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The Foundling
The Foundling | Stacey Halls
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From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars Set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, The Foundling explores families, secrets, class, equality, power and the meaning of motherhood. 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. Less than a mile from Bess' 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.
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Hannah_11
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This one wasn‘t as good as the Familiars but I still found it a pleasure to read
#pick #thefoundling

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Sleepswithbooks
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Going to start book #3 for our #LitsyWritesNBooks
I may have forgotten how to read without timing myself and highlighting certain words. This feels weird. #ScarathlonHangOver

BooksNBowls Hey you guys I haven‘t sent out the next book yet I‘ve been really sick but I‘ll try to get it out this week!! 4w
Sleepswithbooks I‘m sending you healing vibes from Florida ✨🐊✨🐊✨🐊✨🐊✨ They are wrapped in a Florida alligator so you know they are from me. 3w
DanaManiac Haha same here. Whenever I see or hear the word search words, I want to tally them 😂😂😂 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BooksNBowls I hope you are feeling better!! ❤️‍🩹 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Hoping to finish this one today and pass it on!

#LitsyLoveWritesNBooks

Sleepswithbooks I‘ll be sending mine tomorrow. I went to the post office Monday and forgot it was a holiday 🤦🏻‍♀️ (edited) 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sleepswithbooks I almost did the same!! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I love fall/Halloween decorations!!

#Pumpkin
#OminousOctober

🖤🎃🧡

SheReadsAndWrites Me too! 🧡 2mo
Eggs 🍁🎃🌻 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“The landscape of my life had been rubbed away and painted over anew, and I was only beginning to grow used to it.”

#LitsyLove
#LitsyLoveReads
#LitsyLoveWritesNBooks

Enjoying a much needed quiet afternoon ❤️ and hopefully a nap!!

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Getting in a few pages in while I can! I hope you all are having a great Saturday. Continued Prayers for all affected by Hurricane Ian 🙏🏻

#LitsyLoveWritesNBooks
#WorkFlow
#LitsyLoveReads
#LitsyLove

Sleepswithbooks I love that saying 😂 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sleepswithbooks mine is giving me the evil eye!! 😂 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Looking forward to reading this one for #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks 📚💙🧡🖍

Richryan52 Holmes fan? I hope 2mo
LeslieO Great cover 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeslieO it is!! 🧡💙 2mo
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Laughterhp
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Finished this earlier this week. The US title is The Lost Orphan. But I love the UK versions of her books so much more!

Bessie drops her daughter off at the foundling hospital the day after she was born. She saves up money for 6 years to get her daughter back. But when she shows up her daughters gone!

Not going to say much because it‘s my pick for #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks

This was put in the mail today Misty.

#SuperSeptember

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Woohoo!! Can‘t wait to read it!! 2mo
Ruthiella The Foundling is a much better title! 2mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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TheAliceEvers
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The second book by Stacey Halls and I enjoyed this even more than The Familiars which is saying something! The structure and point of view change work really well to keep you guessing at the characters‘ next moves. The whole storyline of a woman giving up a baby and then going back years later to collect her and she‘s already been collected, is brilliant. Easy to empathise with all the characters despite their being morally grey. Recommend!

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Curvybookgirl
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Another book club choice and this was such a great read. I loved it from the very start. It‘s further peaked my interest in Georgian Britain and the cast of characters and story were brilliant

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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 218
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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notemehappy
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Stacey Halls has to be my all time favourite author 😍

Historical fiction at its finest 👌

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JaneyWaneyB
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It's opening day #LitsyLoveSpringSwap @Jari-chan thank you so so much for the wonderful box of goodies. I love the books - perfect choices thank you. The tea sounds amazing, making a cuppa now. You've really spoiled me thank you so much 💓

@rsteve388 @Bookgoil #LLSS

#LitsyLove #Tea&Books #Post #SnailMail #Reading #BookNerd #BookWorm #BookLover #InkDrinker #LibraryMouse #BookWitch #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #WeekendAllBooked #SpringReads

