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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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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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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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I have found my new favorite writer!!

Thank you for the history lesson told in a romantic story. I can't stop listening and that is so refreshing. You have given me a smile, a giggle, an outburst of laughter, a moment of sadness and the traditional Happily Ever After.

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Fun, fun, fun.

This fourth installment of the Relations Hotel didn't disappoint. Filled with a wonderful cast of unique characters, it was a delight to follow all the twists and turns in the ongoing saga of the poor relations' lives. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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He's a live wire

Sir Philip is a wild one. This is a tame story, but fun. I wish there were more int he desires. Because I have enjoyed it a lot.

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Fun Read

This entire series is a fun, lighthearted easy read. The characters are quite likable, even the rascal Sir Phillip. Seeing Sir Phillip thrown off his usual perch as the hunter to become the hunted was both hilarious and a nice twist.

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Entertaining

Not as good as the others in the series, but still a nice way to pass the time.

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surprisingly complex and interesting

this little series is MC beaton a different light. it is kind of fluffy romance but yet the plot twists and characters are very much MC beaton. narration is good too

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I love this series

This series is so fun. I have laughed out loud listening to every single one.

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A Light Enjoyable Novel With Quirky Characters

I have read other books in this series and each one is pleasant and enjoyable. A light wholesome theme with lots of quirky characters. Sir Philip is one of the most quarrelsome of the lot. It takes place in a hotel run by the poor relations of a wealthy family. The four main characters are ‘stuck’ with running the hotel to make a living. Once they were high society but now are ‘tradesmen’ working. There is lots of the British class system on display and Davina Porter, the narrator, distinguishes among the characters with her ability to play all roles. She is a superb narrator. So, if you want to just relax and enjoy a simple storyline give this series a try. I recommend starting with Book 1 so you know how these four people wound up running a hotel.