Writing under a variety of pseudonyms including her maiden name
Marion Chesney, M.C. Beaton has published close to 100 historical romances,
mostly covering the Regency and Edwardian periods. These novels have
been reprinted dozens of times, translated into a variety of languages,
and are being published in the US as ebooks by RosettaBooks
and audio books by AudioGo
The Poor Relation
One of London's most popular hotels provides a unique service for nobility – the novelty of being waited upon by members of their own class. Run by the blustery and sarcastic Sir Philip and the eccentric hoteliers' concerned mother hens, the still unmarried Miss Tonks and Lady Fortescue, the series hinges on the group's efforts to find suitable suitors for guests, to resolve the hotel’s solvency problems, and to triumph over the myriad of disasters that befall the hotel.
The School for Manners
The Misses Tribble, Amy and Effie, spinsters of a certain age, have lived for years on expectations of a great inheritance. When this fails to materialize, they are truly destitute. Desperate, they advertise that they will refine wild and unruly daughters, present them, and see them safely wed. The School for Manners six book series follows these two stalwart spinsters as they undertake enterprises of matchmaking and navigate the troublesome machinations of the London marriage mart.
The Endearing Young Charms Series
The Endearing Young Charms collection is composed of lighter romances from the countryside with highlights including: a botched marriage, a witty governess, unexpected inheritance, and the courtship of prime Corinthians.
The Ladies in Love Series
The Ladies in Love follows a series of young, passionate girls who come to understand the nature of true love despite overwhelming odds. From a penniless pauper, a stenographer, a governess to an accused murderess, the heroines of the Ladies In Love collection overcome incredible odds with grit and sophistication to find true love.
The Daughters of Mannerling
Raised in the most snobbish and haughtiest of families, six daughters are thrown into terrible circumstances when their father gambles away their fortune – including Mannerling, the exquisite family mansion. The sisters battle slimy suitors, malevolent spirits, and their own hearts to save the family estate and their inheritance.
A House for the Season
It was the fashion during the Regency period to hire a house for the Season in Mayfair—the heart of London’s West End—at a disproportionately high rent for sometimes very inferior accommodation. But Number 67 Clarges Street, a quaint townhouse with a dubious past and lovably eccentric staff, turns over a number of intriguing tenants in this six volume series, replete with romance, intrigue, and mystery.
The Waverly Women
Unique and intriguing, the Waverly sisters sweep society with their radical feminist views and behaviors. The adopted daughters of the reclusive Madame Waverley, the three girls had been raised to spread the word of women’s rights and to encourage poor oppressed females to stand up against the iniquities of the male sex! But, can they resist love?
The Daring Debutantes Series
The seven heroines of the Daring Debutantes Collection set out to conquer London’s glittering high society and the marriage mart. These headstrong women cannot help but keep London society dangling on a string, but will they find a husband or lose themselves in the game?
The Six Sisters
Six sisters navigate the murky waters of high society marriage mart, encountering intrigue, desire, jealousy and ultimately love. A young debutante, trouser-wearing huntress, envious wanna-be, disguised chambermaid, and flawless beauty all battle for love while protecting the family secret that threatens to unravel them.
The Dukes and Desires Series
Focused on the slightly older women of the Ton, these six titles reveal that not just young debutantes can have fun. Balacing affairs, temptations, dead husbands, and rakish youth, these heroines will stop at nothing to achieve happiness.
The Love and Temptation Series
The temptation to break society’s rules overwhelms even the most prim and proper heroine of the Love and Temptation collection’s seven titles. Beset by awkward situations, mixed identities, ambitious families, these women refuse to bend to society’s whim and still manage to capture true love in the process.
The Royal Ambition Series
When opposites attract, the romactic fires rage higher. So it follows in the seven titles of the Royal Ambition Collection when the seemingly most unusual and inappropriate matches are ultimately the marriages of passion and adventure.
The Changing Fortunes Series
What could be more engaging than the women who rise from the commoner classes and minor nobility to triumph in the unforgiving society of Regency Period London. Read about women who have lost their fortunes, country girls at their first season, and new wives who can’t resist temptation in the nine titles of the Changing Fortunes Collection.
The Travelling Matchmaker
A dead employer's legacy of £5,000 allows spinster Hannah Pym to resign from housekeeping and find adventure travelling the English countryside by stagecoach. But adventure soon finds Miss Pym in the form of runaway brides, spirited heiresses, and international refugees, who continue to test her expert matchmaking skills.
The Regency Intrigue Series
Ripe with disappearances, intrigue, sinister uncles, and suspense, the heroines of the eight Regnecy Intrigue titles constantly find themselves embroiled in mysteries and murder. Only with the help of a dashing suitor is the villain caught and the mystery solved.