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A Rather Charming Invitation (Penny Nichols #3)

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  612 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews

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

Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 2nd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published February 2010)
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Carolyn Agosta
Jul 22, 2010 Carolyn Agosta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.A. Belmond writes another luxe mystery for readers who want a wonderful escape interlude. Seriously, I feel I should read this while reclining on an elegant art deco chaise lounge like you might find on a movie set for Carole Lombard or Myrna Loy. Truly escapist literature that takes you from the London Bloomington-area style salons to the French Riviera aboard an antique roadster or a one-of-a-kind train journey. In fact, I actually read this during one of the dreariest February winter weeks ...more
Aug 08, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-chick-lit
This book was just as fun as the first two Penny Nichols books - although it was a little heavy on the girly-romance and light on the mystery/suspense.

This book did not live up to expectations in two ways, however:
1. For the first time, in this book I did not feel like I could relate to Penny. In the other books (when she gains a surprise inheritance) everything is shiny and new and awe inspiring. The townhouse in London, the yacht, the villa on the Rivera. These books were the perfect - if onl
Oct 30, 2015 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in a series of novels about an American Heiress, Penny Nichol, who is an expert in finding lost treasures (antiques.) Although her mother is American, her father is from an old aristocratic French family. Her Fiancée, Jeremy Laidley, is from an equally old established English family. The first half of the book has the two lovers trying to bring the two families together on plans for their wedding. The second half of the book turns into a mystery regarding a very valuable 300 ye ...more
Oct 18, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first couple books in this series of a young American woman who inherits a villa in France and becomes a heiress of great wealth falling in love with a distant English cousin. This is the book that covers her marriage and has some suspense surrounding a tapestry that is loaned to her for her wedding. It plods a bit and doesn't always hold my attention well, but it is a gentle story that has some quiet appeal. Not the best of the 3 books.
I can't remember why this book day on my shelves for so long. I enjoyed the first two immensely and am glad I finally had the time to read this one as well.
Penny and Jeremy are being pushed by both their families to get married. But Penny's French family would like them to go there while Jeremy's terrifying grandmother is planning an English weddings. It doesn't help that Penny seems to be frozen whenever it comes to making a decision.
However, when a fabulous tapestry, give to Penny and Jeremy
Apr 26, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the adventures of American millionaire heiress Penny Nichols and her British fiance, the equally rich Jeremy Laidley. I adore this series! The series is referred to as "a return to the Golden Age of suspense". I agree, although the books are set in a thoroughly modern time period. The book starts slow, but you don't mind reading about the mundane details of Penny and Jeremy's life. The author, C.A.Belmond carefully crafted the background of the story in these inauspicio ...more
Dec 13, 2010 Denise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 tape ...more
Aug 01, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charming, fun, and adorable, as usual, though a few things about this one put me off.

1) There is an obvious gap between book #2 and book #3, and the author refers quite often to details occurring within said gap, without ever filling the reader in as to the real story!- and these are bits that I, as a reader, WANTED TO READ! One cannot simply end book #2 with somewhat of a cliffhanger, and then have book #3 NOT pick up where it's previous novel left off. But danged if the author doesn't do just
While I enjoyed this entry in the series, I did not enjoy it as much as the first two books. I like that the mysteries in this series are not focused around murder, but rather around something involved with the past. In this case, the mystery surround a wedding tapestry. However, in this case it moved a bit slow and was at times overshadowed by the wedding preparations and the hesitancy of Penny. Penny and Jeremy are likable enough, although in this book, I found her to be almost given to swooni ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the "Rather" series finds Penny trying to arrange her & Jeremy's wedding; but, where to have the nuptials? Jeremy's family is pushing for a ceremony in England, Penny's distant relatives want her to marry in France & use a centuries old family wedding tapestry. When the tapestry is stolen, Penny must help solve the disappearance before she & Jeremy can find wedded bliss. I enjoyed the plot twist of a hunt for past treasure and family honour but I did not like the te ...more
Gail Goetschius
This is another fun mystery starring Penny Nichols. The mystery involves recovering and unraveling the story portrayed in a centuries old family heirloom wedding tapestry ( puns intended). As in the first two books this priceless artifact leads to an even more valuable treasure. Woven into the details of the sleuthing are the plans for the most elegant yet tasteful wedding the Riviera has ever seen. Of course all aspects of the opulent affair benefit charity. I'm still really enjoying the pleasa ...more
K. East
The plot of the third installment was better than the second but there are no half-star ratings available so I'll go with three stars -- "liked it". The tapestry angle was interesting to me after reading Tracy Chevalier's Unicorn in the Garden novel many years ago. The "woven stories" are more than just art, they are history and intrigue and in this case, perhaps directions to buried treasure. Once again, the European travelog was fascinating. But I must be tiring of the characters or the premis ...more
This is the third book in the series about Penny and Jeremy, cousins who re-meet as adults, inherit a large fortune, fall in love, and have amazing lives that they can afford because of their inheritance. Penny and Jeremy are a likeable couple, and the stories are pleasant. They are romantic cozy mysteries, and they are a fun read.
Linda Smatzny
Nov 08, 2014 Linda Smatzny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the Penny Nichols Series. This book concerns the upcoming marriage of Penny Nichols and Jeremy Laidley and all the problems making decisions about the wedding. Finally after the marriage tapestry is stolen Penny and Jeremy begin to investigate. The book was an easy fast read.
Apr 22, 2015 Tressa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A Charming Invitation was like a vacation for me. It was apparent that C. A. Belmond loves the south of France. I liked the mystery and really enjoyed the use of antiques in the story. I had a lovely and charming time reading the book and look forward to the next one.
Liz C.
Apr 18, 2016 Liz C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just re-picked up this series and reread the first two books and then started "A Rather Charming Invitation." Loved it! A fun, engaging book that is part mystery, part romance, but all-around great read. Perfect for the beach or the couch.
Aug 25, 2010 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
"A Rather Charming Invitation by C. A. Belmond is the third book in the saga of Jeremy and Penny. This time they are planning their wedding. But of course, there is a mystery to solve; this time a stolen family antique. Of course they solve it, with the help and sometimes in spite of their unusual collection of friends and family.

