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A Rather Lovely Inheritance | [CA Belmond]

A Rather Lovely Inheritance

This is your life Penny Nichols...Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will. With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the bona fide heiress - but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work.
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Publisher's Summary

This is your life Penny Nichols....

Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call. Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will.

A rather lovely inheritance....

With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the 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.

To the irresistible dare of a lifetime....

What she discovers about Aunt Penelope, a pair of wills, double lives, secret histories, and a family tree of 'vultures' is about to sweep Penny and a long-lost relative across France, over the hills of Italy, and through half of Europe on the adventure of several lifetimes. This is her life, her past, her chance at love - and Penny's going to live with the kind of passion she's always dreamed of!

©2010 C. A. Belmond (P)2010 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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    "Predictable and sweet"

    You won't feel like you read Dickens, but this story will distract you from real life.

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    Story line was interesting, but the writing is very flowery and overly dramatic at times. Reader was excellent.

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    Carolann 07-08-10
    Carolann 07-08-10

    I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !

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    "It gets better as you go along."

    I really liked the storyline, but I almost lost my mind listening to the beginning and the OVER OVER....OVERLY syrupey English posh posh accents.

    I think a different reader would have enhanced my experience,

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    Marilyn hoodsport, WA, United States 03-04-13
    Marilyn hoodsport, WA, United States 03-04-13
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    "Fast, Breezy and Thoroughly Enjoyable..."
    What made the experience of listening to A Rather Lovely Inheritance the most enjoyable?

    Katherine Kellgren as narrator...she is probably my most favorite when I want a light and breezy story to listen to over breakfast each morning. The story was interesting, lively with just the right mixture of suspence and humor delivered with precision by Katherine Kellgren.

    I had never read, nor listened to C. A. Belmond before so I had no basis for comparison with this author, but was certain that it would be good because I so enjoy the narrator.


    What other book might you compare A Rather Lovely Inheritance to and why?

    This story has the same lightness and appeal as Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen and the same narrator which was great for me since I've exhausted that series and was searching for a similar adventure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the entire storyline but I guess my favorite scene was when Penelope found herself in London for the reading of her great aunt Penelope's will and once again reunited with her "cousin" Jeremy whom she had known and played with as a child on a visit to her mother's family in London for a summer.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    LOL...ALL of the audible books that I have listened to have that quality! But I try and pace myself to listen to only a chapter or two each morning, although I confess that I did listen to several chapters at one sitting during the more exciting middle of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I throughly enjoyed listening to this presentation and I hope that C. A. Belmond and Katherine Kellgren team up again...and soon. I've listened to a wide variety of stories with my "breakfast" and have never been disappointed by audible, nor Katherine Kellgren's delivery she has the ability to transport you to whatever she is reading with different voices for each character and an ease of confidence that brings the listener the same "lost in the story" that I get when I read a good book, or watch a good show.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 07-12-10
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    "Superficial & boring"

    The synopsis sounds fun, but for a book featuring so many glamorous settings, this book is curiously devoid of atmosphere and therefore of pleasure. I just couldn't believe in the characters, settings, or plot and quit listening before it ended.

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-03-11
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 12-03-11

    trying to see the world with my ears

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    you can get past the hokey Brit accents - a good narrator finds herself in the wrong book, or a light read finds itself with the wrong narrator--either way it didn't fulfill my expectations for easy weekend listening, mostly because the accents grated on my ears. There are, however, some good inside jokes on bad historical fiction verisimilitude (in a novel with a plot playing on the stock historical fiction mould)

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    Katherine Kellgren is an excellent reader, and the perfect voice for this piece of very enjoyable escapism. I have read other novels in this series and decided that this is an author who is better listened to than read - Kellgren's lively, sometimes dry narration really lifts the prose which might otherwise be a bit cloying. But this is fluffy fun: the Riviera, art theft, an inherited house - a great antidote to grey British winter weather.

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