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Jeremy Poldark

by Winston Graham

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Do you think that Ross is settled down after all his trouble?”

“I always feel,” Dwight said, “That Ross is like a volcano. He may be quiet forever – or erupt tomorrow.”

A very good summary of Ross’s character!

This is the third book in a row in this series, & once again it is a 5★ read for me. Once again the book is a mixture of romance, adventure, humour (in the most unexpected places) & Ross’s prickly, difficult character.

& the good doctor (Dwight Enys) looks to be once again heading for an unsuitable romance. I can’t wait to start Vol 4.

One thing that baffles me. This book was originally titled Venture Once More – a far better title than Jeremy Poldark, given that Jeremy doesn’t make his appearance until the end of the book. 

Mysterious are the ways of the publishing world!

Whanau

by Witi Ihimaera

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Nowadays Whanau is usually translated as family, but it’s meaning is a bit more complex than that. For this book Ihimaera is meaning the extended family and/or community in a very gentle way he covered some very serious issues of the time – the drinking culture, race relations, the gradual erosion of Māori land rights. These are some very imperfect beings, but I came to love them and I was rooting for them all – especially Nanny.

This is a book where it appears that not much happens, but actually quite a bit does.

3

Demelza

by Winston Graham

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is my first completed book of 2022, & it could well be my best fiction read of the year -I loved it that much!

This book continues Ross & Demelza’s journey, & while I don’t think the beginning was a strong as Ross Poldark, from around the 40% mark it becomes a very powerful book. While Ross is a very complex character, Demelza is simple in the best possible meaning of the word – when something feels right to her that is what she does – then, thinks about the consequences later.

But all the characters, whatever their way of life, are well realised & easy for me to remember.

Graham writes beautifully;

He was not a man who spoke his innermost feelings easily, but now he saw himself powerless to help her, and only words of his and not actions would give her aid. ‘Nothing else matters but you,’ he said. ‘Remember that. All my relatives and friends – and Elizabeth, and this house and the mine… I’d throw them in the dust and you know it – you know it. If you don’t know it, then all these months I’ve failed and no words I can give you now will make it otherwise. I love you, Demelza and we’ve had such happiness. And we’re going to have it again. Take hold of that, my sweet. Hold it and keep it, for no one else can.’

Of course this being Ross, there are hidden layers…

I won’t be able to wait too long to continue this saga. &, in a piece of rare good fortune, I went to an op (charity) shop looking for the next two books (Jeremy Poldark & Warleggan) – & there they were.

Should have bought a Lotto ticket!