THE STORY OF A CORAM FOUNDLING
A novel about a Foundling girl's journey through life. From her upbringing in Coram's Foundling Hospital to her life as a servant in the opulent world of the Regency aristocracy. Her many loves and her various adventures.
Given 5 stars by two Reader's Favourite reviewers!
I suppose I'd describe myself as the Grandma Moses of the literary world in that I am just about to publish my first book at the age of 47! I've spent the past 28 years of my other life as a telecoms engineer but all of my life devising plots and ideas for many novels. My first stab at writing was at the age of 11, when I was inspired by the 1981 TV adaptation of 'Brideshead Revisited'. It was about a similar romp around a stately home, but unsurprisingly, not up to Evelyn Waugh. I remember falling madly in love with Anthony Andrews, and ironically I worked in his house in Belgravia twenty years later, installing a telephone line. Sadly, he wasn't there at the time.
I was born and have lived and worked in London all my life. My education was woeful, typical of most working class kids of '70's and I could barely read when I started secondary school. I managed to drag myself through the sixth form and two years at Brixton College before working for BT as an engineer where I was (and still am) the only woman working with two hundred blokes!
I know it sounds like an old cliché but my education started when I left school and I truly have been attending the University of Life ever since.
I am now divorced with two beautiful sons, and after the birth of my youngest son in 2009 I took a slightly more sedate role within BT when I managed to convince myself to start writing down some of the ideas for novels that I have had clanging around in my brain for the past forty-odd years. I thought it was better to drag them out before the menopause and then dementia kick in.
My novels are almost all set in the past, as I'm what I describe as a history nut, and are all set in my beloved London, so they unite my two passions. They are all seen from a working-class female point of view and feature the very lowest and down trodden of society like servants and prostitutes or victims of cruelty or abuse.
I hope to give these, so far, voiceless under-class a real voice in a realistic, authentic and un-sanitised depiction of history.
I hope you enjoy some of the yarns that I have devised, for they are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, very adult, and above all entertaining.
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Amy: The History Of A Coram Foundling is written by Angie Northey. Amy began life as an orphan in the Coram Foundling Hospital, where she received very little love, but was given a lot of rules and regulations to follow. Amy always tried her best to be respectful and follow the rules and she was a favorite at the Foundling Hospital. On turning fourteen, her time was up at Coram and she was placed in the Bessborough household. Lady Caroline had mental problems that only Amy could keep in check and Amy was immediately assigned to be Lady Caroline's personal maid. Amy and Caroline became close friends (as much as was allowed between the classes) for many years. John and Freddy Bessborough were Caroline’s brothers and became infatuated with Amy, a girl they both thought was beautiful, sweet tempered and caring. Amy found herself loving both brothers which caused many a problem. Caroline married into the Lamb family and the men of this family also found Amy appealing. Conflict caused her to finally leave Lady Caroline and her next stop was as a housekeeper for Lord Byron, a strange man with odd ideas and he too fell in love with Amy. The many predicaments that Amy finds herself in make this story so enticing and I do not want to spoil the story by telling readers much more.
I loved every one of the many pages of Amy: The History Of A Coram Foundling by Angie Northey. Although it took me a while to read, it was certainly well worth my time. I came to love Amy and her story that spanned the late 1780s of London society. Amy: The History Of A Coram Foundling expertly presents the class system, the politics of the day, and the life of one poor girl to perfection. Angie Northey is a brilliant author who made me feel as though I was immersed in the story and was personal friends with all of the characters. I highly recommend you to read this story as soon as possible because it will not disappoint.
Amy, The Story of A Coram Foundling by Angie Northey is a historical novel telling the story of a woman who sees the glamour and the flashing lights of the haute ton, only to find that even the richest people in society have difficult lives. Amy, the protagonist of the story, did not have an easy life. When she was just three weeks old, she was given to the Coram's Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury, London. There she learnt that working hard was the only way to survive the the hardships, strictness and unpredictability of her life.
When she turned fourteen, she was sent to work as a maid to Lady Caroline Lamb, the mentally unstable daughter of Lady Bessborough. This is when she began to realize that even the rich and successful have to fight for their personal satisfaction, even if they have a lot of money and recognition. She got to see their 'dirty laundry' first hand. This leads her to have a bleak outlook on life. When even the rich cannot find happiness and love, how can a maid like her find it for herself? Will she have the courage to look for it? And if it does find her, will she give love a chance?
Fast-paced with crisp dialogues, the novel took me on a journey all the way back to the Regency era. I enjoyed the fact that the author kept the story, the dialogues, the writing style and the descriptions very close to the era. I loved Amy, I enjoyed her story and I particularly enjoyed her development and growth. The imagery and the “ton” of society were described perfectly; it was all that I would expect them to be like and what they should be like. A really good story line that is very well executed! Very enjoyable.