A Rather Lovely Inheritance (Penny Nichols Series #1)

A Rather Lovely Inheritance (Penny Nichols Series #1)

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by C. A. Belmond
     
 

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After her Aunt Penelope dies, historical researcher Penny Nichols is astonished to learn that not only is she a bona fide heiress-but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work. This time, the history she's researching happens to be her very own. What she discovers about Aunt Penelope-a pair of wills, double lives, secret histories, and a family tree

Overview

After her Aunt Penelope dies, historical researcher Penny Nichols is astonished to learn that not only is she a bona fide heiress-but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work. This time, the history she's researching happens to be her very own. What she discovers about Aunt Penelope-a pair of wills, double lives, secret histories, and a family tree of vultures-is about to sweep Penny and a long-lost relative across France, over the hills of Italy, and throughout half of Europe on the adventure of several lifetimes.

Editorial Reviews

Jane Bowers
A Rather Lovely Inheritance tantalizes and entertains with its mystery and skullduggery, inner and exterior conflicts, and interesting characters, including the late Penelope, a hero whose image of himself and his place in the family is severely challenged, and a perfectly lovable heroine. It's a rare gem of a book that leaves behind a feeling of pure pleasure. For these reasons, I'm awarding it a Perfect 10.
Romance Reviews Today
Romantic Times Book Review
Belmond's debut novel combines suspense, romance and crafty wit. The protagonist is a character to cheer for, and the mystery subplot will keep readers turning the pages.
Booklist
An entertaining yarn with family drama and intrigue aplenty.
Publishers Weekly
Belmond gets her story off to an appealing start by tapping into the near-universal fantasy of a distant, elderly relative leaving behind a pile of loot. Penny Nichols (yes, she hates her silly name) is toiling as a low-paid historical researcher on film sets when she learns her Great-aunt Penelope-whom she met only once-has died and left her, well, something. Her parents dispatch her to London for the reading of the will, where she is reintroduced to her dashing cousin Jeremy. Penny gets left the contents of a garage adjoining her aunt's villa in the south of France and travels there with Jeremy to discover it contains a rare antique car. It doesn't take long for the family to split into factions competing for greater shares of the estate, which provides the narrative with an oversize share of twists and turns, especially concerning Jeremy's true parentage. It's evident from the moment of Penny and Jeremy's first encounter as adults that they will end up together, and the thin obstacles the author places between them quickly become tedious. Luckily, Belmond's spirited heroine is likable enough to guide readers through the wobbly plot. (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Plucky American tracks down an unexpected European inheritance in Belmond's debut. For most of her adult life, Penny Nichols has spent her days in a small New York apartment making ends meet on a freelancer's meager salary. As a researcher, Penny's job entails unearthing tiny facts and trivia about important female figures in history. While working on a film in France, Penny gets the news that her great-aunt has died. Penny is summoned by her relatives to London to be present at the reading of the will. Great-Aunt Penelope (Penny's parents smartly named their only child after the wealthy dowager) has bequeathed her fortune to Penny and her two British cousins, Jeremy and Rollo. The split of the inheritance stirs up jealousy and a bit of intrigue: Rollo contests the will. Jeremy and Penny haven't seen each other in more than a decade, but both harbor sentimental remembrances of past family gatherings. Based on her instincts, Penny forms an alliance with Jeremy to fend off Rollo's advances-Rollo will use any means necessary to secure the valuable assets (including a priceless 15th-century painting and a vintage automobile). As Jeremy and Penny battle Rollo's attacks, they discover family secrets that threaten to destroy their bond. The very reserved Jeremy and the rather spastic Penny must learn to trust each other and work as a team in order to solve the mysteries surrounding Penelope's life, and protect their rightful inheritance. Belmond throws in everything-mystery, romance, a whirlwind tour of Europe's hot spots-but the story fails to generate heat. A pleasant jaunt through Europe, ruined by a gimmicky plot. Agent: Jennifer Unter/RLR Associates

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451220523
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/02/2007
Series:
Penny Nichols Series, #1
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
540,653
Product dimensions:
5.33(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

C.A. Belmond is a novelist, scriptwriter, lyricist, and poet. Awarded the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, an Emmy Award, and a Pushcart nomination, Belmond has taught writing at New York University. Author website: cabelmond.com.

