(Review) Poldark: Ross Poldark, Book One by Winston Graham
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
Rating: 4 stars for very good
I discovered Poldark on PBS Masterpiece on Sunday evenings.
There are twelve books in the series. The following link shows the books: Goodreads.
Ross Poldark returns home to England after fighting in the Revolution in America. Life at home has changed dramatically: his father died, and his beloved Elizabeth is engaged to someone else. Poldark renews life in England under circumstances different than he'd imagined. The family estate requires hard work to clean up. Poldark's mind and body are busy in the process of bringing the family home back into business.
Poldark's character is amiable; and because of the disappointments at his homecoming, I felt an immediate sympathy for him. This is the first point that drew me into the story.
Poldark is a character that does not always make decisions I feel is right. Meaning, I don't always agree with his judgment or lack of judgment. I make this statement more for the Masterpiece shows that are into further books in this series. He is an imperfect man, and this is shown in the continuing story.
I don't care for the character Elizabeth. She is a fickle girl. She is the female lead for Poldark's interest until Demelza blossoms and catches his attention. However, Elizabeth is not ignored in the story, and I'm left wondering what will become of the attraction she and Poldark still have for each other. This dilemma is another element used to lure the reader.
Demelza quickly became my favorite character, more favored than Poldark. She is a jewel obscured by her family background and circumstances. She just needs a little polishing and then she shines.