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Cornwall, 1792-1793Ross Poldark plunges into a speculative mining venture which threatens his financial security and his stormy marriage to Demelza. When the old attraction between Ross and Elizabeth begins to rekindle itself, Demelza retaliates by becoming dangerously involved with a Scottish cavalry officer....

Title : Warleggan
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ISBN : 9780006140856
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Number of Pages : 346 Pages
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Warleggan Reviews

  • Candi
    2019-04-18 01:04

    I don't know if I've ever felt as emotional throughout the entirety of a book as I was with this one! *Gulp*! I must be really caught up in this now; these are like my own people. Some of them I want to sit down to tea with and have a nice heart-to-heart. Others I want to shake until a spot of sense returns. Some of these characters seem like little children that have been led astray- I may be angry with them but deep down I still care. It’s hard to say too much without giving anything away – I don’t want to ruin this for any readers that are considering the series. I’ll speak pretty generally, minus any spoilers plot-wise.Ross continues to struggle with his mine and undergoes an inner turmoil that will test him and those close to him. He sinks further psychologically. "For the first time in his life he began to feel old. Often these last years he had known himself a failure, but always within him there had been a fundamental conviction that this was a temporary phase, a ‘down’ which in the nature of events must be followed by an ‘up’. At least a part of this conviction had derived from a knowledge of his own youth and vigor."Caroline Penvenen is a favorite of mine. I applaud Winston Graham for writing such a complex character – there is certainly much more to her than meets the eye. Her wit and her generosity shine through; one can’t help but be charmed by her.George Warleggan is featured even more extensively in this installment. His power seems to have no boundaries. Yet there is some deep-seated inferiority complex that seems to drive many of his actions. He wants to be seen and heard, whether good or bad. "George did not spend his time in company which cared nothing for his approval or disapproval."In a curious turn of events, we see Ross playing the role of matchmaker. Of course, his wisdom in these matters is really thanks to Demelza, who is an expert in matters of the heart – at least the hearts of others. "She’d say life holds only two or three things worth the having, and if you possess them the rest don’t matter, and if you do not possess them the rest are useless." Yes, Demelza, let’s do sit down one of these days! I think we’d get along splendidly.I clutched the edge of my seat after finishing the last page and yelled to the hubby to queue up the next three episodes on our DVR. Oddly enough, he is nearly as smitten with the television series as I am with the books. Each time I have opened a paperback in the past couple of weeks, I have had to dash his hopes. He eagerly awaits my completion of Book 5, The Black Moon, so that we can begin Season 3 which began airing this month. I love pairing the books with the series, a little at a time. As I finish one book, I watch 3 or 4 episodes and it all feels so real to me! The book captures more of the emotion than even the show can do; but I like to have the faces in my head while I read, as well as the stunning scenery. "We can none of us separate ourselves from the consequences of our own behavior."

  • Karen
    2019-03-30 04:02

    5 STARSOMFG! I am so hopelessly lost in this series!!! I cannot believe this was written by a man. I so would have loved to have know Winston Graham. A rare exceptional man, I expect. Sensational writing.

  • ``Laurie Henderson
    2019-04-01 04:01

    I've given the 4th book in the Poldark series a 5 star rating.The Poldark's continue to struggle along as Ross sinks every last penny he owns into a last ditch effort to revive the played out mine Wheal Grace, with his cousin Francis as his partner. The treacherous George Warleggan attempts to destroy Ross's life at every opportunity but thanks to a kind deed from an anonymous Good Samaritan he manages to thwart Warleggan's schemes.(view spoiler)[Sadly, Francis loses his life in the mine and he leaves his widow Elizabeth and their child destitute so Ross beggers himself by scraping up the 600 pounds to buy Elizabeth's worthless stock in the mine. Now that she is free the smitten George W. wants her to become his bride. But Elizabeth seems to want Ross and doesn't care what effect this might have on Ross's wife and child. When Ross learns that Elizabeth is to marry Warleggan he loses control and immediately confronts her. Needless to say, when Ross doesn't return that night Demelza realizes that Ross still loves Elizabeth after all these years.Ross's betrayal of Demelza was heartbreaking for me to read leading me to despise Elizabeth more than ever. But once Ross has partaken of forbidden fruit he surprisingly realizes he no longer desires her and never returns to see her after that incident, leaving her with no other option than to marry George Warleggan. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned though and Elizabeth is not taking her rejection well although I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Elizabeth brought down a peg or two.Demelza emerges triumphant leaving her rival in the dust. Unfortunately Elizabeth is now pregnant with what is probably Ross's child. Mr. George Warleggan will be extremely disturbed to learn he has a cuckoo in his nest if this new arrival unnaturally resembles Ross. There couldn't be a better way for Ross to achieve revenge either.FINALLY Wheal Grace's riches are discovered and the Poldarks are on their well deserved way to the top now. (hide spoiler)]Can't wait to start reading the next book in this series.

