<font size="+2"> From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars </font>
Two women, bound by a child, and a secret that will change everything . . .
London, 1754. Six years after leaving her illegitimate daughter Clara at London's Foundling Hospital, Bess Bright returns to reclaim the child she has never known. Dreading the worst, that Clara has died in care, Bess is astonished to be told she has already claimed her. 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 the city, in a quiet, gloomy townhouse on the edge of London, a young widow has not left the house in a decade. When her close friend - an ambitious young doctor at the Foundling Hospital - persuades her to hire a nursemaid for her 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 tear her carefully constructed world apart.
From the bestselling author of The Familiars comes this captivating story of mothers and daughters, class and power, and love against the greatest of odds . . .
'The new Hilary Mantel' Cosmopolitan
Another gripping, immersive, intelligent work of historical fiction from the bestselling author of The Familiars' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies
'A gripping and moving read' Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido
'Fantastic storytelling that grabbed me from the off' Good Housekeeping
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’re probably still reeling from the twist that transforms Stacey Halls’ beautiful novel halfway through, such was its dramatic impact. It’s an astonishing moment in an outstanding piece of writing that provides marvellous escapism (18th century London has rarely been captured more vividly), potent gender politics and characters drawn with a great deal of pathos and empathy. We meet Bess Bright in 1754 determined to be reunited with the illegitimate daughter she gave into care six years prior. Told that someone claiming to be her has already claimed her, Bess embarks on a desperate and extraordinary mission to discover the truth.