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Bella Poldark (The Poldark Saga #12)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  1,061 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Cornwall, 1818-1820

In the 12th and final novel of Graham's acclaimed series, which debuted in 1945, the Poldark and Warleggan families continue to feud and try to deal with personal losses and social unrest after the Napoleonic wars. (Earlier "Poldark" books were made into a popular Masterpiece Theater series in the 1970s.) As the story opens, Valentine Warleggan's patern
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 2nd 2003 by Pan Publishing (first published May 1st 2002)
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May 29, 2016 Laurie rated it it was amazing
I finally finished the 12th and last book in the Poldark series. If real life hadn't dared to interfere I probably would've finished long before now.

After 12 books I've grown so attached to these characters that it will be difficult to leave them behind even though the thought of reading something new and different is a very healing balm.


Bella Poldark focuses on the trials and tribulations of Ross and Demelza's youngest daughter. She has inherited her mother's love of music and ha
Apr 14, 2016 Piper rated it it was amazing
Wow!! What a glorious and amazing journey this has been!! From the first book in this Poldark series to the last— twelve installments in all, I remained enraptured and enthralled by the remarkable characters created by Winston Graham. He is a master at weaving stories of love, loss, prosperity, heartache, rivalry, mystery, family, war— I could go on and on.

Centering around the life of Captain Ross Poldark and his beautiful (both inwardly and outwardly) wife, Demelza, the author stirs the reader
Jun 24, 2010 Jodi rated it it was amazing
It isn't that the book is a 5 star book, though it was great. It's that the series was amazing. I started reading this series when I was 12. I watched the two seasons on Masterpiece Theatre and fell in love. When we went to Toronto I bought all the books with the Masterpiece Theatre covers. I practiced my British accent and fell in love with Cornwall. When my parents took us to England when I was about 19, my request was that we go to Cornwall and it was everything I could have imagined. I didn' ...more
I've just finished the Poldark series and at this very instant, I'm wondering how I can get on with a different book or story! Oh, I know I will as I cannot stay without reading. I started slow with Ross Poldark in August and still slow with Demelza in September but I read the next 10 with such a frenzie in less than 2 months. I breathed the Poldark world for every minute of my days. I didn't always give a 5 star to all the books as I found some more compelling than others. I would say that my t ...more
Apr 17, 2016 Janet rated it it was ok
This was my least favorite of all 12 books in the series. The serial killer was ridiculous, as was the cigar-smoking ape. Bella's career didn't really interest me, so this one was hard to get through.
I was very disappointed and wonder, as someone has suggested, if a ghost writer wrote it.
Mar 22, 2016 Lesley rated it liked it
I am a die hard fan of the Poldark Novels, indeed, of everything Winston Graham wrote. I first read 'Ross Poldark" aged 16 and was enraptured from the start. The Cornish countryside lovingly described, the characters believable, lovable or hateful, fully recognisable despite the setting of the 18th Century. So it is with dismay that I have to say that this book was ill- conceived. And unecessary too.
Here is my first problem. Bella Poldark is described, quite a lot in the novels prior to this one
Feb 15, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was amazing

I finished the series with a tear in my eye. So much enjoyment; so much unfinished business.

Apparently WG announced that this would be the last book (at least he did in the edition I was reading). Maybe he was sick (he died the year after it was written), but I can't understand why he did not want to continue the story. Of Bella we at least get a hint of her future, but what about Harry? What about Selina and little Georgie? What about the increasingly wonderful Harriet, with her
Mar 02, 2015 KOMET rated it really liked it
In this novel, the lives of the Poldark Family come full circle. As the title suggests, the novel is centered on the youngest daughter, Bella, who has her heart set on becoming an operatic singer.