  • Samantha
    2019-04-27 01:17

    In this fourth installment of the series, an unexpected tragedy sets of a series of events that could prove disastrous for Ross and his family. When his long-time sweetheart Elizabeth announces that she will remarry to Ross's long-time nemesis George Warleggan, Ross makes a decision in a random moment of anger that threatens to destroy his and Demelza's relationship forever. Can Demelza forgive Ross, or will she try and hurt him in the same way? This book was thrilling installment full of betrayal and redemption.

  • Karen
    2019-03-26 21:20

    Wish I could give 6 stars for this book. The whole Poldark series is a literary set of gems but this is a standout piece of writing. I cried reading parts of this book, something very rare for me. Warleggan has to be one of the most heart wrenching books I have read, it is a beautifully written study of a marriage in crisis - this book shows how cruel people can unwittingly be to those who love them. Winston Graham shows the betrayal,the anger, the disgust - heightened emotions of self doubt, revenge, pride and forgiveness. The people in Poldark country live, they are not cliched cutouts but fully formed people whose every character fault is plumbed (or mined)to perfection. I am in awe that this male author has that very rare skill of writing his female characters as believably as his male. Brilliant & makes me rush on to the next in then series The Black Moon.

  • Laura
    2019-04-27 00:17

    I am torn about this installment in the series. The writing continues to be excellent, and the majority of the plot was entertaining. HOWEVER, I'm not sure I can enjoy the continuing storyline ever again after one of the main characters acted so unforgivably, horribly wrong at one point in the story.

  • Diane Lynn
    2019-04-21 03:55

    Another excellent addition to the Poldark series. Each book covers about two years of day to day life. Graham's writing is top notch as he portrays life in 1790's Cornwall. This book had a couple of devastating (to me) events occur that I really don't want to even hint at, that would be spoiling. There were high points as well. Worth every one of those 5 stars.

  • Sønia
    2019-04-10 00:15

    Este libro necesita echarle de comer aparte... Menudos cabreos me he pillado con él. Pero justamente eso es lo que más he disfrutado. Warleggan es un libro de esos que no te deja indiferente, que te hace querer "tirar personajes por los acantilados" (eh Gema? xDDD), te hace echar humo por las orejas y que la bilis se te salga por la boca. No exagero. He de decir que para leer este libro hay que tener muy, muy claro, pero muy muy mucho, el contexto histórico en que transcurre y también el año en que fue escrito. Si lo mismo que he leído en este libro estuviera ambientado en la actualidad, habría quemado el libro al acabarlo. Ross es un personaje que me ha hecho sentir un odio supremo. Sí, Ross, el PROTAGONISTA. Se supone que a una le gusta adorar a sus héroes de novela, no odiarlos pero Ross es tan complejo, tiene una personalidad tan carismática y a la vez tan impenetrable que una no sabe qué hacer con él. También he de decir que me encanta encontrarme este tipo de personajes y este tipo de historia que me plantean un reto tan grande. Para mí esta historia ha supuesto un reto enorme y sólo he podido superarlo poniendo la historia en el contexto que le toca. Aún así sigo muy muy cabreada y necesitaré de los siguientes libros para calmar mis instintos asesinos. Aunque previendo lo que viene intuyo que lo que va a pasar es justo lo contrario.

  • Lisazj1
    2019-04-01 21:17

    This one was the biggest emotional rollercoaster so far, for me. Lots of highs and lows for our beloved Ross and Demelza, as well as some dear friends. Though there were things here that made me furious at least (view spoiler)[Ross has finally found that he cares nothing for Elizabeth. I thought all along that he loved more the idea of her (hide spoiler)], so I would be happy for that if nothing else.This family has me completely ensnared in their lives! I'll be soon picking up The Black Moon, because I need to know all the things (view spoiler)[like who the father of Elizabeth's baby is, though I would want to quit reading if it's Ross (hide spoiler)]!!

  • Inés Izal
    2019-04-18 21:18

    Ahora mismo estoy en la mierda más absoluta.¿Cómo han podido llegar a esto?¿Cómo han podido hacerme esto?Estoy en shock.

  • Piper
    2019-04-15 05:20

    "It's nearly twelve," he said. "Let us sit up awhile and call it Christmas tonight."Five stars once again. Winston Graham's writing just never gets old. I truly believe I could read these novels until I've memorized every word and still find them just as raw and emotional as if reading them for the first time.

  • Kimberly Carrington-Fox
    2019-03-28 23:16

    Este libro ha sido una montaña rusa de emociones. He sufrido y lo he pasado fatal fatal como únicamente lo he pasado con "El jardín de verano". Aquí he acabado odiando a personajes que adoraba y queriendo más aún a otros, Demelza y Dwight sobre todo. Este es escritor no tiene consideración alguna con el sufrido lector.Una fucking maravilla de libro.

