A Rather Curious Engagement (Penny Nichols Series #2)

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Belmond's much-beloved debut novel, A Rather Lovely Inheritance was "a rare gem" (Romance Reviews Today) and 'An entertaining yarn with family drama and intrigue aplenty.'(Booklist). Now, in the eagerly anticipated sequel, A Rather Curious Engagement, our American freelancer- turned-heiress Penny Nichols is back for more fun? and another engaging international romp with her English hero, Jeremy.

Penny has the great London flat, the classic car, the villa in France, the fabulous ...

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Overview

Belmond's much-beloved debut novel, A Rather Lovely Inheritance was "a rare gem" (Romance Reviews Today) and 'An entertaining yarn with family drama and intrigue aplenty.'(Booklist). Now, in the eagerly anticipated sequel, A Rather Curious Engagement, our American freelancer- turned-heiress Penny Nichols is back for more fun? and another engaging international romp with her English hero, Jeremy.

Penny has the great London flat, the classic car, the villa in France, the fabulous bank account, and a great guy to share them with. So everything's perfect, right? Right? Er, well...

Pursued by gigolos, gold-diggers, an ex-wife, and highly aggressive salesmen chasing after their millions, Penny and Jeremy decide to take the summer off and sock away most of their inheritance for one year. But they allow themselves one big "splurge" from their wish list— and that's where all the trouble begins. At an auction on the French Riviera, Penny and Jeremy win much more than they bargain for, uncovering a centuries-old rivalry involving the theft of a priceless treasure linked to Beethoven's Germany, the mysterious island of Corsica, a luxurious 1920s yacht, and a medieval castle on Lake Como, Italy.
A Rather Curious Engagement is a stay-up-all-night read, with an irresistible, unbeatable heroine seeking answers to intriguing questions about history, art, fortune and love. It's the perfect companion to the first novel.

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"In Belmond's lilting sequel to A Rather Lovely Inheritance, heroine Penny Nichols exults in being released from her stodgy American life and learns that being newly rich is not all champagne and roses. Her barrister boyfriend, Jeremy Laidley, also an heir to Penny's great-aunt's vast fortune, wants to use their wealth wisely. Penny agrees, planning to pool their resources and eventually create a joint enterprise that will utilize Penny's “natural-born snooping ability” and Jeremy's legal expertise. Taking a summer off to explore their options, Jeremy decides to splurge on a vintage yacht at an auction. But their dreamboat vanishes from its berth and later turns up, damaged, in a nearby harbor. Penny's determined to solve “Le Boat-Jacking,” leading them to the yacht's previous owner, Count Hubert von Norbert, in Lake Como and some seafaring surprises. It's fluffy and fun, even if you don't have your own yacht."-Publisher’s Weekly
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In Belmond's lilting sequel to A Rather Lovely Inheritance, heroine Penny Nichols exults in being released from her stodgy American life and learns that being newly rich is not all champagne and roses. Her barrister boyfriend, Jeremy Laidley, also an heir to Penny's great-aunt's vast fortune, wants to use their wealth wisely. Penny agrees, planning to pool their resources and eventually create a joint enterprise that will utilize Penny's "natural-born snooping ability" and Jeremy's legal expertise. Taking a summer off to explore their options, Jeremy decides to splurge on a vintage yacht at an auction. But their dreamboat vanishes from its berth and later turns up, damaged, in a nearby harbor. Penny's determined to solve "Le Boat-Jacking," leading them to the yacht's previous owner, Count Hubert von Norbert, in Lake Como and some seafaring surprises. It's fluffy and fun, even if you don't have your own yacht. (July)

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Penny Nichols battled nefarious relations over her inheritance in Belmond's first outing, A Rather Lovely Inheritance (2007), and this time around she is finally able to enjoy it. Penny and her boyfriend, Jeremy, who also inherited a sizable sum, decide to set off for the French Riviera with the hopes of purchasing a yacht called Liesl's Dream. Jeremy wins the yacht, but after its maiden voyage, it is stolen. After the ransacked yacht is recovered, Penny is determined to learn what the thieves were after. She and Jeremy journey to Lake Como, where the former owner of the yacht, Count Hubert von Norbert, resides. The aging count believes the robbers were after a valuable metal figure, the Beethoven Lion, once in his family's collection but since lost. The count's son, Kurt, hires Penny and Jeremy to find the lion for his father, leading them on an adventure across Europe. Belmond's second novel is bound to charm romantic suspense fans.
—Kristine Huntley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451224057
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Series: Penny Nichols Series, #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 571,470
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Posted September 1, 2010

    What a fun audiobook!

    A Rather Curious Engagement continues the adventures of heiress Penny Nichols and her boyfriend Jeremy. Penny and Jeremy decide to allow themselves one big splurge as they try to figure out what to do with their new fortune. A vintage yacht being auctioned off catches their eye and they dream of quiet, relaxing boating trips. Naturally, what they get is more than they bargained for and when the yacht mysteriously disappears Penny is on the case.

    This second book in the Penny Nichols series is as light and entertaining as the first one. Again read by Katherine Kellgren, the audio book is perfect for a summer road trip. Her posh accents combined with Penny's wicked sense of humor kept me laughing! What fun books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2008

    Great plot, fascinating characters¿

    In C.A. Belmond¿s sequel to A Rather Lovely Inheritance, Penny and Jeremy decide to splurge on a yacht, not just any yacht. At an auction, they win the 1926, 35 meter Liesl¿s Dream, complete with teak wood and six luxury bedrooms. Unfortunately, someone steals the yacht out of the harbor. Things definitely are not smooth sailing as Jeremy¿s ex-wife pops back in the picture, trying to win his heart, very much annoying Penny and a mysterious Russian offers to sail away with Penny. C.A. Belmond is a brilliant writer. I savored every word of A Rather Curious Engagement. While this novel is written from Penny¿s point of view, I detected a distinct British quality to the writing. It works! I felt as though I were on tour with the loving couple. They make me yearn for my own yacht. A Rather Curious Engagement is a must read!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a fine story

    Since becoming an American -heiress (see A Rather Lovely Inheritance), Penny Nichols has seen her lifestyle radically change. She lives in a luxurious London apartment, weekends in France, has a classic automobile and enjoys living with her flatmate Jeremy.----------- However, on the down side is everyone wants a handout so Penny is constantly being accosted by gigolos, paparazzi, sales people and even a former wife. Penny the snoop and Jeremy the legalese decide to have a big summer fling before putting their money aside for the year to live somewhat normal. They attend an auction on the French Riviera where they buy a 1920s yacht only to have someone boat-jack it and damage it when it is found. Unable to resist the former freelancer investigates the theft which leads them to the previous owner, Count Hubert von Norbert, in Lake Como, Italy and a fifth of Beethoven (without Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band to guide them).---------------- This is a rather entertaining sequel as the adventures of an American heiress in Europe continue. Penny and Jeremy are wonderful dodging gold-diggers, con artists, and peddlers when they just want a little fun before deciding what to do with their nouveau riches. Instead they end up playing amateur sleuths tracking the mystery of the purloined yacht which leads them into all sorts of other escapades including a centuries old still burning continental feud. Fans will relish the return of Penny and Jeremy as they tour Europe.------------- Harriet Klausner

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