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C.A. Belmond
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

American heiress Penny Nichols is supposed to be planning her nuptials to dashing barrister Jeremy Laidley in this pleasant if underplotted installment to Belmond's Rather series (A Rather Curious Engagement), but she keeps dithering. Complications quickly arise when Penny and Jeremy visit her aunt Leonora and uncle Phillipe, who offer them use of a family heirloom at the wedding—a valuable antique bridal tapestry—and their chateau for the ceremony. But while the happy couple is away trying to convince Jeremy's overbearing British grandmother that the French wedding they are planning will meet her exacting standards, the tapestry is stolen, and Penny and Jeremy put on their detective caps. Family secrets involving Penny's French and Jeremy's English relatives are revealed, but the couple's investigation into the missing tapestry isn't handled very well, with obvious details overlooked until the plot requires the simpatico duo to piece things together. Series fans may find this outing agreeable if slow; the uninitiated will have a hard time sussing out the backstory and should read the earlier books first. (Feb.)
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"C.A. Belmond's entertaining duo of Penny Nichols and Jeremy Laidley are back in the spotlight in her novel, A Rather Charming Invitation. A wonderful cozy mystery that weaves together pictures of relationships among a variety of couples while Penny ponders the life-changing ceremony that she is about to participate in. Beautifully lyrical descriptions of multiple European locales are juxtaposed with the painstaking search for clues in the tapestry, which in turn gives rise to vivid descriptions of the past lives of those whom the tapestry has touched. Trains and clocks provide additional threads which embellish the story and enrich the glimpses of affluent society in this charmingly lighthearted mystery that also provides a look at the intricacies of planning a wedding that often become a lesson in strategic diplomacy."
-Night Owl Review (A Featured "Top Pick")

"A Rather Charming Invitation is written in such a fascinating way, with characters that will both charm and entertain. It is a book that you don't want to miss!"
-ChickLit Club

"Imagine you are able to bounce between your homes in England and the South of France, to enjoy all there is to see and do without worrying about the cost, and with the one you love by your side. Hard to imagine? Not with Penny and Jeremy as inspiration. They are good people prepared to make the most of their inheritances with natural good taste and innate kindliness. ...Writing well in the first person from a singular point of view must be difficult-it's so often awkward-but Ms. Belmond pulls it off beautifully. And with fascinating glimpses of Europe past and present, and a gentle romance between a likable pair, she has produced an enchanting read. I highly recommend A Rather Charming Invitation for its combination of charm, livliness, and suspense.

If you were lucky enough to have read A Rather Lovely Inheritance, [the first novel in the "Rather" series] you would have met American Penny Nichols on the French Riviera... [and] that meeting led to A Rather Curious Engagement, the second delightful installment in Penny and Jeremy's adventures. You needn't have read the earlier titles to enjoy A Rather Charming Invitation, but they are both treasures.
-Romance Reviews Today

About the Author

C.A. Belmond has published novels, short fiction and poetry. She was rewarded the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship and was twice a Pushcart Press Editors' Book Award finalist. Belmond was a writer-in-residence at the Karolyi Foundation in the South of France, and her original screenplays were shortlisted at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute and the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. She has written, directed and produced televsion drama and documentary, and has taught writing at New York University. Her debut novel, A Rather Lonely Inheritance launched the original story of Penny and Jeremy. The second book in the series is A Rather Curious Engagement. And now, the third novel is A Rather Charming Invitation. For news of upcoming works and events, visit the author at her web site, www.cabelmond.com.
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