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A Rather Charming Invitation (Penny Nichols Series #3)
     

A Rather Charming Invitation (Penny Nichols Series #3)

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by C. A. Belmond
 

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Her work has been hailed as "a return to the golden age of romantic suspense," and Belmond is back with her beloved characters and their search for a missing bridal tapestry.

Dateline: London, Paris, Antibes. It's time to get down to wedding planning. But while heiress Penny's distant relatives insist that the nuptials be held in their native France,

Overview

Her work has been hailed as "a return to the golden age of romantic suspense," and Belmond is back with her beloved characters and their search for a missing bridal tapestry.

Dateline: London, Paris, Antibes. It's time to get down to wedding planning. But while heiress Penny's distant relatives insist that the nuptials be held in their native France, Jeremy's kin won't have it anywhere but England. And either choice might just re-ignite the Hundred Years' War...

Then, in a family château high above the perfume fields of Grasse, Penny's French cousin offers her the loan of an ancient bridal tapestry. But Penny has barely begun to crack its perplexing imagery before a series of strange events unfolds, threatening to derail the wedding. From a secret chalet on Lake Geneva, to a nostalgic stop at the opulent Train Bleu, to a winner-take-all gamble in Monte Carlo, Penny and Jeremy are off on another romp...while the clock is ticking down until they say, "I do."

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"C.A. Belmond's entertaining duo of Penny Nichols and Jeremy Laidley are back in the spotlight in her novel, A Rather Charming Invitation. A wonderful cozy mystery that weaves together pictures of relationships among a variety of couples while Penny ponders the life-changing ceremony that she is about to participate in. Beautifully lyrical descriptions of multiple European locales are juxtaposed with the painstaking search for clues in the tapestry, which in turn gives rise to vivid descriptions of the past lives of those whom the tapestry has touched. Trains and clocks provide additional threads which embellish the story and enrich the glimpses of affluent society in this charmingly lighthearted mystery that also provides a look at the intricacies of planning a wedding that often become a lesson in strategic diplomacy."
-Night Owl Review (A Featured "Top Pick")

"A Rather Charming Invitation is written in such a fascinating way, with characters that will both charm and entertain. It is a book that you don't want to miss!"
-ChickLit Club

"Imagine you are able to bounce between your homes in England and the South of France, to enjoy all there is to see and do without worrying about the cost, and with the one you love by your side. Hard to imagine? Not with Penny and Jeremy as inspiration. They are good people prepared to make the most of their inheritances with natural good taste and innate kindliness. ...Writing well in the first person from a singular point of view must be difficult-it's so often awkward-but Ms. Belmond pulls it off beautifully. And with fascinating glimpses of Europe past and present, and a gentle romance between a likable pair, she has produced an enchanting read. I highly recommend A Rather Charming Invitation for its combination of charm, livliness, and suspense.

If you were lucky enough to have read A Rather Lovely Inheritance, [the first novel in the "Rather" series] you would have met American Penny Nichols on the French Riviera... [and] that meeting led to A Rather Curious Engagement, the second delightful installment in Penny and Jeremy's adventures. You needn't have read the earlier titles to enjoy A Rather Charming Invitation, but they are both treasures.
-Romance Reviews Today

