Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything . . .
London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, she is astonished when she is told she has already claimed her. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.
Less than a mile from Bess’s lodgings in the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend – an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.
From the bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds
I am literally so excited to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for another fabulous historical novel – The Foundling by Stacey Halls.
Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this amazing book that I cannot stop telling everyone about. It’s even better than The Famiiars and you all know how much I adored that !
If you’ve already read Stacey Halls’ The Familiars, then you’ll understand how much I was looking forward to reading The Foundling. I’m always drawn to darker subjects in the winter and this tale of Georgian London plunges us into a tale of a missing child, a mysterious young widow and an ambitious doctor at the Foundling Hospital which totally captivated me.
These characters spring to life and I defy you not to be moved by some of their predicaments. It’s not just a great piece of fiction though – it is a thought provoking and intelligent piece of writing that poses some big questions about motherhood, love and loss that would make it a perfect book club choice this month.
I loved it so much I included it in my 19 Degrees Book Column this month and we are reading it at our Book Club this May as well, and I know it’ll be the perfect read.
The Foundling is a stunningly written period read that had me totally captivated. It’s a moving and powerful evocation of life from a very different world as far as wonen are concerned, yet so many of its reflections on identity and motherhood are absolutely timeless and will resonate with so many readers.Stacey Halls is fast becoming one of my absolutely favourite writers and I can’t wait to see what tales she will come up with next.
The Foundling by Stacey Halls is available to buy now – here’s the link
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Stacey Halls was born in 1989 and grew up in Rossendale, Lancashire. She studied journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and has written for publications including the Guardian, Stylist, Psychologies, The Independent, The Sun and Fabulous. Her first book The Familiars was the bestselling debut novel of 2019.
The Foundling is her second novel.