A Rather Remarkable Homecoming (Penny Nichols Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Join the fun and frolic with American heiress Penny Nichols and her English hero Jeremy Laidley, as the adventurous couple sets off for more elegant travel and delightful sleuthing together!

Penny and Jeremy are just returning from their honeymoon, only to be greeted by eccentric friends of Prince Charles bearing a rather royal request: to rescue a historical village on the coast of Cornwall, England. A property developer is bulldozing his way...
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A Rather Remarkable Homecoming (Penny Nichols Series #4)

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Overview

Join the fun and frolic with American heiress Penny Nichols and her English hero Jeremy Laidley, as the adventurous couple sets off for more elegant travel and delightful sleuthing together!

Penny and Jeremy are just returning from their honeymoon, only to be greeted by eccentric friends of Prince Charles bearing a rather royal request: to rescue a historical village on the coast of Cornwall, England. A property developer is bulldozing his way across the countryside to build a monstrous new development, and he's heading straight for Grandmother Beryl's old homestead where the newlyweds first met long ago as kids. Can Penny and Jeremy solve an ancient puzzle in time to save Grandma's house-and the entire village-from total destruction?

On the romantic rocky cliffs of Cornwall, amid Celtic lore and tales of Shakespeare, smugglers, and shipwrecks, Penny and Jeremy must contend with a rakish cast of local characters: a bird-watching earl, a famous TV chef, a vain actor, a New Age farmer, a pair of thuggish real-estate tycoons, a rebel rock-and-roller, and a band of determined "eco-warriors." Following a trail of cryptic clues, Penny and Jeremy's new caper takes them to the lush island of Madeira and the legendary castle of Tintagel, in a race against time to find the astonishing truth... before the wrecking ball strikes.

With her trademark wit, wisdom, and verve, C.A. Belmond's newest novel in her beloved "Rather" series provides a perfect armchair voyage of Europe's glamorous locales, with plenty of mystery, history, food, wine, love, and life's little pleasures.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This breezy, witty fourth entry in Belmond's Rather series (A Rather Charming Invitation) features strongly defined characters, vivid settings, and a captivating mystery. Penny Nichols Laidley and her husband Jeremy, who occasionally team up as amateur detectives, return from their honeymoon to find that Prince Charles wants their help in saving an estate in Cornwall. The estate, which once belonged to Penny's grandmother, is in the care of the town's historical society. If they can find something of historical importance on the property, they can save the ramshackle estate from being bought by a scheming real estate syndicate. They settle in for the summer on an organic farm, where, along with the help of a retired thespian, they investigate Shakespeare's possible lodging at the estate during his "lost years." After they discover an intricate masthead and shipwreck of a previous owner, they travel first to Madeira, and then to Tintagel-King Arthur's birthplace. The villagers prove suitably delightful, as does the loving relationship between Penny and Jeremy. The book charms from beginning to end, and even Belmond's one false note-a botched kidnapping-has a clever outcome.
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-Booklist
"An entertaining yarn with family drama and intrigue aplenty."
-Blog Critics Magazine
"Classic and elegant, while still remaining modern."
-Dear Author
"Penny is a delightful heroine...Who wouldn't enjoy the unexpected chance to rattle around London and then to fly off to the sunny Côte d'Azur?"
-Night Owl Reviews
"Five Stars! Excellent writing...I look forward to more books with these excellent characters."
-Lauren Willig
"Belmond weds old-style glamour to chick-lit flair. You just want to move into the novel yourself!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101544044
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: Penny Nichols Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 117,248
  • File size: 367 KB

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. For more information visit the author's website: www.cabelmond.com.
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  • Posted August 12, 2011

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    The fourth Rather British charming drama is a fun tale

    Following their honeymoon on the Riviera, a stop in New York to visit her friends and family, and a trip to California for him to provide legal advice to an old client and her on a film, Penny and Jeremy return to late Great Aunt Penelope's Victorian they call home in London. Inside is Rupert who has been working the couple's business while they were away and two strangers.

    Prince Charles sent Harriet Fieldworthy and her son Colin to engage the services of the couple. With a royal Rather Charming Invitation Penny and Jeremy travel to Cornwall to find a way to prevent a developer from "renovating" a section of the historical picaresque town. Included for devastation in the name of economic progress is the estate of Penny's late grandmother which has sentimental value to the couple as they first met there as children. The only hop to stop the razing is to find something historically significant like proof that Shakespeare or Arthur slept there.

    The fourth Rather British charming drama is a fun tale as there is no rest for the weary after their whirlwind tour. They make inquires seeking something that would place the Cornwall area on the protective heritage list but time is short. Ignoring a rather odd kidnapping, with quirky locals adding color to the tale, fans of the series will enjoy the race between preservationists and developers.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    A fine addition to the series!

    At first I was a little apprehensive, after Penny and Jeremy's other adventures would it fall apart with their being a married couple? But it didn't the author explored the new dynamics of their marriage within a totally unpredictable plot (other than Penny's usual hillarious antics!) A very good read and a wonderful addition to the series.

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  • Posted October 26, 2013

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    Reviewed by Aubrey Book provided by contest win at Romance Junki

    Reviewed by Aubrey
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    Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

    I found it very hard to get into this novel. I’m not sure if it is because it is the fourth in the series and I didn’t know the background of the characters or the love story of Penny and Jeremy. I usually love books that are based on the premise of this novel. I just felt that the characters were all over the place. I enjoyed the dialogue between all the characters but it could have been more concise and tighter.

    I did however feel like I was stepping into Penny’s life. The descriptions of their locations was vivid and entertaining. The author did an excellent job of describing their travels in minute detail. I liked that she wrote a lot about the food and their travels.

    The main characters had a great relationship. Penny was witty and sarcastic. Jeremy was gallant and the man a lot of women hope for. However I could not relate to either main characters because I have never been wealthy as they are. I did like seeing how they do live their lives. They made an excellent pair. Their apparent love for each other is the reason why I want to go and buy the first three books of the series. I’m sure after reading the first three I will have a deeper appreciation for this novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Amazing

    I want her to right another one!

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    A charming mystery

    Penny and Jeremy return from their honeymoon to find a request from royalty to investigate the history of a house for possible historical signfigance. The house had been owned by Penny's & Jeremy's grandmother Beryl and so they set out to reseach a possible Shakespeare connection. They run into interesting list of characters on the coast of Cornwall. They have a time limit to save the house before it could be sold to be destroyed and made into a rich private retreat.

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