Shabby Sunday: Demelza (Poldark #2) by Winston Graham – 1977


Shabby Sunday

I have a lot of old vintage books and one of my plans when I first started blogging was to do a post every week or so that shared one of my cherished vintage books. Then I thought that maybe there might be other book bloggers out there that have some vintage books, heirlooms, or maybe some old books from childhood that they might want to share. I decided to start a weekly meme titled ‘Shabby Sunday’ for those who would like to participate and share some of their old vintage books. Do you have some shabby books you’d like to share? Please feel free to participate. Feel free to use the picture I’ve provided if you’d like to. If you decide to do this meme, please consider linking back to me so that I can see the book you’re sharing.

Today’s Shabby Share is:

Demelza (The Poldark Saga #2)


Summary: Ross Poldark had returned from the war in the American colonies filled with a bold vision which made him a stranger to the elegant and delicately-bred society which had nurtured him. His marriage to Demelza, the fiery young vixen from the basest ranks of the poor, had inflamed the antagonism of those who had once been his friends.

But for Demelza it meant a crueler and more bitter struggle than any she had ever known. Side by side with the man she loved, she fought for the passion that united them and for the future of the child she was to bear…-Goodreads

My Thoughts:

This is one of my favorites out of all the Poldark books. In this installment, Ross Poldark and Demelza are now happily married and giving birth to their first child, Julia. She struggles with the marriage because there are great challenges including Elizabeth’s shadow over Ross. Even though Elizabeth is married to Francis, she will never forget that Ross once loved her and she’s determined to create the best marriage and life possible with him, to win his true love. Demelza’s character matures and grows as she becomes more confident in society and she proves herself to Ross and everyone else equally.

Much happens in this installment with the birth of Julia and also Demelza’s persistence with getting Verity coupled with Captain Blamey. She knows that Verity deserves to have a life of love–like everyone else–even if it’s against the family’s wishes. Ross spends much time away from home and deals with his business ventures. The drama between the Warleggans’ and the Poldarks’ ensues…

“George stared across the street. ‘There is only one trouble with the Poldarks,’ he said after a moment. ‘They cannot take a beating.’
‘And only one trouble with the Warleggans,’ said Ross. ‘They never know when they are not wanted.’
George’s color deepened. ‘But they can appreciate and remember an insult.’
‘Well, I trust you will remember this one.’ Ross turned his back and went down the steps into the tavern.” 


I love all the primary and secondary characters in this series! They’re well developed and all the books are full of scenes that keep you reading until the last page. I love the world Winston Graham created and all the drama to go with it including the love, jealously, murder, crime, death, grief, and hate. There’s so much going on here and in just one novel.

I admire my edition of Demelza because it was published during my year of birth and I think the cover is very interesting. Even though I don’t like small paperbacks that much, I made an exception with this one because it matches my set. The pages are faded a bit, but it’s in fairly decent shape for its age at forty years.



Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon
  • Mass Market Paperback: 382 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (May 12, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345260015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345260017





Thanks for visiting Shabby Sunday! Have you read any of the Poldark Saga? Do you have any vintage books you’d like to share? Please feel free to comment below or participate in Shabby Sunday if you’d like to!

21 thoughts on “Shabby Sunday: Demelza (Poldark #2) by Winston Graham – 1977

    1. Yay! I hope you do both. The books are so awesome and of course, the TV series as well. I love Aiden Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson. Jack Farthing is also perfect as George Warleggan. I just can’t say enough. So worth all the time invested. I hope you love them! ❤ Thanks, Vanessa.

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  1. I only know Poldark as a tv/BBC series from 30-40 years ago. It sounds like the sort of thing I might enjoy, a sweeping saga that also gets in the direction of the time period I read most about, Regency England (1811-1820). Thanks for the tip–I’ll check the local libraries.

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  2. David R. Dowdy

    I didn’t realize the period in which this book took place. You’ve got all the physical hardships and deprivations and human drama besides. That makes good stories easier to write.

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  3. One of the first blog articles I ever wrote, suits this, Mischenko! I am the person you are thinking of who LOVES gothic mysteries. Even if they seldom write-in spirits, despite misleading descriptions. The ones that do – bliss. I bring: Phyllis A. Whitney! I have read many more, since I started reviewing. The updates are under “W” in the “Mine” review menu, atop my blog. Yours truly, Carolyn!

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  4. Audio Killed the Bookmark/Berit&V

    My parents are currently reading the series, I think they’re on the seventh book? They keep encouraging me to try it, but they are long books and there are a lot of them!

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