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(The Poldark Saga #4)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  8,277 ratings  ·  604 reviews
Cornwall, 1792-1793. Ross Poldark plunges into a speculative mining venture which threatens his financial security and his stormy marriage to Demelza. When the old attraction between Ross and Elizabeth begins to rekindle itself, Demelza retaliates by becoming dangerously involved with a Scottish cavalry officer.
Paperback, 490 pages
Published September 8th 2016 by Pan Books (first published 1953)
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Tanya Is it really "slut shaming" or just lack of sympathy? Winston Graham doesn't give us more insight into her character until The Four Swans and The Angr…moreIs it really "slut shaming" or just lack of sympathy? Winston Graham doesn't give us more insight into her character until The Four Swans and The Angry Tide. Up to that point, we see her mostly through the filters of the other characters: primarily Ross and Demelza. What was her motivation in telling Ross that she still loved him and had made a mistake in choosing Francis? Did she later act in a way that she thought would lure Ross to her? Did she change her mind when confronted with the angry, jealous Ross? How did she feel that night after Ross left? We see NONE of that from her point of view. Readers are led to feel what the author wants them to feel and there was little effort on Winston Graham's part for us to feel sympathy for Elizabeth. He did a far better job leading us to Demelza's feelings of loss and betrayal. If one is honest, WG depicts Ross as an imperfect person who makes many mistakes. I personally love Ross the character BECAUSE he's flawed. I muttered "Ross, you ass" more times than I can count while reading the series. But I also believe in redemption (in real-life and fiction) and I think Ross's later dealings with Elizabeth, George, and Valentine are meant to redeem him. (less)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

My idiot self read the 5th book before this one! 😂🤣. I was wondering what the hell was going on when I read the other one! I mean I watch and own the shows but it was still off! Now I know!! Although, I could have skipped this one because this is the one in which Ross made me so mad I wanted to throw him off the roof! But I digress! Moving on ....

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Warleggan. To a member of the Poldark family, the surname Warleggan is the equivalent of coming across a very hungry bear. The Warleggans are phenomenally rich with no intention of stopping their quest for more. And how they do so, as long as it can come under the broad general term of ‘business’, has no moral or ethical claim on their attention. Through both bad choices and bad luck, the Poldarks have been under their thumb many times.

The final straw for Ross Poldark is when Elizabeth, Ross’ fi
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't know if I've ever felt as emotional throughout the entirety of a book as I was with this one! *Gulp*! I must be really caught up in this now; these are like my own people. Some of them I want to sit down to tea with and have a nice heart-to-heart. Others I want to shake until a spot of sense returns. Some of these characters seem like little children that have been led astray- I may be angry with them but deep down I still care.

It’s hard to say too much without giving anything away – I
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

OMFG! I am so hopelessly lost in this series!!! I cannot believe this was written by a man. I so would have loved to have know Winston Graham. A rare exceptional man, I expect. Sensational writing.
``Laurie Henderson
I've given the 4th book in the Poldark series a 5 star rating.

The Poldark's continue to struggle along as Ross sinks every last penny he owns into a last ditch effort to revive the played out mine Wheal Grace, with his cousin Francis as his partner. The treacherous George Warleggan attempts to destroy Ross's life at every opportunity but thanks to a kind deed from an anonymous Good Samaritan he manages to thwart Warleggan's schemes.

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Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this fourth installment of the series, an unexpected tragedy sets off a series of events that could prove disastrous for Ross and his family. When his long-time sweetheart Elizabeth announces that she will remarry to Ross's long-time nemesis George Warleggan, Ross makes a decision in a random moment of anger that threatens to destroy his and Demelza's relationship forever. Can Demelza forgive Ross, or will she try and hurt him in the same way? This book was thrilling installment full of betra ...more
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wish I could give 6 stars for this book. The whole Poldark series is a literary set of gems but this is a standout piece of writing.

I cried reading parts of this book, something very rare for me.

Warleggan has to be one of the most heart wrenching books I have read, it is a beautifully written study of a marriage in crisis - this book shows how cruel people can unwittingly be to those who love them. Winston Graham shows the betrayal,the anger, the disgust - heightened emotions of self doubt, re
I am torn about this installment in the series. The writing continues to be excellent, and the majority of the plot was entertaining. HOWEVER, I'm not sure I can enjoy the continuing storyline ever again after one of the main characters acted so unforgivably, horribly wrong at one point in the story.
Diane Barnes
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's rare that a series gets so much better with each succeeding book, but this one certainly does. I am reading one book a month so as not to get so immersed that I get tired of it, but I'm having a hard time not grabbing the next one right away.
My only problem so far is that I'm pretty sure after reading the next 8 books to complete the saga, I will have to go into mourning for these characters and their small portion of geography on the Cornwall coast.

