Be Careful What You Wish For: A Novel

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 11, 2014 - Fiction - 400 pages
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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 Emma's 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, Jessica's 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. Hardcastle's 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 storyteller's 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.

 

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User Review  - shannon.dolgos - LibraryThing

Intense and wonderful and sad and of course, the cliffhanger....that leaves me wanting more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jessica has fallen in love and leave it to Lady Virginia to ruin it... Don Pedro is still ... Read full review

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User Review  - Olivermagnus - LibraryThing

42. [Be Careful What You Wish For] by Jeffrey Archer - 4.5 Stars Be Careful What You Wish For is the fourth novel in the Clifton Chronicles, set primarily in England and spanning the years 1957 to ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
Diego Martinez 1964
Cedric Hardcastle 1959
Harry and Emma 1964
Jessica Clifton 1964
Cedric Hardcastle 1964
Major Alex Fisher 1964
Sebastian Clifton 1964
Also by Jeffrey Archer
About the Author
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About the author (2014)

JEFFREY ARCHER was educated at Oxford University. He has served five years in Britain's House of Commons and twenty-two 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.

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