Wednesday, the 24th of August–Shelf Control time once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it–what its about, why you want to read it, when you got it, and such. If you participate, don’t forget to link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks as well!

Today’s pick is a book by an author I actually just finished reading as part of my #10BooksofSummer list and having enjoyed the book so much, I was reminded of her other book which I also have waiting on my TBR. And my pick is The Foundling (2020) by Stacey Halls. Born in 1989, Stacey Halls grew up in Lancashire, and studied journalism at the University of Lancashire. She has always been fascinated by the Pendle witches, charged and tried for witchcraft in 1612 and it was on this trial that her first book The Familiars was based.

The book I’ve chosen today though is The Foundling. Historical fiction set in 1754 London, this introduces us to Bess Bright who leaves her illegitimate daughter Clara at London’s Foundling Hospital only to return six years later to claim her back. But when she gets there she finds to her astonishment that ‘she’ is already supposed to have taken her. Now Bess tries to find out who took her daughter and why? Meanwhile a rich, young widow, who hasn’t left her home for a decade is looking to hire a nursemaid for her daughter, yet hesitant to welcome someone new into her house. But her past threatens to catch up with her and tear her carefully constructed world apart!

Sounds interesting doesn’t it? I bought this book sometime mid last year (a paperback), not long after buying Halls’ first book The Familiars. While I had intended to read one book before buying any more (as one does usually with someone one hasn’t read before) but a sale at which I found it tempted me and I succumbed, and I’m very glad I did, because I just finished The Familiars and liked the book very very much (review coming soon). I thought Halls did a wonderful job with the historical detail as well as basing the book on real-life characters yet keeping it believable even though the story she’s woven is fiction. My mom whose read both the books also loved them, so that was another plus. So this is definitely one I want to read soon, and I hope I do get to it long before it’s time for the next summer reading challenge (May be I’ll have gotten her newest book, Mrs England, by then!). And the actual book itself is very very pretty with a gorgeous cover and lovely inside covers as well.

Have you read this one or any others by Halls? Who are your favourite historical fiction writers? Looking forward to your thoughts!

The cover image is as always from Goodreads, while the book description is from the blurb behind my copy.

Lisa’s pick this week is Mr Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd, the tale of a lonely caregiver, a cranky hoarder, and a houseful of secrets.


8 thoughts on “Shelf Control #197: The Foundling by Stacey Halls

  1. I’ve read all three of Stacey Halls’ books and I think Mrs England is my favourite, but they’re all great (and all have beautiful covers). I hope you enjoy this one!

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  2. Both these books have appealed to me when they came out but I resisted! I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on The Familiars to see if I should give into temptation. The blurb of it appeals rather more to me than The Foundling.


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