Bookmark’s book of the week is ‘The Last Foundling’ by Tom H Mackenzie.
When she fell pregnant in London in 1938, Jean knew she couldn’t keep her baby. Unmarried, scared and alone, she begged the Foundling Hospital to give her child the start in life that she could not. Still, she was heartbroken when the time came to let him go.
Her little boy, Tom, knew nothing of her love as he grew up in the Foundling Hospital under a regime of harsh discipline, exercise drills, chores, lessons and church. There was no one to give him a hug, no one to wipe away his tears. He was never told that his mother sent him presents for his birthday or that she desperately wanted him back.
Leaving the Hospital at 15, Tom was ill-equipped to cope with the wider world and suffered a series of misadventures until, as a young man, he tracked down the woman who had given him away... and found a true home at last. A deeply moving true story, ‘The Last Foundling’ is a testament to the healing power of forgiveness and love.
The Last Foundling by Tom H Mackenzie, RRP £7.99 – 20 per cent off at Bookmark until Wednesday, March 26 with the voucher in this week’s Spalding Guardian.