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June 15, 2015

Book Review: Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Book 1 in the Poldark Series

BLURB: The enthralling first book behind Poldark, the major new TV series from Masterpiece on PBS...

In the first novel in Winston Graham's hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth-believing Ross to be dead-is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.
Thus begins the Poldark series, a heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. With an unforgettable cast of characters that spans loves, lives, and generations, this extraordinary masterwork from Winston Graham is a story you will never forget.

REVIEW:  I recently watched the New BBC/ Masterpiece theater series verion of Poldark starring Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson and absolutely just fell in love with the series! So naturally when I read that it was based on a series of books I had to read them! So I went and bought a copy of the first novel titled ROSS POLDARK and set right into it.

There are 12 books in all in the series and they all revolve around the Poldark family (hence the name). In book one we meet Ross who is serving in the British Army in the midst of the Revolutionary war in 1783. Ross isn’t your typical Brit most especially not the normal one serving in her Majesty’s army during the war. He does not believe that England is right in it’s confrontation with the American’s, he believes and states that they are fighting on the wrong side is the reason they are losing the war. Ross only entered the army in fact to avoid the hangman’s noose when he was caught brawling and poaching. When given a decision between voluntarily joining the army or hoofing it to meat the hangman Ross wisely chose the lesser of the two evils and chose the army. He is however severely wounded and he returns to England a much changed man in more ways than one. He states to his friends that he grew up while in the army, and he also is still nursing a badly wounded leg and now has a very noticeable scar running down the side of his face.

However much to Ross’s dismay his homecoming to windswept Cornwall becomes anything but the happy one that he had hoped for. He not only finds out that his father died several months before and he received no word of it until it was mentioned by another passenger on the coach ride on his way home. Everyone thought Ross himself was dead and are surprised by his sudden arrival after so long, not least of which is the woman whom Ross loved and hoped to marry upon his return Elizabeth…who he finds out now is about to marry his cousin Francis! His finances are in ruins his fathers estate Nampara is in extreme disrepair it seems as if nothing is going right for Ross at all. But through hard work and determination Ross rebuilds his life and his home and even reopens the Tin/Copper mine that his father owned “Wheal Leisure” which he hopes will not only help him make a living but also is a God send to the out of work miners in the district as well! What all will be in store for Ross now? Will Wheal Leisure be his saving grace? Will he find true love again with an unexpected young miner’s daughter? Or will fortune continue to frown upon him and the loss of his first love continue to haunt him?

Dramatic, funny, heart warming and heart rending in turns Poldark is truly a wonderful novel. And one that I can see myself revisiting again and again (as well as the TV Series!) 

Believe me you need to get this one and find out for yourself. As I said I was first introduced to the books through the series on BBC which was nothing short of AMAZING! I absolute feel completely in love with it and the main stars they were nothing short of stunning in it. I can’t wait until it releases on Blu-ray and DVD in July but you can catch it for yourself starting June the 21st on PBS as it will be showing there on Masterpiece Theater! DON’T MISS IT. It is truly fabulous I loved it as much or more than Outlander the series which I you know me you know I head over heels for. So that should tell you how great Poldark is. The book is great as well and you do get a bit more info than you do in the series naturally as there is more time to flush out certain story lines and there are a few minor changes but nothing major at all. All in all I thought that the series was extremely faithful to the books so far and I can’t wait for season two which is set to start filming in September!!! I have already pre-ordered my copy of Series 1 when it comes out on Bluray and DVD in July!

I also couldn’t wait to jump right into the second book in the series Demelza which I am reading now, and will be reviewing very soon when I finish it! It's really good so far too!!!

Not only all this but for those of you who like clean reading and viewing Poldark is! No bad language to speak of and no explicit sex scenes or nudity either. So the whole family can read or watch! 

GET POLDARK!!! And be sure to watch the series!!! You won’t be sorry I you love a good historical fiction / historical romance. 


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