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A Rather Lovely Inheritance

(Penny Nichols #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,332 ratings  ·  417 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
Paperback, 376 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Berkley Books
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Carolyn Agosta
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 16, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Jenny L Womack
Jun 27, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book because of the European settings.. However, as an adoption professional, I was truly annoyed that a MODERN DAY (21st century) story would treat an adopted person as less than a blood relative. It's offensive to imply that because someone is adopted, he is any less a relative or that the father who adopted him as infant is no longer his "dad" because the adoptee (now a grown man) just found out about the adoption. I understand it's a shock & I understand anger at being ...more
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Cute and Fun. Makes me wish I had European relatives...
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
The unfortunately named Penny Nicholas slaves away at her job as a freelance historical researcher. She's currently working for a low-budget film company (under her ex-boyfriend) when she receives a call from her Mom stating that Penny needs to fly from the south of France to her mother's native England for the reading of great-aunt Penelope's will. Penny only has vague memories of a very old lady. She has stronger memories of her cousin Jeremy, now a high-powered lawyer handling Penny's inherit ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Penny Nichols is in Europe working on a film set when she gets a call from her parents: she needs to drop everything and go to London immediately, because her aunt Penelope has died, and Penny must attend the reading of the will. Penny doesn’t expect much, maybe a few mementos, but she does as requested, and of course, the inheritance turns out to be both larger and more complicated than expected.

This was a light and fun book to listen to. Somewhere I saw it described as a “caper,” which suits i
Christa Schönmann Abbühl
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Sarah Booth
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Penny and her cousin fight for their inheritance from their scheming aunt and cousin Rolo. More and more pieces of their lives fall into place as they act to thwart Rolf’s thieving ways! I don’t really like books with a romantic theme, but it was kind of fun.
3.5 stars.
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kimberly Fields
I was drawn to this book by the premise of a historical mystery, digging into the heroine's own family. I was a little disappointed to find that the mystery wasn't all that family history based, but I enjoyed this book nonetheless. The characters weren't super deep, but they were quirky and fun, and the adventure was delightful. My biggest complaint was the language. While the book wasn't super full of profanity, there was a little more than necessary, especially several uses of the F word (whic ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I mostly liked this book, but it did drag on past what I felt should have been a wrapping up. I didn't like the abrupt ending. Other authors know how to indicate there is another book/series to follow without suddenly stopping, as this one did. I don't know if I can rely on reviews of book 2 because it seems that most reviewers liked this one a lot more than I did. Many have classified this as chick lit, or, as one reviewer indicated, "a Hallmark movie", and I have to agree with that.

The narrato
Feb 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Thought Penny's job as a historical researcher for movies was interesting, but the story itself was all over the place. A long genealogy was a bit confusing. I try to be "nice" in my ratings, even if the book wasn't for me to at least give an average rating, but, the abrupt ending, just made me not want to be generous with my star rating. ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
Uh, no. Had to skim it to finish. Hated the "romance" with every fiber of my being. I only picked this up because I was in the mood for something light and breezy and this seemed to fit the bill. It really, really didn't though. ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
A charming romantic novel with just enough intrigue and descriptions of any woman's dream, antiques, Europe, handsome man, spas, great food, beautiful clothing, etc.
Lots of fun!
Jan 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Couldn't get past the F word on the first page. Such a bummer. It seemed so promising. ...more
2020 bk 181. I think it was the artwork on the cover that caused me to pick up this first in a series. Since then I've read and re-read it. Belmond's ability to create characters that twine themselves around your heart is endearing. The book moves from France to England to Italy and back again for those liking a European flavor in their novels. The mystery is not so much a mystery as much as an adventure. If you are one who enjoys books with family trees to show relationships, then you will enjo ...more
Laura Victoria
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5. This was a fun RomCom of a story, which I admittedly am a sucker for. It had humor, mystery, European destinations, middle & upper class tiffs, and a few more classic RomCom features. Definitely something fun and light hearted to read. I’m intrigued to see how the author keeps a story going forward 4 books, because this one ended on a sort of cliffhanger. I could just leave it here, but I enjoyed myself enough that I am diving into book 2.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A sweet and enjoyable book. Liked the character of Penny Nichols. Not realizing this was a series when I started reading, I'll now have to continue on with book two to see what's up next for Penny. The narration seemed a bit brash to me at times but overall I thought it was a good story. ...more
Renee M
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was just lovely. I enjoyed the characters, the settings, the way the writing flowed along so smoothly that I was halfway through before checking the time. What a pleasant way to start the new year.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An engrossing read about expensive London flats, French villas, mysterious heritages, and evil cousins. Could have been written by Jane Austen!
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, audible
I think this book would make such a fun movie!
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this as an audiobook. The characters are from the US, England and France so I loved hearing their accents in this book.
The first page started off with some strong language so I was worried that the rest of the book would be like that, but I was pleasantly surprised when there were only a few F-bombs throughout the entire book.
This was one of those books where you enjoy the people more that the plot. It went exactly how you thought it would. I did think the end went on a littl
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Penny Nichols is an American historical researcher with relatives in England. She is working in France on a movie when her mother calls to tell her that great-aunt Penelope has died and there is to be a reading of the will that she hopes Penny will attend as her parent's representative. When Penny gets to London she is reacquainted with her cousin Jeremy who is the lawyer taking care of the family’s business matters.

It wouldn't be an estate settlement if someone didn't want more than they were e
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
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Kiki Z
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was easy to read and cute chick-lit fluff but three things bothered me: This is shelved as mystery and there barely is one so I definitely didn't get what I was looking for, and I couldn't get over Jeremy and Penny thinking they were cousins all their lives then when they find out they aren't blood related they jump straight into a relationship. They're even thinking sexy thoughts about each other while still thinking they're related. And 3: Penny's "the modern world sucks" attitude is exha ...more
Marley Hartman
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Sep 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-other
I really enjoy this series, and have a special fondness for this first in the series. I gave it a DIK (A-) review at All About Romance:

I just finished my first listen of this in audio and the audio worked quite well for me as well. it's still a DIK for me (09/14/17).
West Hartford Public Library
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: jae
Light on substance, but fun and easy. While the characters and plot are predictable, it is the well-drawn descriptions of the French Riviera and London as well as the antiques that keep it interesting. If you can't get to a private villa in the south of France, this book will paint a lovely picture for you. ...more
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C.A. (Camille Aubray) Belmond is an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship winner.

A member of the Writers Guild of America, Belmond has written, directed and produced award-winning television drama and documentary, for CBS, PBS, ABC and A&E.

Belmond has taught writing at New York University. She is also a featured blogger for The Huffington Post.

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