M. C. Beaton hat vor ihren erfolgreichen Krimiserien romantische Romane verfasst, immer mit viel Humor gewürzt.
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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.
Diese Serie ist witzig, hat aber einen ernsten Hintergrund, nämlich die Situation verarmter Adliger, von denen dennoch erwartet wird, dass sie sich nicht zum Arbeiten herablassen. “The „Poor Relations“ books give a slightly wacky view of upstairs/downstairs life in Regency England as the scandalously wealthy aristocracy and their not-so-rich but still genteel relatives are sketched in all the glory of their faults, foibles and fantasies.” (Rezensentin) (229 Rezensionen / 4,3 Sterne), 193 Seiten noch günstig?
When the Reverend Charles Armitage, an impecunious country vicar in Regency England, announces that raven-haired Minerva, the eldest of his six daughters, is to have her coming-out in London, the news is not well received by the rest of the family. Mrs. Armitage has one of her Spasms and has to be brought round by burning a quantity of feathers under her nose.
Das Thema ist klassisch, wie es häufig in historischen Romanzen vorkommt, aber dank der Autorin witziger und gescheiter. “Beaton is a master a setting a humorous scene and turn of phrase. I enjoyed some of the funny scenes so much I read them twice. I also really enjoyed her descriptions of the clothing and furnishings.” (Leserin) (98 Rezensionen / 4,0 Sterne), 241 Seiten noch günstig?