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A Rather Curious Engagement (Penny Nichols #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  826 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Penny Nichols has the London apartment, the classic cat, the villa in France, the fabulous bank account, and the great guy to share them all with. So everything's perfect, right? Er, well... Pursued by gigolos, gold diggers, an ex-wife, and highly aggressive salesmen, all chasing after their millions, freelancer-turned-heiress Penny Nichols and her boyfriend, Jeremy, decid ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by NAL
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Kristi Brown
Jan 26, 2009 Kristi Brown rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading this book and was reminded *again* that I really need to go see Lake Como, Italy in person. Really, I look at a beautiful photo of Lake Como, Italy every single day in my dining room. This book was a oerfect Sunday morning read. I will have to check out more of C.A. Belmond's work. She does excellent character development. And, the theme of a historical romance suspence genre is a great page turner combo! And there's the author's note at the end where she gives props to Margare ...more
Feb 18, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the C.A. Belmond "Rather" series finds Penny Nichols trying to navigate some of the pitfalls of her extraordinary inheritance: stranger requests for money, being followed & "long, lost" relatives or friends returning to her life. At the same time, she & her boyfriend Jeremy are trying to renovate Penny's London townhouse & Jeremy's French villa. Just to add to the chaos Jeremy decides to follow one of his dreams; purchasing at auction & restoring a 1930's yacht ...more
Jul 29, 2010 Jen rated it it was amazing
*sigh* I just love these. They are my favorite kinds of stories. I can very much imagine watching them all unfold as old movies, akin to my favorite old Hayley Mills films. I wish they still made movies like that. I'm pleased someone out there still writes stories in this manner. I can't decide which book is my favorite. I absolutely adore them all!
Amy Fremgen
Jul 10, 2015 Amy Fremgen rated it really liked it
I read the first Penny Nichols some time ago so wanted to read this one to find out how she and her co-heir and possible fiance fared after their fantastic inheritance. What's not to like. They (possible spoiler) buy and restore a beautiful vintage yacht which leads to a series of adventures on the French Riviera and the island of Corsica. They eat delicious, delicately described food in luxurious surroundings. The descriptions are worth the price of the book. It's like a wonderful travel book t ...more
Rachel Rogers
Aug 25, 2008 Rachel Rogers rated it really liked it
Another lovely book. Was it brilliant? No. But it was a fun romp again with progress in the Penny-Jeremy romance, despite Jeremy acting like a dolt at times.
Feb 07, 2009 Debany rated it really liked it
happy sigh...
Kim Pritt
Oct 19, 2015 Kim Pritt rated it really liked it
This is the second in the "Rather" series. I like this series - they are easy reads and just plain entertaining. It is about Penny Nichols, an American who recently became an heiress by her English Aunt, and her English fiancee', Jeremy, who are amateur sleuths taking on a mysterious case in England, the French Riviera, and other points across Europe and the Mediterranean. It is just a fun series! The only problem (and it is the same thing with most series) is that the first chapter and parts of ...more
Mar 27, 2010 Jlaurenmc rated it liked it
In my quest to read C. A. Belmond's "Rather" series, I've now finished the second book, A Rather Curious Engagement. It was every bit as charming as Belmond's introduction to heroine and heiress Penny Nichols in A Rather Lovely Inheritance.

