Torn in Two | The Foundling | A Review

How is everyone? I hope wherever you are in the world you’re keeping well and staying safe!

We’re now all left with a little bit extra time to get some reading done and attacking our (sometimes) large TBR piles. So where have you started?

As a Bookseller, I’m trying to prioritise new releases at the moment, like The Foundling by Stacey Halls, which came out last month.

Blurb

Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything . . .

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, she is astonished when she is told she has already claimed 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’s 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 comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds . . .

Netgalley Review

I really liked the first few chapters of this when you realise that it’s pretty much a mystery and wonder who took the child? Really enjoyed it, a great read!

Star Rating – 3.5 Stars

I was hooked from the first few chapters, when you find out that after years of toiling, Bess can no longer collect her daughter from the Foundling hospital. She’s already been collected, by herself (?!)

After this initial reaction and a few more chapters, whereby Bess tries to find her daughter with the help of Doctor Elliot Mead, we’re then introduced to Alexandra and her daughter Clara.

Alexandra refuses to go out, is very scared or the outside world and has a household of women; herself, her daughter and their two maids. Bess is introduced as a Nursery Maid for Clara and before long, trouble ensues.

The book is very much focused on females during this time; what they could do and what was expected of them, but predominately it focuses on mothers, both birth mothers and adoptive mothers.

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read The Foundling and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding it to your TBR pile?

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