As in all the preceding 11 novels of the series, Graham brings to life here the feelings and sensibilities of early 19th century Cornwall, and by extension, England and Europe in the immediate post-Napoleonic era. The characters are well-drawn and you find yourself, as you read this novel, wanting to kn
Rick Slane
I'm glad it's over. It got a little silly. (view spoiler)
Apr 09, 2016 Fiona rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished. I can't believe I have finished this series I have been reading solidly since... September/October sometime. I read the first one last summer and read a few books in between but finally admitted defeat and just immersed myself in Poldark by the time I read the 4th book.

I've never done this before, I've never read such a long series before (12 books) and never one after the other. Harry Potter is an exception - even so, they are only seven, young adult and I hae only re-read them in
Apr 29, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it
I have just finished re-reading all 12 Poldark novels back to back. It was great to do this and follow the trials and tribulations of one family. A real incite into life in 18th & 19th centuries on a social and historical level but mostly a lovely depiction of the growth of a family, it's losses and gains. I first read Ross Poldark in my early twenties and the others as they were published and have finished my re-read at the age of 50. This time I have been able to relate very much to the fa ...more
Oct 14, 2010 Mech rated it really liked it
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I have read all 12 volumes of the Poldark series. Kind of sad that is the end of a long fun frivolous run of great indulgent stories. I cannot imagine finding another series that was so much fun. Now to go on reading other apparently more useful stuff - but it won't be the same. If you wonder if you ought to start on the Cornwall saga just be aware you might not get out until you finish 'Bella.'
Jul 10, 2015 Debbi rated it really liked it
Well I finished the last book and I must say I was a little disappointed in the ending. I won't go into it as I don't want this to be a "spoiler" review. The last book was excellent and I am going to miss all the Poldarks I've come to know so well over the last couple of months. A must read series for anyone who wants to know about life in England between 1783 - 1815.
May 24, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s over!! I’m so sad!! In a happy way though because that series was well worth the read!! I had serious reservations about reading it because I knew tough shit would happen but in the end, it all comes together in a beautiful way, so I’m really glad I stuck with it. Now.. SPOILER QUESTION I need to get opinions on!!

Ok so what’s with the whole Val hallucination thing? Are we suppose to believe his spirit helped Ross in the fire? That he faked his death? What?! So if anyone has ideas please le
Jeanne Johnston
May 01, 2016 Jeanne Johnston rated it it was amazing
I am somehow pleasantly surprised that we got an ending with no more favorite characters killed off. Not that we weren't given cause to worry a great deal. I had hoped for a simple fade into sunset ending so it at least felt like the story could continue without us, and happily, we got just that. (This is not my usual preference, mind you. I like no loose ends, normally. I just felt too invested in this family to want them to suffer another loss.)

Oddly, George survives, though we can take comfo
May 05, 2016 Caroline rated it it was amazing
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Marina Z.
Aug 26, 2015 Marina Z. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming to an end of this saga, I felt confused and conflicted. I wasn't yet ready to part with Ross and Demelza, but I felt like it was due. So many characters have been introduced, some great, some not so great. Their kids were unique just like their parents and I found that I loved and missed Jeremy the most. He is the only other person besides Demelza and Ross that stole my heart in this series. Bella never quite could even thought I had hopes for her. Clowance also fell in the background pre ...more
May 20, 2016 Jo rated it it was amazing
I will allow my emotions to run riot as this is the final book in the Poldark saga! I have enjoyed every page of this masterpiece. Love the way Winston Graham brings the element of suspense into the later novels. In the final book, written a year before he died, there's a mysterious serial killer! Well it's certainly not Ross or Geoffrey-Charles so who can it be? The clues are flying around! The whole Poldark saga has been a wonderful experience and anyone who takes this journey will be sad that ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Kath rated it it was amazing
This was a real treat, partly as it was a sequel I hadn't realised existed and partly because it was a big fat book that could be really enjoyed. I felt things were really completed this time so it left me satisfied. Excellent writing, characters, story, setting etc.
Helen White
Jun 02, 2016 Helen White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
So this is it. The final book in the series. We've got everything - murder, weddings, death, romance, an ape and some mines. Ross and Demelza are still the centre of the Poldark dynasty with various generations around them. A very fitting finale.
Oct 16, 2013 Gretta rated it it was ok
Cannot believe this was written by Winston Graham - a book that almost destoys his legacy of the superb POLDARK books. It is flat and contrived and has none of the magical small details that bring the other books alive and made them such a success.
So much so that I suspect either an editor or a ghost writer must have written it under his name - after all he was 92 when he was supposed to have written it.
Too much of this ghostwriting using a famous name is going on in publishing today and it is
Ahmad Sharabiani
Bella Poldark (The Poldark Saga #12), Winston Graham
Jan 23, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
I am bereft there are no more Poldark books.

