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.
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.
Audible is a really great way to escape into different worlds. I love "reading" and discovering new authors and stories.
Well, I have been writing sincere review after review and nobody cares. So, here you go, you want to put down a credit do it, if not don't . Because no matter what I say you folks dont' care, I read all my previews before I buy a book, rate them accordingly, but you guys don't care. So WHY on earth should I bother. You got too much money, go ahead, and spend a credit.
davina porter makes the series
NO, it was a repetition to all the others, but I enjoyed it. So it is repetitive repetitive, repetive, repetivie, whatever!
repetitive, and you can guess what happens within all the books, so go ahead and don't like m comments
Charming, humorous, reminiscent of Georgette Heyer (falls short, but comes closer than most) and leaves you smiling.
I've read other series by this author which I did not like and I finally figured out it was the narrator. If the narrator is too melodramatic, it becomes tedious to listen. Davina Porter is fantastic and makes this series probably better than it has a right to be. Made me want to listen to every book.
Marion Chesney's Poor Relations series - so far, 1st & 2nd have proven to be fully entertaining & with Davina Porter as the narrator, brought to life!
I fully recommend for the hours of fun and distraction the books provide.
In this story, the very timid Miss Tonks comes out of her shell to help the hotel aquire the money it needs to continue to survive. Lord Easton helps her to steal diamonds, her niece joins her to work at the hotel in order to run away from her mother, Miss Tonks sister, then gets involved in settling a score against a rival hotel.
The personalities of the characters engage you, there's love, adventure, redemption and more. Be prepared to want to own the whole series, if they're all as fun as the first two!
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.
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.
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