The Love Child Author:Catherine Cookson Set in the late 19th century, this sage tells of the love between Nathaniel and Maria. Together they have six children, and to all appearances they are a caring and proud family. But they never married, and as a result their children are scorned and treated as outcast. The family persevered in spite of this difficult existence, but the commitmen... more »t to surmount the stigma of illegitimacy is strongest in Anna Dagshaw, the eldest daughter.
As Anna enters womanhood, she is determined to overcome the legacy of her birth and the challenges it continually brings her. Having spurned all romantic involvements for fear that she will be subjected to innuendo and merciless ridicule, Anna finally meets and falls deeply in love with Timothy, a wealthy and little-understood man whose pain and hardship match her own. Vivid story showing cross-section of 19th century English life, dramatic example of human curelty and the restorative power of love.« less