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The Foundling (Regency Romances) [Kindle Edition]

Georgette Heyer
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Book Description

"What happens when a many-titled Duke decides to play hookey from his suffociaating dignity..."-Kirkus Reviews

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 valet. But his natural diffidence conceals a rebellious spirit.

A mysterious beauty provides the perfect opportunity

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.

"Orphaned at birth, bullied by his well-meaning guardian, hemmed in by theaffectionate ministrations of a small army of family retainers, His Grace of Salehad reached the age of 24 without ever making a decision for himself In all hislife the titular master of Sale House, duke, marquis, earl, thrice baron, had neverso much as selected a cravat for his own wardrobe ... One morning, in amoment of unaccustomed resolution, His Grace made up his mind.'I shall try to discover,' he decided, 'whether I am a man, or only a duke.'"-New York Times Book Review

Editorial Reviews


"Triumphantly good ... Georgette Heyer is unbeatable" -- India Knight Sunday Telegraph "Sparkling" Independent on Sunday "Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic" -- Katie Fforde

About the Author

Georgette Heyer, who wrote over fifty novels died in 1974.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1304 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00348UN5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,127 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from her usual novels August 16, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a more subtle story than most of GH's romances. On the first reading, I liked it but wasn't 'in love' with it, after the handsome, dashing heroes of 'These Old Shades', 'Venetia', 'Frederica'
But upon re-reading it, I've started to enjoy it more. It hasn't actually got much romance -- the comments about the lack of character in the hero's fiancee, Henrietta, are pretty accurate. She's a timid and rather dull portraiture.
What struck me upon re-reading it was the deeply affectionate relationship between Gilly and his cousin Gideon. Gideon is in fact the perfect Regency hero -- dark, tall, handsome, dashing -- but although he races off to Gilly's rescue when he learns his little cousin is in danger, his help turns out not to be needed as Gilly rescues himself, growing up considerably in the process.
In fact, this is the only Heyer novel that shows such an openly caring relationship between two men raised as brothers. It's actually a nice change from the usual romance formula, watching Gilly gain confidence during his adventures after suffering for so long under the well-meaning tyranny of his guardian and the old family retainers.
Most of Heyer's novels tend to have better-drawn female characters than male characters, so it's an interesting change to read one of her books where the male characters are much more vivid and active than the females.
A great book? No. But a very charming one, and I re-read it more often than I first thought I would. I like Gilly a lot -- all those incredibly handsome, dashing heroes get a bit wearisome after a while! He's very believable, and engages one's sympathies in being burdened with wealth, responsibility and titles that he isn't sure he can live up to.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Foundling August 30, 2000
By tregatt
Another Heyer gem!
Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware, the Duke of
Sale, is tired of all the pompous trappings of his position. A mild
mannered and kindly young man, he's also tired of being treated like a
semi-invalid child by his family and retainers alike. Longing for an
adventure, he leaps at the chance to help a young realtive who has
written some unwise love letters to an unsuitable young lady, and who
is now being sued for breach of promise. What follows is a series of
adventures, some hilarious, a few somewhat dangerous, as the young
duke comes into his own.
A truly excellent book. The young Duke of
Sale is exactly the kind of romantic hero one wishes one read more of
instead of the autocratic-almost-a-rapist "hero" one comes
across more often in regency romances today.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Coming of Age than Boy Meets Girl February 7, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of Heyer's least 'romance-driven' Regencies, but it's one of my favorites. I really like the mild-mannered Gilly and his dashing cousin, and The Villain of the Piece is hilarious. The dialogue, descriptions, and historical inter-weavings are all top-notch, as usual. This ranks right up there with The Unknown Ajax, The Talisman Ring, and Sprig Muslin (none of which pay overwhelming attention to the romance part of the plot,and all of which are enormously entertaining).
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not typical, but wonderful June 30, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have just re-read this book for the umpteenth time. Every time I read it, it grows on me more. One does get a bit surfeited with romance, and this is a coming of age story more than a romance. It is one of Heyer's humorous works, with a loveable hero somewhat on the lines of Freddie in Cotillion.

As Gilly, Duke of Sale, takes on the role of Mr. Dash of Nowhere in Particular, he realizes his own strengths and abilities. When his heroic cousin Gideon - a typical Heyer hero - comes to rescue him from the cellar where his kidnappers have put him, Gilly has already escaped, buring the house down in the process! In his gentle, but not weak way, Gilly finally grows into his ducal shoes.

