Lady Fortescue Steps Out, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The first book in M.C. Beaton's charming Poor Relation series. What do you do if you are of noble stock, but impoverished, and living in London with a certain style to maintain? One has to work... but One's relatives will be appalled when One turns One's hand to trade - and opens a hotel, The Poor Relation, offering employment to others of the same social standing and in the same awkward situation. This is precisely what Mrs Fortescue decides upon and, together with friend Colonel Sandhurst, transforms her decrepit Bond Street home into a posh hotel, offering guests the pleasure of being waited upon by the nobility. So with the help of other down-and-out aristocrats they do just that - and London's newest, and most fashionable! - hotel is born... much to the dismay of the Duke of Rowcester, Lady Fortescue's nephew, who is convinced his aunt's foray into trade will denigrate the illustrious family name!'Romance fans are in for a treat' - Booklist'[M.

C. Beaton] is the best of the Regency writers' - Kirkus Reviews


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical romance
  • ISBN: 9781780333175



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Gentle Readers, this is not a genteel Edwardian read. Lady Fortescue is single-minded, opinionated, and forceful. She's also churchmouse poor and needs a means of financial sustenance. Being observant, she notices a gentleman in Hyde Park who appears to be a fellow member of London's high society poor. When Colonel Sandhurst faints at her feet from hunger, Lady Fortescue invites him to take a room in her capacious townhouse, which he does.Soon the two of them hatch a clever plan to open a hotel where society's formerly wealthy <i>ton</i> will wait on their better heeled peers, and with the edition of a few more more (and one less) honest associates, thus is born the Poor Relations Hotel. Trouble ensues when snobby rich relations learn what's going on and descend on the hotel to put the embarrassing members of trade out of business.Naturally, complications and ironic twists ensue that provide readers with chuckles and the pleasure of a simply diverting book ideal for bedtime reading.