Thursday, July 30, 2015

Demelza by Winston Graham

by Winston Graham

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Just released: June 9, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark; Reprint edition
Genre: England, Historical, Romance
Paperback: 432 pages
Rating: 5

Poldark series (in reprint):
Ross Poldark
Jeremy Poldark

First sentence(s):
There could have been prophecy in the storm that blew up at the time of Julia's birth.

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 love. As Ross launches into a bitter struggle for the right of the mining communities, Demelza's efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry (and her husband) place her in increasingly odd and embarrassing situations. When tragedy strikes and sows the seeds of an enduring rivalry between Ross and the powerful George Warleggan, will Demelza manage to bridge their differences before they destroy her and her husband's chance at happiness?

Against the stunning backdrop of eighteenth century Cornwall, Demelza sweeps readers into one of the greatest love stories of all time.

My two-bits:

Loved how this saga continues into the lives of the Poldarks and the folks that revolve around them. It is told in a gentle plodding kind of way. But, just right for capturing the time period and culture.

Per the title, this story has a focus on Demelza who starts to come into her own as an adult, wife and mother. She tries her hand at navigating relationships, like matchmaking, and learns a thing or two.

The story also introduces new characters and reveals more about on-going individual characters bit by bit throughout.

With a soap opera vibe, this storyline is engaging and entertaining due to its cast of characters. Of course, Ross and Demelza being my favorites.

About the author:
Winston Graham is 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 is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and in 1983 was awarded the O.B.E.


* check out the tie-in, Poldark, Masterpiece PBS 7-part special tv series (details)

* added to my COYER challenge/scavenger hunt (details)

* part of my Armchair Summer Travel (details) - check it out to enter Armchair Summer Travel Book Box Giveaway

* review copy and giveaway courtesy of book tour - check out the other stops here for more details on this book and goodies.


  1. Good thoughts! The new Masterpiece series has me so engrossed and has convinced me I need to read the books too! Thanks for sharing your review! :)

  2. love your thoughts i love the show materpiece has wonderful drama`s i love to watch every weekends i am so inlove with poldark watch every week denise smith

  3. Great review. Demelza sounds like a great character. :)

  4. This is a nice review without giving away too many spoilers. I haven’t read Demelza or Poldark yet but have been enjoying the series on PBS. Thank you for participating in the blog tour. I love reading all the different blogs on such a beloved story. I did not know Winston Graham wrote Marnie! This makes me want to research more of his work other than Poldark. A little knowledge can go a long way! Thanks!

  5. I'm so glad you are enjoying these books. I plan to read them after the TV series has ended.

  6. That comment about it having a "soap opera vibe" is what I keep saying about the series and, oddly, I love it. It just works. You care about the characters and want to know more about them. I'm loving the TV series and hoping to get my hands on the books, soon. Sounds like they're totally addictive!

  7. Great series! I can't wait to read the books.

  8. I love this series and would love to read the books. Thanks for your review.
    Carol L
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  9. I can definitely see how these books would have a soap opera feel to them. Isn't there an actual soap opera that's been on the air for 25 years now? If the books span 40, we've got plenty of people to invest in and lots of drama to experience. Thanks for being a stop on the tour! :)

  10. It sounds like there's a ton of drama in this series.

  11. Very nice review. I have enjoyed watching the Masterpiece series and was sorry to see it end. Altho, it was quite the ending. Ross has matured so much since the beginning, and his relationship with Demelza has become a team. Thank you for the chance to win this giveaway.

  12. Loving this series and would love to read the books as well. Thank you for hosting in the giveaway!

  13. The show is so amazing, Im dying to read the books as well! Thanks for posting this great giveaway!

  14. my daughter & I love Sunday nights watching PBS, this show is amazing and we look forward to next season-it can't come soon enough!


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