The poor relations, those genteel paupers of society who live on little more than their dignity, have banded together and started The Poor Relation hotel, hoping to be bought out by their embarrassed relations - but as the hotel prospered, they began to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Now once more they are in need of funds. To stoop to crime in their days of poverty was one thing, but to turn to it again when they have enjoyed a certain amount of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.
And so poor, faded Miss Tonks has been persuaded to steal something valuable enough from her rich sister to set the poor relations on their feet. They all have their doubts about Miss Tonks’ chances for success, but the shy spinster has more than a few surprises in store. Flirtations and feelings abound amid the conspiring group.
©1993 Marion Chesney (P)2012 AudioGO
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
This is the second in a series (would recommend finding "Lady Fortescue Steps Out", which is Book 1) about the fiscally challenged aristocrats who have started a genteel hotel.
Once again finding themselves insolvent, they encourage the very timid Miss Tonks sets out to steal from her scheming, grasping sister.
A thoroughly enjoyable innocuous novel, with some moments of high humour. Definitely will appeal to fans of Regency romances. This is as well researched as Georgette Heyer (although a lighter on substance), with details such as the quandary one experiences with a full chamber pot early in the evening.
It is a cozy, comfort read. Readers might recognise the author under her other pen-name "Marion Chesney".
I've loved the book series for years, It's great to listen to it as well. Each has it's own charms, but I must admit Davina Porter is charming to listen to.
The confidence Miss Tonks gains through her adventures
Davina Porter is always excellent to listen to.
Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!
Davina Porter is such a gifted narrator. She brings the author's characters to life in a way that I could never envision just reading the printed book.
I know the story revolved primarily around Miss Tonks, but Cassandra, Miss Tonks' niece was a treasure
On occasion I will read the print book of one I've recently listened to and I will actually "hear" Davina Porter's voice in my head narrating the characters.
I swear that I giggled out loud when Miss Tonks attempted to hold up her sister's carriage while disguised as a highwayman.
This series is IMO a hidden treasure. M. C. Beaton does a fabulous job of capturing the essence of Regency England.
The second installment in this series is charming. Great characters to spend time with, solid writing and, of course, wonderful narration. No depth at all, mind you, pure spun sugar but delightful if it's your style.
This series has exceeded my expectations! The story is full of interesting twists done with great wt and intelligence.
Davina Porter is excellent as always as narrator. Looking forward to the next book in the series, highly recommended!
How can you not root for the success of the poor relations? Though the story line is simple and rather outrageous, it is all fun!! And all the fun is only made better by Davina Porter narrating. Can't miss.
I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!
I've read MANY audiobooks, so it's hard to say. However it's one I return to again and again. So that says something.
Well, as another reviewer pointed out. the storyline is a bit predictable. So, its not about the mystery of it all. I believe it's the character development. you really grow to care for the Poor Relations quite early. With all of their quirks.
Lady Fortescue, by far. I always wonder what her backstory would be. She's so proper and yet...
No extreme reactions. I don't think this is that kind of story. Just made me smile and shake my head alot.
This is a good escapist book. I love stories of the Regency period. But I wouldn't want to live then. No central heating or plumbing. Yuck!
Excellent narration as always with Davina Porter. The story is cute. Love this series. Not all smutty but very engaging. Laughed a lot.
Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
Ritch and poor, they are all aristocrats. It's Edwardian London and they need money so they send poor Miss Tonks out to steal. What a hoot! I won't spoil it but it is funny and charming both. I like this series.
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