Monday, March 26, 2018

Lady Fortescue Steps Out

Lady Fortescue Steps Out by M.C. Beaton  152 pp.

Widowed Lady Fortescue has fallen upon hard times as have others of the aristocracy in the Regency Period in England (early 1800s). In desperation she steals a pair of silver candlesticks from her nephew but gets caught leaving the nephew to think her getting senile. A chance meeting of Colonel Sandhurst, who collapses from hunger in front of her begins an ingenious enterprise. The pair gather others in the same difficult straits and they open a hotel named "The Poor Relation" in Lady Fortescue's large home. The hotel becomes a success much to the consternation of the snooty relatives of the owner/managers. Romance blossoms, disaster strikes and they all live happily ever after . . . or at least to be in further books in the series. A fun, light read from the author of the Hamish MacBeth and Agatha Raisin Mysteries.

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