Penny and her cousin-but-not-really Jeremy are deeply in love after realizing their feelings for one another in the first book. With their shared inheritance gained in the first installment of this series, from great aunt Penelope, they make life decisions tha
Susan Ferguson
May 31, 2013 Susan Ferguson rated it really liked it
A continuation of the adventures of Penny and Jeremy. They have their inheritance sorted out and are besieged with requests for them to invest in various projects and make donations in support of various charities and causes.
They go to an investment counselor and explain some of their problems with the money to him. He suggests they set aside money for everyday expenses, set aside some money for a big purchase (for a dream purchase) and hold onto the rest of the money in safe investments for a y
Ever wonder what it would be like to suddenly inherit enough money to be able to do anything you wanted? How about a villa in France, a classic car, and a good looking lawyer boyfriend named Jeremy with a sizeable inheritance of his own thrown in for good measure? Sounds like a win-win situation, doesn’t it? Just ask Penelope Nichols, heroine of A RATHER CURIOUS ENGAGEMENT who has come into this windfall courtesy of her Great Aunt Pen and she might tell you that the grass is not always greener. ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Knitme23 rated it liked it
Another quick grab from the on-going book sale shelf at the Ellsworth Public Library, A Rather Curious Engagement was a blend of innocence and innocuous adventure. The author thanks Margaret Atwood in the acknowledgements and is apparently a recognized screenwriter, which made the overall "gee whiz!" tone of the book more unusual--at first I assumed it was a self-published "I like escapist stories with no swearing" sort of effort. Here are a few sentences I thought worth noting as exemplars: "Pe ...more
Oct 17, 2010 Suzanne rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, chic-lit
American heiress Penny Nichols and her boyfriend Jeremy Laidley are on their second adventure in what is now a trilogy of art theft, mayhem and intrigue by C. A. Belmond. While "A Rather Curious Engagement" was neither as engaging or witty as Peter Mayle and Sophie Kinsella, it did provide an interesting story that takes Penny and Jeremy from London to the South of France and beyond in search of the happiness that a rather large inheritance promises to bring them. Along the way, they find themse ...more
Sep 23, 2008 Dawn rated it liked it
This was a nice follow up to A Rather Lovely Inheritance. In this book we follow along with recent heiress Penny, and her co-heir, Jeremy, as they adjust to their new romance, as well as their new lifestyle. Part of this new lifestyle involves the purchase of a luxury yacht, and plans to sail it around the Mediterranean for the summer. Along with the yacht comes an unexpected mystery of a missing heirloom; a mystery that must be solved before they can begin their new life. This certainly is not ...more
Jun 06, 2009 Katie(babs) rated it really liked it
A Rather Curious Engagement by C.A. Belmond is the total opposite of Promise the Moon. This is one delicious book about an American television freelancer researcher named Penny Nichols who came into a great deal of money from her great aunt in England. I didn’t have the chance to read A Rather Lovely Inheritance, which is the first book in this series. Belmont did a fine job of bringing the reader up to speed about Penny and her very distant English cousin and boyfriend Jeremy Laidley who also h ...more
Jan 13, 2016 Melody rated it liked it
The chick lit guilty pleasure continues. I wouldn't say these characters resemble real people all that much, but I like them. And their lives are just too wonderful, but it's entertaining to read. Though I do hate how the author has Penny utter so many Americanism, like "willya" and "hey, pal." As if she were a fast talking dame in an old movie. Though, her character is obsessed with that era. And, they are almost comically PG. Still, I will read the rest.
Nov 29, 2015 Marty rated it it was ok
A nice calm read, similar to an extended story in Good Housekeeping. Nice = Bland. Penny Nichols and her boyfriend (who also was her step-brother) have inherited money and houses in France and England from a Great Aunt. They decide to buy a classic motor yacht and go cruising for the summer. However said yacht has secrets that lead them to a mystery involving the previous owner
Linda Smatzny
Oct 13, 2014 Linda Smatzny rated it it was amazing
This is the second book featuring Penny Nichols. Penny and Jeremy have received their inheritance and are trying to decide how to proceed with their lives. They buy an old fashioned yacht and discover a missing aquamanilia was supposedly on the yacht. Penny of course wants to know more and thus begins their adventure which leads them to Lake Como and Corsica. It was an easy quick read.
Feb 24, 2015 Diana rated it liked it
Book number 2 in the series, and although it will never win any awards, it was a fun read. The author is very good at describing a place or locale, but not so good describing characters. The "love story" part of the book left me cold. There is no passion, no longing. Penny & her fiance, Jeremy act like brother & sister. The fine descriptions of the Lake Como region of Italy almost make up for the shortfalls of this book.
Darcy Odden
Aug 15, 2010 Darcy Odden rated it liked it
Penny Nichols and Jeremy Laidley are getting married. Penny's French relatives want the wedding to take place in France, while Jeremy's insist they be married in London. Money is no object since Penny has inherited Great-Aunt Penelope's millions.

