The Foundling (Regency Romances) [Georgette Heyer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. What happens when a many-titled Duke decides. So when Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be For over fifty years, Georgette Heyer was the undisputed queen of historical. Guest review by Claire of The Captive Reader Originally published in , The Foundling was one of the very few Heyer Regency novels I.

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The Foundling by Georgette Heyer. Lovely Harriet Presteigne had already been informed that she was expected to marry diffident Gilly, her old childhood friend. Gilly is a 24 year old duke, orphaned at gergette young age.

I want only to be worthy of you. The Duke pretends to be Matthew and goes to deal with the guardian at the Bird in Hand but gets kidnapped.

Book review: ‘The Foundling’ by Georgette Heyer

The Duke of Sale, a posthumous son and heir, has been cosseted from birth, every aspect of his life dictated by his guardian and uncle, and an array of loyal and devoted retainers. The Foundling by Georgette Heyer is tne of a historical romance and much more of a comedy of errors with foundlings, runaway schoolboys, an incognito duke, kidnappers and assorted ruffians and more I found Gilly absolutely engaging and adorable, along with his compliant but loving fiancee Lady Harriet; she plays a minor teh important role, and I think she’s pitch-perfect for our hero.

Something tells me, though, that his cousin Gideon would not allow it. Considering the relative simplicity of the plot, The Foundling is a surprisingly long novel. I always foundoing Arabella as a good place to start with Heyer. I am an Amazon Associate.

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I don’t think I’ve read a H This is really more a coming of age novel than a romance; there is a romance, of course, but it takes a distant second place to Heyer’s account of how her hero, Gilly, Duke of Sale, goes adventuring, in a smartly paced plot, and frees himself from the confinement of his family and his title. I still enjoy Gilly so very much if only to pluck him out of this story into a faster-paced one and to give him a proper love escapade.


This page was last edited on 22 Augustat I cheered for his coming-of-age transition to a man, and his adventures out in the world, his experiments at doing everything for himself. Indeed, the chief villain is the brilliantly named Mr Liversedge, a name that Dickens himself would applaud.

Chapters 13 to The Foundling gives us a vivid picture of ordinary life outside the metropolis, and the story has many complicated dilemmas that the hero must sort out in order to win through to happiness in the end.

D The story is his story, and it is one of the few Heyers told almost exclusively through the hero’s point of view.

Well, which one is that? Slipped in amongst the others.

There are a few bright points, though – particularly the farmer’s mother observing that Belinda’s lack of morals is probably due to being a by-blow of the gentry. The Foundling is more a coming-of-age story than a romance.

I already can’t wait to re-read it The Foundling is a brilliant story. I would love to read a humorous adventure tale.

Indeed, part of the fun with any Heyer novel is comparing it to those you have previously read, recognizing a certain plot twist from one, a secondary character with a doppelganger in another. I often wish Gideon had been given his own romance – but given how poorly some of her characters fared in An Infamous Army, maybe its just as well Gideon has been left to my dreams!

Or, I do, at least ; There was something particularly endearing to me about the plot of a sweet young man setting out to discover whether he was really a man, or only a Duke. Learn how your comment data is processed. Jan 02, Tiffany Reisz rated it really liked it. But they were, still, dead during those years and so, makes me wonder, did I really read this book before? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. This one was, as I expected, just delightful.


Georgette Heyer died in at the age of seventy-one. Overall, I liked it. Indeed, Hetta and Harriet resemble although Hetta is more memorable. This story is filled with laughs, witty repartee, entertaining characters, and lots of sweet little moments. Gilly is one of the first type B heroes in Heyerdom and founeling one of the youngests, perhaps he is not so appealing to a great number of female readers, but for them as you have already said, there is his cousin Gideon.

Fojndling name of the book? The Duke then has to figure out how to get Tom and Belinda found,ing home and out of trouble. My first draft of this review had a full paragraph devoted to him, but it was cut to meet the word limit. He sets out on a wild adventure to find out who he really is. This book has lots of cant and Foundlihg enjoyed it thoroughly. Want to Read saving…. The main character is ths born with a silver spoon in his mouth, though in fact born an orphan as well, since his father died before he was born, and his mother didn’t survive his birth.

The name is definitely an obstacle at first, but he thankfully goes by Gilly, or, as he likes to call himself, “Mr. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit. Retrieved from ” https: December 8, at 4: He just wants to be a nobody from “Nowhere in Particular”. Dash of Nowhere In Particular. Regency Buck might also be a fun introduction.