I found a book that looked interesting…The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls.
I love historical fiction and honestly have a little trouble finding books that are good that all aren’t WWII related. I think that the WWII era is the “in vogue” time period to write about now. I know 25 years ago it was more of the pioneering and Civil War times that many historical fiction books were written about…now, it seems WWII.
This one wasn’t about WWII and was a treat to get to read about a different time. This was London 1754.
I have to say I was a little disappointed not really believing the date of 1754 that the book was supposedly set in. Really it read more like a late 1800’s of early 1900 piece. The book is really strong in the beginning and finished okay. I was so excited to be reading it but then for some reason, I didn’t know it at the time, my enthusiasm for it waned. All in all a good story and so wish more custody cases came to a happier ending as this did.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate newborn at the Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the daughter she has never known. Dreading the worst, that she has died in care, she is astonished to discover someone pretending to be Bess 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 poor lodgings, in a quiet Georgian townhouse, lives Alexandra, a reclusive young widow. When her close friend—an ambitious doctor at the orphanage—persuades her to hire a nursemaid to help care for her daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home. But her past is threatening to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart.
From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds.”
Amazon readers give the book 4.1 stars. I guess I’d have to agree. Like I said earlier. The book slowed in the second half but was still worth the time to listen.
You can find the book HERE on Amazon.