The Poor Relation
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  • 1
    Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation Series, Book 1 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Lady Fortescue Steps Out: The Poor Relation Series, Book 1

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    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
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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.

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  • 2
    Miss Tonks Turns to Crime: The Poor Relation Series, Book 2 | M. C. Beaton

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

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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 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.

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  • 3
    Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace: The Poor Relation Series, Book 3 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

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

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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. 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.

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  • 4
    Sir Philip’s Folly: The Poor Relation Series, Book 4 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Sir Philip’s Folly: The Poor Relation Series, Book 4

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    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
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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.

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  • 5
    Colonel Sandhurst to the Rescue: The Poor Relation Series, Book 5 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

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

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    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
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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.

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  • 6
    Back in Society: The Poor Relation Series, Book 6 | M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney

    Back in Society: The Poor Relation Series, Book 6

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    • By M. C. Beaton writing as Marion Chesney
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    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.

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