Warleggan (Poldarks #4)
By: Winston Graham
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
When Ross Poldark plunges into a highly speculative mining venture, he risks not only his family’s financial security but also his already-turbulent marriage. When his old flame Elizabeth Warleggan re-enters his life, Ross is tested like never before. But soon, his wife Demelza retaliates, becoming dangerously involved with a handsome Scottish cavalry officer of her own.
With the looming threat of bankruptcy and scandal, the Poldarks now face the possibility of disaster on all fronts. Will they be able to keep it together before everything falls apart?
So after reading Jeremy Poldark (review), I went on to pick up this book as it was sitting on my TBR queue on my eReader.
Reader, I could not finish it.
It seems weird for me to dedicate a post of its own to this book, but considering how far I’ve gotten in this series, why not. I honestly didn’t get far in this book, just the first section right up until Francis dies. Which, I knew it was coming with the television series covering it all, though the circumstances seem different from my understanding? Nonetheless it was quite sad; Francis has had such a tumultuous life in trying to lead a steady path, doing the right thing, but there’s the debt and the alcohol and relationships just as fraught as he tries to fix them.
But the part that rankled me–aside from really not caring at all about the secondary characters like the villagers/neighbours–was Ross. Oh my God, this man is silly and needs separate counselling on how to communicate. He has such an amazing wife in Demelza and if they’re open with each other about their thoughts and feelings they could be a force to be reckoned with but nope, Ross is stuck in a rut of moodiness and surliness and not saying anything so of course Demelza will understand his intentions as otherwise. But what really frustrated me was Elizabeth dropping her thoughts when she did, leaving Ross second-guessing about what was. I couldn’t continue, I could see the path this was heading for his and Demelza’s marriage and I just was fed up.
So there you have it, I stopped. I don’t think I will go back to this series, I don’t want to hit the point in the story where there’s no turning back (though I was spoiled at what happens later on. So I’m saving myself the heartache now.