Waiting on Wednesday: The Foundling

Waiting on Wednesday: The Foundling


The Foundling

Written by Stacey Halls

400 pages

Published by Bonnier Zaffre

Publication date: 6th February 2020

Summary (from Goodreads):

A mother’s love knows no bounds. . .

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 upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl – and why.

Les than a mile from Bess’ lodgings in a quiet town house, a wealthy widow barely ventures outside. When her close friend – an ambitious doctor at the Foundling Hospital – persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her young 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 will soon tear her carefully constructed world apart.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, ‘THE LOST ORPHAN’ explores families and secrets, class and power, and how the pull of motherhood cuts across them all.

Why I cant wait to read this:

  • I absolutely loved The Familiars, by the same author, so I am excited to see what she will write next.
  • The Foundling Hospital has always seemed to me to be a place where so many stories could begin. When I lived in Florence, I was fascinated by the Foundling Hospital’s door, which had a rotating basket so women could give their child into the care of the Church without having to see or be seen by anyone.
  • I can only imagine how the main character must feel – who has reclaimed her daughter? And how? A mystery like this has the potential to haunt someone forever.
  • The Georgian period is not one in which I have read many historical noels so I am looking forward to learning a little more about it through this story.
  • Bonus – isn’t the cover gorgeous! I know that we shouldn’t be swayed by this, but the beautiful presentation of The Familiars is something that has stuck with me – from the hidden designs in the cover to the gloriously-detailed end papers. All of these things can really enhance your enjoyment as the book is clearly being appreciated as an object of beauty, as well as celebrated for the story it conveys.

What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!

See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here: When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, Starfish, The Gloaming, The Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Nyxia Unleashed, Bright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Empress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and Gold, Storm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves,Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the Crane. Dragon Pearl,Last of Her Name. The Familars. A Pinch of Magic, A Witch Come True, The Winter of the Witch. Once Upon a River, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Shadowscent, Romanov. Echo North, The Wicked King, The Priory of the Orange Tree, Spin the Dawn, Master of Sorrows, Asha and the Spirit Bird, A Treason of Thorns, We Rule The Night, Perfectly Preventable Deaths, Collision, Rumblestar, The Last Spell Breather, The Starless Sea, The Lost Tide Warriors, The Princess Who Flew With Dragons, Containment. House of Salt and Sorrows, Sanctuary, Stronger than a Bronze Dragon, Gumiho/Wicked Fox, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Kingdom, The Taste of Rain, The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Chinglish, Winterwood, Harley in the Sky, Into the Crooked Place, Butterfly Yellow, Seven Deadly Shadows, Shadows of Winterspell, Wicked as You Wish, The Silvered Serpents, Feathertide, Break The Fall, Deep and Darkest Red, Rogue Princess, Forest of Ghosts and Bones.

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of The Hazel Wood, Tangleweed and Brine, Summer Bird Blue, The Pretender or The Gilded King?

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Yep I’m interested by foundling hospitals too – I had it as a 6 word short story topic last year. Not sure whether Georgian is my era.


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