The Glass Virgin

The Glass Virgin

by Catherine Cookson
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The Glass Virgin by Catherine Cookson

Annabella Lagrange had the kind of childhood that most can only dream about. The only child of an aristocratic couple, raised on their magnificent estate in the English countryside, she was loved by her parents and coddled by servants who acquiesced to her every whim. She was allowed to do anything she wanted, except, of course, to stray too far from her wing of the house. But her seclusion didn't concern her too much, because when she grew up, she planned to marry her handsome cousin Stephen and live happily ever after.

However, on the morning of her tenth birthday, Annabella ventured farther than she'd ever gone before. Overcome with curiosity, she opened a forbidden door that led into her father's private quarters, and what she found there showed her with shocking clarity that her father was not the man she thought he was. And though she couldn't know it at the time, the events of that day set in motion the uncovering of a secret that had been kept for many years.

So begins the remarkable story of Annabella Lagrange, a sensitive, beautiful young woman who was raised as a lady. But when she turns eighteen, she learns the surprising circumstances of her birth, and her entire world quietly crashes around her. Suddenly she's forced from the genteel surroundings of her youth into the rough, lower-class society of Victorian England, where only her quick wit and determination can save her from starvation.

Catherine Cookson was one of the world's most beloved writers, and in The Glass Virgin her powers are at their height. Rarely has a heroine been portrayed more sensitively or a situation more compellingly. Filled with passion and drama, The Glass Virgin is a rare treat for lovers of romantic fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416577263
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/14/2007
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 523,623
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Catherine Cookson lived in Northumberland, England, the setting of many of her international bestsellers. Born in Tyne Dock, she was the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished woman, Kate, whom she was raised to believe was her older sister. She began to work in the civil service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married a local grammar school master.
Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer, in 1968 her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award, her readership quickly spread worldwide, and her many bestselling novels established her as one of the most popular contemporary authors. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998, having completed 104 works.

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Glass Virgin 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I read any book from Catherine Cookson, and after this one I want to read more of her books. I recently read the Gift from Danielle Steel, which I really liked. but I love The Glass Virgin the most. You always see stories like these in movies, but it's so much more exciting to read them first and then watch them. Cookson has a very unique way of writing , and every little thing she described in the book I was able to imagine it and picture it in my head, and I enjoy when I am able to do that with a book. Iam recently 18, and not many people, like me, enjoy reading books. I have read at least 20 books from different authors like Danielle Steel, Gary Paulsen, Judy Blume and others. Out of all of these I can assure I would love to read this book over again. It was excellent and I loved it.
Magdalena25 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story. A true page turner and the plot has many twists and turns, it keeps you guessing till the very last line. Oh and Manuel, what an interesting character :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book with a good story line and characters that you love. I would strongly recommend this book to people who love history, intrigue, and romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story, but a bit distracting with misspelled words all throughout the book . The heroine also annoys with exclaiming , "Oh, Manuel Manuel!!" About a hundred times the last few chapters . Despite this , I would recommend this book.
lorrib More than 1 year ago
this was one of the first Cookson books I read 40 or so years ago as a teenager and is still one of my favorites. The story of how Annabella leaves her home to join Manual on the road is so realistic one can almost feel the grime. I especially love the part where she and Manual are hired by the Fairbairns and what happens to them both at that farm. Manual is a true romantic hero in the old sense of the word--compassionate, kind, protective--and yet is far from a saint--witness his visits to Crane Street and his periodic drunkenness. But I loved him when I was 16 and still do
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Yes, this book was strangely weird but it was such a great read. There's parts in there that'll have you stunned and even surprised. If you like a little romance, there's that.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Annabella Lagrange has grown up as an overly protected aristocrat. She was never allowed to go outside the gates of her home Redford Hall though once she saw rioting children assault the grounds. She learned when she was younger that her parents were estranged as her father was a womanizer who lived in a different house. Her mother was a pious individual who showered religion on Annabella as if she must save her daughter¿s soul from the devil or her philandering husband, but never displayed one iota of affection or love towards her child........... Now seventeen, Annabella¿s gilded cage collapses when her father finally bankrupts her mother¿s Rosina's glass factory. Her personal life implodes too as Annabella finds out that Rosina is not her mother; that her biological mom is a local madam that her father impregnated. Annabella begins her new life far from wealth as a farmhouse maid with only handsome Manuel Mendoza willing to help her adjust............... This Edwardian tale is vintage Catherine Cookson at her best as the deceased author places her heroine in an extreme makeover in which the probability is that she will not survive. The bottom seems endless as one nasty revelation after another sends a formerly pampered Annabella into the working world. As she slowly adapts she falls in love, but her social upbringing remains part of her personal frame of reference so can she truly find happiness with a working class stiff? Though some readers will detest the myriad of sidebars that describe social conditions in Edwardian England, Ms. Cookson continues to be the best chef for cross-class historical tales of that era even several years after her death..................... Harriet Klausner