The second book in the Poldark series, this novel is more from Demelza's point of view. Demelza is now Ross's wife, and we experience with her both her successes and her failures to fit into his culture and family. Verity is really the only member of the family to truly accept and befriend Demelza, and in turn Demelza becomes her biggest advocate eventually helping her reconnect with her past love. This then causes great strife between Ross and Francis (who thinks Ross behind it). Closer to home Demelza gives birth to a girl, who becomes the pride of both herself and Ross, the Paynters finally go through Ross's patience and are replaced, and Ross's friend Dwight Enys (a doctor) comes to live in the neighborhood and attend to the miners. Ross joins with other to form a smelting company and compete for fair pricing at market, though that doesn't go so well. A horrible throat sickness also comes to town and strikes both Poldark households.
There is also a side story, with a friend of Ross's and his love Keren, and their own tragedy. We still also follow Jenny and her husband Jim who is still in jail, as well as the Martin clan.
So much more character development than the PBS tv series! You really see how Demelza has grown from a youth into a wife, mother, and lady of the house. You also see Ross's troubles and how deeply they effect him.
You need to read or listen to the first book, first. It's where you will really fall in love with Demelzza. In other words the back story is extremely important. I read Demelzza first and now I have to go back and reread it, now that I have heard the first Poldark novel!
What a fantastic series of books. The first, “Ross Poldark,” was a wonderful smooth read. I was afraid the quality would drop with the second one, “Demelza,” but fortunately I was wrong. Except from some lengthy descriptions of the business meetings, everything else was a pleasure to read. The end is very moving and Graham does an incredible job with words. Both the 1975 nor the 2015 series were able to capture the story, although the new version gets closer. Physically, only both actors who played Poldark are more likely the book character. The main changes and the more damaging done to Graham story, I think, involve the creation of the smelting company, the Carnmore Copper Company, that has been altered to be Ross’ initiative. Also the comic element present in the books do not make a complete appearance on the screen, which is a loss. Again, a fantastic read, highly recommended.
Continues the Poldark series, ending where the PBS series ended. Great characters and setting of Cornwall in the 1700's.
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