Delightful read. It this were a film it would be a classic screwball comedy. Part comedy, part mystery, part romance this is just a wonderful example of intelligent escapist fiction.
Penny, having inherited a garage in the south of France, discovers that the situation is far more complex than anyone knows. In a stunning sequence of action, the author kept me riveted as mysterious secrets came to light in an endless flow of family history, hidden affairs, alternate bloodlines, art theft, and continual savvy comments on life in the modern age. Just when I thought there were no more surprises, the next one would pop up - whether in London, Paris, Rome, the French Riviera, or on the journey somewhere in between. In fact, this is as much a mystery as it is a romance, combining both in leaps and bounds that vary between hilarity and mortal danger, yet always hopeful and with good humour.
This is delightfully written, light-hearted and sharp, witty and sassy, rather more like a movie than a book. It wasn't just the happy ending that satisfied me - it was the thoroughly enjoyable process of getting there and seeing each scene through the author's imaginative eye. Landscapes, cities, countries spring out of the pages.
A light-hearted and fun detective story and adventure.
A nice, light book that was easy to read and very enjoyable. The characters felt real with very few of those traits that make some characters annoying and formulaic. Even the "villian" seemed like a person you could care for given the right circumstances.
Overall impression...meh. Interesting story, has some good moments, but I didn't feel like anything was "real." And before anyone gets on me about it being a work of fiction, I know that, I guess so it's more the fact that it didn't really draw me into the story, get invested in the characters, or feel like hey I know someone like Penny, overall the characters were a bit static. What also killed it for me a little was it went about 2-3 chapters (I can't quite remember) too long. There was a great ending, but then the author continued the story with stuff that I saw as unnecessary and didn't contribute to the story arc at all.
If you have some time to kill and nothing else laying around, it'll work.