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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: C. A. Belmond Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The “Rather” Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781593165079
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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 reignite the Hundred Years’ War. Then, in a family chateau 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 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 to another romp … while the clock is ticking down until they say “I do.” Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy | 2/15/2014

    " Third in the Penny Nichols' series - the continuing characters are entertaining but the mysteries they involved are beginning to be stretched thin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teri | 2/8/2014

    " Wonderful narrator. I am enjoying listening to this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/1/2014

    " This is the third in the series of Penny Nichols' adventures. The other two are A Rather Lovely Inheritance, and A Rather Curious Engagement. Each novel includes a mystery to be solved as well as some very old-fashioned romantic adventures. I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to the next installment. I hope that some of you are familiar with Penny and her family and friends. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 1/31/2014

    " This is the third book in the adventures of American millionaire heiress Penny Nichols and her British fiance, the equally rich Jeremy Laidley. I adore this series! The series is referred to as "a return to the Golden Age of suspense". I agree, although the books are set in a thoroughly modern time period. The book starts slow, but you don't mind reading about the mundane details of Penny and Jeremy's life. The author, C.A.Belmond carefully crafted the background of the story in these inauspicious beginnings. In this book Penny and Jeremy are planning their wedding but everyone wants a part in making the plans. The warring factions include Jeremy's oh-so-proper British high society grandmother, Margery, and Penny's French cousins, "Tante" Leonora and "Oncle" Philippe. When a priceless ancient family tapestry, loaned to Penny by the French relatives to be used as the backdrop when she takes her wedding vows, is stolen, the action heats up. Like the other previous books in the series, a mad romp between France and England constantly takes place as Penny follows the clues in the tapestry, hoping to find the answer to a long-ago mystery and perhaps find the rumored treasure. Luckily Penny had taken many pictures of the tapestry so that she could both match the colors in it to her wedding colors and also because she just loves antiques and her previous profession was in the research of authentic props for doculmetaries. The clues in an antique clock help unravel the mystery. And of course there is a villain! Loved it, loved it, loved it! I highly recommend it- but start with the first book "A Rather Lovely Inheritance". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennefer | 1/22/2014

    " I was pretty bored during the first half because there was virtually no story...just wedding plans. The second half actually had some adventure and mystery and got exciting. I do like the characters though and so I'll read the last book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 1/22/2014

    " I really enjoyed the first couple books in this series of a young American woman who inherits a villa in France and becomes a heiress of great wealth falling in love with a distant English cousin. This is the book that covers her marriage and has some suspense surrounding a tapestry that is loaned to her for her wedding. It plods a bit and doesn't always hold my attention well, but it is a gentle story that has some quiet appeal. Not the best of the 3 books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Ricci | 1/12/2014

    " Sometimes the language and plot was a little lame and cliche. Towards the end, the climax dragged a bit too, but overall it was a fun little read." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/4/2014

    " Very long. So much build up to the actual mystery part. It was still very good just that you had to read 350 pages of "background" to get to the 100 pages of adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/28/2013

    " love the third book and can't wait for more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 12/20/2013

    " A charming wedding for Jeremy and Penny - very sweet with enough twists and mysteries to keep you reading. Hopefully another book will be on its way soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 12/15/2013

    " Another "charming" story in this series! Loved that we got to see all the pieces come together for a rather lovely ending/beginning. It did contain some language again, which makes me sad, because it wasn't necessary at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/23/2013

    " Another nice book in the series with another adventure for Penny and Jeremy and a fabulous wedding. It's a nice light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 11/22/2013

    " This series has quickly become a favorite of mine. I get easily drawn into their lives and really connect with the characters. The author makes you feel for the characters. Highly recommend! Can't wait to read the fourth book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 10/10/2013

    " The Penny Nickels series is like having a champagne cocktail for breakfast: delightful and effervescent. "Invitation" starts slowly, but soon weaves a lovely old-world tapestry (if you'll pardon the pun...) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisamarie | 8/21/2013

