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.
I am an unabashed M.C. Beaton fan, so bear that in mind. She may not be the best writer in the world, but she can spin a yarn, create wonderful characters, and do it with humor. The "Poor Relations" series, set in vaguely Victorian times, is about a group of poor relations who combat the humiliation heaped upon them by wealthy relatives by opening a top-drawer hotel in London, using the townhouse of one of their aristocrat-fallen-on-hard-times members. When they run into financial issues, someone is sent out to filch expensive trinkets from their relatives, which are fenced to obtain the necessary.
There's a bit of romance and some derring-do. Ms. Beaton is unromantic about the classism, prejudice, hypocrisy, and odd practices of Victorian England, which leads to some humorous and acerbic commentary.
Davina Porter is the perfect narrator, but she could read the phone book and I'd probably enjoy it.
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.
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.
With M.C. Beaton's devilish and witty characters and Davina Porter's amazing ability to bring them to life, every book in this series is an absolute delight!
It is among my favorites for light humor with some odd twists. I plan to eventually listen to all the books in the series.
I liked that finally true love prevails. I believe this is a thread in all of the books but still love the way Sir Phillip and The Colonel are jealous of each other over Lady Fortescue...it gives all of us 'of a certain age' hope for romance.
I liked the entire book but guess one of my favorites was the highway man holding up the coach.
It made me laugh in several places like the kiss on the road; the rat in the pocket; the way Sir Phillip 'saved the French chef.'
I just enjoy listening to Davina Porter. I would probably like it if I heard her reading the UK phone book. well, maybe not but almost anything else. She is marvelous.
M C Beaton writes comfortable, interesting stories that will make you smile.
Great performance by Davina.
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