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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099468069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099468066
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, The Black Moth, published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Famous for her historical novels, she also wrote twelve highly acclaimed mystery novels. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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"Triumphantly good . . . Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" (India Knight Sunday Telegraph)

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"Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic" (Katie Fforde)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By CJ VINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
This was never one of my favourite Heyer's when I first started reading her books, probably because I was looking for romance, and in this book that element very much takes a back seat. I re-read it recently on holiday however and really enjoyed it for completely different reasons. The story mainly focuses on Gilly (the Duke of Sale) who is fed up with being molly coddled by his many doting retainers and protective relatives. Our hero is far from your traditional tall, dark and handsome alpha heros but is 'below average height', slightly delicate and very gentle with a 'sweet disposition'. He is reluctant to hurt the feelings of those who have his interests so much at heart but is totally fed up with being thwarted every time he tries to assert himself by all the well-meaning busy bodies who surround him. He decides he'd like to see what it's like to be just plain Mr Dash from Nowhere and his cousin Matthew gives him the opportunity. Matthew has become entangled with a very dodgy character who claims to be the guardian of the blindingly beautiful but extremely dim-witted Belinda (the Foundling of the title). The adventures Gilly encounters as plain Mr Rufford are what makes this book so charming and so enjoyable. He becomes involved with a runaway school boy, various colourful rogues, highway men and inn-keepers, he gets captured, escapes and manages to fend for himself very well in the end. As usual there is loads of wonderful detail and plenty of funny moments. They wind up in Bath where Gilly enlists the help of his betrothed (who he proposes to at the beginning of the book at the suggestion of his uncle who has virtually arranged the match).Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah A. Brown VINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2009
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The Foundling lacks Heyer's usual faultless narrative drive, I feel, but it is still a very engaging story. Gilly is perhaps Heyer's most feminised hero - he is small, rather delicate and compliant. In fact he is more 'feminine' in some ways than most of her heroines! Romance plays second fiddle to adventure and intrigue in many of Heyer's Regencies but here it is particularly understated. In some ways Gilly's most charged and intense relationship appears to be, not with Harriet, but with his dashing cousin Gideon. The relationship between them is reminiscent of the relationships between Heyer's more conventionally masculine and sardonic heroes and her sprightly, slightly rebellious young heroines. Gilly's development from a shy and uncertain youth to a more self reliant and confident young man who can stand on his own two feet is very satisfying - and, as is usual with Heyer's novels - minor characters provide some delightfully absurd humour.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Brown on 4 April 2010
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This is one of Georgette Heyer's better books; the plot is really interesting and the end is not immediately obvious. I loved the lead characters, and really the more I think about it, the more I love this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judge Tabor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 July 2014
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This was not exactly what I expected. Since, it's Georgette Heyer and it didn't cost me extra $$ to "borrow" it through the Kindle Unlimited feature, I downloaded it without even reading the synopsis assuming it would be a romance between a heroic gentleman and a "foundling." I was definitely wrong in my assumptions.

This is, rather, a story that in my opinion should have been named "The Little Duke" because it was indeed about the young, unassuming little Duke of Sale, "Gilly," who had been orphaned from the time of his premature birth, and has been sickly all of his life, except for his more recent past. As a result of his social stature and his vulnerability to sickness, he was coddled ferociously throughout his whole life and watched over by a small army of people whose primary purpose in life was to make sure he never suffered harm in any way. Chief among these caretakers is his controlling, blustering uncle, Lord Lionel, who is one of his guardians.

Ms. Heyer belabors the above situation to the point of boredom as she goes through all the ways our little hero is controlled, manipulated and babied by all the people in his life, except one - his big, lovable, manly, hunk of a cousin - Gideon. Gideon is Lord Lionel's son, a member of the Horse Guards and is the only human who treats Gilly with the respect and consideration he so deserves and needs.

As Gilly nears his 25th birthday and the time where he shall have full control of all his estates and purportedly his life, Lord Lionel confronts Gilly about the fact it is now time for him to take a wife and proceeds to tell Gilly exactly who he has chosen for him - a young lady named Harriet that Gilly has known and enjoyed a friendship with most of his life.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Feb. 2001
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This is a fabulous Georgette Heyer, full of energy, witty and with a good plot. The romance between The Duke of Sale, a wonderfully unusual quiet and shy hero, and Harriet is understated and not given many pages, but the adventure and characters make up for this. The romance when it happens is also very real and lovely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GillyB on 29 Mar. 2011
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A slightly different Heyer novel. The hero is not the dashing type, but a very young man born to rank and wealth, but with very little confidence in himself.
Through taking on a mission to help out a young cousing who is in trouble, he finds that he can manage very well for himself, and proves to be resourceful and brave under very trying circumstances. The heroine is also a shy young woman, and one feels by the end of the book that they really will live happily (almost all of the time) everafter!
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