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The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
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The Foundling (1948)

by Georgette Heyer

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Strangely, I'd never read this Heyer novel before. I really liked Gilly and appreciated the arc he makes in growth during the book. I was glad that he and Harriet are destined to wed because she seems like the perfect person for him, though he initially didn't see it. I enjoyed Gideon, Tom, and Mrs. Appleby. I even had a bit of fun with Liversedge. However, I thought Belinda and crew were annoying. Nonetheless, they were a big part of Gilly's growth. This book was a bit like reading Huck Finn - much of it I loved, and a bit of it was painfully tiresome. ( )
  whymaggiemay | Jun 13, 2018 |
This one made me laugh almost (but not quite) as much as Friday's Child. Another grand romp through Regency England, this time with even more amusing characters than some of the other Heyer novels I've read. ( )
  JBD1 | Feb 2, 2018 |
When the young Duke of Sale finally decides that he want to control his own life rather than being organised by his family and servants, he siezes an opportunity for adventure and gets mixed up with the Foundling of the title. Belinda is a startlingly beautiful women with the mental capacity of a goldfish. While fully aware of her beauty, Sale doesn't fall for her. Keeping her out of trouble and dealing with the people who either fall in love with her or try to use her for their own ends, leads him into many entertaining situations and helps him to mature and to find his own strengths. He also meets up with Tom, a young lad running away from home. Sale emphasises with the young man who is also being kept on too tight a leash, but Tom is far wilder than Sale and lands him in even more scrapes.

The real strength of this book lies in the characters. A wide variety of personalities, each well drawn and each internally consistent. A real pleasure to read. ( )
1 vote JudithProctor | Sep 10, 2017 |
Only very mildly a romance; a bit improbable but the Duke of Sale is engagingly described and Heyer creates a light-hearted adventure. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 19, 2017 |
Fun Heyer. I like Gilly quite a lot, and Harriet blooms a bit too. My only objection is that the title is The Foundling, because Belinda (the foundling) is pretty much a cipher (she's too dumb to be a character) - though I admit she's the catalyst for a great deal of this story. Gideon is excellent - wish he'd gotten his own story. And Uncle Lionel is an idiot of quite another type - so certain he's acting for the best, at all times. It's great to watch Gilly grow up - find his own abilities and learn to trust himself. This one is definitely worth rereading, in a while. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Mar 8, 2017 |
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When the young gentleman strolling through the park with his gun on his shoulder and an elderly spaniel at his heels came within sight of the house it occurred to him that the hour must be further advanced than he had supposed, for the sun had sunk below the great stone pile, and an autumnal mist was already creeping over the ground.
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"That's the barber," he said cheerfully. "I thought you was backed at one time, guv'nor, but there's nothing like a real rum bub for a cull as has been greased. Not but what you didn't have no more than a lick, but I doubt it done you good. I got some cat-lap here for you, seeing as how you was as sick as a cushion and maybe used to pap. If you was to sit up you could sup it down, couldn't you?"
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The Groom. Enormously wealthy, scrupulously mannered and suffocatingly confined by his title the 24 years old Adolphus Gillespie Ware, the 7th Duke of Sale -- known to friends as Gilly -- is a diffident young, easily pushed around by his overprotective uncle and the retinue of devoted family retainers who won't let him lift a finger for himself. He sometimes wishes he could be a commoner and longed for a spot of true excitement. When he learns that his marriage has already been arranged, orphaned Gilly, who is determined to wed for love only, discovers that his intended is the same woman he has secretly loved for years.

The Bride. Lovely Harriet Presteigne had already been informed that she was expected to marry diffident Gilly, her old childhood friend. Unfortunately, the thought had never occurred to the groom-to-be until his uncle cum guardian told him. She accepted with reasonable good grace the necessity of carrying on the line. She liked Gilly; she simply didn't love him -- certainly not in the way he dreamed love should be.

The adventures. So when Gilly's cousin found himself in quite a pickle -- a beautiful country girl claimed Gideon had proposed! -- Looking for some excitement, Gilly delightfully took it upon himself to remedy the situation with an incognito journey. But his secret foray into the countryside was fraught with danger as well as thrills, he confronts a blackmailer, he encounters a runaway school boy, a beautiful but airheaded orphan, appealing and well-spoken comic villains, and a series of alarming and even life threatening events from which he can extricate himself only with the help of his fiancée… In night Gilly brought to Harriet's home Belinda Ware, a beautiful young "foundling," asking his fiancee's help in hiding her from her "pursuers." It was as fantastic a story as Harriet had ever heard --a situation which showed the seemingly gentle Gilly in quite another light....
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Foreward by New York Times bstselling author Kay Hooper

A Dangerously Bored Duke . . .

Enormously wealthy, scrupulously mannered and suffocatingly confined by his title, the young Duke of Sale -- known to friends as Gilly -- longed for a spot of true excitement. So when his cousin found himself in quite a pickle -- a beautiful country girl claimed Gideon had proposed! -- Gilly delightfully took it upon himself to remedy the situation. But his secret foray into the countryside was fraught with danger as well as thrills. For scandal, kidnapping and true love were never part of his plan . . .

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In this historical romance novel the Duke of Sale intervenes when his cousin claims to be trapped in a proposal to a beautiful country girl. Looking for some excitement, Gilly (as the Duke is known to his friends) travels to the country to help his cousin extradite himself from this situation--but Gilly never expected to find true love himself.… (more)

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