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!
Continues the Poldark series, ending where the PBS series ended. Great characters and setting of Cornwall in the 1700's.
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