Ross Poldark’s life is full of inconsistencies. He is a member of the gentry, but he is also a soldier. Ross was raised to be a gentleman, but he has a temper and can be impetuous.
Ross Poldark is the lead character in Winston Graham’s novel, Ross Poldark: A Novel Of Cornwall (1783-1787). Returning from the American Revolution, Ross has discovered that his father is dead, the mines that his family relied on for income are decimated and his former sweetheart, Elizabeth is about to marry his cousin, Francis. But life is about take a turn for the better. Getting his hands dirty, Ross works hard to rebuild his land, his home and his mine. He also takes in Demelza Carne, a young girl to be his kitchen maid. But this will turn out to be far more than the normal master/servant relationship.
Three years later, Ross’s life is turned upside down. In Jeremy Poldark: A Novel Of Cornwall (1791), Ross and Demeleza, are hit not by one, but by two major issues. The loss of their daughter and the accusation that Ross stole from a ship that was torn to shreds to pieces by the rocks during the storm. But there is a light in this chaotic time: the birth of their son: Jeremy. Can Ross and Demelza survive the loss of their daughter and Ross’s potential jail time or will their lives forever be changed?
So, I have to admit, I skipped book two. Demelza is book two in between Ross and Jeremy. But because I watched the miniseries, I was not too far behind. These characters are so compelling that the reader can’t but help getting lost in the story.
I recommend them both.