“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 simpatico duo!” —Publishers Weekly


“A RATHER REMARKABLE HOMECOMING charms from beginning to end.” –Publishers Weekly


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


“A spirited heroine.” —Publishers Weekly

“An entertaining yarn with family drama and intrigue aplenty.” --Booklist

“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”

A Rather Curious Engagement


SUMMARY of the novel:

Penny has the London apartment, the classic car, the villa in France, the fabulous bank account, and a great guy to share them with. So everything’s perfect, right? Er, well...

Pursued by gigolos, gold-diggers, an ex-wife, and highly aggressive salesmen, all chasing after their millions, freelancer-turned-heiress Penny and her boyfriend Jeremy decide to take a whole summer off and sock away most of their inheritance. But they allow themselves one big splurge from their wish list—and that’s where all the trouble begins.

At an auction on the French Riviera, Penny and Jeremy win much more than they bargain for, as they uncover a centuries-old rivalry involving the theft of a strange, priceless treasure linked to Beethoven’s Germany. Investigating everything from a luxurious 1920s yacht on the Mediterranean, to the legendary superstitions of the island of Corsica, right up to a castle on Lake Como, Italy, Penny and Jeremy track down a mysterious, elderly count whose fractured memory may hold the pieces to this fascinating historical puzzle.


Lake Como, Italy

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. NEWEST “RATHER” NOVEL, AVAILABLE NOW!
The fourth book 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