I am really excited to be part of The Ross Poldark & Demelza Blog Tour which kicked off on July 6 and will run through to August 3. The blog tour is to highlight the tie-in editions of of Ross Poldark & Demelza which are the first two novels in The Poldark Saga by Winston Graham. These two novels have recently been adapted for television for the new Masterpiece Classic PBS’s series Poldark, which began airing on June 21 and will run through to August 2. Now I haven’t watched the series yet although I want to. I really wanted to read the books first and while I’ve only read Ross Poldark so far I have to say that I am already hooked on the series and will continue to read through all twelve novels. First though, my review of Ross Poldark which I loved…
The series begins with Ross Poldark returning to England after fighting in the Revolutionary War. Upon arriving home he is stunned to learn that his father has passed, the family home is nothing like he remembers. the finances are in a shambles, and Elizabeth, the woman he loves, is engaged to marry another. Everyone had thought Ross dead and now all he can do is move forward so he sets about restoring his family’s lands all the while still pining for Elizabeth.
Ross, while being of the local gentry, is also a man who befriends the workers and this doesn’t always make him very popular among his own people. Still they are even more shocked when he rescues the young Demelza from an abusive home and gives her a job as a house maid. Soon enough Demelza grows into a beauty and she is devoted to Ross who soon enough realizes that she isn’t that little scruffy girl he rescued so long ago. Will Ross succeed at restoring his family’s heritage and will the lovely Demelza manage to eventually capture his heart?
This novel is so much about the characters living within its pages, the time period, and the setting of Cornwall. The author breathes life into all these aspects of the book so much so that you feel a part of life back in the 18th century. It’s not fast paced but the author slowly enfolds you in the story and you find that you just can’t put it down. It’s also nice and clean which is something I really enjoyed (no rape and a sweet romance), and even more it showed women of this time period in a good light. Ross is respectful and caring and Demelza is of a spunky nature and with Ross she is allowed to explore that. The two of them together are quite funny at times. There are other great characters as well and I look forward to continuing on in the series and getting to know them all better.
While I’m positive I’d love this book even in paper form I did listen to the audiobook which is narrated by Michael Maloney who I thought did a wonderful job of telling this story. His talent with voices and just the different ways he portrayed scenes really added to my enjoyment of the book.
Ross Poldark is a fantastic start to this series. I don’t know how I’ve managed to never hear about this series before but I’m so glad I have now. Check back for my review of Demelza coming next week. Definitely a must read for historical fiction fans and even for those just looking for a good story and series to sink into! Highly recommended!
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Grand Giveaway Contest – Win One of Three Fabulous Prizes!
In celebration of the re-release of Ross Poldark and Demelza, Sourcebooks Landmark is offering three chances to win copies of the books or a grand prize, an Anglophile-themed gift package.
Two lucky winners will each receive one trade paperback copy of Ross Poldark and Demelza, and one grand prize winner will receive a prize package containing the following items:
(2 ) Old Britain Castles Pink Pottery Mugs by Johnson Brothers
(1) Twelve-inch Old Britain Castles Pink Pottery Plater by Johnson Brothersr
(1) London Telephone Box Tin of Ahmad English Breakfast Tea
(1) Jar of Mrs. Bridges Marmalade
(1) Package of Duchy Originals Organic Oaten Biscuits
(2) Packets of Blue Boy Cornflower Seeds by Renee’s Garden Heirloom (1) Trade Paperback Copy of Ross Poldark & Demelza, by Winston Graham
To enter the giveaway contest simply leave a comment on any or all of the blog stops on the Ross Poldark Blog Tour starting July 06, 2015 through 11:59 pm PT, August 10, 2015. Winners will be drawn at random from all of the entrants and announced on the Buzz at Sourcebooks blog on August 13, 2015. Winners have until August 20, 2015 to claim their prize. The giveaway contest is open to US residents and the prizes will be shipped to US addresses. Good luck to all!
Don’t forget to follow along with all of the tour stops (click here for the full list of tour stops) and comment on each including mine to be entered in this fantastic giveaway prize pack!
“If Jane Austen met Charlotte Bronte and they drank too much port,
the Poldark Saga would be their literary love child.” — Poldarkian.com
I had not heard of this series either and I’m definitely going to need to read them! I’ve been recording the Poldark Masterpiece series on my DVR and look forward to watching it. Thanks for sharing this and what a great giveaway!!
Bookfool, aka Nancy says
I am absolutely loving the TV series and, of course, convinced I must read the books for the depth that they probably add. I’ve got the older Poldark series, as well. Interesting tidbit: the scar is on the other side of the first Ross Poldark’s face! 🙂
So glad to see you enjoyed the books. The Girl and I are loving the show, so now we really want to read the books. Thanks for the giveaway!
