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Penny Nichols has the London apartment, the classic cat, the villa in France, the fabulous bank account, and the great guy to share them all with. So everything's perfect, right? Er, well...Pennies, nickels....
Pursued by gigolos, gold diggers, an ex-wife, and highly aggressive salesmen, all chasing after their millions, freelancer-turned-heiress Penny Nichols 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....and a boatload of secrets.
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 1920s yacht on the Mediterranean, to the legendary superstitionsof 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 key piece of this fascinating historical puzzle.
©2010 C. A. Belmond (P)2010 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
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"It's fluffy and fun, even if you don't have your own yacht." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Simone on 01-20-17

A Rather Mixed Review

This book was like watching a so-so episode of your favourite TV series. You’ll keep watching and you’ll tune in again next week for more despite a less than great instalment.

I liked the overall scenario, I liked the characters, I liked the writing, I especially liked the setting in the French Riviera… but I did not like the mystery of the lion; it bored me.

Frankly, I could have skipped that plotline completely and I just enjoy reading about how Penny and Jeremy plan to build their lives together – getting married and setting up their future etc. Of course in the long run that would not be very interesting, but since they are still new to me and I feel like I am getting to know them, I would not have minded a book of “just filler”.

The narration is stellar! I would give it 10 stars if I could.

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By Robin on 12-24-16

Good to pass the time

C.A. Belmond's books are a bit of fun to add to a routine day. Personally, I preferred the first and third books in this series, but best to read no. 2 before proceeding on to no. 3. Why not give it a try?

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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