The Glass Virgin

The Glass Virgin

by Catherine Cookson (Author)


Annabella Lagrange grew up believing she was the sheltered only daughter of a wealthy family. As a child she did not find it unusual that her parents lived at opposite ends of their magnificent country estate, or that she was never taken beyond the gates. But at seventeen Annabella is horrified to learn that she is not a lady-to-be, but the daughter of a local whorehouse madam. No longer having any claim to the upper class for which she has been raised, and unable to deal with the truth, she runs away. When her childhood confidant Manuel Mendoza finds her, he helps her begin a new existence as a farmhouse maid with an invented past. And as Annabella grows from a young girl into a woman she must unlearn everything she has been taught about the lower classes, about love, and about what it really means to be a lady ...


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 544
Publisher: Corgi Books
Published: 02 Jan 2008

ISBN 10: 0552156671
ISBN 13: 9780552156677
Book Overview: Set in rural Edwardian England, The Glass Virgin is a lavish, romantic upstairs-downstairs drama from a skilled chronicler of the human heart

Author Bio
Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, whom she believed to be her older sister. She began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master. Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby Award for the best regional novel of 1968 - her readership quickly spread throughout the world, and her many bestselling novels established her as one of the most popular of contemporary women novelists. After receiving an OBE in 1985, Catherine Cookson was created a Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow of St Hilda's College, Oxford, in 1997. For many years she lived near Newcastle upon Tyne. She died shortly before her ninety-second birthday, in June 1998.