Jeremy Poldark (Poldarks #3)
By: Winston Graham
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
Ross Poldark faces the darkest hour of his life in this third novel of the Poldark series. Reeling from the tragic death of a loved one, Captain Poldark vents his grief by inciting impoverished locals to salvage the contents of a ship run aground in a stormóan act for which British law proscribes death by hanging. Ross is brought to trial for his involvement, and despite their stormy marriage, Demelza tries to rally support for her husband, to save him and their family.
But there are enemies in plenty who would be happy to see Ross convicted, not the least of which is George Warleggan, the powerful banker whose personal rivalry with Ross grows ever more intense and threatens to destroy the Poldarks.
And into this setting, Jeremy Poldark, Ross and Demelza’s first son, is born…
At long last I’ve gotten around to the third book in the series. I was in a bit of a historical fiction mood before I went on holiday so apologies on how brief the following review will likely be; it’s been a while between the time I read the book and the time I’m typing this out.
It was a bit of a reorientation getting back to reading this book. I’m sorely behind on the television show now but I did remember enough from the last book that last I read Ross was arrested for salvaging and possibly citing a riot. This book picks up from there, chronicling his trial and the consequences of his brief imprisonment and ongoing legal issues. It always astounds me just all of the issues racked up against Ross and Demelza, the hurdles they have to continue to leap, the doubt that continues to linger amongst the relationships (especially with Ross and Demelza)…I think that’s why I’ve been taking it easy since the second book with this series, it’s a lot to take in. There’s these ongoing internal conflicts in these characters that are compelling to read but also provides enough obstructions along the way that other characters don’t even need to do much of anything.
But anyway one major development in this novel was the deepening conflict between Warleggan and the Poldarks. It’s been an ongoing conflict that the reader knows will only deepen and will come to the fore and it’s begun here. It’s interesting how Warleggan’s machinations have only strengthened and repaired the fractured relationship between the cousins, which was a relief, but of course Warleggan continues to hover menacing over them and moving forward.
That’s all I can really say about this novel. There is of course a brief respite from everything with the birth of Jeremy Poldark, but even I know this happiness is only temporary as Ross and Demelza will continue to experience difficulties and challenges along the way, namely from their own internal struggles and differing perspectives that they’re communicating in brief bits and spasms. Hopefully their communication will improve in future novels.