It may come as no surprise that the first book I’ll be reading for the Cornish Reading Challenge is Demelza, the second in the Poldark series by Winston Graham.
Cornwall in the 1780s – when powerful forces of revolution and reaction are at large in the world.
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…
Ross is an incredibly complex character, sometimes dark, sometimes lonely, but with an almost hidden kindness. His time in America, the death of his father and the shocks that await him on his return to Cornwall, all contribute to this troubled character. But it is in Demelza that Ross finds a kind of peace, and as their relationship grows into something more, they both seem to settle into happiness.
I love historical fiction, especially those set in beautiful, fascinating places, and with deep, enticing characters. The Poldark series certainly fits the bill.
I’ll be updating this blog with my thoughts on Demelza as the challenge goes on. If you want to join in with the Cornish Reading Challenge, there’s still time – the challenge officially kicks off on the 5th of March, ending on the 9th of May. For more information, click here.
The new series of Poldark will air on BBC1 on Sunday 8th March at 9pm. I for one am incredibly excited to see the story of Poldark – and Cornwall – brought to life.
Ross Poldark is available to buy on Lovereading.co.uk, the UK’s No 1 book recommendation site.
Image courtesy of Poldarked.