Sourcebooks has reprinted many of the classic Georgette Heyer novels, introducing them to a whole new generation. My mother has read her novels for years and introduced me to them years ago. I was very excited to receive a review copy of The Foundling, one of my mother's favorites and a novel new to me. My mother was quite excited as well since her copy of the book was published in 1977, has much smaller font, and is dog-eared from being read so often.
The Duke of Sale is out to prove himself. The shy, young Duke of Sale has never known his parents. Instead, his Grace Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware, Gilly for short, has endured twenty-four years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and his valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit.
A mysterious beauty provides the perfect opportunity. When Gilly learns of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. But he has no sooner entered into this new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnapping and adventure, and surprises at every turn.
For avid Georgette Heyer fans, The Foundling will be an interesting and satisfying departure from the romance novels. The Foundling focuses on the Duke of Sale and his adventures as he goes "undercover" as a regular man. Gilly is a sympathetic and interesting leading character trying to overcome years of being overprotected. Gilly encounters all sorts of personalities while trying to end his cousin's entanglement, fortunately, Gilly reacts to the unexpected with kindness, a gentle manner and considerable common sense. The Foundling is witty, unexpected, and great fun.
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 2009), 448 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.
Thank you so much, Danielle and Sourcebooks for this review opportunity!