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The Foundling [Hardcover]

Georgette Heyer
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: The Book Club; Book Club edition (1949)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 12.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,930,027 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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4.6 out of 5 stars
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book 4 April 2010
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a cheerful romp 11 Oct 2009
By Sarah A. Brown VINE VOICE
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure and (a little) romance 6 Feb 2001
By A Customer
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book - spoilt by typographical errors 23 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Excellent story. Shame that Random House don't take very good care with regard to proof reading. Numerous errors which spoilt the flow of the story somewhat for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Less Romance, more excitement 29 Mar 2011
By GillyB
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Male coming of age. 30 Jun 2013
By No One
Unusually for a Heyer romance, Foundling centers on a young man who is too timid to ever stand up to his overprotective (and overbearing) guardians who take the shape of uncles, aunts, servants, etc. Starting out to try to help his younger cousin, he goes on a journey to help him discover how to take control of his own life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Georgette Heyer 3 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As virtually every other Georgette Heyer book - this was brilliant. Light, witty and a pleasant escape from the modern world. If you haven't read any Georgette Heyer before, pick one at random and welcome to the Regency world. The conventions of that world are beautifully described, together with heroes and heroines who delightfully do not conform to the strict manners required at the time. We only meet the rich - servants, chambermaids, inn-keepers etc. and the reality of life in England at the time being carefully excluded or alluded to only in so far as they help the plot lines along. The pace of life - very hectic rounds of parties but taking days to get to places such as Bristol or Yorkshire from London - is far removed from the 21st century!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Foundling
I have to confess that I just love Georgette Heyers' Regency novels. It is her attention to the details of the time; the clothes, the manners, the carriages, the differences in the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Bluebelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Self Confidence Gained
The foundling is the extremely beautiful and exceedingly dim Belinda who will go off with anyone who promise presents that she likes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CharlesSoton
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for relaxing reading
Georgette Heyer keeps you entertained until the last page. I've read her regency novels over and over again and never get bored.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Immensely enjoyable
Georgette Heyer's books always please me. Such pleasant, entertaining reads with wonderful descriptions of the clothing, surroundings that make imagining everything so much... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery
I am very happy with the purchase that i made and I will definetelly recommend to my friend to purchase this product.
Published 4 months ago by Nicholas Sassis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Foundling
I was so pleased to get this book. It was written by the very best writer of Regency novels and almost completes my collection.
Published 5 months ago by Beachlady
4.0 out of 5 stars unexpected connection with another favourite author...
I came to the wonderful Georgette Heyer relatively late.
This book is a revelation. More character based than many, the story is of course taken at a gallop as usual. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Val Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
bought this for my sister who has nearly read all her books and also collected nearly all.. she loves it
Published 6 months ago by D. Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Foundling
Bought this for my mum to replace a tatty copy that she already has as she likes to keep the books
Published 7 months ago by hilary mosley
5.0 out of 5 stars Heyer
Loved it - love all her Rgency books. Have read it before but can read it many times over. The style is witty and charming.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. A. D. Taylor
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