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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 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!

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 06-17-17

An engaging listen

I'm enjoying this series. The writing is tight, the characters have a nice depth to them as we've travelled with them through triumphs and heartaches. Many a time I have lol at their antics and situations they get themselves into. Definitely worth the credit.

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  • Marie
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 03-27-14

Another worthy read in this marvelous series

Where does Sir Philip's Folly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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 the book on sale - if not - it is worth a credit.

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I would not read this book as a "stand alone book" as the series almost works a bit like a puzzle piece. Try to read this series in order, and if it a fun read, nothing to deep, yet entertaining and will ease your mind. Book harmonizes well with the other books in the series. Narrator is great!

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Book 4 series

Great read! As the series progresses one gets absorbed by the characters M.C Beaton has created. Narrator Davina Porter does a fantastic job,she brings the characters to life to the point they are real live people,you wish you could meet and be part of their journey.So by reading/listening to their tales you can be part of these joyful. Stories. Have fun like I said before,they are a HOOT!!!

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I am LOVING this series.

Entertaining, funny, sweet and pure Regency. The characters are now like friends to me. The author had me hooked with the title and then the first story. I find myself laughing and giggling out loud as I listen. The talented Davina Porter lends her voice, bringing this delightful series to life. A must-read series for clean Regency fans. Can't wait to start the next one.

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This series is so much fun!

I have been having a blast listening to this series! The story is funny, witty and zany and the cast is endearing, I love them all. Hats off to Davina Porter, she has brought them all to life!

I'm on to book 5!

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Another wonderful installment!

This series has been so enjoyable! Even though I am listening to them as audiobooks, I can’t, to coin the phrase, “put the book down!”

These characters are so full of depth and so real, that I feel like I know how they will react in any given situation.

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Sir Philip's Folly (Poor Relation #4)

Mrs. Budge is a very greedy woman who gets on everyone's nerves except Sir Philip Somerville's because he is smitten with her. When Sir Philip brings her to stay at the Poor Relation Hotel, the other owners are not very happy so they try figure out a way to dislodge Mrs. Budge. With the help of a guest, Lady Arabella Carruthers, they come up with a plan to help their cause by hiring an actor by the name of Jason Davy to pursue the horrible Mrs. Budge to be with him instead of Sir Philip.
Lady Arabella is a 19-year-old woman, who’s widowed mother is not ready for her to be grown up because it will make her look older. She has her still dressed as a school girl. She wants a new husband of her own and doesn’t want the competition. The Poor Relations help with a plan to force her mother to bring her out, but have a few mishaps along the way. Luckily, handsome Lord Denby is there to help too.
I really like Sir Philip. He seems so gross and unkind at times – but he is also very clever and is the go-to person when a job needs to get done. I found myself laughing throughout, just like the other books in this series.

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Enjoyable as always!

There are always twists and turns that keep these stories fun and interesting. Some of the characters are so colorful! The narrator is always great!

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a Romantic Romp Through Regency England

These characters are so delightful. I just love this series. The narrator makes it very easy to envision every scene.

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Pure Fun!

These books, although generally predictable, are just a fun listen!
M. C. Beaton gives just enough twists to keep it interesting, and I don't think it is possible for Davina Porter to give a poor performance! Sir Phillip certainly did fall from grace, but considering his age and circumstances, except for his last decision, who could blame him.
As always, the owners of the Poor Relations Hotel rally to support each other and a few new friends. I truly hope Ms. Tonks gets her happy ending in the next book!