by Georgette Heyer
Trade Paperback: 439 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released: 1948; September 1, 2009
Source: Borrowed from my local library.
Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
The shy, young Duke of Sale has never known his parents, but he's been well cared for. Gilly has endured twenty-four years of rigorous mollycoddling from his uncle and valet. He doesn't want to hurt the feelings of those who care so deeply for his welfare, but he'd like to know if he has the strength of character and skill to make it on his own.
When Gilly hears of Belinda, the beautiful foundling who appears to be blackmailing his cousin, he absconds with glee. But he has no sooner entered this new and dangerous world than he is plunged into a frenzy of intrigue, kidnapping, adventure, and surprises at every turn.
The Foundling is a Regency romance, though it was really more of a coming-of-age adventure. While the beginning had some funny moments, the story didn't really get interesting (and funny) until Gilly "escaped" his protective servants and relatives and started his adventure.
The story had an interesting mix of characters. While some of the characters initially seem similar to those in her other novels, their reactions to events and their adventures were very different. I was never sure of exactly how a situation would work out.
There were no sex scenes. There was some bad language (most of it the swearing using "God"). Overall, I'd recommend this book to Heyer fans.
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