Mrs. Budley Falls from Grace

By M. C. Beaton

Read by Davina Porter

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Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. Then 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 or not. So off gentle 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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Play Sample

Runtime

5h 9m

Release

06-01-12

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Romance

Runtime

5h 9m

Release

06-01-12

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Romance

Description

The loveable characters from the Poor Relation Hotel return in this sparkling and adventurous Regency romance from M. C. Beaton.

Eliza Budley is a beautiful widow whose husband gambled away his fortune. So when the poor relations need to acquire some valuables to keep the hotel afloat and Eliza draws the short straw, Lady Fortescue reminds the others that 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 or not. 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.

Praise

“Nicely atmospheric…Most notable for its gentle humor and adventurous spirit.” Publishers Weekly

“When funds are particularly low at the Poor Relation Hotel,…the timid, widowed Mrs. Budley is sent off to the country home of a doddering, dying fellow who does not know his relatives from a bedpost,…[but] Mrs. Budley winds up captivated by the company of the young new heir. Of course, all ends well, as in Chesney’s previous Regencies.” Booklist

M. C. Beaton

Author Biography

M. C. Beaton (1936–2019) won international acclaim for her New York Times bestselling Agatha Raisin novels and Hamish Macbeth mysteries. Her Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth titles have sold more than 21 million copies worldwide and have both been adapted into BBC television series. She has been hailed as the “Queen of Crime” by the Toronto Globe and Mail, and her books have been translated into seventeen languages.

Davina Porter

Narrator Biography

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.