Bella Poldark is the very last book, how wonderful that the reader is transported on the beautiful Cornish dream that Winston Graham has woven throughout this series of amazing books. Every book a little triumph of beautiful writing.

I will read them all again & won't dishonour them by leaving it over 30 years again.

I was delighted to find Ross Poldark was still that mysterious, compelling & deliciously handsome man I knew from my teens &
Aug 05, 2016 Judith rated it it was amazing
I've finally read all 12 books in the Poldark's series and thoroughly enjoyed each and every book, I will certainly miss all of the characters. Book 11, the Twisted Sword was a real tear jerker. Maybe they are all living somewhere in a parallel universe, carrying on with their lives still, I would like to believe so. The author, Winston Graham was a marvelous writer, bringing to life the characters and Cornwall in great detail. I'm looking forward to the continuation of the BBC production of the ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Christina rated it it was ok
I thought this was the weakest of the Poldark novels, and definitely a disappointing finale. Far too many new characters were introduced (looking at you, Prideaux and Essie) to no real purpose, and then there was the ludicrous and completely unnecessary Jack the Ripper-esque subplot. Not to mention that I honestly did not care one whit about Bella's singing career, and just skimmed over all those chapters. Still a fairly enjoyable reads, but I guess I expected the last novel to wow me and this j ...more
May 08, 2016 Annie rated it really liked it
I loved the Poldark series. This book -- not my favorite.
I felt like it meandered all over the place. Glad that Clowance finally found happiness.
Bitterly disappointed in the way Ross and Demelza's relationship was left. I agree with a previous comment here that perhaps it was written that way from WG's point-of-view as a man rather than how it would have been written from a female author. I thought that Ross and Demelza had a solid and comfortable relationship despite the ups and d
Julie Shaw
May 28, 2014 Julie Shaw rated it it was amazing
Loved how Winston Graham has brought to light the offspring of the original characters and how the paths they take that delightfully wraps up and twists around and ends up all is well with the Poldark clan and hope for their future finding new pathways and new adventures. I was a bit sad when it ended and that this is the final chapter of the Poldarks and Enyses, Warleggans, the Carnes, etc. Loved every moment of reading this book and satisfied with the ending and wanting more but ended just rig ...more
Helena R-D
May 20, 2015 Helena R-D rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a satisfying conclusion to the end of this tempestous series. The murder plot was a bit odd, since it felt like it just came out of nowhere. Otherwise, I thought that it was great that Clowance got over her love of that sleaze bucket Stephen to marry a decent guy and Bella's career taking off in a different direction than she had expected.

I actually had a bit of sympathy for Valentine and his attachment to the monkey that seemed to be one of the few things that actually gave him unconditi
Linda B
May 01, 2016 Linda B rated it really liked it
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Winston Graham was the author of forty novels. His books have been widely translated and the Poldark series has been developed into two television series, shown in 22 countries. Six of Winston Graham's books have been filmed for the big screen, the most notable being Marnie, directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Winston Graham was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1983 was awarded the O.B ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Poldark Saga (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1)
  • Demelza (Poldark, #2)
  • Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)
  • Warleggan (Poldark, #4)
  • The Black Moon (Poldark, #5)
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