Just when everything at the Poor Relation Hotel seems to be running smoothly, Sir Philip brings in another poor relation, Mrs. Budge. When Sir Philip presents his paramour, Lady Fortescue swears great oaths and says the woman is probably related to half the costermongers in London and certainly does not possess one rich relative. Mrs. Budge does nothing but eat all day and refuses to do any work around the hotel. Worst of all, Miss Tonks seems to be taking the romance between Sir Philip and Mrs. Budge quite hard.
In the middle of all this commotion, a certain Lady Carruthers and her daughter Arabella come to stay at the hotel. Lady Carruthers is a widow trying to pass herself off as much younger than she actually is. To this end she dresses poor Arabella, who is all of 19, as a young schoolgirl and refuses to bring her out. It is up to the poor relations to deal with the lazy Mrs. Budge, find Arabella a husband, and trounce her terrible mother!
©1993 Marion Chesney (P)2012 AudioGO
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When you just want a good historical story you can't beat the Poor Relations! The series is wonderful but I would recommend you start at the beginning. Even though I love murder and sex in my books it is nice to take a break! You don't get any better than Davina Porter as a narrator!
The story is pretty predictable, and the situations are sometimes absurd, and you know there will be a happy ending. However, when I am on a long drive and don't want to have to concentrate too hard (and want a happy story), this series is good fun.
It was very true to the nature of the characters. Exactly what you would expect knowing these people so well!
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