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A Rather Lovely Inheritance (Penny Nichols #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,070 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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 vul...more
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Published January 2nd 2007 by New American Library
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Carolyn Agosta
I picked up this book simply because I liked the cover art (kudos to Helen Chapman). The first chapter made me wonder if this was going to be chick lit (which I don't care for, since the main characters tend to be shallow and annoying), but instead I became really charmed by Penny Nichols and her adventures.

I was a bit thrown by the mention of the Penny Nichols mystery stories, since I knew there really was a series of novels with that name written in the 1930's - my mom owned Penny Nichols and...more
Linda
This book was a total surprise and drew me into the story immediately! Penny Nichols, a historical researcher for film documentaries, and who has a rather complicated family tree, is summoned to London for the reading of a will. Her great aunt Penelope, for whom she is loosely named, has died at age 90. She had only met Aunt Penelope once, when she was 9 years old, and can't imagine that she has been left anything at all. Once there she develops uncousinly feelings for her cousin Jeremy, the law...more
Debany
Cute and Fun. Makes me wish I had European relatives...
Jlaurenmc
I received the first three books in this series from author C. A. Belmond from a wonderful publicist at Penguin. The third book A Rather Charming Invitation was released on February 2nd. I've just finished the first book A Rather Lovely Inheritance (since my reading OCD prevents me from reading series books out of order), and I was thoroughly enthralled by Penny Nichols, the heroine of the book.

In A Rather Lovely Inheritance, Penny Nichols is a freelance set designer for small budget historical...more
Gail
And this is a rather lovely book, too. Penny Nichols is a historian and researcher for a Hollywood television production company currently on the French riveria filming a story. She is summoned to London to handle an inheritance for her English-born mother. She encounters wealth, stealth, and a rather lovely man. A sweet book with wonderful characters, riches, and love. Moving back and forth between the French riveria and London is also not too shabby a life for a struggling historian. Very enjo...more
Meagan
A cute little mystery, though at times I got frustrated with the heroine. Too much crying. But it takes place mostly in Europe and I love reading about the places they visit.
Bird
I'm wavering between 2 and 3 stars on this one. It was very fluffy, more than I even expected.

The best thing about the book was the narrator. She was cute and endearing, even when she made stupid mistakes.

Jeremy didn't appeal to me very much at all. It seemed like he was suffering from multiple personalities: sweet and teasing; total asshole; distant and aloof. I supposed the author was trying to make him a complex character, but it didn't work out. It seemed more like three different characters...more
Jen
I saw this referred to as romantic suspense somewhere and I suppose that that does technically describe it, but it feels much more 'caperish' than suspenseful; in fact, the word that came to mind as I was reading it was madcap, even though it didn't have the ditziness that I feel that word implies. Although it is definitely a 'contemporary' story in the timeline sense, I can't really categorize it as 'contemporary romance' -- certainly not given what else falls under that category. It just has s...more
Susan Ferguson
I quite enjoyed this. I had picked up another book in the series on sale, not realizing it was part of a series, and begun reading it.
i decided that I needed to read the first one first. It is quite a charming tale....Penny Nichols, a historical researcher is working on s "historical" movie about Josephine Bonaparte when she gets a call from her mother saying her namesake, Aunt Penelope has died and Penny needs to attend the will reading. She discovers that the inheritance has been split between...more
Brigid
I found Penny rather charming and relatable; she had agency, common sense, and guts. The writing was pleasant and filled with details. It was fairly obvious what The Twist would be re the love interest (well, the first twist), and some of the other twists were a little bit tidy. But it was a very enjoyable story.

(Albeit a mildly awkward audiobook. The vocal actress was a smidge enthusiastic at occasional points, particularly at the beginning and The Kiss near the end, like she was in a theatre o...more
Kimberly Hall
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Janet
This is a book that I repeatedly picked up on the table at the bookstore. Only to put it down again because of my large collection of "to read" books already on the shelf at home. I finally read it and enjoyed it.

Some months later I discovered that there are two follow ups to this novel. I had been doing a lot of intense school reading and was looking for a "light" series to read in between "deep" novels and at bedtime. So I picked this up again through the paperback swap, not realizing I had a...more
Laura
I liked this book, but it didn't catch me and keep me reading the whole way through. The main character, Penny is lucky to inherit something special from her great aunt. Penny is someone who you can't help but like. She is eager to please and easily loves delving into the mystery of her family's past. I was not so crazy about the other main character, Jeremy. He seems very temperamental and not so likable for me. The story has some humor with the typical greedy, rich side of the family after the...more
Denise
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 Fran...more
Lara
The cover of this book says "the unexpected adventures of an incurable romantic". Ah ha...that was the hook for me. Just the kind of book I was looking for. Light, airy, fluffy, fun, but not too modern. A Rather Lovely Inheritance fit the bill, for the most part. I liked the story line, the settings were lovely, the characters were good, but too predictable and pat. I feel like I'm probably being too picky for what this book is supposed to be, but towards the end, I knew exactly how the characte...more
Andrea
I really liked this book. It went beyond plain old chick lit with romance, mystery, and even some history! The main character, Penny Nichols is a historic consultant for d-level historical dramas when she finds out she inherited something from her great aunt. The story progresses from there. There was a bit of dragging at the beginning (why was a whole chapter devoted to her name, for instance) and I was thrown for a loop when she had the hots for her cousin (who I knew wouldn't be her real cous...more
Zyrah Samar
Beautifully written.
Reading the novel made me crave more for knowledge about the world and its history. It's lovely that the author was able to bring me to the lovely cities of ancient and modern Europe. Suddenly, I wanted to pack my things, fly to Europe and wander in London, France and Nice.
The tales of adventures of the heroine, that is spiced with humor and love-story made me love the novel. It is not the usual story wherein the heroine suffers from severe pain. Rather, the heroine of the no...more
Kim Storbeck
A light, fun read recommended by my favorite local bookseller - Jane at Fireside Books. Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a film in France when she gets a call that her aunt Penelope has died. At the reading of the will she discovers she's become an heiress, to the dismay of others in her family tree. She also discovers a mystery left behind by her aunt that will take her across France and an opportunity to find the love of her life.

