“[Beaton’s] fans will cheer when they open the pages of her latest romantic series and find a solid cast of eccentrics who call themselves the Poor Relations…A promising start to a new set of Regency romance novels from the author of the Traveling Matchmaker and three other entertaining series.” —Booklist
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.
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.