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The Foundling by Stacey Halls

So my plan to tackle my TBR hasn’t been going well recently, there are so many great new books out which keep tempting me. Last week, I really wanted to read a good historical fiction and so I searched my shelves and The Foundling by Stacey Halls jumped out at me.

Set in London, 1754; Bess is a young woman who has to give her illegitimate daughter to The Foundling Hospital when she’s just a day old. After six years of saving her money she is finally able to return and claim her daughter, but she is told that her baby has already been claimed.

Alexandra is a young widow who lives with her daughter and two household staff. The doors are always locked and the women only leave the house to go to church. When her close friend, a doctor from the Foundling suggested she hire a nursemaid for her daughter she is hesitant but agrees; a decision that means her secrets may soon be revealed.

This is such a brilliantly atmospheric and gripping read. I was hooked from page one. It’s a story about mothers and daughters, class and power that held me absolutely captivated.

I haven’t read The Familiars but I will be soon as I adored her writing and storytelling. Since finishing I’ve been thinking a lot about the ending. I felt it finished a little too abruptly and I’m not totally convinced by the ending.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on her books; which has been your favourite and would you recommend The Familiars?

Have a great day

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