Classics Book Club: The Wingless Bird by Catherine Cookson
Even the approach of Christmas 1913 fails to excite the restless Agnes Conway, the twenty-two-year-old manager
of her feckless father's adjoining sweet and tobacconist shops. There are dark secrets in Arthur Conway's past, and
these come tragically to light when Agnes's younger sister becomes pregnant by one of the notorious Felton
brothers. And Agnes herself has a secret, which she knows she must keep from her father: an attachment to
Charles Farrier, son of a local landowner, who outrages his own pious family by proposing marriage… But Charles is
not the only man who shapes Agnes's future, for his brother Reginald makes no secret of his admiration for her,
although she could not have foreseen how significant a part he was to play in her destiny...