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Demelza (The Poldark Saga #2)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  915 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Demelza Carne, the impoverished miner's daughter Ross Poldark rescued from a fairground rabble, is now his wife. But the events of these turbulent years test their marriage and their love.

Demelza's efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry - and her husband - bring her confusion and heartache, despite the joy in the birth of their first child. Ross begins a bitter struggl
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Paperback, 528 pages
Published June 6th 2008 by Pan MacMillan (first published 1946)
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Rebecca Huston
This one picks right up where Ross Poldark leaves off. All sorts of romantic entanglements, a christening party goes hysterically wrong, a new arrival throws a couple into a tragedy, and be sure to keep the hankies handy. Very well written, full of twists and surprises, and what I really like in historical fiction, characters that you like in spite of themselves. Four stars overall, and very much recommended.

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Mary
What can I say. Demelza has been with me for the past few days and I feel so sad that it's come to an end.
I found this book so engrossing the Sunday dinner was almost late.
Jud made me laugh when he walked down the isle of the church during evensong a little worse for drink!
It's made me chuckle and some parts were very moving with the plight of Mark Daniel.
The ending was so very sad to and I did feel for Demelza!
This book is so much better than the drama. You get a real feel for the charaters, th
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Grace Elliot
Starts with a birth and ends with a death!
I was so enthralled by book 1 in the Poldark series (Ross) that I just had to read book 2 (Demelza) to find out if Demelza was pregnant or not! Well, I guess the title of this review gives the game away, but let's just say that Demelza gives birth in a suitably dramatic way.
There is so much to love about the Poldark books; be it the wonderfully evocative characters or the gritty realism of the social setting. What keeps me reading is Ross and how he is
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K
The Poldark series rocks. I didn't give it five stars, because it's not earthshattering, but like its predecessor, "Demelza" is a solid four stars. A good read, well-written, absorbing, interesting characters and relationships, etc.
Susan
Re-read. As excellent as I remember when I first read it years ago and a few times in between. Characters are so well drawn they seem like real people who you would love to go visit. Wonderful setting in Cornwall as well.
Richard Vobes
So this is the second book in the line of Poldark stories by the fabulous Winston Graham (sadly no longer with us). I read a little about his approach to writing this book from his autobiography 'Memoirs of a Private Man'. He spent a lot of time thinking and many rewrites to parts of the novel. As a self-publish author, I read and listen to blogs and podcasts telling me the importance of getting new books out quickly in order to gain traction on the online retailers web sites, but what I love ab ...more
Vikki
I chose to read Demelza, the second in the Poldark series by Winston Graham, for the Cornish Reading Challenge.

If you haven't heard about Poldark yet, where the hell have you been? The brand new series, starring Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark, is currently showing on BBC One (Sundays at 9pm). The show covers the first two books in the series.

I fell in love with the world of Poldark as soon as I picked up the first book, Ross Poldark. Due to my love for Cornwall, I knew I would adore everything abo
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Andrew
Feb 17, 2015 Andrew rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of family saga, Cornish setting and historical fiction
This book opens in May 1878. Demelza, who married Ross Poldark at the end of the first book is about to give birth to her first child. The early scenes in and around Nampara include some great dialogue in the local dialect.

I like the way this book deals with aspects of the mining, especially the economic difficulties created by the low prices paid by processors of the ore. Interwoven into this are the food riots of the time. These combining to give an historically accurate insight into the socia
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Elizabeth Woodham
I wish I could write a feisty, absolutely adorable character such as Demelza. The Poldark series is magnificent. Highly recommended and totally addictive.
Kate Sherrod
This 1970s version of the cover of Winston Graham's second Poldark novel, Demelza, keeps cracking me up. I wouldn't have touched it in a million years, with its emphasis on lustiness and defiant love and whatnot. I would though, have been missing out.

As I observed recently, I was sold on the idea of reading these by the BBC TV adaptation (America's Grandest New TV Saga the little green label on this book cover says), but even so was not quite prepared for how much I would like these books, like
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Emma Woodcock
More of the same, and very enjoyable too.

*** MILD SPOILER ***
But am I the only one disturbed by the attitude towards men who kill their wives? One such character I didn't give much thought to, but when there's a second wife killing, and everyone's sympathies are with the killer - that makes me uncomfortable. I realise the author is accurately portraying the attitudes of the time, but that doesn't make it any easier for me to accept. I found it alienating. It brought me out of the story, and mad
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Sarah
This is the second novel in the Poldark series and is set in Cornwall (1788-1790). Turbulent times are ahead with social unrest widespread locally and abroad. Demelza struggles to find her place in society but grows in self-confidence. Ross finds his duties take up much of his time and numerous events affect his temperament. With some wonderful writing of dramatic, poignant and funny moments. The touching story of Mark Daniel and the complications of Verity's life choices. Graham writes thoughtf ...more
Trish Ndabananiye
Having quickly read the first book in the series the others were duly read and considerably quickly for me. Before Poldark I do not think I had made it through a whole book. I would start a book not get very far, put a book mark in. By the time I came back to the story it would require a lot of re-reading until I caught up to where I had left off. This was not the case with the Poldark novels. I have sometimes read into the wee small hours reading not wanting to put the book down. The thing is y ...more
Claire Maycock
A good continuation of an old-fashioned yarn. Definitely dated in places (with a couple of sentences that are pretty shocking to modern readers) but the story is gripping and made me want to read on. Ross Poldark is a very charismatic character.
Evie
This Book Was: Sweet, Complex, Heartbreaking, Well-Written

