Book 2 of the beloved Poldark novels • A forthcoming major new series on Masterpiece™ on PBS®
In the enchanting second novel in Winston Graham’s beloved Poldark series, Demelza Carne, an impoverished miner’s daughter Ross Poldark rescued from a fairground brawl, now happily finds herself his wife. But the events of these turbulent years test their marriage and their lov...more
At the back of his mind, Ross was aware of the sound of wind rushing about in the distance. Once, when he glanced out of the bedroom window, his eyes confirmed that the swell had, in fact, quite broken up and the sea was stippled with white-lipped waves, which crossed and recrossed each other in confusion, running heedlessly, colliding, and breaking up into wisps of futile spray. The wind was as yet only gusty on the land, but here and there eddies rushed over the...more
This is one of my favorites out of all the Poldark books. In this installment, Ross Poldark and Demelza are now happily married and giving birth to their first child, Julia. She struggles with the marriage because there are great challenges including Elizabeth’s shadow over Ross. Even though Elizabeth is married to Francis, she will never forget that Ross once loved her and she’s determined to create the best marria ...more
Demelza, meanwhile, conspires on Verity’s behalf to do something about her ...more
5 radiant stars! I thought I could perhaps get hooked on the Poldark series, but Demelza, the second book in the series, really sealed the deal for me! There is absolutely no turning back now – I am thoroughly invested in the lives of these complex characters. Winston Graham breathes so much life into each and every one that you feel as if you’ve already known these folks for a long time. You live with them, you love them, you ...more
After it finished, I wanted to immediately read the third book in the ...more
I am completely engrossed in this series now. This is the second book in the Poldark series which was first published back in the 1940's. I was encouraged to read the books after first watching the recently released television series on BBC.
The series centers around the life of Ross Poldark, who is a dark and broody character, arrogant and strong, yet often overly compassionate in his nature. It is the late 1780's and he has returned from war to his home in Cornwall, England, only to fin ...more
Demelza is the second book in the Poldark Series by Winston Graham. This story builds beautifully upon the first book in the series. Ross Poldark, returning to the ruins of his beloved family estate ...more
What I find really interesting is for a normal page to screen adaptation, it follows a book per series format.
But with this show they’d opted for a two novels per season.
That’s a 500+ page novel condensed to just 4 episodes!
The reason why these books are so popular is due to the strength of both the characters and the setting they find themselves in.
Cornwall is really vividly brought to life ...more
Hard to decide which is better the books or the tv adaption because they are both amazing, for real!
Love all the characters, especially Demelza, Ross and Verity...don't really care for Elizabeth, Francis or George much though.
"Sometime soon." He had no heart to argue with her.
The sun shone full upon her face, showing the thin cheeks and the pallid skin.
"When something happens," she said, "like what has just happened to us, it makes all our quarrels seem small and mean, as if we were quarreling when we hadn't the right. Didn't we ought to find all the friendship we can?"
"If friendship is ...more
What I love the most about this story is that every character is fully developed and very real. No one is always right, no one always wrong. They do things without fully understanding the consequences of their actions; they ...more
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 ...more
As the title states clearly, this is Demelza's book. She was a waif and an emerging woman in the first book, but this book sh ...more
"The stars moved up the sky, climbing and turning on their endless roundabout. A gentle wind stirred and sighed among the bracken and the brake, stirred and moved and then lay down again to sleep. A cricket began to saw among the gorse, and somewhere overhead a nighthawk cried."
I highly recommend for those who like historical fiction!
Addictive! This is the word to describe what happens when you start reading the first book in this
series. Winston Graham has written historical fiction at its best. Cornwall in the end of the 18th century, where people are mainly depending on the tin and copper mines.
The story starts when Ross, a young man from the higher classes, but without money, comes back after having fought in the American wars. Being rather disillusioned ...more
This is book 2 in the Poldark series, so the following may contain some spoilers in relation to the events of book 1, though I've tried to keep them minimal. Read on at your own risk!
Here Demelza begins to really bloom into herself. She begins to gain confidence, both in her marriage and within society, finding that she can hold her own against uncharitable people, and discovering, to her amazemen ...more
What an interesting, complicated and very likeable character Demelzer is, she is at the core of this excellent second instalment of the Poldark series, and I loved reading about how she grows into her role as the Ross’s wife, adapts to the situations she finds herself in, and copes with the trials and tribulations which beset her.
She’s sometimes a little headstrong, perhaps doesn’t always think things through, but there’s usually always a good intention behind her actions.
To enter into the w ...more
I found this book so engrossing the Sunday dinner was almost late.
Jud made me laugh when he walked down the aisle 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 too and I did feel for Demelza!
This book is so much better than the drama. You get a real feel for the charaters, ...more
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I have two gripes that kept me from giving it 5 stars:
Firstly, my 21st-century sensibilities were ruffled by the sprinkling of patriarchal commentary found throughout. I get that we're in the 18th century and that the author was in the 1940's but did every single female character have to have drank the kool-aid?
He must do as he chose and she, at whatever disappointment, must accep...more
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