One of readers', librarians' and booksellers' most frequently requested Heyers, The Foundling features Gilly, the seventh Duke of Sale.
A diffident young man of 24 years, easily pushed around by his overprotective uncle and the retinue of devoted family retainers who won't let him lift a finger for himself, the Duke sometimes wishes he could be a commoner. One day he decide...more
Dear friends, readers, and fellow Georgette Heyer lovers,
I am really, really surprised at the low popularity of The Foundling amongst the Heyerites. I don't recall anybody ever featuring this wonderful gem of a book in their top favourite Heyer reads. In fact, I barely recall anyone even recommending it! Perhaps y'all need to go read it again.
"'I am glad you think I have countenance, dear Gilly. I want only to be worthy of you.'
'To be worthy of me! ...more
The Foundling tells the story of the Duke of Ware, a shy, retiring boy of twenty-four who has been cosseted and coddled until he could scream. But he's so mild-mannered that he merely sub ...more
In his travels, Gilly encounters Tom, a magnet for mischief of all kinds, Belinda, a beautiful, empty-headed girl whose virtue is teetering on a knife-edge, a brace of villains, and a host of citizens of all stripes that, as a Duk ...more
I was very young when I originally read this & I didn't much care for it. The hero came across as a bit of a wuss & it was far more an adventure than a romance. Also the teenage me found Gideon more appealing than Gilly.
On rereading I now think this is one of GH's best Regencies. The storyline is skillfully done & for anyone who feels the romance was perfunctionarily done I would say (view spoiler)[ that the engagement between Harriet & Gil ...more
I think my favorite trope is seeing a character change - like this. Gilly was small, skinny, shy, quiet, and obedient - doing whatever his overbearing uncle and others told him to do. Even with marriage the uncle says it’s time you get engaged to Harriet, so he does. He’s 24. Gilly decides to go on a journey alone without his valet or other hired help. On that journey things happen that allow Gilly to act differently and to see ...more
The story works a little better than Charity Girl, but it ...more
Upon rereading, I am convinced “The Foundling” is among Heyer’s best novels. It has a slow start, but by the middle of the story becomes an all-out adventure story that I couldn’t put down. It is an extremely original and well thought out coming of age story: mild-mannered protagonists, charming would-be murderers, various miscreants which the hero takes under his wing. As the reader, you look back once you’re well into the story and see how everything ties together – It’s something I ve ...more
As I mentioned in my notes on Sprig Muslin, these two books start off their adventures in pretty much the same way: a man, on his way to propose a marriage he isn't very enthusiastic about, finds himself saddled with a beautiful woman-child whose innocence he has to protect and a heedless schoolboy ...more
It's difficult not to enjoy Gilly's discovery of his ...more
I wish is idea--the put-upon, mild young duke who runs away and assumes an ordinary identity and promptly finds himself in ad ...more
I freakin' love Georgette Heyer. Many imitators, but only one of her.
At 24, His Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware (Gilly, to his friends) is sick of everyone treating him like a child. His uncle and his entire staff fear for his life if he so much as walks outside in the evenings, always terrified he might catch cold, because after all, he was such a sickly child. So when his young cousin is being blackmailed by t ...more
The Duke of Sale, known as Gilly to most people (his full name and titles are amusingly very long), is an orphan, raised by his uncle until he reaches his ...more
Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware, the Duke of Sale, known as Gilly to his friends, is a mild-mannered and kind-hearted young man. He is too kind, in fact, to snub the well meaning servants and relatives who push him around "for his own good." When a chance for independence and adventure comes in the form of helping a young relative out of a fix, Gilly jumps at the chance to be "plain ...more
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In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.