Content Rating : Rated PG-13 for some violence and general adult themes.
Maturity Rating : Medium Maturity Some more dialect/accented dialogue in this one, but overall an enjoyable read. Vocabulary is moderately advanced for aristocracy but comprehended easily enough.

Would I recommend it? -- Yes

This is the second book in the series, and it is just as well done as the first, albeit with a little bit more of a toned-down nature. If the fir
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Ruthiella
The story doesn’t skip along as well in Demelza as it did in Ross Poldark, but it was still an enjoyable read. The first book set the scene and made the introductions, this sequel continues the major story lines of the first and adds a few new subplots to the saga. Ross makes more enemies among his well-heeled neighbors, in particular the nouveau riche George Warleggen, but hopefully he has made a few allies as well. Demelza learns to be a lady while still retaining her innate charm and earthine ...more
Mandie
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
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Mairi
Well, I'm a little confused, because in the edition I got from the library it was Demelza: books 1 & 2. I have since ordered in books 3 & 4. But so far, I can say that it was quite delightful. There were fewer differences between this book and the series, and the characters are rich and wonderful. The historical detail is a delight as well - I feel as though I have learned about folk songs, dances, card-games, etc. of the era. One mention that caught my fancy, a song called "An old man's ...more
Debbie Johansson
One of the things I've always loved about this series is the characters. Winston Graham is an author who has a wide variety of characters and is a master of being able to get into the heads of each and every one of them. For an male author to successfully create such wonderful female characters is no easy feat, but he manages it so well. Demelza is a terrific character and I love her relationship with Ross. This book begins with a birth and ends in a death. It had me grabbing my tissues. Highly ...more
AJW
It was the BBC series in the 70s that prompted me to read the Poldark books for the first time. I re-read this book about eight years ago and was pleased to discover that Poldark had expanded to 12 books and so I read all twelve. The reason for reading it a third time was that I was on holiday in Cornwall and wanted to read a Cornish novel. Didn't regret it as it evokes the area so well.
Bonnie
Ross Poldark's wife Demelza takes center stage in this second book in the "Poldark" series. She is still finding her way in society and for the most part doing pretty well, though her warm heart and beauty sometimes get her into trouble. There is more than one tragedy in the book, which does an admirable job of portraying the life in Cornwall of the late 18th century.
Ti-Leigh Telford
It took me a while to finish this and I'm not sure why. I've done this before. Ripped through Ross Poldark and get bogged down in the middle of Demelza, never to finish it. Well, once I picked it up again, I couldn't put it down. Graham is so good at characterization. Even though, "dramatic" things happen, it doesn't feel contrived.
ladywallingford
Demelza is quite honestly one of my favorite (if not the favorite) characters in the Poldark saga. The only reason this book does not get five stars is because I cannot stand the Mark and Keren Daniel storyline. I always fast forward through those parts of the book and the miniseries.
Carmelina
In the beginning I struggled with the language in the book. It is a bleak book, as the time and place it is set in life was very hard. The book is mainly about the hardships of the miners and their families; the harshness of the landscape; the difference between the classes etc. I found it hard to warm to the characters except Verity and Demelza.

Also, this is the second book in the Poldark series and whilst reading this one I realised it would probably have been beneficial to have read the first
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Georgiana 1792
Continuano le vicende dei Poldark in quel di Cornovaglia. (view spoiler) ...more
Elsie Klumpner
This is a wonderful series of tales about late 18th century England. The characters are vivid and the history of Cornwall and its fishing and mining industries is fascinating. Only 5 more books to go.
Harpmary
Liked it better than the first. Richer story line and descriptions. Can't wait for the new BBC version of Poldark with Aidan Turner!
Shaye Lowe
I love this continuation of Ross and Demelza's life. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this amazing couple. I cried buckets at the end of this one.
Nancy Bertelson
Great easy read

I love reading about people who are happy. this series has a lot of action but every chapter leaves you with a warm memory.
Karen
What a 2nd book!
It had everything - intrigue, sorrow, joy, history, edge-of-the-seat writing. Beautiful :)
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The Poldark Saga (1 - 10 of 12 books)
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  • Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)
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