Book Review: Demelza by Winston Graham

I chose to read Demelza, the second in the Poldark series by Winston Graham, for the Cornish Reading Challenge.

If you haven’t heard about Poldark yet, where the hell have you been? The brand new series, starring Aiden Turner as Ross Poldark, is currently showing on BBC One (Sundays at 9pm). The show covers the first two books in the series.

I fell in love with the world of Poldark as soon as I picked up the first book, Ross Poldark. Due to my love for Cornwall, I knew I would adore everything about the series. And I do.

poldarkDemelza Carne, the impoverished miner’s daughter Ross Poldark rescued from a fairground rabble, is now his wife. But the events of these turbulent years test their marriage and their love.

Demelza’s efforts to adapt to the ways of the gentry – and her husband – bring her confusion and heartache, despite her joy in the birth of their first child. Ross begins a bitter struggle for the rights of the mining communities – and sows the seed of an enduring enmity with powerful George Warleggan.

I’m a big fan of Demelza. A fantastic woman, she takes life by the horns and deals with the trials thrown at her with strength and grace. She knows her own mind, and despite her loyalty to Ross, still goes her own way when she firmly believes in something. Ross is seen as a strong man, a figure within his community, but it is Demelza who begins to impress those around her, and takes centre stage in this brilliant novel.

I don’t want to give too much away, because the TV show is still ongoing, and I want everyone to read the books. I found Demelza completely absorbing, full of the same beauty as the first novel, and just as thrilling.

Next up, I’ll be reviewing Buried in Cornwall, a novel by Janie Bolitho.

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