JaneyWaneyB @Jari-chan everything was so beautifully wrapped 😍 The Binding will be my Easter read 📚💖 2y
Mitch Love those line markers! 💕 2y
Jari-chan I'm glad to hear you enjoy the package 😊 Will be opening yours after work! 2y
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JaneyWaneyB @Mitch they are amazing aren't they? The tin of bookmarks fits perfectly with the books too 🥰 2y
Crazeedi @JaneyWaneyB what are the line markers? They look beautiful 2y
Bookgoil What a cute package! Those books look so good! Enjoy! ❤️ (edited) 2y
JaneyWaneyB @Crazeedi they are magnetic bookmarks with a small gap to place over the line you were on. They are so pretty 😍 2y
JaneyWaneyB Thank you @Bookgoil 😊 @Jari-chan put an amazing swap together ❤ 2y
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JaneyWaneyB
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A story about mothers and all it means to love & care for a child. But what makes you a mother? Set against the backdrop of Georgian London, Halls has created a heartbreaking story about two women from different classes doing 'the right thing'. Halls will be an author I watch & wait for her next historic novel. History is made accessible by Halls & I have never enjoyed historical fiction like I do when written by her.
#WeekendAllBooked #InkDrinker

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JaneyWaneyB
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Last day of working from home as colleges return on Monday so making sure I take a lunch break and read a few pages. This book has me gripped already. I really like Stacey Halls style of writing and storytelling, she will definitely be an author I watch for new books 📚

#ProfessionalBookworm #BookLover #Readers #ReadingLunchBreaks #JustOneMoreChapter #LibraryMouse #InkDrinker #BookNerd #Books #ReadersLiveAThousandLives #BackToTheOffice

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AmyK1
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Bess takes her newborn, Clara, to London‘s Foundling Hospital fully intending to go back for her when she is able. Six years later Bess goes to claim her and is told that she already has, the day after Clara was left. Who took her, and why? Loved this! Emotional and atmospheric story of London in the 1750s.

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JillR
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A serious book hangover was approaching after my last great read, which was also quite intense. This was the perfect antidote; historical fiction which wasn‘t at all challenging but kept my attention. A good story well told, perfect lockdown #2 comfort reading! (Very confused by the cover blurb comparison to Hilary Mantel though, I have to say...)

Cathythoughts “ the new Hilary Mantel “ .... indeed !! And you read it 😂 .... sounds good , I think I‘ll try a sample on kindle soon 👍🏻 2y
JillR @cathythoughts if I‘d noticed that comment first I‘d have run a mile 😆. But that comparison is bizarre. This is no Wolf Hall! If you fancy good but easy historical fiction it‘s worth a read x 2y
Reviewsbylola This sounds awesome!! And I‘m glad the comparison isn‘t apt—Mantel is not for me. 😂 2y
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Cathythoughts Have you read Hamnet ? I‘m reading it just now ... and it‘s best historical fiction I‘ve ever read ... I‘ve always wanted to love historical fiction , but have struggled to find books that I liked ... I hope Maggie OFarrell will write more in this genre 2y
JillR @Reviewsbylola let‘s just say I found Wolf Hall a challenge... 2y
JillR @cathythoughts no but it‘s on my list! I‘m stubbornly waiting for the paperback to come out. I‘ve loved everything Maggie O‘Farrell has written so I‘m v excited to get to it...especially now I‘ve seen your thoughts! ☺️ 2y
Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola as did I ! Very challenging, it was brilliant in parts , but as @JillR says , a challenge 2y
Cathythoughts Oh great ... I‘ll look forward to your thoughts.. so far I‘m finding it 👌🏻... 2y
Reviewsbylola Absolutely hard same. I was so excited when it came out. Bought it immediately. Tortured myself with 150 pages before I finally admitted defeat. I doubt I‘ll ever try Mantel again. 😂 @JillR 2y
JillR @reviewsbylola I did exactly the same, twice, then third time lucky I persevered and finished it which is very unlike me. I did then go on and read Bring up the Bodies which was a bit more accessible. I‘ll have to read the third at some point or it‘ll taunt me forever as an unfinished personal challenge 😆 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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1 depends on the book, and if someone wants to read it. I both keep and give away.
2. Tagged book or The Familiars by same author.
Thanks for the tag @PurpleTulipGirl
Tuesday is almost over but does anyone else want to play?
@ferskner tag your it!
#twofortuesdaygiveaway

