The Glass Virgin by Catherine Cookson

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Title: The Glass Virgin by Catherine Cookson

Premise:

This 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.

My thoughts:

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.

I thoroughly disliked Annabella’s father.  There are a few choice words that I could use to describe him, but since I’d like to keep this blog family-friendly, I’ll just say he’s a jerk.  I have a hard time reading stories with such morally corrupt family members, so that aspect of the book was a real challenge for me.  Manuel, on the other hand, is the kind of man all of us ladies dream about.  He’s one of the kindest, most selfless men you’ll ever meet in a novel.  I heart him.

I recommend The Glass Virgin to ladies who enjoy romantic stories that are full of intrigue.  Because of the sexual themes in this book, though by no means explicit or distasteful, I’d say it’s best suited for adults.

Possible Objections:

  • Some bad language
  • Mention of some anatomy, but only a handful of times
  • No explicit sex scenes, but it’s inferred in a few places
  • Several times prostitution is talked about

Rating: 4 Stars

Until next time…

Lori

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