The Poor Relation

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 120 ratings

Lady Fortescue Steps Out Summary

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, Lady Fortescue's nephew. Rowcester believes that his aunt's entry into the trade will denigrate their family name, and is determined to shut the hotel down - until he meets Miss Harriett James, the lovely young woman who accepts Lady Fortescue's offer to become the Poor Relation's chef after the death of her parents and the loss of her fortune. Rowcester moves into the Poor Relation for the season - ostensibly to keep an eye on his aunt's business.

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  • Book 1

    • Lady Fortescue Steps Out

    • The Poor Relation Series, Book 1
    • By: M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • amusing

    • By Sharron on 04-03-17

    Regular price: £14.09

  • Book 2

    • Miss Tonks Turns to Crime

    • The Poor Relation Series, Book 2
    • By: M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20

    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 relatives - 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 measure of success is quite another. But they all agree: the hotel must go on.

    Regular price: £14.49

  • Book 3

    • Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace

    • The Poor Relation Series, Book 3
    • By: M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • M.C. Beaton Books

    • By Chrissy L on 13-10-17

    Regular price: £14.09

  • Book 4

    • Sir Philip’s Folly

    • The Poor Relation Series, Book 4
    • By: M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

    Regular price: £14.09

  • Book 5

    • Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue

    • The Poor Relation Series, Book 5
    • By: M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    Regular price: £14.09

  • Book 6

    • Back in Society

    • The Poor Relation Series, Book 6
    • By: M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
    • Narrated by: Davina Porter
    • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    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. Lonely and bankrupt, Lady Jane has decided to commit suicide. But when Miss Tonks uncovers her plans, the poor relations go into action again to try to rescue Lady Jane from suicide, her father, and her intended.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fun story

    • By Sharron on 28-03-17

    Regular price: £14.09