Caryl Kane says
I am enjoying the Poldark series. I’ve not read the books.
Susan S says
I have watched 3 episodes of Poldark
and love, love, love it! Certainly going to read these books. Thanks to Sourcebooks for this giveaway.
Been loving the new series on Masterpiece… such a wonderful, engaging story! It’s convinced me I need to read the books too! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!! 🙂
denise smith says
I love the poldark series watch every sunday
V.E. Ulett says
Poldark was the first historical fiction series I read many years ago. Winston Graham’s wonderful books hooked me on histfic. Love the books, the original PBS series, and this new production is wonderful!
First time hearing about these books. Thanks for the opportunity! Great giveaway!
I really love the show! I think I may have to buy the books now!
Deanna S says
I hadn’t heard of this but I agree this is a historical fiction book needing to be on my TBR want list 🙂
I’m really loving the show! Now I think I must read the books to see what they’ve left out!
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a great read.
Diane Castiglione says
Just love the show. Had never heard of it before I stared watching it. Would love to read the books… Thank you for the review and give away. I have friends that have watched it and love it.
Karen E says
I am in love with this series and the books. So glad I found this on MasterpiecePBS.
In love with this series!
Susan Heim says
Thank you so much for sharing your review. I am really enjoying the TV series and definitely plan to read the books when it’s over, so I’m glad to hear they’re worth the read!
loving the series on PBS!!
would love to read the book!!
thank you for the generous giveaway……..
I agree! I hadn’t heard of the books either, until I saw the advertisement for the show on Masterpiece. I was EVEN more surprised to find out there are 12 books! O.O But I’m excited to give them a try. I find I really enjoy historical fiction. I love that you reviewed the audiobook. I’ve recently grown obsessed with audiobooks. I’ll have to give it a sample listen! Thanks for your review! 🙂
Loving this series. Generous giveaway. Thank you!
Carol L says
Absolutely love this show. My daughter has watched everyone of the shows.. thanks for this wonderful giveaway.
Joy D King says
“This novel is so much about the characters living within its pages.” Beautifully written. My sincerest thanks for letting us know this is a clean read. NOW – I can move the book up on my TBR pile.
Raquel M. says
I am enjoying Poldark on PBS and would love to read the books. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great prize. raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com
Terry M says
What a wonderful giveaway! I love the show and would love to own the books.
Cheri Oggy says
Wow these books sound terrific!!
I just started using the hashtag #iamgoingtohavetostartreadingthis while live tweeting the TV series. This giveaway comes at a perfect time. Thanks for having it!
I’ve been looking for a new audiobook to listen to while doing my garden. I think this is it! Thanks, Dar! For your review!
I haven’t heard of the series either! How could I have missed it?!!!
It sounds like such a beautiful story. I have added it to my wish list and soon to my very long TBR.
Carol L says
Thanks for the chance .I haven’t read the books but I have watched some of the shows. My daughter loves this show.
I too have been watching the new show and am enjoying it but would like to read the books as well.
Deanna S says
I think I need to watch this show! interesting post today,
Michelle Miller says
Can’t wait to read the books since I’m loving the PBS series so much. Fabulous giveaway!
Paula Caballero says
Loving this Poldark! Have read the first two books on my Kindle but would love to have printed copies! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!
I’m really enjoying the Masterpiece shows. I hate to see them end, but I think there will be a season 2. It is nice to visualize the characters.
I love the horses and the dog Garrick and the beautiful countryside. I understand that Ross’ horse in the book is named Darkie but the horse on the show has no name. The horse “playing” him does have a name, Seamus, and he also has his own facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Seamusofpoldark
Thanks Darlene for the chance to win the books!
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I’d never heard of this series, either, until the PBS series. How in the world could we have missed a 12 book series entirely??!! Sounds like a good read although I’m always hesitant to jump into such a long series.
Love the show, it has me completely hooked so I can’t wait to check out the first two books the show is based on!
Laura's Reviews says
I didn’t realize they were on audiobooks right now too. I may need to listen to them as well – I loved reading them!
Laura, they are both really good on audio. I enjoyed them.
This series has me hooked! I am so glad to have it until Downton Abbey comes on again. I would love to read these books too!
Maureen M. says
Hi, I usually enjoy watching the movie or series first because I find reading the book reveals details of story the movie may leave out. Would love to read the books.
Jennifer Essad says
my daughter & I love Sunday nights watching PBS, this show is amazing and we look forward to next season-it can’t come soon enough!