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The Four Swans (The Poldark Saga #6)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  624 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The sixth book in the legendary Poldark saga. Cornwall, 1795: Although Ross Poldark - now something of a war hero - seems secure in his hard-won prosperity, a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation of a young naval officer for his wife Demelza. All four women - the four swans - whose lives touch Ross' face a crisis in these years. For his wide Demelza, his old lov ...more
Paperback, 581 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by MacMillan UK
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Just finished The Four Swans. Grab yer tissues you are going to need them. Ross finally confronts Elizabeth and is shocked when she infers that Valentine might be his. She also blinked when he said it wasn't much of a forcing. Young Hugh who escaped when Dwight was rescued casts puppy eyes at Demelza and writes her poetry. Ross is jealous of the calf eyes and declarations of love, when quizzed she said she wishes she were two women just once.
Hugh returns to duty but a year after they first met s
Winston Graham really does an excellent job of developing his characters. I see why this series was so popular in Britian. Book #1 was written in 1951, this book (#6) was written in 1976. The main character, Ross Poldark, goes thru a time of depression and the author says it so well in one of the most profound things I have ever read.. "It was not merely his own life but all life that was equally empty and purposeless. People, countless thousands, were hatched upon the earth like maggots every d ...more
Sep 11, 2011 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Bettie, Wanda, Hayes, Jeannette
The Four Swans is the sixth book on Poldark's saga. Who are the four swans? Demelza who unexpectedly finds a new lover; Elizabeth for whom Ross still has a special place in his heart for her, perhaps something else even more important than that; Caroline which marriage takes another step through motherhood; and Morwena with an unhappy marriage with Osborne Whitworth and the special attention given to her by Demelza's brother Drake Cane. As historical background, the Napoleonic war starts to blow ...more
What a crime that this series is so hard to find, and only the first 3 are available as ebooks! Got the first 3 at the library and have had to buy the rest used on Amazon. Shameful! Please read this series. You will love it! Also looking forward to reading his Marnie if I can find it!
Bron Lloyd
Dec 30, 2014 Bron Lloyd rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Reading for the umpteenth time and it's as good as ever!
Mar 31, 2015 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a family saga , set in Cornwall
This is the sixth book in the Poldark series. First published in 1976. It covers the years from 1795 to 1799.

I really liked the way that this book returned to several of the family histories of earlier books. It would probably be worth reading as a one-off, but to appreciate the whole saga to date, I recommend reading the books in order.

This is certainly not a light read in terms of length, being nearly 600 pages.

I like the way the regional history and European history of the times is explored.
Ross Poldark's Four Swans are Demelza (who gains the affections of a Naval Lt); Elizabeth (who must find a clever way of convincing George that she has been faithful and Valentine is their son); Carolina (who has to nurse Dwight back to health, while teaching him to be both a good husband and an acceptable country squire); and poor Rowena (married to the Vicar, but now has a second, younger "Chynoweth" sister as a maid).

Do you want to get transported into another world? Start reading Poldark's,
Helena R-D
It was yet another great addition to the series, taut with tension regarding Drake and Morwenna. I loved it, with the descriptions of the surroundings and how things moved at a steady clip to their conclusion. I can't say that Osbourne was good character, but he is a good villain. Makes George look normal.

I read this one at a pretty fast pace and enjoyed it, because it kept the story going in regards to Morwenna and is still setting up the story between Ross, Elizabeth and George.
Helen White
Winston Graham what are you doing to me? This book perhaps more than the others is a rollercoaster - characters the reader cares about are now hurt, betrayed, cheated, victorious and elevated. On to the next book.
Winston Graham's Poldark books form a classic epic that spans generations. Having seen the televised version of the first books of the series it became a must to read them.
The first eight show that the series ran very closely attuned to the spirit and characters in the novel although momentum does seem to peter out as we get to the later part of the series. It reads very beleiveable and historically accurate and is a good introduction to Cornwall from the 18th century encompassing smuggling and
Marie  Ash-Evans
The Poldark Saga, of which this book is a part, has 12 books to it and I have read every one I can get and will finish the saga after I manage to obtain all of them. It is a historical novel set in 18th century Cornwall England in the copper mining district. It is well written and easy to read; very interesting to read of the social strata, the mores of the society of the day and how they conduct their day-to-day lives. Characters are well-drawn and sympathetic. The saga begins when the main cha ...more
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I know Alistair Cooke hated the Poldark series on Masterpiece Theatre, but I loved it and I loved the books. Great soap opera. And who can resist characters with names like Demelza and Morwenna? and evil reverends with fetishes for feet and toes? Ross Poldark is a hunk
Debbie Johansson
This book sees troubled times for all the main characters in the series. It is certainly not a happy one, but it is well written and emotionally charged, the reader is left wondering how some of the issues will be resolved. Historical romance at its best.
Jeanne Johnston
Only halfway through the series, so I'm obviously not going to finish before the new series starts (tonight!), but I'll at least be ahead of it.

Lots of weirdness here, what with Demelza's infatuation (and more) with Hugh Armitage, Morwenna's sister screwing her husband and then scamming him, the Carne brothers and their determination to pursue the worst women, and Dwight and Caroline having to work way harder at marriage, now they've got it, than I expected (I'm guessing this stems as much from

The wonderful cast of characters continues to develop and grow. Everyone encounters some form of crisis, and watching them all deal with that was fascinating. It felt like the end of the half of the series.
If you love Cornwall you will love the Poldark Novels, but even if you've never been lucky enough to visit Cornwall then through Russ and Demelza you will fall in love with this beautiful County
Tamsin Ramone
Actually one of the best Poldarks so far. I had decided that the series was getting a bit dull and after this book I would stop reading them but now I'm going to jump on eBay and get the next one!
I read these back in the 1970's when Public Television ran their tv series based on these books. These books helped fill those summers with some really enjoyabe reading. I am a TERRIBLE romantic!
This book is rather heartwrenching. No one really ends up happy at the end. But it is wonderfully melodramatic and full of the usual strong and likeable Poldark charachters
Could only give this one 4 stars as it gets into politics quite a bit which is not my favorite subject. Still a wonderful read though and I can't wait for #7!
Shaye Lowe
I was very disappointed in Demelza in this book. She had been my hero until this book. I guess everyone slips but I was still disappointed.
Very good. Pretty exciting.
Elsie Klumpner
Another good chapter in the Poldark saga. The surrounding English and French history is fascinating.
Rereading the series in prep for the remake of the pbs series. Great character driven stories
This series of books are beautiful :)
Vicki Lathim
Had a hard time getting through this book. No action, no suspense, a lot of talking and too many characters. It seems the author ran out of steam with this book. Don't know if I'll continue with the next 6 or not.
I am loving reading this series again!
Michelle Connor
Another brilliant book by Winston Graham. Continuing the Poldark series, it follows the lives of Ross Poldark and his wife Demelza.
Una buena historia, sobre todo por Demelza quien encuentra el amor de una manera inesperada...
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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)
  • The Angry Tide (Poldark, #7)
  • The Stranger from the Sea (Poldark, #8)
  • The Miller's Dance (Poldark, #9)
  • The Loving Cup (Poldark, #10)
  • The Twisted Sword (Poldark, #11)
Ross Poldark (Poldark, #1) Demelza (Poldark, #2) Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3) Warleggan (Poldark, #4) The Black Moon (Poldark, #5)

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