As always, I'd like to thank Tracy Fenton and Zaffre Books for inviting me to take part in this tour.
Historical Fiction is a genre I rarely dip my toe into, I probably read it even less than crime or thrillers. However, I purchased Stacey Halls' The Familiars as I loved the premise (still haven't read it mind) and then received a proof of her newest book, The Foundling* and then got the invite to the blog tour. Everything was telling me to start reading Historical Fiction...including my wallet.
I'm so glad I did. I was utterly enthralled by this story and Bess Bright. It was part drama, thriller and romance melded together beautifully.
Bess has had to give her daughter up, she's left her with the Foundling Hospital and plans to return for her when she is financially stable. The day comes and Bess heads with her money to reclaim her daughter, except she's already been claimed, by someone impersonating her. Bess is determined to find her daughter...and she turns up in the most unlikely of places.
Bess' situation is one we aren't unfamiliar with, even today, which makes her story all the more heartbreaking. Stacey makes you empathetic to every character, even the ones that perhaps you really shouldn't. There's a morally grey aspect to every character as they all believe that they are doing good, but their methods aren't exactly the best. Even the secondary characters are fully fleshed out and have a backstory, motive and desires. I'd happily read books from each character in this book. I felt like I knew everyone by the time I'd finished the novel, it's not one that will leave me any time soon.
Oh my god, and the plot. The noises I made reading this as things were revealed were ridiculous. I gasped, cried, I had all of the emotions. The threads Stacey wove throughout the arc were all tied up so wonderfully neatly at the end of the book. It wasn't a far fetched conclusion either, it was satisfying with just the right amount of 'oh my'.
I can't wait to read The Familiars now.
Name: The Foundling*
Author: Stacey Halls
Publisher: Manilla Press
Have you read The Foundling?
What did you think?
Thank you for reading,