Penny is a very likable character. She's app...more
Holly
This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for ages... it had a cute cover, so I bought it one day and neglected to read it! Anyways, I started it a few days ago and am already done- it is a great story with a few interesting twists and turns. It takes place all over Europe, so the description of the landscape and surroundings is hard to beat! I love the main character, as well as her cousin Jeremy and the storyline between them is great. All surrounding an inheritance that was left to her by he...more
Fran
Feb 18, 2009 Fran rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: almost anyone who likes Europe
Recommended to Fran by: ????
This is an intriguing little book that first feels like it is going to be "chick lit" but then shows itself to be a little bit of everything. An American woman who peripherally works in TV is left an inheritance from a maiden English aunt. There is a semi-mystery about the family, and one cousin siccing "bad guys" to steal part of the inheritance. But it also has lovely descriptions of European coastal towns and fancy London hotels the type of which I have never stayed in. (Not Bayswater in othe...more
Kimberly
Charming!!! This is the kind of book I wish I thought of if I wrote a book in the first place. I liked Penny and Jeremy, even when they were being silly. I had to laugh at all the phases in the operation to get the painting back while at the casino. And then how they got the painting back in the end anyway. The twist in the story regarding Jeremy made me think that Penny's parents already knew about it and then everything was okay. It's interesting the way everything worked out though. Kind of b...more
Nielson
So I really enjoyed this book! I thought that it was really cute and really fun. This is the style of books that I like to read. It has some romance, some mystery, and some of the old-fashioned stuff. I love the idea of this...an aunt leaving you her fortune, but you have to figure out what it is she really wants you to have. I loved the characters in this book. I wish there would have been more romance, but who knows what happens in book 2?! And again, I really loved the history and old-fashion...more
Gail
An art historian and TV consultant learns she had inherited a London apartment and a garage (and its valuable contents) on the French Riviera. Family mysteries and secrets slowly reveal themselves as Penny investigates the fascinating life of the aunt who left her these bequests.
Lynn Calvin
I'd describe this book as "nice" and the two sequels in the nicest possible way. I really like the characters, and immediately purchased the next two on finishing this one. The plot is enough to hang the character development on.

That's where the books shine. As the hero and heroine negotiate their relationship and the hero in particular discovers things about his background, the emotional steps never miss.

It is kind of wish fulfillment type reading. The two things that end up making this four st...more
Sunny
Revised review: now that i've read the first Aunt Dimity book by Nancy Atherton, i've revised this review down a star. i'm not saying Aunt Dimity is that much better, but rather expressing frustration that such a lucious plot idea was re-used and not for the better. if it were better that would be an entirely different thing, but.... blah.

my original review: It reminded me of a classic Mary Stewart from the 1950s or 60s... Only updated for women's careers and cell phones.

The book was pleasantly...more
Bunny
Loved this series. Interesting mysteries with charming detective couple, set in England and French Rivera. Light, amusing, engaging reads.
Amy Jo Cousins
This was an ok book, for what it is: a wish-fulfillment story mixed up with a not too difficult to figure out mystery. The "plot twists" are rather telegraphed; you see them coming a mile away. I liked the heroine, I liked the hero, in a mild sort of way. And the author kept on insisting that there was chemistry between the two of them, although I can't remember the last romance/chick-lit novel I read with such a low level of sexual tension. We receive the hoped-for happy ending, which is really...more
Caitlin
Belmond's story emphasizes enjoying every day for what it has to offer and escaping the drudgery of scrabbling to stay fiscally solvent. This is much easier to accomplish having inherited an obscene amount of money (10 million pounds, or so). A couple of witty one-liners and some nice description of clothes and scenery, but mostly two protagonists with nonexistent chemistry and a transparent plot. I finished with the impression that Belmond is uncomfortable with dialogue since she relies on desc...more
Jackie
A great book to read when you're under the weather. It's a fluffy contemporary fairy tale.

Beth
This is the adorable, cozy mystery/love story that I have always enjoyed. I'll be reading the two follow-up books.
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