrey Archers saga continues in Be Careful What You Wish For
as the Clifton and Barrington families march forward into the sixties—and into a whole new world. . .
Harry Clifton and his wife, Emma, are rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son Sebastian, who has been involved in a car accident. But who has died: Sebastian or his best friend, Bruno?
Back in London, Harry and Emmas adopted daughter is engaged to be married. But can her future in-laws be trusted? Meanwhile, plans are under way for the Barrington Shipping Company as it sets to launch its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham. But who will become the next chairman of the board: Emma Clifton or the egregious and spiteful Major Alex Fisher? Then, without warning, a new character enters the picture: Cedric Hardcastle, a bluff Yorkshireman with his own vision for the future of the shipping business—and who will alter the course of the Clifton and Barrington families lives forever...
"Excellent…Archer knows how to dole out tiny crumbs of suspense right up to the last page."—The Washington Post
About the Author
Jeffrey Archer was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britains House of Commons and nineteen years in the House of Lords. All of his novels and short story collections—including Best Kept Secret, The Sins of the Father, Kane and Abel, and False Impression—have been international bestselling books. Archer is married with two sons and lives in London and Cambridge.