Amid hundreds, thousands of cookie-cutter Regency romances this one has a fun new twist - a hotel run by a commune of impoverished upper class people.
She's a good writer with interesting and novel approaches, but she could use a good editor. There were subplots that didn't go anywhere, a few extra characters that seemed like they were only there waiting for book 3 or 4 when it would be their turn in the spotlight.
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.
Definitely a winner made even more so by the narration of Davina Porter!! The premise of this book is hilarious: a bunch of misfits gather together and with what little they have (and can steal) they thrive! And if their family members are embarrassed by it all, the better for it! The characters are delightful (plenty for future adventures as well). Enjoy.
I bought this after specifically searching for books narrated by Davina Porter & I loved it. It was sort of like Jane Austen but funny and I found myself laughing out loud at several parts. Davina Porter did an excellent job as usual, and although I had never read or listened to anything by Marion Chesney before, I will likely branch out into her other works - after finishing the rest of the Poor Relations series.
As others have noted, this book is a fluff piece -- short, easily digestible, fine for lolling on the couch at the end of a hard week. Davina Porter is delightful to listen to as always, and the writing draws you right in.
The story opens with a scene not atypical of the Regency era: a woman of good birth but small means, trying to keep her townhouse going with herself and just two servants without having to sell and retrench.
It's when she watches an elderly man faint in the park, and draws it out of him that he's faint from hunger, that we wander astray of Georgian conventions. She invites him to live in her house. True, they set about inviting every other poor relation that they can find in Hyde Park to live with them, too, and it's the collection of characters and the grand decision that they make to support themselves that drives the story, but that very act of inviting complete strangers of mixed genders to live with her tells us that Lady Fortescue is a character of modern sensibilities dressed in Regency costume.
This is the prime weakness of every book in the series: anachronisms abound. The events are anchored somewhere in the Regency, but customs and costumes are plucked from the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian eras with great liberality.
But do try to forgive all that and accept that this is a candy-like fluff piece of pseudo-Regency fantasy, farcical as a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, because the characters are what make this series. Though a little puppet-like at times, especially when first introduced, the characters do flesh out into people that draw the reader's sympathy. Even when engaged in grand larceny, they delight us enough that we want them to succeed.
Each book in the series highlights one of the Poor Relations, for whom the series is named. Each has a romance (though not necessarily involving the poor relation), and each has a main plot aside from, but intertwined with, the romance. The outcomes are predictable, the good guys win, boy gets girl, but we get the fun of watching the characters overcome obstacles, often in creative ways, while knowing that their efforts will be rewarded in the end.
Good friend, cynical but thoughtful. Astute observer of the socio-political scene.
And I have listened to over 200! And I like MC Beaton! This book was dull and, to me, incomprehensible. I can't tell you what it was about because I simply could not follow the story. I tried to slog through to the end but honestly, life is too short. Awful, confused, unfocused, un-compelling and boring. Well narrated, though.