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The Foundling by [Heyer, Georgette]
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4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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Georgette Heyer is just as enjoyable for the tenth time as the first, proving a delight to all readers. These new releases with beautiful cover artwork are a welcome addition to any regency romance lover's bookshelf. A Night Owl Romance TOP PICK, November 2009 -- Danya "Night Owl Romance" (11/18/2009)

Almost every time I read a book by Georgette Heyer, I find myself saying, "Ooooh, this is my new favorite!" and it's happened, again.
-- Anna Horner "Bookfoolery and Babble" (11/23/2009)

Anyone who appreciates romance and mystery will enjoy The "Foundling". -- Gabrielle Pantera "GoshTV,net" (11/23/2009)

Witty, unexpected, and great fun. -- Gaby Lupus "Starting Fresh" (11/24/2009)

Fans of Georgette Heyer will appreciate seeing all the things they love best about the author-her writing style, spirited dialogue, and attention to detail-on display in The "Foundling". -- Kay James "Romance Reader at Heart" (11/24/2009)

Fantastic... The "Foundling" will definitely have a place of honor on my bookshelf. -- Carrie Zimmerman "The Book Girl" (11/30/2009)

Delightful... I love how funny Heyer is! -- Meghan Kawka "Medieval Bookworm" (11/30/2009)

No matter how villainous the villains may be, no matter how topsy turvy the heroine's path to love or fulfillment Georgette Heyer's world is one that comes with a happy ending. -- Danielle Torres "A Work in Progress" (11/30/2009)

Another lovely reading experience, brought to you by Georgette Heyer. I think that this one is my favorite so far by her. -- Jessica West "The Curious Reader" (11/30/2009)

Heyer's social commentary add a different dimension to a novel already filled to brimming with relevant historical details! -- Megan Snider "Write Meg!" (11/30/2009)

This is the perfect time to curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket and a nice hot mug of tea and good ole Georgette. -- Fargis Heather "Capricious Reader" (12/03/2009)

"Georgette Heyer is just as enjoyable for the tenth time as the first, proving a delight to all readers. These new releases with beautiful cover artwork are a welcome addition to any regency romance lover's bookshelf. A Night Owl Romance TOP PICK, November 2009" - Night Owl Romance

"Delightful... I love how funny Heyer is!" - Medieval Bookworm

"Fantastic... The "Foundling" will definitely have a place of honor on my bookshelf." - The Book Girl

"Witty, unexpected, and great fun." - Starting Fresh

"Almost every time I read a book by Georgette Heyer, I find myself saying, "Ooooh, this is my new favorite!" and it's happened, again." - Bookfoolery and Babble

"Fans of Georgette Heyer will appreciate seeing all the things they love best about the author-her writing style, spirited dialogue, and attention to detail-on display in The "Foundling". " - Romance Reader at Heart

"Anyone who appreciates romance and mystery will enjoy The "Foundling". " - GoshTV, net

"No matter how villainous the villains may be, no matter how topsy turvy the heroine's path to love or fulfillment Georgette Heyer's world is one that comes with a happy ending. " - A Work in Progress

"Heyer's social commentary add a different dimension to a novel already filled to brimming with relevant historical details!" - Write Meg!

"Another lovely reading experience, brought to you by Georgette Heyer. I think that this one is my favorite so far by her. " - The Curious Reader

"This is the perfect time to curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket and a nice hot mug of tea and good ole Georgette." - Capricious Reader

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A pulse-racing story of Regency romance from one of our best-known and most beloved historical novelists will capture a whole new audience in a stunning repackage.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 983 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (28 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M8S45E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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This book narrates (among other things) the machinations of several men in their dealings with a sexually attractive, learning disabled, adolescent woman.

Happily it all ends well, when the Duke gives the hot, plebiean, orphan-moron to a thick-necked yokel with a successful farm and not much in the way of sensibility.
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This is one I hade missed somehow. Typical of Heyer's Regency romances, but one of the better ones, this tale is about the trouble one beautiful but clueless orphan can cause for everyone around her. I enjoyed it
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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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Why the need of a title for this review when all you need say is that it is by an author who invariably gives pleasure and comfort to her dedicated readers. This book is no exception.the hero is not the customary giant and handsome too. Just like Mr Dash of nowhere in particular, so very approachable. A good read.
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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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