Always looking to the bright side though,
Diane Lynn
Another excellent addition to the Poldark series. Each book covers about two years of day to day life. Graham's writing is top notch as he portrays life in 1790's Cornwall. This book had a couple of devastating (to me) events occur that I really don't want to even hint at, that would be spoiling. There were high points as well. Worth every one of those 5 stars.
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016, re-read
"It's nearly twelve," he said. "Let us sit up awhile and call it Christmas tonight."

Five stars once again. Winston Graham's writing just never gets old. I truly believe I could read these novels until I've memorized every word and still find them just as raw and emotional as if reading them for the first time.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine installment of the Poldark series, although this one broke my heart "Ross, how could you?!"
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This one was the biggest emotional rollercoaster so far, for me. Lots of highs and lows for our beloved Ross and Demelza, as well as some dear friends. Though there were things here that made me furious at least (view spoiler), so I would be happy for that if nothing else.

This family has me completely ensnared in their lives! I'll be soon picking up The Black Moon, b
After reading a particular incident within this book especially, my opinion of Ross Poldark has darkened greatly. Listening to people brush it off as a folly of poor character is sickening.
The Poldark saga continues, spanning the years 1792-94. Ross and his cousin Francis are trying to keep afloat a mine that they have maintained for some time. But Ross is hard put to get the necessary additional financing and finds himself falling deeper in debt. George Warleggan firmly establishes himself in Cornish society and as an economic powerholder in Cornwall.

The growing power and influence of Warleggan throughout the novel is highlighted, as are the lives of Ross & Demelza, Francis & El
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books
This has been the best one so far for me. I was completely caught up in this book and had a hard time putting it down.
To say I was disappointed in Mr. Ross Poldark's behavior would be the understatement of the year. Wondered if I could really keep reading but I did and loved the ending.
I am becoming dangerously obsessed with these people and their lives.

Winston Graham, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for getting my through the dreadful winter of 2015. You absolutely made it bearable an
Mary Durrant
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better for re-reading!

Ross Poldark's last gamble ......
He risks his happiness with Demelza as he tangles with the powerful Warleggan.

A very moving book with twists and turns over love.
I would recommend reading as the Poldark books have so much social history and are beautifully written.

A powerful moving book!
I loved it!
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ugggghh!!!! This book was a roller coaster!! From "Ross, you idiot!" to "My poor Demelza," to "Oh no, Ross!" and back again!! I was so cared for the ending, but it was beautiful! I cried a few times reading this, and again at the end! I don't want to spoil this one for anyone, because it's such a huge plot twist in the series... but I think this may be my favorite Poldark novel so far!!
So anxious for Aidan and Eleanor to return to it in Series 2 this September! Gaaaahh!!!
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far the most intriguing. The series builds. It is wonderful! Of the characters - sometimes you want to hit Ross over the head even though he's enchanting, and sometimes you want to do the same to Elizabeth because she is not! Not a fan of Elizabeth!
Weronika ★
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“When you bring an idealised relationship down to the level of an ordinary one it isn't necessarily the ordinary one that suffers'.”

With every new part I'm more and more in love with this series.
Can't wait to read the next part. I need more Dwight & Caroline.
Jeanne Johnston
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of things start to pay off here, but also some huge disappointments... Francis, Ross, and... well, Elizabeth was always a bitch, wasn't she? But Verity's life is mostly on track (we have yet to see the new stepdaughter get over herself), and then there's the mine. For good measure, George gets knocked on his arse a couple of times. I'm really hoping there's a good heart attack or stroke in his future.

Brief because I have two books to go and the new series starts this weekend. Whee!
Geo Kwnstantinou
Poor Francis...
Oh Ross what did you do???!!!!
This series is just getting better and better.
Lauren Stoolfire
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am hooked on these books and the adaptation!
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In this, the fourth installment of the Poldark series, George Warleggan intersects further into the Poldark circle. Fortunately, the book still centers around Ross and Demelza, with Dr. Dwight Enys continuing as a very important secondary storyline. If one were to judge Ross and Dwight on their merits--I think Dwight comes out as the more honorable. Because of the superb writing, the characters act in ways that are completely within the boundaries of plausibility. The events and actions may occa ...more
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
Oh, this series keeps getting better and better - what a lovely ending!
The characters are so well drawn and the dialogue is so well thought out.
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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 (FRSL) and in 1983 was invested ...more

Other books in the series

The Poldark Saga (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Ross Poldark (Poldark #1)
  • Demelza (Poldark, #2)
  • Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)
  • The Black Moon (Poldark, #5)
  • The Four Swans (Poldark, #6)
  • The Angry Tide (Poldark, #7)
  • The Stranger from the Sea (Poldark, #8)
  • The Miller's Dance (Poldark, #9)
  • The Loving Cup (Poldark, #10)
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