London, 1754. Six years after leaving her newborn, Clara, at London't Foundling Hospital, young Bess Bright returns to reclaim the illegitimate daughter she has never really 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. Her life is turned ...more
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1.Stacey is fantastic at writing about historical points of history that are lesser are known and creating fantastic fictional accounts from this. I had never heard of The Foundling Hospital and the museum that still stands today. But this book has made me want to explore that history more, as devestating as it is. When I met her, Stacey explained how moved she was by the tragic history here, and I think ...more
I loved ‘The Familiars’, the author’s debut last year, and was very keen to read this new book. I was so excited to get a place on The Pigeonhole, especially as it was also available as an audiobook!
The book starts with Bess telling us about how she had to leave her newborn daughter at The ...more
The Foundling focuses on themes of motherhood through two women, both of very different backgrounds. Six years after leaving her illegitimate child in the care of The Foundling Hospital, Bess goes back to claim her daughter. However, when she arrives she finds out that ...more
Another exciting piece of historical fiction from Stacey Halls who seems to really capture the essence of the time and the issues that people faced and I found it fascinating to see the story told between the haves and the have nots, in the form of Bess and Alexandra.
Bess finds herself unmarried and pregnant and is forced to leave her baby daughter at The Foundling, a place where she is hoping that her daughter will be cared for while she gets her life together ...more
I was looking forward to reading this book so was very pleased when it became ...more
The positives: I thought that the dual perspectives worked really well and ensured that the ...more
Engrossing, absorbing, terrifying and hopeful, I was transported into another world, a time and place far removed from modern day prosperity and equal rights. A dank, dark, dangerous London, reeking of poverty and hardship where the distinction between the haves and have-nots is abundantly clear.
Bess gives birth to a baby girl Clara but has to give her up at the Foundling Hospital. As a hawker selling shrimp with her father Abe, she knows she cannot possibly ...more
Stacey Halls has somehow managed to write an even more incredible book than The Familiars was. Her second novel and already she is besting herself!
From the moment I picked up The Foundling I couldn’t put it down, I was instantly dragged into 18th century London and from then on my attention never wavered, either I was reading the book or I was thinking about reading the book.
Bess makes for an enchanting main character, as a young girl ...more
Bess Bright is a ...more
The story is centred around two women, Bess who is one of the poor people of London, eeking out a living selling shrimp and living in a 2 room abode with her father and brother. Alexandra is a wealthly widower however she is an agrophobic and rarely ...more
Having enjoyed Stacey's debut book - The Familiars, this book is set down south, in olden London Town. The descriptions of the people, places and era are wonderful, bringing the scenes so alive you can almost smell them. Its not a complicated story / plot, but each individual is so rich in character that ...more
Bess Bright, a hawker of shrimps on London’s streets, leaves her newborn, Clara, at the London Foundling Hospital with every intention of reclaiming her when she is older. When Bess does return having saved the money to pay for the care her daughter has received over the last six years, it’s to discover that Bess Bright has already claimed her baby the day after she left her. So ...more
I love how Halls writes engaging characters without making them particularly complex. Without wishing to spoil anything, I enjoyed how the narrative was split between two contrasting perspectives, providing some fascinating insights into mother-daughter relationships.
The mystery itself is probably the weakest element of the book, and I did find the ending a little easy-won and unsatisfying. This is very much a novel ...more
The descriptions of Georgian London are vibrant and a tribute to what must have ...more
I adored this book. Stacey Halls has done it again. If you want to travel back in time, read one of her books.
This time, we travel back to London in the the 1740’s and 1750’s. The Foundling Hospital. Bess leaves her newborn baby with the Foundling Hospital, with the intention of claiming her back later. Later she comes to claim her back, but she is no longer there. What has happened to her?
Meanwhile, widowed Alexandra is struggling to bring up her ...more
There are so many mysteries, I never could have imagined how this would be resolved. What a wonderful ending.
I really loved ...more
I'm London 1754, Bess returns to the Foundling Hospital to collect her daughter Clara which she left there to be cared for 6 years ago, only to discover someone has already claimed Clara by pretending to be her. Bess now has to find out who claimed her daughter and why.
I have never read anything like this before but absolutely loved this book. I was engrossed in the whole story and didn't want it to end. Thank you to Pigeonhole and ...more
Beautifully written and rich in historical detail, particularly the wonderful cockney slang and phrases of the time. Very strong characters who I at times loved and others almost loathed! But that is how this book got me; I was wholly invested in the characters and their stories right from the start.
If you enjoy well written historical fiction then you will love this book.
I read a lot of books but not all ...more
The story explores love, motherhood and loss, as well as family relationships.
Stacey has researched the setting and time so well, and I felt transported back to the 18th century when reading this book.
I really enjoyed it and was sorry to reach the end!
Stacey Halls has written a love story to the power of motherhood, by considering what it is like to lose a child, find a child or to raise a child who is not yours by birth. This is set against a glorious description of what life was like for rich and poor alike in the 18th century. Loved it.