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Lady Fortescue Steps Out (The Poor Relation Series) Paperback
by M. C. Beaton. Edition Date:: 05/02/2017
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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Life as a member of England's aristocratic class isn't easy when one has no money. Advertising one's misfortune--even to relatives--would be considered ill bred. But after she is caught stealing silver candlesticks from her wealthy nephew (he thinks she is becoming senile), Lady Fortescue is desperate. So she begins a search for others such as herself--genteel, blue-blooded, and poor. The little band of six she eventually organizes pools its meager resources and opens a hotel for high society, an establishment that soon brings excitement and romance to the lives of its owners. The adventures that begin in this story are the debut of a new series entitled "The Poor Relation." This first entry is a charming and humorous Regency, recommended for those who enjoy light-hearted historical romance.

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