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Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation, Book 3 | [M. C. Beaton]

Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation, Book 3

Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan: He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative or not. So off Mrs. Budley goes. But the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and, in fact, quite handsome.
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Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Lady Fortescue reminds the others that, to be fair, Mrs. Budley has no relatives on whom she can call. Gentle Mrs. Budley thinks she has escaped her fate until Sir Philip comes up with a plan: He has heard that the elderly Marquess of Peterhouse is senile, a widower, extremely rich, and unlikely to remember whether Mrs. Budley is a relative or not. So off Mrs. Budley goes to the bleak castle where the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and, in fact, quite handsome.

The loveable characters from the Poor Relation Hotel return in this sparkling and adventurous Regency from Marion Chesney.

©1993 Marion Chesney. All rights reserved. (P)2012 AudioGO

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    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-29-12
    Clare Vancouver, BC, Canada 10-29-12 Member Since 2009

    Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.

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    "Consistant Light Romantic Regency Fare"

    Third installment of the Poor Relation Series. Set in the Regency period. Some nice period details sprinkled in the novel. This series of novels are light, entertaining reads. Regency without the bodice ripping.

    As before the main romance is almost relegated to a subplot as the lives, hopes and dreams of the other characters were explored. Gentle humour, pleasantly entertaining.

    The narration is, as ever, stunningly good.

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    "The Poor Relations Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace the most enjoyable?

    I am totally hooked on this series. Ms. Poter's narration is wonderful. I am delighted
    by the main character's personalities and can't wait for the next book to see what
    they get involved in this time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sir Philip is the most colorful character. He is a rake, kind, hateful,sweet, and
    totally unpredictable.


    What does Davina Poter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have listened to her narations of M.C.Beaton and enjoyed them but this series is her
    finest performance. Her characters come alive. She deserves 5 stars for this
    narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The series brings laughs, worry, historical information, and pure delight.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melani Texas 07-08-13
    Melani Texas 07-08-13 Member Since 2005

    Self-admitted lazy reader who delights in listening to audiobooks!

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    "Clever Regency Mystery"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this series. Beaton has created a wonderful cast of characters that the reader wants to spend time with and see how they resolve their predicaments. Davina Porter does an awesome job of reading this tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's be grand fun following Ms. Budley and seeing her slowly growing stronger.


    Have you listened to any of Davina Poter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Davina Porter as a narrator. I have actually ended up listening to books that I would ordinarily skip over simply because she is the performer.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda United States 04-15-13
    Linda United States 04-15-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Mrs. Budley Gets Some Guts"
    What made the experience of listening to Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed seeing the change in Mrs. Budley from dependent and shy to strong and assertive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had not really thought much about the character of Mrs. Budley in Books 1 and 2. As usual, though, I liked the male aristocrastic leads best, even though they're basically the same character.


    What does Davina Poter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a great job distinguishing the various characters with subtle differences in dialect and tone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was able to do it in two "sittings" while driving.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 03-29-13
    Marie Arlington, TN, United States 03-29-13 Member Since 2010

    Glad to be part of the audible community and I hope that my reviews help to choose the right book and share my love of reading.

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    "good series, but predictable"
    What made the experience of listening to Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace the most enjoyable?

    MC Beaton seriously lacks imagination, Mrs Budley nothing else than all the other folks that join the poor relation. It is a poor relation imaginary book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    get more spicy and more courageous......


    Which character – as performed by Davina Poter – was your favorite?

    all of them if it weren't for Davina Porter I would have not listened to these series


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nope it is all so predicatable


    Any additional comments?

    only get it on sale

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Svetlana OR, United States 03-19-13
    Svetlana OR, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2004

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    "lovely and entertaining, if a bit predictable"
    What made the experience of listening to Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this amusing story about the Poor Relations. It is fast and fun. We follow Mrs. Budley on her thieving expedition, and, what follows is pretty funny. Humor gets a bit crude, but all in all, another great book in the series. Done with this book in the series; and off my credit goes for the next one!


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    Midwest Lady Indiana 03-12-13
    Midwest Lady Indiana 03-12-13 Member Since 2010

    Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

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    "Charming sequel."

    Third in the series. I've really enjoyed this series. Well written, fast, entertaining. I recommend the whole series. In another era but very timely stories. Good solid plot. No graphic sex scenes if that matters to you.

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