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The series is a fun read. This is book 1 and in this book Lady Fortescue, widowed and alone save for two loyal, unpaid servants, has sold off almost all of the furnishings in her large Bond Street home and faces a grim future. To the rescue comes Colonel Sandhurst - and many other impoverished aristocrats. The characters are likeable and well developed.
The book shines the light on real problems during those days, many historic facts and some funny happenings.
In book 1 my favorite character was Colonel Sandhurst as he compliments the more opinionated Lady Fortescue.
Ms. Porter just knows how to read, act, and draw you in - she is superb.
I would highly recommend this series IF books are on sale - a credit better reserved for something a bit more deep and longer in audio hours. But overall I would recommend the book(s).
Delightful! A simple wholesome romance, I loved the plot line, the genteel poor banding together for a better life. Great characters, witty dialogue and a sweet love story to boot. There was nothing about this I didn’t like. A short novel perfect for a quick regency fix.
Davina Porter is as usual superb; her flawless character portrayals are a joy to listen to. She is always spot on, she is the best of the best, in my humble opinion.
I found it a pleasant distraction while driving, with droll humor and good narration. Short, a good choice as a "palate cleanser", so to speak, between the longer audio books I usually choose.
Lady Fortescue is a lady with great sense and fortitude. By building her own family of poor relations she brings together hope and fortitude. Each person added brings more seasoning to the tale. It is a well written lovable story. I can't wait for the next one.
This book is fun to read. The characters are a hoot and they become so involved with each other through their needs which they start to solve with some hilarity and common sense.
How they meet each other while trying to solve their financial problems.
Davina Porter is my favorite reader. I have bought most of the books she has "read" starting with Victoria Holt books. She really brings life to the characters.
This book is a great listen and should be listened to more than once!
cozy mysteries are a few of my favorite things.
Strong, wise, creative, honest, inner compass which in her day was totally au courant.
The tenacity of Philip. He was unlikable in many ways and motivations were always selfish but we all have our motives at times hidden under a smile or a ruse.
The moment when the Duke realized that Lady Fortescue was not a thief but had been starving and desperate. How misguided are judgements.
Not a serious book, but a fun one. The narration, in particular, does very well in expressing what are considered the norms for Regency society, while making it very clear that this work is written for a modern audience, with modern sensibilities. The juxtaposition of those attitudes made for much of the humor in the work for me. The story itself was fun, with interesting characters, and by choosing persons who are not within the mainstream of Regency society allowed for a more enjoyable story.
My mother and I got this book as something for the road, and it served admirably to pass the hours and keep the mind engaged.
Finally, enough good cannot be said for the reader's performance. Ms. Porter manages to take unique voices for several major characters, such that simply hearing the tone of her voice will convey who is speaking - this made for a much more clear, and enjoyable, experience.
The author has the time period down pat. The reader had the perfect accent and "attitude" for each character's station for the time period. Looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.
The scene in the kitchen where the Duke finds his long lost love bathing after her long hard day as the hotel's French chef.
When the Duke climbs the drainpipe to save his love from the burning house.
The book was humorous as well as touching for the positions innocent people found themselves in.
Well worth the listen.
Enjoyed this book so much. This group of people did give up but banded together to come up with a way to survive
I haven't read a book yet that I can compare with Lady Fortescue Steps out.
Davina Porter's narration makes the book come alive.
It make me laugh at different spots
Well, I just finished the final book in the Poor Relation series and I shall miss the residents of that unfashionably fashionable hotel. Though not great literature on the scale of a book like The Help, the tales are an entertaining (and often educational) romp through regency London.