Sir Philip’s Folly

M. C. Beaton

Davina Porter (Narrator)

06-01-12

4hrs 52min

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06-01-12

4hrs 52min

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Romance

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“Sir Philip has committed many follies in the past three novels in Chesney’s Regency series, the Poor Relations. Here, in the fourth entry of the series, he has fallen in love with a totally unsuitable woman who is eating the Poor Relations out of their meager profits. The ploy to separate Philip from his leeching lady becomes entangled with a plan to sponsor the coming-out party of a repressed hotel guest whose widowed mother is trying to keep her daughter out of the social scene in order to stay there herself. Amusing.” Booklist

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 nineteen, 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!

Praise

“Sir Philip has committed many follies in the past three novels in Chesney’s Regency series, the Poor Relations. Here, in the fourth entry of the series, he has fallen in love with a totally unsuitable woman who is eating the Poor Relations out of their meager profits. The ploy to separate Philip from his leeching lady becomes entangled with a plan to sponsor the coming-out party of a repressed hotel guest whose widowed mother is trying to keep her daughter out of the social scene in order to stay there herself. Amusing.” Booklist

“A lighthearted romp by a prolific genre author. Chesney skillfully creates spirited characters, including the older principals, and places them in a believable period atmosphere.” Library Journal

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Language English
Release Day May 31, 2012
Release Date June 1, 2012
Number in Series 4
Series Display String The Poor Relation Series
Release Date Machine 1338508800
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Black Friday Sale, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Historical, Romance, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
M. C. Beaton

M. C. Beaton (1936–2019), hailed as the “Queen of Crime” by the Globe and Mail, was the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Agatha Raisin novels—the basis for the hit series on Acorn TV—as well as the Hamish Macbeth series. Born in Scotland, Beaton also wrote nearly one hundred historical romances under several pseudonyms. Her books have been translated into nineteen languages and sold more than twenty-two million copies worldwide.

Narrator Bio
Davina Porter

Davina Porter has been enthralling listeners for over twenty-five years with her ability to mine the psychological depths of the characters she reads and bring them convincingly to life. In 2006, she won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Female Narration and in 2004 for Best Inspirational Literature Narration. She has been honored as an AudioFile Golden Voice and has won nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. As an actress, she has appeared on stage at the Vineyard Playhouse and the Square One Theater, among others.

Overview

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 nineteen, 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!