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A Rather Lovely Inheritance (Penny Nichols #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,849 Ratings  ·  350 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
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 2nd 2007 by New American Library
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Carolyn Agosta
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and Fun. Makes me wish I had European relatives...
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
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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.
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
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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
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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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“You must live every day as if it counts, which means to love all of it. Never let a single one go by without noting the color of the sky, the song of the bird, the face of the one you love best. And don't let yourself get talked out of the things you really care about, don't put off what you want to be.” 50 likes
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