“An entertaining yarn with family drama and intrigue aplenty!” —Booklist

“A simpatico duo!” —Publishers Weekly

“Belmond’s lilting sequel, ['A Rather Curious Engagement'] is fun, even if you don’t have your own yacht!”— Publishers Weekly

"Belmond’s second novel is bound to charm!”—Booklist

“A book that you don't want to miss!” —Chick Lit Club

“A spirited heroine!” —Publishers Weekly

“A lovely reunion with Penny and Jeremy.” —DearAuthor

“A Rather Remarkable Homecoming charms from beginning to end.” –Publishers Weekly

“A return to the golden age of romantic suspense! ‘A Rather Lovely Inheritance’ weds old-style glamour to chick-lit flair. You just want to move into the novel yourself—on a long-term lease, with hero and snazzy sports car included!”-- Lauren Willig, author of “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation”


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“This breezy, witty fourth entry in Belmond’s ‘Rather’ series features strongly defined characters, vivid settings, and a captivating mystery . . . The villagers prove suitably delightful, as does the loving relationship between Penny and Jeremy. [A Rather Remarkable Homecoming] charms from beginning to end.” –Publishers Weekly.

Available Now: The first four Penny-and-Jeremy “Rather” novels

...And did you know?
The "Rather" series is available on audio, too!
In bookstores and online at Barnes and Noble, Amazon and many others, on CD or downloadable.

Check out the video trailer for CA Belmond’s fourth novel, A RATHER REMARKABLE HOMECOMING.

Have you heard about the "Rather" series?

Novels featuring a spirited American heroine named Penny Nichols and her beloved hero Jeremy Laidley. Available as books, audiobooks and e-books.

The first novel, where it all began.

What's it all about?

You wake up one morning and get a phone call summoning you to London for the reading of your great-aunt's last will and testament. And just like that, you're an heiress, with a highly unusual motorcar, a vintage wardrobe, a posh London townhouse, and a mysterious legacy at an elegant villa in Antibes. You'll follow in the footsteps of some fairly glamorous forebears who’ve bequeathed a family secret for you to puzzle out. But not everyone thinks you deserve it; you'll meet up with some rather eccentric characters and you'll have to sort out friend from foe. Nevertheless, the champagne’s flowing, and the Mediterranean beckons with great food, art, music, history and fashion, leading right up to the gamble of a lifetime.

Are you game? Open the book, and go for the ride!


The second novel in the “Rather” series.

A RATHER CURIOUS ENGAGEMENT sets sail for a new adventure with Penny and Jeremy on their vintage yacht in the Riviera and Lake Como, as they team up in love and in business for their first official "engagement".

The third novel in the "Rather" series.

A RATHER CHARMING INVITATION continues the fun as Penny and Jeremy follow the lavender-strewn trail in Provence to more family history and intrigue, all while a mysterious clock is counting down the minutes to their wedding day!

The fourth novel in the "Rather" series.

A RATHER REMARKABLE HOMECOMING catches up with Penny and Jeremy in London and Cornwall, now that they are newlyweds returning from their honeymoon, only to find a new, rather royal adventure literally waiting for them on their doorstep.

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Books & Info

1. Debut Novel
First book that launched the series. Published by the Penguin Group. ISBN# 978-0-451-22052-3
2. Sequel
The second book in the "Rather" series. Published by the Penguin Group. ISBN# 978-0-451-22405-7
3. Third novel
Continues the “Rather” series. Published by the Penguin Group. ISBN# 978-0-451-22908-3
4. Fourth Novel
More fun with Penny and Jeremy in the "Rather" series. Published by The Penguin Group. ISBN# 978-0-451-23461-2
5. FAQ
Interview with the Author
6. Public Appearances
Signings, Interviews, Media
7. What's new?
A new feature with contests and notes from CA Belmond