books that make you go hmmm...

Books that make you go a feature where I post about a novel I stumbled across that I'm not quite sure about - novels that can either be really great or really crappy.

This is actually a re-print of the first novel in the Poldark series written by Winston Graham.   There are 12 novels in all and I really hope they re-print all of them...I'm a sucker for a good series! The reviews on Amazon are all 5 stars.

There was also a BBC series in the 70s based on the books. 

Has anyone read the books or seen the BBC series?

Release Date:  November 1, 2009

SYNOPSIS: Ross Poldark returns to Cornwall from war, looking forward to a joyful homecoming with his family and his beloved Elizabeth. But instead he discovers that his father has died, his home is overrun by livestock and drunken servants, and Elizabeth, having believed Ross dead, is now engaged to his cousin. Ross must start over, building a completely new path for his life, one that takes him in exciting and unexpected directions…

Thus begins an intricately plotted story spanning loves, lives, and generations. The Poldark series is the masterwork of Winston Graham, who evoked the period and people like only he could, and created a world of rich and poor, loss and love, that readers will not soon forget.



  1. This is a feature that i don't like to read on your blog :(
    i always add all of these books to my wishlist :) :)

    this one intrigues me!

  2. Hi Amy,
    It's many moons since I read this series, so I don't know if it would stand the test of time, but back then I loved it and the books were an auto buy. That I don't have them now is down to my mother hanging on to the originals (we used to share them between us) when I left home and got married. I think you'd enjoy them. I bet Misfit would too!

  3. Yes, Amy - I was addicted to both in the 80's. The BBC Series (also Masterpiece Theatre) was absorbing - although something of a soap opera. I haven't read the whole series - maybe 8, but they are impossible to put down as they say. I heartily recommend the Poldark experience

  4. Hi Amy,

    When I was a teenager I read each Poldark novel at least twice. I also waited avidly for the next one in the series and bought them in hardback, even though it was very expensive. If only I'd kept them! Anyway I absolutely loved them as you've probably gathered.

    As they were written in the seventies you might find the writing dated. I don't know.

    Why don't you watch a bit of the series? The series was very faithful to the books.

    I'd like to know what you think.

  5. Hi Amy,

    I hope that my comment went through! Why don't you watch a bit of the series first? It was faithful to the books so it will give you an idea. You may find the writing a bit dated, I don't know. I absolutely loved them. It will be interesting to see what you think?

  6. The story line sounds a bit sad, but with 5 stars reviews, I'm tempted...

    Bargain with the Devil

  7. Im sorry I have no info on this book but what a great idea. I often stumble on books Im unsure of and would always love opinions besides Amazon. I might have to steal this one

    I am so glad someone else is reading Wolf Hall too. Maybe we can compare notes. Cromwell is certainly not my favorite person but it be interesting to see his beginnings and how he rose to such heights.

    Thanks for the sweet words on my babies...what can I say I love them. Cavaliers are the best dogs and I recommend them to anyone. I am studying them in hopes of showing one in the near future

    Where did you find Godmother from? I have an affinity for fractured fairy tales and am so hoping to win it. Do you know of other ones by this writer or other fractured fairy tale books?

    Oooh cant wait for your Haeger giveaway. I love her. Have you ever read Courtesan by her? If not I highly highly recommend it. One of my favorite books, a wonderful love story

  8. Hi Amy,

    I saw the series when it was originally on Masterpiece Theater and I read the first seven books of the series (six of them were used for the two series). I loved both the books and the series. I was especially in love with Robin Ellis as Ross Poldark.

  9. I bought this book a few years ago, but it has been languishing on my shelves unread. I remember hearing that it was a very involving series, which is why I was interested. I will have to let you know if it's any good when I get around to reading it.

  10. Maybe this is off topic but... the set up kind of reminds me of Lanhydrock, a real estate in Cornwall that lost its true heir when the family pride and joy was killed in World War One when he saved a private in his company. I visited this estate this summer and walked through the now memory of the grand family who once lived there. The set up of this book reminds me a little of "What if...?" What if Tommy Agar Robartes hadn't been killed and returned, surprisingly, to his estate in Cornwall...


  11. This sounds like a great series to me. I'll have to be on the lookout for that first book.

  12. Sounds like a great series. Except for trilogies and Potter, I haven't read any series. This could my starter series. Thanks for the heads up Amy!


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