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.
My historical fiction tastes are a bit eclectic- not my favourite genre but I always seem to find the gems and The Foundling is certainly that – a richly layered, beautifully descriptive novel that holds you in its grip throughout.
A story of motherhood with a literary twist, Stacey Halls sets her scenes with intuitive grace then creates characters you care about and a story that is both haunting and utterly riveting.
Old London comes to life and the practices there are intriguingly compelling, overall this is a novel to savour. I thought it was brilliant.