Set in Cornwall at the end of the eighteenth century, this novel introduces the Poldark family. Most of the story revolves around Ross Poldark, returning home from the Revolutionary war, scarred and limping, only to find out that his father has died and his home in a shambles. Worse still, his engagement with the beautiful Elizabeth Chenowith has ended with her getting ready to marry Ross' cousin, Francis. Facing reality, Ross starts to rebuild his life, and a new person enters his life -- the waifish Demelza Carne who he brings to Nampara as his servant (the others, Jud and Prudie are simply hopeless). Another romance, quickly broken but not forgotten, involves a cousin, Verity, and a sea captain, Andrew Blamey. Lovely writing, believable characters, plenty of plot and a sense of time and place. I do hope that Sourcebooks will bring the rest of this series back into print. Five stars overall and recommended.
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