The Wingless Bird Author:Catherine Cookson The Wingless Bird is a sweeping romantic saga told by one of the world's most beloved storytellers, Catherine Cookson. — Set in her native northern English countryside, this heartwarming tale tells the story of one of Cookson's most unforgettable heroines, Agnes Conway, a woman who manages to overcome the difficult circumstances in her life just ... more »reward 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 her loutish father and dreary mother in the family's candy and 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 comes 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.
The Wingless Bird has all the wonderful qualities that readers of Catherine Cookson have come to expect -- gripping drama, tender romance, and rich, true-to-life characters. And in Agnes Conway, readers are introduced to a remarkable heroine whose dignity and strength enable her to perserve and, finally, to triumph.« less