The Glass Virgin by Catherine Cookson

Glass Virgin

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The Glass Virgin is a story about a young lady named Annabella who was raised to be a lady, but finds out that her parents are not who she thinks they are.  Believing herself to be unwanted by her adoptive parents, she flees and ends up on the road with her family’s groom.  He has been her faithful companion and friend since she was ten years old, so he looks out for her when she is alone.  Annabella must adapt to life as a common worker and toughen up so that she can survive in her new role.  As Manuel, the groom, and Annabella find themselves in various places, their unusual relationship causes some problems.  There are also some issues with other people that cause them to seek new employment.  Though Manuel has loved Annabella all along, her romantic attachment to him develops gradually.  There are many twists to the story that I haven’t told you about, because I don’t want to give it all away.

This was a very interesting read.  It kept me hooked and I finished it fairly quickly.  The characters were interesting, the writing good, the plot complex, and the author’s understanding of human nature masterful.  Because of the sexual themes in this book, though by no means explicit or distasteful, I’d say this book is for adults.  I would also say that it would appeal more to the ladies.

Possible Objections:

  • There is some bad language–not a ton, but enough.
  • There is mention of some anatomy, but only a handful of times.
  • Though there are no explicit sex scenes, it is inferred in a few places.
  • Several times prostitution is talked about.

Rating: 4 Stars


Until next time…




The Glass Virgin – Movie 1995


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