Monday, July 13, 2015

Review: Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Read from June 21st - 28th, 2015.

(Source: Kindle Unlimited)

From Goodreads: 

"Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has looked forward to turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin."

The Goodreads blurb is short and sweet, but it definitely sums up the book. 

I have to be honest and admit that I had never even heard of this series until the new Masterpiece series was advertised.  I watched the first episode and was immediately hooked.  Apparently the Poldark series is a well-known and beloved thing, so maybe I'm one of the few people new to it.

I think it helped that I watched an episode first (even though I usually do just the opposite) because I already had the main characters and landscape in my head when I started reading.  I'm afraid the book would have started off a little slow and dull if I hadn't already been invested in the characters.  After a couple of chapters, however, things picked up, and the rest of the book was interesting and enjoyable.  I really liked the characters of Ross and Demelza.  All of the characters are well-written, but those two were definitely my favorites.

I didn't realize this was first published in 1945 until I was almost finished with the book, but it has held up well over the years. Winston Graham's writing is beautiful and descriptive, and it was easy to get lost in the story.   I loved the character development of the main characters, and I had a hard time putting the book down.  I am definitely planning to read the rest of the series.

Rating (out of five stars): the author:  Winston Graham's Website

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