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The Poor Relation
Books in series6
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(4.2 based on 1362 ratings)
  • 1

    Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Life is not easy for the poor relations of England’s upper crust, but fate and clever schemes bring them together. Lady Fortescue and Colonel Sandhurst hatch a plan: What if they were to transform her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering their guests the pleasure of being waited upon by nobility? With the help of other down-and-out aristocrats, they do just that, and London’s newest hotel, The Poor Relation, is born. The establishment is an immediate hit with London’s most illustrious citizens, save the Duke of Rowcester....

    connie says: "sweet but overpriced trifle"
    sweet but overpriced trifle

    The first four volumes of this light and humorous series were perfect for some fatigued time listening, but Beaton/Chesney could have knitted together..Show More »

    Reviewed on June 20 2012 by connie (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada)
  • 2

    Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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    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.

    Clare says: "More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!"
    More Regency Fun! Miss Tonks Saves the Day!

    This is the second in a series (would recommend finding "Lady Fortescue Steps Out", which is Book 1) about the fiscally challenged aristocrats who ha..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 13 2012 by Clare (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
  • 3

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

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Poter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Story
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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. But the marquess turns out to be not so old, hardly senile, and, in fact, quite handsome.

    Clare says: "Consistant Light Romantic Regency Fare"
    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 ar..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 29 2012 by Clare (Vancouver, BC, Canada)
  • 4

    Sir Philip's Folly: The Poor Relation, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton, Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
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    Performance
    (132)
    Story
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    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 refused 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.

    Marie says: "Another worthy read in this marvelous series"
    Another worthy read in this marvelous series

    You will finally get to know Sir Folly - not as heartless as he seems to be yet, yet a very very clever, unpredictable man. Wonderful if you can get t..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 27 2014 by Marie (Arlington, TN, United States)
  • 5

    Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue: The Poor Relation, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Performance
    (124)
    Story
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    Owing to an unfortunate wager made by Sir Philip, the poor relations are once again scrounging around for a plan for solvency. This time it is Colonel Sandhurst to the rescue. After happening on Sir Randolph’s lovely daughter Frederica, who is running away to escape an awful marriage to Lord Bewley, the Colonel devises a plan to force Sir Randolph to settle his bill for six month’s stay and to save Frederica from her fate. The clever plan is thwarted when Lord Bewley shows up at the drop point instead of Sir Randolph.

    Ursula says: "Loving this series"
    Loving this series

    I have now read the fifth book out of the 6-part series and am looking forward to the 6th with mixed emotions. On one hand I look forward to finding o..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 28 2013 by Ursula (Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada)
  • 6

    Back in Society: A Regency Romance: The Poor Relation, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (117)

    Life is finally looking up for the poor relations. The Prince of Wales’ coat of arms gleams over the hotel entrance. All but one of the rooms are filled by the open-handed Prince Hugo and his entourage. They have finally reached a position comfortable enough to allow them to consider offers to buy the hotel. The poor relations’ hard-earned success, however, is in stark contrast to the plight of their latest guest, Lady Jane Fremney. The slight, beautiful youngest daughter of the Earl of Durby has been cast out of her family for refusing to marry the man her father has chosen.

    Patricia says: "Final Book in series"
    Final Book in series

    Relaxing - fun - easy listen - -

    Reviewed on August 05 2012 by Patricia (Cumberland, RI, United States)