  • Piper
    2019-04-26 05:07

  • Lianne
    2019-04-06 05:18

    Another fine installment of the Poldark series, although this one broke my heart "Ross, how could you?!"

  • Sara
    2019-04-16 21:24

    The fourth book in the Poldark series is a runaway train. It takes all the impetus of motion created in the first three volumes and pushes it headlong down the track at a screaming pace. Fortunes change on a whim and evil prospers and ebbs and prospers again. I spent much of this volume holding my breath.After losing Francis, the triangle of Ross, Elizabeth and Demelza reaches a fever pitch and Ross finds himself caught between his inability to give up his old, unfulfilled affections and his now too comfortable life with his wife. The results are a flurry of emotions that serve none of these characters well. I could not help casting back to poor Keren Daniels and thinking that what others deemed in a female a felonious crime is but a misdemeanor for the male population.Meanwhile, the romance between Dwight and Caroline progresses as well, with a lovely edge that is both witty and romantic. I must confess to loving this couple and cringing at the idea that they will not have their own happy ending...but happiness can be an elusive thing in this 1790s world of Cornwall.As the name suggests, we begin to see George come into his own and the Warleggans figure very prominent in Ross’ destiny. Up to this point, Ross has had the hatred of Cary, but George has been less vitriolic. No more. Now George’s real colors begin to show and the kind of hatred he spews is extreme and dangerous. By the end of this volume, the field is beginning to be evened by Ross’ success at Wheal Grace, and it leaves me in anticipation of how the fight may change now that Ross has some resources with which to counter-punch.By this point in the story, I am totally committed to these characters and their fate. They are drawn with such detail that they have nuanced personalities and temperaments, and Graham happily keeps them to the standards that he set for them in the beginning. I find every action and word to be in keeping with what we already have been told about these people, and that is essential to my enjoyment of the story.

  • Michele
    2019-04-11 02:20

    This has been the best one so far for me. I was completely caught up in this book and had a hard time putting it down. To say I was disappointed in Mr. Ross Poldark's behavior would be the understatement of the year. Wondered if I could really keep reading but I did and loved the ending.I am becoming dangerously obsessed with these people and their lives. Winston Graham, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for getting my through the dreadful winter of 2015. You absolutely made it bearable and actually enjoyable. I'll never forget you for this.Oh and thanks for teaching me two new words:sibilant: a hissing sound andquiescent: marked by inactivity or repose.

  • Mary
    2019-04-19 05:07

    Even better for re-reading!Ross Poldark's last gamble ......He risks his happiness with Demelza as he tangles with the powerful Warleggan.A very moving book with twists and turns over love.I would recommend reading as the Poldark books have so much social history and are beautifully written.A powerful moving book!I loved it!

  •  Lisa A
    2019-04-15 04:57

    A short review to say this is another amazingly well written Poldark series book. Even though I have kept up with the BBC series and essentially knew the plot, I still very much enjoyed the book. For series fans, my rating wasn't influenced by a specific event that occurs in the book. At least I tried to be keep it in perspective as a writing decision by Graham and an action taken by a fictional character, even if it wasn't to my liking. (view spoiler)[ However, I was quite appalled during the tv series and somehow had to find a way not have misplaced bad feelings towards an actor (Aidan Turner) for months on end. I am looking forward to eventually reading the next book in the series, knowing Ross continues on with attempting to redeem himself. (hide spoiler)]

    2019-04-24 22:12

    The Poldark saga continues, spanning the years 1792-94. Ross and his cousin Francis are trying to keep afloat a mine that they have maintained for some time. But Ross is hard put to get the necessary additional financing and finds himself falling deeper in debt. George Warleggan firmly establishes himself in Cornish society and as an economic powerholder in Cornwall. The growing power and influence of Warleggan throughout the novel is highlighted, as are the lives of Ross & Demelza, Francis & Elizabeth Poldark, Dr. Dwight Enys (a close and trusted friend of Ross, whose radical approach to practicing medicine has made him both loved and scorned throughout the district), and Caroline Penwenen. Ross and Demelza, in particular, experience some struggles that put their marriage to the test. There are also some surprising, relationships which take root among some of the other main characters, which are described in rich and colorful detail. Once again, Winston Graham has written a novel that grips and holds the reader throughout, and ends as a cliffhanger. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  • Sarah-Vita
    2019-04-04 04:02

    Ugggghh!!!! This book was a roller coaster!! From "Ross, you idiot!" to "My poor Demelza," to "Oh no, Ross!" and back again!! I was so cared for the ending, but it was beautiful! I cried a few times reading this, and again at the end! I don't want to spoil this one for anyone, because it's such a huge plot twist in the series... but I think this may be my favorite Poldark novel so far!!So anxious for Aidan and Eleanor to return to it in Series 2 this September! Gaaaahh!!!