Penny's French relatives loan their wedding tapestry to her especially for the wedding, but the tapestry is stolen. Penny believes the tapestry has woven into it clues to the family's treasure and so does whoever has taken it.

Penny and Jeremy must endure
Yun Zhen
May 21, 2011 Yun Zhen rated it it was ok
Not the best book ever but at best... okay.

The book was merely a regurgitating of events but it could not make me empathise with each character or make them my friends or enemies, lacking in character development I personally thought.

The plot moved slow and finished a bit too quickly for my liking. I wish the author could have focused more on the finding of the aquamanile although I can't quite decide yet whether the eventual twist was a bit disappointing. But it was a clever twist though whic
Mar 29, 2011 adlin rated it really liked it
This book is somewhat fluff, but I really enjoyed it. Who wouldn’t want to suddenly have no worries and a carefree life and someone to share it with? What could be cheesy, isn’t. There was a bit more recapping of events from the first book (A Rather Lovely Inheritance) than I thought necessary, but it helped tie the two together in a way. I liked that Rollo was back and maybe not such a bad egg after all. I like that Penny uses her interests and skills, but in a different way. I enjoyed the myst ...more
Aug 03, 2010 Robin rated it it was ok
So far--like the first book with these characters--I find the setting and premise charming, and I'd love to immerse myself in it, but there isn't the necessary depth. I hope this one is a bit better than her first. :) (Although that was ok and cute.)

Ok, I've finished. My reading experience was fairly slow and unenjoyable, with the exception of about 50 pages in the middle. I think that the stakes in this story where perhaps too low for me to care about the characters, as they weren't too develop
Mar 12, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
I was surprised how the beginning book started. After reading A Rather Lovely Inheritance, I thought I knew the way the book progressed. Continues to travel through France and London. Kept me interested. I loved the surprises, twists and turns.
Feb 27, 2015 Mullgirl rated it really liked it
This was cute. Not as good as the first, but definitely kept my attention. I do have an issue with the whole ex-wife thing. The set up made it seem as though that would be a central plot through the whole book, and it really was just sort of dashed in and out of.

It's still a charming story with a solve a mystery component that was done well.
Mar 06, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
This is book #2 in the "Rather" series and I loved it as much as I loved Book #1! In this book Penny and her guy buy a vintage yacht at an auction and plan to cruise the Mediterranean Sea in it. But their dream-boat vanishes while being overhauled and turns up in another harbor, damaged. Penny is determined to find out who hijacked their boat and why. This leads them into another chase around France and Italy in search of an old man's missing treasure and the boat hijackers. There are so many th ...more
Sep 01, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jul 05, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: france, mystery
What would your life be like if you just unexpectedly inherited beaucoup dinero? Well, for one thing you would be dealing always with people who have a need or use for your money and have tons of ways to help you spend it. This includes ex-wives, shady family members and hordes of the deserving poor. Penny Nichols and Jeremy her boy friend have thrown their lot together and before settling down to new business ventures decide to take a gap summer. They have one exciting adventure after another w ...more
Apr 30, 2010 Grace rated it really liked it
This series is actually pretty good. The main characters are engaging, light and funny. The story is complex and fun to follow. A mystery without a dead body! It has exotic locales, descriptions of fine food, romance and intrigue. Light, fun reading. Also, there was less swearing in this book, which I found very, very interesting. The first one had little swearing, a few f-bombs, which I hate, but mostly the kind my dad used when he hurt himself making something. I was pleasantly surprised to fi ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Erika rated it it was ok
European settings and art thievery - always fun! The ending of this book was a little meh to me - I'd probably give it 2.5 stars if I could. I'll keep reading the series and hope that the next book is stronger.
Jan 19, 2009 Psirene rated it liked it
I read the first in this serious several years ago and found it to be quite silly and perfect mindless reading. So I sat down yesterday afternoon and knocked out this one. It is just as silly and light hearted. It was a nice way to get lost in France and Italy for a few hours. Penny Nichols and her cousin Jeremy (aren't actually blood related) inherit a villa, London townhouse and painting that ends up making them millionaires. In this book Penny and Jeremy buy a yacht and are enaged in finding ...more
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