TheSpineView Good luck! 😊🤩 2y
ferskner Gah I missed this! Thank you for the tag, though! ❤️ 2y
Chrissyreadit @ferskner 😜🤣🥰 2y
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Cathy_J
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This was a good book. Historical fiction set in 1754 it features London's Foundling Hospital. Very atmospheric. ⭐⭐⭐

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LaurenELovesToRead
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Stacey Halls second novel is just as indulgent as her first, I read it much quicker than other books of the same length; Her writing just flows. I loved the character development, and thought the ending of the story was beautiful, and couldn‘t have been more perfect. Like her first book, I found this educational also, I had never heard of The Foundling Hospital before reading this, and now I have been researching more into its history. Great read!

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whatrebeccasread
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“The Foundling” is a historical story set in Georgian London. This was my favourite read of the year so far and I think it‘ll be difficult to beat. The story is atmospheric, the characters are strong and the history is fascinating too. It‘s 5 stars from me!

My full review is up on my blog now 📚

Crazeedi Great cover, want to read 3y
whatrebeccasread @Crazeedi I'd definitely recommend it! 3y
Crazeedi @whatrebeccasread on my tbr for sure 3y
Tera66 What a beautiful cover! 3y
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Clare_Riley
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This has a different name in the US (The Lost Child). I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I think I‘m becoming a bit of a Stacey Halls fan, to be honest. Bess Bright leaves her daughter at the Foundling Hospital with the intention of reclaiming her when she‘s older. 6 years later she goes back for her, and it transpires that she was collected the day after Bess left her - by Bess! So the mystery is: who took her, and where is she? Such a good book - read it!!

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Birdsong28
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Have entered to win this on #Readersfirst Wish me luck 🤞 🍀 📚 📖

mariaku21 🤞🤞🤞 3y
Crazeedi I have the familiars tbr, will have to check this out if I like 3y
Cathythoughts Good luck ❤️👍🏻 3y
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TheEllieMo Ooh, I haven‘t been on Readers First for a while, must take a look. My copy of the Familiars had a preview of The Foundling and it looks very interesting. 3y
Ms_T Fingers crossed for you 🤞🏻 3y
Gissy 👍🤞 3y
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VanessaCW
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I loved this story! I was looking forward to reading this book so was very pleased when it became available by way of a competition on #Pigeonhole. It‘s beautifully and atmospherically written with some wonderful and realistic characters. The Foundling is such an immersing read, so much so I was easily transported to Georgian London and I became totally absorbed into Bess‘ and Alexandra‘s individual stories. I was gripped from beginning to end.

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jhod
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I have loads of books on the go at the moment, as well as lots of pol sci articles! Finished two this week, both pretty good, hope to finish the rest along with the tagged (which I am reading with Pigeonhole) next week.
Our last european trip as EU citizens 😩 🇪🇺 ♥
#bookreport
#weeklyforecast

squirrelbrain Looks lovely and bright - if a little chilly! (Hence the hat!) 3y
jhod @squirrelbrain Yes, its definitely cooled down loads - I was in the sea in Boxing Day! So pleased you got to see red squirrels! 😘 3y
Cathythoughts Well done !! In the sea 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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VanessaCW
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Reading this via #Pigeonhole

Birdsong28 I didn't get picked 😢📚📖 3y
VanessaCW There must‘ve been a lot of applicants. The book has been promoted for quite a while, too. Tried applying for an advance reading copy on Netgalley but was declined, so am pleased to have been given the chance to read it via the Pigeonhole app. 3y
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Birdsong28
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Just got this email from about Stacey Hall's new book.

Anyone know anything about this The Pigeonhole app? I have entered to become part of this and downloaded the app and it seems they do this with other books. 📚📖

rockpools I think @Lel2403 and maybe @jhod have used it a fair bit. They do some really nice stuff, but I don‘t get on with phone-reading, so I should probably come off their mailing list! 3y
jhod You can read it on a tablet too if any good... I read it on my kindle fire x 3y
Lel2403 @RachelO I do use it..l read on a tablet . They have some really good books too, the Passengers was one.... 3y
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Birdsong28
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I so have a total #covercrush for this #coverreveal !!

#TheFoundling