This series are charming and light-hearted with with non-fatal mysteries to solve. I recommmend that you read them in order, beginning with "A Rather Lovely Inheritance
Mar 05, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is book 3 in a series of romantic mysteries. Penny and Jeremy are now engaged but the wedding plans have been anything but easy. Penny's french relatives want the wedding at their chateau in front of an antique wedding tapestry
that was made by one of their ancestors. Jeremy's very difficult grandmother insists that the wedding be in England in the Cotswolds with all of her society friends attending. Penny and Jeremy toughen up and with the toss of a coin decide to have the wedding at their
Robin (RBBR)
This one dealt with not only planning the wedding of Penny and Jeremy but the wedding itself. Of course they stumbled on to something and solved yet another mystery. When they return from their Honeymoon they find a note requesting their help and its signed H.R.H. so apparently there's going to be another book. Not sure how many books are planned for this series but I'm guessing there's at least one more. I realize its fiction but it always amazes me how people find treasure from eons ago, you w ...more
Aug 12, 2010 Mille rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One day at the library I was on my way to check out and this book caught my eye. So I grabed it, checked it out and ended up choosing to read it first. About a third of the way through I realized it was in a series, but not the first book. I wondered if I should keep reading it or wait and start the series from the begining. I ended up finishing it.

I somewhat enjoyed the book. I liked the mystery element, but it didn't take long to figure it out. It did have some good twists and I really liked
VivianLea  Solek
Oct 23, 2014 VivianLea Solek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Characters are engaging and still there in book 3 of the series.
Rachel Rogers
Mar 05, 2010 Rachel Rogers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd in a series that I expected to be one shot. Despite the slow beginning it turned out to be fun book. Penny and Jerome are planning their wedding and keep meeting up with couples who are negative about marriage. As a result Penny gets cold feet and can't make any wedding decisions. This is the slowest part of the story. Once they get involved in researching the tapestry and investigating its provenance the story picks up considerably. It also jump started when they decided where to hold t ...more
Maureen Hetzel
Feb 03, 2015 Maureen Hetzel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming story and love the characters in this series. The challenges of pulling off a special wedding makes a great read.
Mar 21, 2010 Krystal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Penny Nichols is a girl I cannot help but envy. This third installment of the Rather Charming series only adds more for me to covet. Always charming, full of fun adventure and taking place in London, Paris, Geneva, Monte Carlo and the backyards of the South of France, Jeremy and Penny are once again caught up in a mystery, this time surrounding a wedding tapestry owned by Penny's French relatives. A wedding tapestry that was supposed to be the backdrop for Penny and Jeremy's own wedding. Let the ...more
MB (What she read)
Highly enjoyable, a vacation in a book! I enjoy this series and was happy to see that this book ended with a teaser for the next.

Why, why, why doesn't someone make movies out of this series???. They have it all! Attractive and likeable characters, gorgeous European settings, intrigue, mystery, tasteful romance... (btw, these are NOT bodice-rippers). They are a vacation for the brain, like a good old movie starring Katherine Hepburn or Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly.
May 06, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This is the third book in the "A Rather..." series featuring american Penny Nichols and her English fiance Jeromy. They are planning their wedding and of course, there is a mystery to solve before the big day! The development of the characters has been very good and the author C.A. Belmond has indicated this series will continue. The Penny Jeromy relationship reminds me of the old Nora and Nick movies (The Thin Man) from the 1930s, playful, teasing and fun.
Mar 25, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first this novel seemed to get off to a slow start, but then once the story got moving along I couldn't put it down. I love Jeremy and Penny and their families(even their cousin Rollo has his positives).

The various settings in the story are all very beautiful and I love that the author always includes a bit of historical reference about them. I also enjoyed the way the many clues were put together to solve the mystery in the end.
Feb 09, 2010 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third in the series of Penny Nichols' adventures. The other two are A Rather Lovely Inheritance, and A Rather Curious Engagement. Each novel includes a mystery to be solved as well as some very old-fashioned romantic adventures. I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to the next installment. I hope that some of you are familiar with Penny and her family and friends.
They call it a return to the Golden Age of Romantic Suspense. These are wonderful books. I rec. them to my Grandma who is 89 and still loves to (and can, blessedly) read. She can never find books that suite her. She wants romance but not sex. This is a book I could read, my grandma could read, my daughter could read, and we would all enjoy it.
Kim Pritt
Nov 08, 2015 Kim Pritt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third in the four book "Rather" series was my favorite, so far! I have enjoyed this series - the delightful stories of Penny Nichols and Jeremy Laidley and the mysteries they solve together while building a life and relationships together. These books are quick, fun reads and I can't wait to dive into the fourth edition!
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