Bess Bright is devastated to discover that the illegitimate daughter she left in the care of London's Foundling Hospital has now been claimed. Meanwhile, widow Alexandra lives in comparative luxury, building up barriers to protect herself and her daughter from the past. With a strong emotional core, you'll be carried away by the period detail.
Stacey Halls is back with another dark, intricately detailed historical novel. After giving birth, Bess takes her daughter, Clara, to the Foundling Hospital. Six years later when she tries to reclaim her, Bess discovers someone has already taken her. But across London is another little girl who needs a nursemaid and so Bess goes to work for the controlling Alexandra Callard, who isn't everything she appears to be.
Her second novel, The Foundling (Manilla £12.99), opens at London’s Foundling Hospital in 1747, where Bess Bright surrenders her baby to the authorities. Six years later, she returns to recover her child, only to be told that the girl was taken by someone claiming to be Bess a mere 24 hours after she was first delivered to the hospital. The young mother’s search for answers to this mystery provides the focus for Halls’s tour through 18th-century London, which covers territory familiar from other novels but has its own energy.