Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin.
But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home – an act which alters the whole course of his life . . .
I’m not going to lie. Before reading this book, I had already watched the first series of the BBC take of the books. The TV program is the reason I picked up the books in the first place I had never heard of them before the tv show but I am so glad that this has been made to a show as I know I probably wouldn’t have picked it up otherwise
Ross Poldark is the first in the Poldark series and focuses on the return of Ross Poldark to his Cornish birthplace. Poldark has been away for several years fighting for the British army in America he is changed from the way he was ad carries scars from his battles. However not at all is as he left it at home in his mining community his father is dead leaving his small estate and mine in Ross’s hands and even worse, Ross’s first love Elizabeth is engages to his cousin and best friend Francis Poldark. Now Ross is faced with building back up his inheritance on his won, with the help of his two old and lazy employees. However, a little light comes into Ross’s life when he rescues a young girl from a pack of street boys. Her name is Demelza and without knowing it, she will change Ross’s life
I really loved this book and loved all the characters that are exactly what you want them to be. Dark ad brooding Ross with his kind eyes and his generous spirit Francis handsome and privileged yet racked with jealously and weakness. Elizabeth beautiful yet cool. Often seems to want what she cat have and Verity the poor dull sister who is trapped by family and obligiations and faces a future of spinisterhood.
This book was very easy to read and get through despite being of the older persuasion and a classic that wasn’t terribly hard too understand. I didn’t like the character of Elizabeth she is portrayed as quite a delicate flower yet can be strong when needed to be however she is cold and cruel towards Ross despite her being the one to jilt him for his cousin yet still manages to make everything about herself. I loved the character Demelza while she is only thirteen when she is first rescued by Ross her spirt grows away from the threatening blows of her father and she becomes cheeky in a way that you can never be cross with her. While nowadays the relationship between Demelza and Ross could be eyed with something like disgust due to the fact she is 10 years youger ad first came to live with him when she is thirteen, there’s something undeniably sweet about it and makes it work. Ross needed someone like Demelza – someone full of lightness and joy in simple things.
This book touches upon many things that anyone can experience from poverty, homelessness, unemployment, losing love, finding love and then also being denied love. I’m really looking forward to the next book which I believe focuses on Demelza it will be interesting to see things from her POV as she tries to touch her toes in the waters of Corwall’s high society and try to forget about her humble beginnings