Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
(October 1783 - April 1785)
Ross returns from the War in America to find his Father dead, his lands in disarray and his girlfriend (Elizabeth) engaged to his cousin Francis. He sets about setting his lands in order and getting over Elizabeth.
When his cousin Verity falls for an unsuitable man (Captain Blamey) Ross allows them to meet secretly at his house when Charles and Francis find out they ride over to Ross' home and confront the couple. The hotheaded Francis challenges Blamey to a duel and is wounded, due to the duel Verity ends her relationship with Captain Blamey.
Elizabeth and Francis have a son (Geoffrey) and Elizabeth is no longer interested in her husband. Francis assumes it is because she wishes she was with Ross and has no clue that Geoffrey is his rival. Charles collapses at Geoffrey's christening.
Ross allows Jim (his employee) to live in a house rent free so that he can marry his sweetheart Jinny. When Jinny becomes pregnant with Benjamin she can no longer work in the mines so Jim in forced to go back to the mines and leave Ross' employee as a farm laborer because farm labor doesn't pay enough. Due to his inability to spend time in the mines without getting sick Jim starts going out poaching and to ship wrecks one night when he is out Jinny and Benjamin are attacked by Reuben Clemmow.
Ross brings a young girl (Demelza) who was abused by her Father home to help Prudie (another servant) along with her dog.
(I took a break here in order to read an Inter Library Loan that came in)
(April - May 1787)
Jim is arrested for poaching and is sentenced to two years in prison. Demelza seduces Ross, after her Father threatens to force her to return to his home. Elizabeth ask Ross to help with Francis' gambling.
(June - December 1787)
Demelza and Ross are married. Francis continues to gamble. Charles dies. Verity and Demelza become friends and Demelza schemes to reunite Verity with Blamey. Ross realizes he loves Demelza. Demelza suspects she is pregnant but hasn't told Ross yet.
I was rather disappointed in the book and didn't enjoy it as much as I expected to. The characters didn't seem very well fleshed out. Not sure if I will read the next in the series or not.
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