The Wingless Bird Author:Catherine Cookson "The Wingless Bird" is a sweeping romantic saga told by one of the world's most beloved storytellers. Set in her native northern English countryside, this heartwarming tale tells the story of one of Cooksone's most unforgettable heroines, Agnes Conway, a woman who manages to overcome the difficult circumstances in her life to find her just rewar... more »d in the healing power of love.
Agnes Conway is twenty-two years old as the novel unfolds in December 1913. With rumors of war rumbling throughout Europe, young Agnes is determined to make a better life for herself. She works selflessly for your loutish father and dreary mother in the family's candy adn tobacco stores, while her pampered younger sister, Jessie, attends secretarial school. When Jessie becomes pregnant out of wedlock by one of the town's ruffians, the family's outlook seems sure not to improve.
It is only by chance that Agnes come to meet the high-born, well-to-do Charles Farrier, who offers Agnes a glimpse of a world far different from her own. When Charles shocks his family and takes Agnes as his bride, Agnes begins to feel that her virtuous life has been rewarded. But the cruel realities of war and illness cut short Agnes's hard-won happiness, and test her resilience and courage.« less