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The Foundling by Stacey Halls, Patrick Knowles, Lucy Rose Cartwright

The Foundling

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars

Stacey Halls, Patrick Knowles, Lucy Rose Cartwright

4.00 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Bonnier Zaffre
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre
Publication date: 4 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781838770068

Dreading the worst - that Clara has died in care - the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed - by her.

4 stars out of 5
8 Mar 2020

"you'll be carried along by the period details"

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.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Sarra Manning
1 Mar 2020

"Stacey Halls is back with another dark, intricately detailed historical novel"

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. 

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
2 Feb 2020

"covers territory familiar from other novels but has its own energy."

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.