When I downloaded this book, it was temporarily available for free. It's not that expensive even now. And it's hilarious.
At the beginning of the book, Penelope comes to London to stay with a dowager duchess, her excentric father, her only a little less excentric (but extremely handsome) son and fun-loving daughter. Penelope lost her mother at birth and was raised, reluctantly by a mean stepmother. When she arrives she has her maid and her faithful pet goat in tow. The dowager duchess, who was a close friend of Penelope's late mother, has promised to look after her friend's daughter but feels she's neglected this duty and invites Penelope to stay for her first season (of balls and dinner parties).
It's not going to be as easy as it sounds, because Penelope is the most awkward and accident-prone girl in England. The duchess has to ask the help of the mysterious Madame, who has hllarious secrets to hide, and an endless knowledge of how to catch a husband.
I won't say much about the plot because it's nearly all just a lot of fun. This is probably the funniest book I've read since the Stephanie Plum 'mysteries' by Janet Evanovich. I can recommend both Penelope and Stephanie Plum to everyone who needs a good laugh (or two, or three...).