Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Katie
What they say: In 1934, Anne Foster, the wife of a British Army Officer, privately harbouring pain and remorse, sets sail from Bombay on a fateful journey home, a letter from a charismatic stranger — orphanage superintendent, Reverend Ezra Burroughs — in her pocket.
Seventy-six years later, Connie Burroughs, Ezra’s daughter, now in her nineties and in a care home, still lives in fear of her dead father. She guards his secrets loyally, but with a lifetime of regrets.
Sarah Jennings, escaping an unhappy marriage, moves to be near her ageing father. She buys Cedar Lodge, the crumbling former home of the Burroughs family, a renovation project she hopes will bring peace of mind to trying times. But she’s not prepared for the shocking secrets she uncovers. Determined to track down the past, Sarah embarks on a quest to expose the chilling events that took place at Ezra Burroughs’ orphanage in the 1930s; a quest that will ultimately change her life.
What we say: “The Foundling’s Daughter, set in England and India, is a hugely engaging and absorbing novel focusing on three generations of women spanning from the 1930’s to present day. The plot centres around the now neglected, Cedar Lodge, the Burroughs family and the historic events surrounding their family run Orphanage. From the very start you are drawn into the lives of Sarah, Connie and Anna, as they struggle to navigate their own personal obstacles, and for some of them, their connections to the devastating secrets of the past held within the walls of the house.
Ann Bennett creates an immediate sense of intrigue and suspense making it difficult not to race through the book in order to discover its outcome. It jumps smoothly between time periods for each of the characters, and the steady build up of twists and turns in the plot makes this novel exciting and moving until the very end. Bennet conjures up an excellent sense of place, it’s easy to understand her interest and connection to India and she excels in the ability to present interesting and relatable characters. I shall definitely be passing this book on and reading any of her other titles.”
The Foundling’s Daughter by Ann Bennett is available from many good high street bookstores and online from Amazon.
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