    " I'm not proud to say I read this. It's like cotton candy for the brain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 7/11/2013

    " Just as charming as the prior books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 6/6/2013

    " Really fun. Billed as "romantic suspense" but nothing like Mary Stewart or the like. A good fun read for the exhausting end of the school year. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Em | 4/25/2013

    " Her first two were kinda cute, easy reads. This one took way too long to get into and was too "sweet." I have a tooth ache from the goody goody of it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 4/8/2013

    " Another great installment in the series. Just what I wanted on this horrible hot day! A fun trip to England and France, wedding planning and a mystery! What more could I ask for?! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 3/8/2013

    " Incredibly lighthearted and plain fun. Not realistic at all, but just super fun to read. Made me smile the entire way, even if everything just seemed incredibly improbable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 1/7/2013

    " Ms. Belmond has a very fun writing style. Her characters are likable and the stories just flow along. I'm looking forward to the fourth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leah | 7/11/2012

    " Although this was book three in a series, I had no problem understanding the story line. The author gave just the right amount of background at the appropriate times. It was easy to read and the story got started right at the beginning, which I like. I would like to read the next book in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 5/15/2012

    " The third (maybe my favorite) of this series with Penny and Jeremy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marygrace | 4/17/2012

    " Fun read. Love Penny Nichols! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 2/4/2012

    " Third of a series. Fun and relaxing beach reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 9/2/2011

    " I wish I had known this a series before I started it, but I really enjoyed it and want to go back and read the other books too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 7/13/2011

    " A light, enjoyable read, as are all the books in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/27/2011

    " There was a tad bit a language in this book, but again, I highly enjoyed this book. Just enough mystery and just enough romance. A cute story. One more to go. Highly recommended for women who like "charming" books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leesa | 4/28/2011

    " I have finished the series and really enjoyed this last book. So much fun! Love all the funny family members and the adventure. Penny is a fabulous character and book was great!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 2/3/2011

    " I wish I had known this a series before I started it, but I really enjoyed it and want to go back and read the other books too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mandi | 12/26/2010

    " I thought that the beginning was kinda slow, and the middle was more interesting. I did really like the end but would have liked more action in the beginning and middle parts! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/24/2010

    " Very long. So much build up to the actual mystery part. It was still very good just that you had to read 350 pages of "background" to get to the 100 pages of adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 11/14/2010

    " Incredibly lighthearted and plain fun. Not realistic at all, but just super fun to read. Made me smile the entire way, even if everything just seemed incredibly improbable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karmen | 10/1/2010

    " Wonderful ending to this trilogy ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynda | 9/21/2010

    " A charming wedding for Jeremy and Penny - very sweet with enough twists and mysteries to keep you reading. Hopefully another book will be on its way soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 8/25/2010

    " A cute mystery with romance thrown in. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 6/24/2010

    " Altogether delightful escapism, a book to give you daydreams. The mystery of the tapestry is fascinating, & the gorgeous & opulent locations & settings are endlessly enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avriens | 6/9/2010

    " I think this is the best of the Penny Nichols series. It's a quick, light, easy read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Em | 5/30/2010

    " Her first two were kinda cute, easy reads. This one took way too long to get into and was too "sweet." I have a tooth ache from the goody goody of it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 5/30/2010

    " Our hero and heroine actually make it to marriage, although the twists and turns are fun, as are their apprehensions. But they are amazingly tender of each other.

    And more wish fulfillment (I want their yacht!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/22/2010

    " Ms. Belmond has a very fun writing style. Her characters are likable and the stories just flow along. I'm looking forward to the fourth. "

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About the Author

C. A. Belmond is a novelist, poet, and scriptwriter who has twice been a finalist for the Pushcart Press Editors’ Book Award.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her work includes the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. She is an Audie Award and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of audiobooks and has also received the Peabody Award.