Publishers Weekly
American heiress Penny Nichols is supposed to be planning her nuptials to dashing barrister Jeremy Laidley in this pleasant if underplotted installment to Belmond’s Rather series (A Rather Curious Engagement), but she keeps dithering. Complications quickly arise when Penny and Jeremy visit her aunt Leonora and uncle Phillipe, who offer them use of a family heirloom at the wedding—a valuable antique bridal tapestry—and their chateau for the ceremony. But while the happy couple is away trying to convince Jeremy’s overbearing British grandmother that the French wedding they are planning will meet her exacting standards, the tapestry is stolen, and Penny and Jeremy put on their detective caps. Family secrets involving Penny’s French and Jeremy’s English relatives are revealed, but the couple’s investigation into the missing tapestry isn’t handled very well, with obvious details overlooked until the plot requires the simpatico duo to piece things together. Series fans may find this outing agreeable if slow; the uninitiated will have a hard time sussing out the backstory and should read the earlier books first. (Feb.)
Romance Reviews Today
Imagine you are able to bounce between your homes in England and the South of France, to enjoy all there is to see and do without worrying about the cost, and with the one you love by your side. Hard to imagine? Not with Penny and Jeremy as inspiration. They are good people prepared to make the most of their inheritances with natural good taste and innate kindliness.?... Writing well in the first person from a singular point of view must be difficult-it's so often awkward-but Ms. Belmond pulls it off beautifully. And with fascinating glimpses of Europe past and present, and a gentle romance between a likable pair, she has produced an enchanting read. I highly recommend "A Rather Charming Invitation" for its combination of charm, liveliness, and suspense.?
If you were lucky enough to have read A Rather Lovely Inheritance, [the first novel in the "Rather" series] you would have met American Penny Nichols on the French Riviera... [and] that meeting led to "A Rather Curious Engagement", the second delightful installment in Penny and Jeremy's adventures. You needn't have read the earlier titles to enjoy "A Rather Charming Invitation", but they are both treasures.
ChickLit Club
A Rather Charming Invitation is written in such a fascinating way, with characters that will both charm and entertain. It is a book that you don't want to miss!
Night Owl Review
C.A. Belmond's entertaining duo of Penny Nichols and Jeremy Laidley are back in the spotlight in her novel, A Rather Charming Invitation. A wonderful cozy mystery that weaves together pictures of relationships among a variety of couples while Penny ponders the life-changing ceremony that she is about to participate in. Beautifully lyrical descriptions of multiple European locales are juxtaposed with the painstaking search for clues in the tapestry, which in turn gives rise to vivid descriptions of the past lives of those whom the tapestry has touched. Trains and clocks provide additional threads which embellish the story and enrich the glimpses of affluent society in this charmingly lighthearted mystery that also provides a look at the intricacies of planning a wedding that often become a lesson in strategic diplomacy. A Featured "Top Pick"
Night Owl Reviews
C.A. Belmond's entertaining duo of Penny Nichols and Jeremy Laidley are back in the spotlight in her novel, A Rather Charming Invitation. A wonderful cozy mystery that weaves together pictures of relationships among a variety of couples while Penny ponders the life-changing ceremony that she is about to participate in. Beautifully lyrical descriptions of multiple European locales are juxtaposed with the painstaking search for clues in the tapestry, which in turn gives rise to vivid descriptions of the past lives of those whom the tapestry has touched. Trains and clocks provide additional threads which embellish the story and enrich the glimpses of affluent society in this charmingly lighthearted mystery that also provides a look at the intricacies of planning a wedding that often become a lesson in strategic diplomacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451229083
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/02/2010
Series:
Penny Nichols Series , #3
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
484,348
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"C.A. Belmond's entertaining duo of Penny Nichols and Jeremy Laidley are back in the spotlight in her novel, A Rather Charming Invitation. A wonderful cozy mystery that weaves together pictures of relationships among a variety of couples while Penny ponders the life-changing ceremony that she is about to participate in. Beautifully lyrical descriptions of multiple European locales are juxtaposed with the painstaking search for clues in the tapestry, which in turn gives rise to vivid descriptions of the past lives of those whom the tapestry has touched. Trains and clocks provide additional threads which embellish the story and enrich the glimpses of affluent society in this charmingly lighthearted mystery that also provides a look at the intricacies of planning a wedding that often become a lesson in strategic diplomacy."
-Night Owl Review (A Featured "Top Pick")

"A Rather Charming Invitation is written in such a fascinating way, with characters that will both charm and entertain. It is a book that you don't want to miss!"
-ChickLit Club

"Imagine you are able to bounce between your homes in England and the South of France, to enjoy all there is to see and do without worrying about the cost, and with the one you love by your side. Hard to imagine? Not with Penny and Jeremy as inspiration. They are good people prepared to make the most of their inheritances with natural good taste and innate kindliness. ...Writing well in the first person from a singular point of view must be difficult-it's so often awkward-but Ms. Belmond pulls it off beautifully. And with fascinating glimpses of Europe past and present, and a gentle romance between a likable pair, she has produced an enchanting read. I highly recommend A Rather Charming Invitation for its combination of charm, livliness, and suspense.