Heyer's ability to plot an intricate story, with many sub-plots, reminds me of P G Wodehouse. She can weave all these diverse strands until a satisfactory resolution ends the book. Her characters in this book are rich, funny and diverse. Heyer almost always has the ability to draw characters from all levels of society. Not always two-dimensional, but always interesting. In The Foundling, Tom Mamble provides some of the comic relief - his backward race on two pigs, a cow and an old horse, is hysterical! But Tom, scion of a very wealthy but vulgar ironmonger, saves the day at the end of the book... I won't disclose this in case the reader of this review has not yet read the book. Belinda, the foundling named in the title, is perhaps the most beautiful but empty-headed Heyer heroine of all!

And yes, the heroine's role in this book is a small one, but she, too, is coming of age and her gentle assertiveness grows as she grows in confidence of Gilly's love for her. She seems a perfect, and loving, match for Gilly.
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49 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Foundling September 23, 2000
He's shy. He's well looking but small in stature. He is immensely rich. The posthumous son of the last Duck of Sale, His Grace, the Most Noble Adolphus Gillespie Vernon Ware has been orphaned and sickly from birth. He has for years been suffocatingly coddled and swaddled by well-intentioned relations and old family retainers. While his rank and financial interests are cared for and his every want met, his wishes are dismisssed as inappropriate to his rank and duty. Poor sweet Gilly nurses wistful dreams of being Mr. Dash, a Nobody, of Nowhere in Particular. Now about to attain his 25th birthday and take control of his large estates and larger fortune, Gilly is informed that a match has been arranged for him with a young woman of impeccable credentials. Although he has known Harriet from childhood and sympathizes with her situation--her guardians dominate her too--she is not the choice of his heart. But his sweet nature and upbringing does not permit him to hurt anyone's feelings and he obdiently offers for her. Then unexpectedly, Gilly's attempt to help a young relative offfers him the chance to disappear, to break loose and become Mr. Dash for a few last days, and Gilly plunges headlong into his first adventure. For the first time, he finds people turning to him for help. As plain Mr. Dash, he rescues an outrageous schoolboy escaping his own moralising tutor as Gilly himself had often longed to do. Then an innocent dasher of the first water throws herself on his mercy. Together the ill-assorted trio fall from one escapade to another, in the process throughly alarming Gilly's old retainers and well-meaning guardians. There is humour, adventure, and a sympathetic hero, but this is not a top rate Heyer and I found it ultimately disappointing. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A most eccentric, enjoyable tale!
If you're looking for a "typical" Georgette Heyer romance novel...then this is not it at all! It's more of a rousing adventure story, filled with strong-willed characters,... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Alex Rowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Cant English
Georgette Heyer's husband is said to have called her books 'silly, female fluff' and they are, yet they are delightful comedies that poke fun at the English haut ton's rigid... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jane B. Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and a perfect escape from the daily grind.
I was slow getting into this book but by the middle of it I was hooked. I highly recommend this book to all lovers,of regency romance. Read more
Published 1 month ago by goodperson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing as always from this author
Good writing as always from this author. I give it a 3 because of the lack of interaction between the Duke and his love interest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Foundling
Easily one of her better constructed novels . Well done plot with sympathetic characters. Good ending where the hero grows up.
Published 3 months ago by raypal45
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 ½ stars. Wonderful story. Problem with audiobook narrator’s...
I think my favorite trope is seeing a character change - like this. Gilly was small, skinny, shy, quiet, and obedient - doing whatever his overbearing uncle and others told him... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I thoroughly enjoy all books by Georgette Heyer and this is no exception.
Published 4 months ago by Shirley M. Pence
5.0 out of 5 stars foundling
Satisfying plot when the worm turns and comes into his own. Good characterization. All the loose ends are nicely tidied up.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great and adventurous.
This is Heyer at her best. I have been a fan of her entertaining stories since I was a school girl. she never disappoints!
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book ever written
I laughed my a** off. Funny, cunning, witty and all around excellent characterization. Ms. Heyer, I am a fan for life.
Published 6 months ago by C. villaroel
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More About the Author

Author of over fifty books, Georgette Heyer is the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists, making the Regency period her own. Her first novel, "The Black Moth," published in 1921, was written at the age of fifteen to amuse her convalescent brother; her last was My Lord John. Although most famous for her historical novels, she also wrote eleven detective stories. Georgette Heyer died in 1974 at the age of seventy-one.

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