The Foundling

The Foundling Review

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 - the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed - by 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' 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, and set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, The Foundling explores families, secrets, class, equality, power and the meaning of motherhood.

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  • Beata

    Several years ago I watched a documentary on London's Foundling Hospital. It was interesting to learn about the procedures applied to poor mothers who had to leave their babies behind. Most of them we...

  • Amalia Gkavea

    ''People tossed all sorts into the river, including themselves.'' London, 1754. Bess is one of the unfortunate mothers who have to leave their children in the Foundling Hospital, with the desperate...

  • Dem

    What an intriguing story and a book I enjoyed immensely. The story gripped me from the first chapter and I loved the characters and the setting of the novel. Suspenseful, intriguing and beautifully w...

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews

    3.5 stars. An easy and entertaining historical fiction read.This novel started off with a bang! I was fully invested and wholly engrossed from the start. London, 1748: Bess is a young woman whose fami...

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: All the babies were wrapped like presents ready to be given. Some of them were dressed finely - though their mothers were not - in tiny embroidered sleeves and thick shawls, for winter had ar...

  • Nenia ? I yeet my books back and forth ? Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || PinterestTHE FAMILIARS was probably one of my top 5 favorite historical fiction reads of 2019, so I was really excited to receive an ARC of THE LOST O...

  • Thebooktrail

    Visit the locations in the novelThat cover! Pure art! And I am happy to say, so is the story.From the opening page, the story about Bess and her baby girl Clara, the writing, swept me wholeheartedly i...

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Having to leave your newborn at a Foundling until you could afford to keep the child seemed to be the norm in the 1700's for poor families.Going back to get your child after you saved half a year's wa...

  • Emma

    This was perfect! I read and liked Stacey Hall’s first book : The Familiars, but this was a much smoother read, more accomplished. I’m so excited to see a new talent on the hf scene and can’t wa...

  • Kate Baxter

    Back in 2010/2011, author Stacey Halls attended an exhibition of tokens and artifacts of an 18th century London foundling hospital. I had the pleasure of viewing that same exhibit in 2014 when it was ...