Annabelle LaGrange is a sheltered little girl, brought up in a rich country home,
and very much a daddy's girl.
That is until one fateful day when she uncovers secrets about her
father, a glassworks manufacturer, that change her opinion of him forever.
With only her father's groomsman, Manuel (Brenden Coyle–love him in this!)
as a best friend growing up, Annabelle is unaware of rumors
of her actual parentage until fast forward ten years when she turns 17.
Her world comes crashing down when in a fit of anger her father tells her she is
actually the daughter of a harlot house Madam. Her prospective suitor
overhears and assures her no one will marry her now,
This week's Costume Drama Spotlight is on the 1995 adaptation of
The Glass Virgin
Her father meets with an untimely accident and no one else is willing to take her in so
Annabelle is forced to leave behind her privileged world and convince
Manuel to take her with him so she can find some kind of work to do.
Not that she has ever done a stitch of it in her lifetime.
He reluctantly agrees to help her and so goes this story.
Full of adventures and heartbreak,
trials and love born from true friendship,
I found this story to be very engaging and I was really rooting
for this girl to get a new life together and overcome the obstacles she faced.
It reminded me just a little of Tess of the D'urbervilles–only with a better ending :)
Two for one today, folks!
The second spotlight is the 1997 adaptation of another
Catherine Cookson novel:
The Wingless Bird
Agnes Conway is a shop girl in the time period around WWI [think Downton Abbey :)].
She comes from a middleclass working family.
Her father is an alcoholic with a raging temper.
Her sister gets herself pregnant and in trouble.
Her mother depends on Agnes to run the family businesses.
And Agnes is always the one called on to fix her family's troubles.
Then one Christmas Eve into the sweets shop pops Charles, a rich gent and journalist.
She falls in love.
So does he.
There are family obstacles to overcome on both sides due
to such an unequal match.
Charles has a brother.
He meets Agnes and let's just say, he understands how
his brother came to fall in love with her.
They become just friends.
Then the war happens.
One brother joins the army.
The other one remains at home, a conscientious objector.
Sickness and other trials happen.
And through it all, Agnes excels.
She is good at defying societal conventions.
She is confidant in who she is.
And rises to the challenges thrust her way.
This is a thoroughly charming story, and while yes, it is rather slow paced,
I thought that fact added to the quiet allure of this film.
It has a very satisfying love story woven throughout.
And I feel like I really do step back into
a bygone era whenever I
I would highly recommend seeing either or both of these,
and as always I'm interested in what you think and if you've seen or read either of these!!!