A Rather Remarkable Homecoming

C.A. Belmond - Author

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ISBN 9781101544044 | 368 pages | 06 Sep 2011 | NAL | 18 - AND UP
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Join the fun and frolic with American heiress Penny Nichols and her English hero Jeremy Laidley, as the adventurous couple sets off for more elegant travel and delightful sleuthing together!

Penny and Jeremy are just returning from their honeymoon, only to be greeted by eccentric friends of Prince Charles bearing a rather royal request: to rescue a historical village on the coast of Cornwall, England. A property developer is bulldozing his way across the countryside to build a monstrous new development, and he's heading straight for Grandmother Beryl's old homestead where the newlyweds first met long ago as kids. Can Penny and Jeremy solve an ancient puzzle in time to save Grandma's house- and the entire village-from total destruction?

On the romantic rocky cliffs of Cornwall, amid Celtic lore and tales of Shakespeare, smugglers, and shipwrecks, Penny and Jeremy must contend with a rakish cast of local characters: a bird-watching earl, a famous TV chef, a vain actor, a New Age farmer, a pair of thuggish real-estate tycoons, a rebel rock-and-roller, and a band of determined "eco-warriors." Following a trail of cryptic clues, Penny and Jeremy's new caper takes them to the lush island of Madeira and the legendary castle of Tintagel, in a race against time to find the astonishing truth... before the wrecking ball strikes.

With her trademark wit, wisdom, and verve, C.A. Belmond's newest novel in her beloved "Rather" series provides a perfect armchair voyage of Europe's glamorous locales, with plenty of mystery, history, food, wine, love, and life's little pleasures.

With her trademark wit, wisdom and verve, C.A. Belmond's eagerly awaited new novel features the delightful American heroine Penny Nichols and her beloved English hero Jeremy Laidley. This "simpatico duo" (Publishers Weekly) truly enjoy each other's company, and now that they are recently married, they've vowed to stand by each other… in work (they have their own eccentric investigating agency) and at play (they've unexpectedly inherited a windfall)… in good times (globe-trotting to Europe's most glamorous locales)… and in life's dicey moments (when their suspenseful sleuthing lands them in hot water).

In A Rather Remarkable Homecoming Penny and Jeremy return from their honeymoon only to be faced with friends of Prince Charles bearing a rather noble mission for the duo: to rescue a seacoast village in Cornwall, England which is in peril of being bulldozed by predatory real-estate moguls. And it just so happens that Penny's grandmother's house-by-the-sea is first in line for demolition… unless Penny and Jeremy can find proof of true historical value for Grandma's house.

Amid Celtic lore and tales of Shakespeare, smugglers and shipwrecks, Penny and Jeremy's new adventure takes them to the lush island of Madeira and the legendary castle of Tintagel, in a race against time to find the astonishing truth… before the wrecking ball strikes.

In the following excerpt, while Jeremy is in London for a day of legal wrangling about the case, Penny does some serious snooping along the rocky, romantic coast of Cornwall.

Praise for C.A. Belmond's "Rather" novels:

"A simpatico duo!"
-Publishers Weekly

"An entertaining yarn with family drama and intrigue aplenty."

"[Has] everything-mystery, romance, [and] a whirlwind tour of Europe's hot spots."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Classic and elegant, while still remaining modern."
-Blog Critics Magazine

"Penny is a delightful heroine...Who wouldn't enjoy the unexpected chance to rattle around London and then to fly off to the sunny Côte d'Azur?"
-Dear Author

"Five Stars! Excellent writing...I look forward to more books with these excellent characters."
-Night Owl Reviews

"Belmond weds old-style glamour to chick-lit flair. You just want to move into the novel yourself!"
-Lauren Willig, author of The Mischief of the Mistletoe

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