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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Bridging the turbulent ’50s and revolutionary ’60s, the fourth installment in Jeffrey Archer’s historical series The Clifton Chronicles confirms the British politician-turned-author’s reputation as a master storyteller. A tragic accident delivers shocking news to crime novelist Harry Clifton and his shipping-heiress wife, Emma—and sparks a decade-long feud over control of Emma’s family business. Meanwhile, the couple’s daughter, a newly engaged art student, is devastated by the sudden revelation of a family secret. The success of Archer’s family saga comes from his gripping blend of period detail, real-world political history, tenacious heroes, and wonderfully evil villains.
Not so good
The author was tired. He repeated again the trick of the wrong identity in two bodies, one who dies and one that survives. Not good. And he make things move slowly on purpose just to have more pages. I finished because I have read the two previous and couldn't abandon "the family".
Could not put the book down. You really had to have read the previous books in the series to get the most out of the story, and there were maybe a couple of "stretches" in the story line, but overall very, very good.
If you are a "boomer" and remember the 50's and early 60's, the book will be especially interesting, and bring back memories of the characters, and both good and bad times we experienced in the 1955 - 1965 decade.
Be Careful What You Wish For
Good story and build up. Terrible ending left hanging. Needs closure.