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.


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