If you were lucky enough to have read A Rather Lovely Inheritance, [the first novel in the "Rather" series] you would have met American Penny Nichols on the French Riviera... [and] that meeting led to A Rather Curious Engagement, the second delightful installment in Penny and Jeremy's adventures. You needn't have read the earlier titles to enjoy A Rather Charming Invitation, but they are both treasures.
-Romance Reviews Today

Meet the Author

C.A. Belmond was awarded an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship and was twice a Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award finalist. A writer-in-residence at the Karolyi Foundation in the South of France, her original screenplays were shortlisted at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. Belmond has written and produced television drama and documentary, and taught writing at New York University. There are three previous books in her "Rather" series.

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Rather Charming Invitation 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
AvidReaderVT More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I stumbled on this book! Beautifully written with a very likeable heroine and an original story line. It evokes happy memories of warmth and sunshine and time spent with people you love. It's been a long time since I've read a book that made me feel so happy and positive and I can't wait to give it as a gift to friends and family.
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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
Penny and Jeremy return in A Rather Charming Invitation with their newly glamorous life. Jeremy has finally proposed and everything would be grand if Penny could just get motivated to organize the wedding. But there are some many tough decisions to make! Should they get married in France or England, either choice will alienate one side of the family. In the midst of the planning a long lost cousin shows up on their doorstep. Her family is offering the loan of a mysterious and antique bridal tapestry for the wedding. Penny is still puzzling over the cryptic message in the tapestry and the vague legends of its history when it is stolen. Penny and Jeremy are hot on the trail - the tapestry has to be found before the wedding! Diving into a C.A. Belmond book is like taking a fun and frivolous vacation and A Rather Charming Invitation is no exception. Penny is still refreshingly naive, Jeremy as madly devoted to her, and Rolo as charmingly devious. I loved the addition of the tapestry to this mystery and the history and drama that it added. The newly introduced French cousin is especially beguiling and I hope we see her again. I listened to this on audio narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Fabulous! Her various accents are so fun to listen to and she get the fast-paced excitement just right.
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Jams8209 More than 1 year ago
Penny and Jeremy are back with new relatives. Penny is getting pressure from all sides of who to invite to the wedding and where to have it. Eveyone has an opinion about the wedding. Penny is having doubts if she can make a marriage last. Penny and Jeremy are meeting new clients and family members propelling them on another adventure through Europe. These characters make you wish the were alive to meet them and enjoy in the fun. This is the third in a great cozy series.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
American heiress Penny Nichols and her fiancé London barrister Jeremy Laidley are planning their wedding when her French cousin Honorine arrives in England. They need to return her young relative to her parents in Mougins, France. There her Aunt Leonora and Uncle Phillipe offer the use of an ancient bridal tapestry and their chateau for their wedding vows. However, Jeremy's very British grandmother wants the ceremony in England so the couple has to convince her to cross the Channel. As they struggle to persuade his family's matriarch that her specific demands will be met in France, the tapestry is stolen. Jeremy and Penny return to France to investigate who robbed her family's valuable heirloom. The third Rather tale (see A Rather Lovely Inheritance and A Rather Curious Engagement) is an engaging contemporary that contains several mysteries re their respective families' secrets and obviously the missing tapestry. The story line starts slow yet is insightful as Penny is a nervous wreck and it picks up once the heirloom is stolen. Although the whodunit has too many holes, fans of the Rather charming saga will enjoy the latest entry wondering if Penny needs to wear rubber underwear when she says oui. Harriet Klausner