Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Review: A Rather Remarkable Homecoming by C.A. Belmond
Having never read this author before, I was not sure what to expect but the word "Cornwall" grabbed my attention right away. For some reason, I love stories set there even though I've never seen it. The location conjures up vivid images of rocky cliffs, pounding waves, shipwrecks and smugglers. Heady stuff!
What I found was a most delightfully witty story with a tremendous amount of atmosphere, a fun mystery and fantastic characters. Penny and Jeremy have been likened to Nick and Nora but they reminded me of Christie's Tommy and Tuppence; a delightful pair who sleuth with style and flair complete with vintage auto!
The story was fast paced and the mystery first rate. No lag of interest in this one at all. The pages seemed to turn themselves as I was immersed in the locations of Cornwall, a short visit to the island of Madeira and the exploits of the newly weds Jeremy and Penny; characters so well fleshed out and likeable they felt like old friends by the time the book ended.
Although this the fourth book in the series, I had no feeling that I was missing anything. The other three are on my tbr list as I enjoyed this one so much. A 4**** read for sure!
C.A. Belmond's "Rather" series includes her debut novel A Rather Lovely Inheritance and the sequels A Rather Curious Engagement and A Rather Charming Invitation. C.A. Belmond can be found at this website.