Review: A Rather Remarkable Homecoming by C.A. Belmond

A Rather Remarkable Homecoming by C.A. Belmond
Series: Penny Nichols (# 4)
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher:  NAL Trade
Pages: 368
Source:  contest win at Romance Junkies

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.


Review: I found it very hard to get into this novel. I’m not sure if it is because it is the fourth in the series and I didn’t know the background of the characters or the love story of Penny and Jeremy. I usually love books that are based on the premise of this novel. I just felt that the characters were all over the place. I enjoyed the dialogue between all the characters but it could have been more concise and tighter.

I did however feel like I was stepping into Penny’s life. The descriptions of their locations was vivid and entertaining. The author did an excellent job of describing their travels in minute detail. I liked that she wrote a lot about the food and their travels.

The main characters had a great relationship. Penny was witty and sarcastic. Jeremy was gallant and the man a lot of women hope for. However I could not relate to either main characters because I have never been wealthy as they are. I did like seeing how they do live their lives. They made an excellent pair. Their apparent love for each other is the reason why I want to go and buy the first three books of the series. I’m sure after reading the first three I will have a deeper appreciation for this novel.