Review: Demelza by Winston Graham

Title: Demelza (Poldark #2)
Author: Winston Graham
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Published: June 9, 2015
Paperback, 432 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4926-2210-9
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher


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 Thoughts:

If you read my previous review of Ross Poldark, you'll know that I dubbed this series my new favorite, and it still holds true. Even though these books are about the entire Poldark clan, I love that this book is called Demelza. Because it shows Demelza coming into her own as Ross' wife. It's not an easy road for her either. The 'class' that she now belongs to looks down on her because of her humble origins. She worries over if Ross thinks he made a mistake by marring her. 

However, one of my favorite subplots in this book is Verity's story. I love that Verity and Demelza became friends. And Demelza's determination to help Verity find happiness. Verity is such a pure and good character, you can't help but want the best for her.

Alas though, it's not all sunshine and roses. This book starts with a birth and ends with a death. And everything in-between is an emotional roller coaster. The more I read about the lives of the Poldark family, the more I get attached to the story line. If you've watched the PBS series, I strongly urge you to read the books as well. There is so much more in-depth detail.Winston Graham is a true wordsmith. Now I can't wait to read the third book, Jeremy Poldark!

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