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The Lost Orphan de Stacey Halls
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The Lost Orphan (edição: 2020)

de Stacey Halls (Autor)

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Membro:bookhookgeek
Título:The Lost Orphan
Autores:Stacey Halls (Autor)
Informação:Mira Books (2020), Edition: Original ed., 352 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
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Etiquetas:historical-fiction, georgian

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The Foundling de Stacey Halls

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This was very good until the last 10-15 pages. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | May 11, 2021 |
When Bess Bright falls pregnant in 1747, she knows there’s no chance of keeping her baby. As an unmarried mother, how could she afford to feed and clothe a child in the cramped apartment she shares with her father and her feckless brother? Bess knows that her daughter’s best chance lies with the Foundling Hospital, where children are well-fed, clothed, and trained for respectable careers in service. Heartbroken at the choice she has to make, she leaves the newborn Clara in the hands of the Hospital officials, along with a token that Bess can later use to prove her identity – for she’s determined to claim Clara as soon as she can afford to keep her. After six long years, she finally returns to the Hospital, life-savings in hand, to collect her little girl. But she’s greeted by shocking news. Clara is no longer there. Six years ago, on the day after Bess dropped her off, she was collected by a woman – a woman who, according to the ledger, gave Bess’s own name and address. What can have happened? Who would have impersonated Bess to steal her daughter? And can she still manage to find Clara, after all these years?

For the full review, please see my blog:
https://theidlewoman.net/2021/05/02/the-foundling-2020-stacey-halls/ ( )
  TheIdleWoman | May 5, 2021 |
I enjoyed this novel set in Georgian England and it certainly grabbed my attention from the start with young Bess forced to give up her baby at the Foundling Hospital. I felt so sorry for the young mother who vowed to reclaim her daughter in six years when she had saved the money to do so. Bess was a wonderful protagonist - pragmatic, determined, caring, independent and a realist.

The other main character was the well-to-do widow, Alexandra Callard. The horrific deaths of her parents when she was a child had left her uptight, fearful and a recluse. I didn't like her as much as I did Beth, especially the way she treated her child, but I was sympathetic to her plight. I just wish she had demonstrated how much she loved her daughter. Instead she was cold and often unfeeling which had me frustrated.

"The Foundling" highlighted the inequality been the rich and poor and Halls brought the smells, sights and poverty of London to life. An enjoyable read with a gorgeous front cover. ( )
  HeatherLINC | Apr 20, 2021 |
Well written insight into life in 18th century London and the extremes between the wealthy classes and those living on the bread line. Bess, a working class girl selling shrimp has a one night stand with a wealthy man and becomes pregnant. She is unable to keep her baby and gives it up to the Foundling Hospital, but is determined to regain her child once she saved enough. Her path then crosses and intertwines with the wife of her baby's father, who has subsequently died. ( )
  edwardsgt | Dec 29, 2020 |
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