Review: Ross Poldark AKA My new favorite series

Title: Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787
Author: Winston Graham

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Published: June 9, 2015
Paperback, 400 pages
ISBN: 9781492622079
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher


In the first novel in Winston Graham’s hit series, a weary Ross Poldark returns to England from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth—believing Ross to be dead—is now engaged to his cousin. Ross has no choice but to start his life anew.
Thus begins the Poldark series, a heartwarming, gripping saga set in the windswept landscape of Cornwall. With an unforgettable cast of characters that spans loves, lives, and generations, this extraordinary masterwork from Winston Graham is a story you will never forget.

My Thoughts:

I'm a huge fan of historical fiction and every now and then Poldark would come up in a "Have you read this?" conversation. So Poldark has been a tiny blip on my radar for awhile now. With BBC remaking the series a whole new generation of Poldark fans will sure to arise, and I count myself as one of them.

I started reading the book in the late afternoon. My intentions were to only read a few chapters. However I found myself reading late into the night until my eyes no longer could focus on the page. I got up the next morning with a longing to finish the book. Which I did by the afternoon. That's how good this book is. 

Ross Poldark returns home from the American Revolutionary War a tired and scarred man. He returns to find that his father has passed away, his estate is in ruin, and the woman he loves is engaged to marry his cousin. The author does not let his hero off lightly. So basically what the story is about is Ross rebuilding his life from the ground up. 

Ross Poldark is a character that many woman will like. He's handsome, moody,broody, and speaks his mind. He has a rebellious nature in him too. Though he was brought up gentile, he's not afraid to get his hands dirty. 

In the midst of this, he meets Demelza. She's dirty, unkempt, and uneducated. He takes her for a kitchen maid and a romance blooms along the way. However since he's from the famous Poldark line, people look down on the relationship. Since Ross has a rebellious spirit, he doesn't care.

This book is the beginning of the Poldark saga, and it's highly addictive. Once you pick it up, the characters, the story, will pull you in. Not just with the Poldarks, but with the whole town. They will become part of your life. And before you know it, you'll be sleep deprived because finding out what happens to them will be more important that being mentally alert the next day.

My Rating:


  1. oh wow, I keep hearing great things about this show, but I see I need to sit down and watch it.

  2. Great review! I completely agree with you. I just read this book for the first time a few weeks ago and loved it. I also really enjoy the PBS show as well. I can't wait to continue the series. I'm glad you are enjoying it too!

  3. Thanks! I think PBS did a great job with the series. I hope it's around for some time.

  4. So are you going to read all the books now? There are twelve. 'Demelza' is the next one. If anything they get more addictive as they go on, IMO.

    1. That's my plan. I'm reading "Demelza" right now, and I hope to continue with the series because they absolutely get more addicting. :)

    2. Great! I'm sure you'll enjoy. I found books 3 to 7, particularly, absolutely unputdownable (and if that's not a word, it should be! LOL).

    3. I think it is a word. At least in the bookish community. I've enjoyed the first two books so much that I can't wait to read the rest in the series!


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