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A Rather Charming Invitation Audiobook

A Rather Charming Invitation

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You're invited! Bride's or groom's side?

Dateline: London, Paris, Antibes. It's time to get down to nuptial nuts and bolts. But while heiress Penny's distant relatives insist that the wedding be held in their native France, Jeremy's kin won't have it anywhere but England. And either choice might just re-ignite the Hundred Year's War.

Then, in a family château high above the perfume fields of Grasse, Penny's French cousin offers her the loan of an ancient bridal tapestry. But Penny has barely begun to crack its perplexing imagery before a series of strange events unfolds, threatening to derail the wedding. From a secret chalet on Lake Geneva, to a nostalgic stop at the opulent Train Bleu, to a winner-take-all gamble in Monte Carlo, Penny and Jeremy are off on another romp...while the clock is ticking down until they say, "I do."

Listen to the first book, A Rather Lovely Inheritance.

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

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    Carla Mandeville, Louisiana, United States 04-24-11
    Carla Mandeville, Louisiana, United States 04-24-11
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    "An Absolutely Charming Read"

    I have actually read, and re-read this delightful series of books and cannot wait for C.A. Belmond to write more.

    In this book (as well as the other two of the series), she includes a little adventure, a little romance, and tops it all off with exquisite locales!

    Totally enjoyable!

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    Robin 03-17-17
    Robin 03-17-17

    Photo is of my portuguese water dog, Sheila!

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    "Best of this series"

    I read this author's books for the genre. While her plots, I think, tend to be too long, I felt less so about this one -- book 3 of the series -- owing to more interesting characters and cultural references. All in all, worth a credit for good company.

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    Simone 03-15-17
    Simone 03-15-17 Member Since 2016

    Follow me on Goodreads too!

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    "Fluffy Fun"

    I like this series for its pallet cleansing properties! It’s light, enjoyable, and consistently amuses me all while providing a sort of literary break from longer heavier books.

    The main plot in this story was a little slow to get moving – it starts about half way in – but I didn’t mind all the filler at the start one bit. I like just “hanging out” with Penny and Jeremy; they are entertaining in their own right.

    It hurts me to give Katherine Kellgren anything less than 5 stars as I usually find her work excellent, but in zziss case-uh her mizayrable Fronch accent-uh wazzz too much-uh too take-uh. UGH. I can’t tell you how much “clownish French” grates on my nerves!!!

    This huge complaint aside, I loved it. I hope Book 4 comes out in Audible Format soon.

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    subagi 12-01-16
    subagi 12-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Lovely fun mystery!"

    Where is the next in the series? Hope these 3 aren't all that there is!

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    Haveenoughstuff NJ 11-05-16
    Haveenoughstuff NJ 11-05-16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    The Penny and Jeramy series harkens me back to my days of immersion in Nancy Drew novels. But they are definitely grownup novels. Charming settings, fun plot twists and likable characters whose witty banter and intelligence kept me engaged. I hope C. A. Belmond continues their adventures in ore sequels.

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    TooMuchShopping 10-30-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Cure and entertaining series"

    Hard to figure out the correct order at first, but worth it. I was entertained by this sweet story of a couple and the mysteries they solve. Slow at times but makes sense in the end.

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    megan 08-18-16
    megan 08-18-16 Member Since 2012
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    "A rather enchanting series!"

    After listening to the first three books of this series I have to say that they are charming, lovely, beautiful, enchanting - and more! They're filled with romance and mystery, and the romance comes from more than just the main couple, Penny & Jeremy; it comes from the beautiful prose describing the surroundings - the locales, food, clothes, decor, and people. These books are a wonderful, fun, escape from reality - the kind of book that brings you into another world completely. Of course, Katherine Kellgren's narration is superb (she's my favorite of all time & it's well deserved)!

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    Natasha 08-17-15
    Natasha 08-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the French Rivera"

    I listen to a lot of British theme books from a variety of historical periods. What truly draws me to this series is the scenery and idea of living in both England and France. Penny's love of history and imagining how aristocrats traveled in the past is spot on.

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    Amazon Customer 04-30-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Really??"

    I have listened to all of the books in this series so far and this one is so very disappointing. I am not even done with it yet because it is such a struggle to hear it! I got into this for the mystery but there is so much filler of nothing to do with thr story itself. There is chapter after chapter of listening to Penny's apprehension to getting married and eating "the best vegatables of the season" at her t'aunt's home. I mean gee have you been there all season to know that these were "the best of the season"? I don't care what you had for breakfast or to know what each course in a meal was and what wine it was paired with if it has nothing to do with the story! All of this, and Penny is just now finding out what the situation/mystery is for this episode. I have been listening very long and I dont know what chapter I am on I have been so disengaged this book has not held my attention at all. Yes we know you are rich, yes we know the Rivera is beautiful, yes we know that French food tastes great or any of the endless adjectives used to describe it! I don't know if I will buy the next book in this series. I am disappointed as I expected more action as in the others.

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    Scoutmom 03-22-17
    Scoutmom 03-22-17
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    "Charming, magical, and a breath of fresh air!"

    I stumbled upon this series because I really enjoy listening to Katherine Kellgren's performances, most recently the "Her Royal Spyness" series by Rhys Bowen. But I am totally falling in love with C.A. Belmond 's series, and this one is even better than the first two. Of course I love the mystery and art history elements, but my favorite parts are the magical descriptions that make me feel like I'm actually there on site. I also appreciate the charming romance between Penny & Jeremy, but especially the lack of steamy sex scenes that seem to permeate contemporary novels. Overall, a touching and enjoyable journey of our heroine as she prepares for one of the most important moments of her life.

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