  • Tasha
    2019-03-29 00:58

    This series is just getting better and better.

  • Marilyn
    2019-04-16 01:58

    SPOILER ALERT!ROSS, YOU COMPLETE, TOTAL IDIOT! I just can't believe what a jerk you were in this book.Of course, not nearly as much of a jerk as the title character(s), especially George. Talk about a twisted man. He pursues and marries his rival's first love (and still inamorata, dammit) before her husband is cold in the grave. He then proceeds to abandon a fabulous new mansion to go live in the Poldark homestead, Trenwith, right next door to Ross, in order to twist the knife still further. Then he bans everyone from walking on the land, humiliating Demelza and shooting the Poldarks' dog. THEN, he twists a totally unselfish (though STUPID) act by Ross (selling shares of his "worthless" mine and giving the proceeds, a princely 600 pounds, to Elizabeth so she won't be destitute) into cheating his ward and suing Ross to undo the deed, since the mine is now making money. Jeez, what a CS.But Ross can't help but throw away happiness with both hands. A "forced" liaison with Elizabeth, which Demelza instantly tumbles to, results in damn near a year of very cold feelings, and in Demelza almost throwing herself on the adultery train with a military man. I object to the fact that things seem to improve for the Poldarks only when the finances improve. I think that's a disservice to both Ross and Demelza, who points out that she's been dirt poor and OK with it, and could do so again.Ouch, ouch, ouch. Yes, I'm still thoroughly hooked and can't wait to tear into the next book later tonight. But Winston, WHY? Why have a thoroughly honest and rational man, act like such an asshole? The plot thickens? Yes, I suppose so, but I will be much, much more cautious about my feelings for Ross, which up until this book have been completely positive.Looking forward to seeing what happens with Caroline, yet another character I can't figure out. But she certainly saved the Poldarks' bacon in this book. Maybe she secretly hates the Warleggans as much as I do.

  • Weronika ★
    2019-04-05 05:06

    “When you bring an idealised relationship down to the level of an ordinary one it isn't necessarily the ordinary one that suffers'.”With every new part I'm more and more in love with this series. Can't wait to read the next part. I need more Dwight & Caroline.

  • Jeanne Johnston
    2019-04-25 02:16

    Lots of things start to pay off here, but also some huge disappointments... Francis, Ross, and... well, Elizabeth was always a bitch, wasn't she? But Verity's life is mostly on track (we have yet to see the new stepdaughter get over herself), and then there's the mine. For good measure, George gets knocked on his arse a couple of times. I'm really hoping there's a good heart attack or stroke in his future. Brief because I have two books to go and the new series starts this weekend. Whee!

  • Susan
    2019-04-02 02:25

    So far the most intriguing. The series builds. It is wonderful! Of the characters - sometimes you want to hit Ross over the head even though he's enchanting, and sometimes you want to do the same to Elizabeth because she is not! Not a fan of Elizabeth!

  • Ana.en_las_nubes
    2019-04-05 23:19

    intento que un libro no me afecte, en este caso ha sido inevitable, si tuviera delante a más de un personaje no se como reaccionaría. Demelza es una heroína ahí lo dejo.

  • Geo Kwnstantinou
    2019-04-17 05:01

    Poor Francis...Oh Ross what did you do???!!!!

  • Ann
    2019-04-05 22:10

    After reading a particular incident within this book especially, my opinion of Ross Poldark has darkened greatly. Listening to people brush it off as a folly of poor character is sickening.

  • Jessica
    2019-04-02 21:22

    Finding my stride with the writing style I enjoyed this book the most so far of the series. It was tragic and the ups and downs for these people were intense. Every other chapter my heart was in my throat or broken respectively. I’m eager to continue on with the series.

  • Tanya
    2019-04-21 23:20

    In this, the fourth installment of the Poldark series, George Warleggan intersects further into the Poldark circle. Fortunately, the book still centers around Ross and Demelza, with Dr. Dwight Enys continuing as a very important secondary storyline. If one were to judge Ross and Dwight on their merits--I think Dwight comes out as the more honorable. Because of the superb writing, the characters act in ways that are completely within the boundaries of plausibility. The events and actions may occasionally surprise the reader, but they are completely believable and in retrospect, predictable. I found myself especially connecting on an emotional level with Demelza, more so in this book than the 3 previous. As she was angry and hurt, I was angry and hurt. And as she began to relax, I also began to relax. As a fan of the 21st century Poldark TV series--there are a number of scenes that I especially look forward to watching onscreen. "Ross in a rage" will be that much more powerful in the capable hands and eyes of actor Aidan Turner.On behalf of Demelza, as well as Caroline Penvenen, I categorize this as "a book with a female heroine" in my 26 books challenge.