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 Lovely Inheritance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book and the rest in the series! It was fun, up lifting, kept my attention! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this modern adventure/romance that pulls you from the US to UK to France. Was engaged enough with the characters to purchase all her other books. Lots of fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
JellyCT More than 1 year ago
I'm currently reading the third in the series and I am thoroughly enjoying them. The dialogue is witty and the books are fast paced. The characters are strong, but fun and quircky. I read the first one in 24 hours and couldn't wait to get the second one. I would highly recommend them if this is the type of book you are looking for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a wonderful breezy read. The kind of book you want during a summer vacation. I loved feeling like I was travelling along with the characters.
AustinGranny More than 1 year ago
Penny and her family are like people I wish I knew. Anyone who has dreamed of inheriting a fabulous London apartment and equally fabulous bank account and the handsome beau to go with it will love this book. The author takes Penny through a series of glamorous adventures with just enough setbacks to make the plot satisfying. I especially like the way the author lets us get to know her characters through their actions and dialogue. She provides minimal physical descriptions and leaves the rest to the reader's imagination. I recommended this book to my husband and he enjoyed it, too.
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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
I listened to the audio version of this book and what a treat! It's read by Katherine Kellgren, a narrator who has won many awards for her readings. She does a fabulous job with all sorts of entertaining accents for the various characters and she really gets into the drama of the story. The story itself is a lot of fun. At the center is Penny Nichols, unexpected heiress of aunt Penelope. Before she can blink she is knee deep in romance and danger. There is a mysterious old car in a garage in France, questions about the paternity of handsome cousin Jeremy, missing jewelry, and thieves in the night. This is the ultimate light-hearted, entertaining vacation read. The audio book is ideal for a summer road trip! I can't wait for Listen and Live to release the second in this series.
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I really enjoyed reading this, it kept a nice pace but didn't rush you along. You still felt as if you were enjoying the scenery along the way of the story. It's romantic without being a 'romance' novel and thrilling without being a 'mystery'. the characters were developed nicely, you felt as if you were getting to know Penny and Jeremy and wanted to be be their friend. Unfortunately, I knew where the romance plot line was going from having read the summary of another book in the series when I was trying to figure out which was the first book. This is a light, breezy read and I am ready for more!
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benniec More than 1 year ago
This is a romance novel, wrapped as a mystery. I read the second one (A Rather Curious Engagement) first; it was in a display case in the myster section of my local B&N. I thought it was a mystery. I read the first few pages, and then put it down, and bought something else, which I didn't like as well, then went back and bought it - and loved it. It was only as I was reading it that I looked at the classification for the book and saw that it was a romance. I tried Romance novels as a teenager, and didn't like them. These books, however, are not cute, trite or overly dramatic, and there's no bodice-ripping. They are romantic, however. And since the herione comes into money after working, most people will be able to vicariously enjoy her enjoyment at her new slightly lavish lifestyle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a lovely read, delightful from page one, a page turner with charm and wit! Penny Nichols is every young woman, at least I could identify with her uncertainties. The plot twists and turns you around all the way to the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rarely have I come across `chick-lit¿ that is so engaging. I¿m not even going to call it `chick-lit¿ because it¿s just plain good fiction. While a man might not enjoy it as much as I did I refuse to banish 'A Rather Lovely Inheritance' into the realms of `chick-lit¿ obscurity. And while maybe the romance could have been played up a little more this is still a wonderful book to read. You come away feeling good about things and not many books can do that. Penny is a great character and you feel like she could be you. Plus who wouldn't want a villa in the south of France?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I totally enjoyed this delightful book. I would recommend it to those looking for a light mystery with a good story and fun characters.