A mother’s love knows no bounds…
London, 1754. Six years after leaving her newborn, Clara, at London’s Foundling Hospital, young Bess Bright returns to reclaim the illegitimate daughter she has never really known. Dreading the worst—that Clara has died in care—the last thing she expects to hear is that her daughter has already been reclaimed. Her life is turned upside down as she tries to find out who has taken her little girl—and why.
Less than a mile from Bess’s lodgings in a quiet town house, a wealthy widow barely ventures outside. When her close friend—an ambitious doctor at the Foundling Hospital—persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her young daughter, she is hesitant to welcome someone new into her home and her life. But her past is threatening to catch up with her—and will soon tear her carefully constructed world apart.
Set against the vibrant backdrop of Georgian London, The Lost Orphan explores families and secrets, class and power, and how the pull of motherhood cuts across them all.
The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls is a great historical fiction novel. Well-researched, this book shows what it was like for mothers who had to leave their kids and take them back into their lives. It was quite interesting to follow the journey of two women. Each one taking on the role of mother. One is the real mother and the other is a substitute mother. Each woman takes different actions in raising a child. I enjoyed following the characters as their story unfolded. The book contained an emotional tale. A story of love, money, and motherhood.