A Rather Curious Engagement (Penny Nichols Series #2)

A Rather Curious Engagement (Penny Nichols Series #2)

by C. A. Belmond

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451224057
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: Penny Nichols Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 478,497
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

C. A. Belmond was awarded an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship and was twice a Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award finalist. A writer in residence at the Károlyi Foundation in the south of France, her original screenplays were shortlisted at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Belmond has written and produced television dramas and documentaries, and taught writing at New York University.

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Rather Curious Engagement 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Heiress Penny Nichols is back, this time investigating a missing aquamanile that, according to the dictionary, is a cast-iron pitcher, often made in grotesque animal forms. The missing item belonged to the elderly Count who previously owned Penny¿s yacht, Penelope¿s Dream. Although aquamanilia can be worth a bit of money, but this particular items could be worth millions because of its alleged tie to Beethoven. And finding it is the first commission by Penny and Jeremy¿s new investigation business. In the first book in this series, A Rather Lovely Inheritance, Penny Nichols hooked up with Jeremy Laidley, who also received a substantial from their Great Aunt Penelope. Now they¿re taking some time to explore the world together (thus the yacht) and decide what to do with their vast fortunes. Now they¿re aboard Penelope¿s Dream, sailing the Mediterranean and exploring exotic locals and also explore their own romantic relationship. The book blurb contained a quote by Lauren Willig, who writes the ¿Pink Carnation¿ series of romantic suspense novels, all set in Europe during the Napoleonic Wars. And I¿m a huge fan of Lauren Willig. Like the Penny Nichols books, Ms. Willig¿s combine mystery with romance ¿ although Penny and Jeremy inhabit the world of today. After reading Ms. Belmond¿s first book, I rushed to buy A Rather Curious Engagement ¿ and I plan to read #3 post-haste. I occasionally enjoy escapist fare ¿ and these C.A. Belmond books certainly fit that category. My only complaint is that the author tends to overuse the word ¿pretty.¿ It¿s such a meaningless word and every time I saw it in print, which was way too often, I cringed. Please find a Thesaurus, my dear Ms. Belmond!
frisbeesage on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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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Frisbeesage More than 1 year ago
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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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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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