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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.

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 19, 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!

©1993 Marion Chesney (P)2012 AudioGO

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I have found my new favorite writer!!

Thank you for the history lesson told in a romantic story. I can't stop listening and that is so refreshing. You have given me a smile, a giggle, an outburst of laughter, a moment of sadness and the traditional Happily Ever After.

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An engaging listen

I'm enjoying this series. The writing is tight, the characters have a nice depth to them as we've travelled with them through triumphs and heartaches. Many a time I have lol at their antics and situations they get themselves into. Definitely worth the credit.

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Another worthy read in this marvelous series

Where does Sir Philip's Folly rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

You will finally get to know Sir Folly - not as heartless as he seems to be yet, yet a very very clever, unpredictable man. Wonderful if you can get the book on sale - if not - it is worth a credit.

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I would not read this book as a "stand alone book" as the series almost works a bit like a puzzle piece. Try to read this series in order, and if it a fun read, nothing to deep, yet entertaining and will ease your mind. Book harmonizes well with the other books in the series. Narrator is great!

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Not as enjoyable

The Poor Relation series is still mostly enjoyable at this point, but waning. This was by far the least fun book of the series and most frustrating. My hopes are dimming for further installments.

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Same vibe as the other Poor Relations stories

Overall the same vibe as the previous books in series. It was a cozy listen but nothing extraordinary. I initially liked these books for the humor element as well but this one did not make me laugh. Still, I listened until the end while it was moving ahead in the predictable ways. I wouldn't say I was super engaged in the story, but the narrator's performance kept me entertained.

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fabulous

MC Beaton delivers yet again. The Poor Relation series is my favorite. I've listened to it several times. thank you

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Lots of fat shaming here.

Sir Phillip's paramour is a lady who likes to eat a lot.
She is disgusting - because she fat and likes to eat a lot.
In case you didn't get the memo, she's fat. Really fat.
She keeps getting fatter, all through the book.
She keeps eating and eating. Oh my God, she's still eating.
Did I mention, she's fat? (Fetch my smelling salts, so much fat!)

The misogyny other biases that were prevalent in the Agatha Raisin series is largely absent from this one, but every once in awhile, Beaton just can't help herself. This was one of those books, sadly.

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This may be my favorite one

Of course I feel that way every time so don’t quote me. I think if you love this series than this one is a hit!! You will definitely enjoy it.😊

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Fun, fun, fun.

This fourth installment of the Relations Hotel didn't disappoint. Filled with a wonderful cast of unique characters, it was a delight to follow all the twists and turns in the ongoing saga of the poor relations' lives. Can't wait to listen to the next one.

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He's a live wire

Sir Philip is a wild one. This is a tame story, but fun. I wish there were more int he desires. Because I have enjoyed it a lot.