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The Stranger from the Sea (1981)

por Winston Graham

Séries: Poldark Saga (8)

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The Poldark family awaits the return of Ross from his mission to Wellington's army in Portugal. But their ordered existence ends with Jeremy Poldark's dramatic rescue of a stranger from the sea. Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives. For Clowance and Jeremy in particular, the children of Ross and Demelza, Stephen's advent is the key to a new world-- one of both love and danger.… (mais)
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**This review actually refers to five books in this series: Stranger From the Sea, The Miller's Dance, The Loving Cup, The Twisted Sword & Bella Poldark**


I really have no clue what rock I was living under....I have no excuse. But, up until recently, I had no idea the Poldark series on television is based on a series of books! I love sweeping historical family sagas. I have no earthly clue how I missed this one! Rectifying the situation immediately!

There are 12 books in the Poldark Saga, written by Winston Graham from 1945-2002. The books are set in Cornwall, starting with Ross Poldark in 1783 and ending with Bella Poldark in 1820.

It's official -- I love this series! And I'm reading my way through all of the books before I watch the television series. I have a rule that before I can watch a film or television adaptation, I have to read the books first. Then I'm acquainted with the characters and can see what they changed/added/kept true to the original, etc. There are actually two Poldark television series. One from BBC in the 1970s that serialized the first seven books. And then the newer series that started in 2015. There have been five seasons of the new show. I can't wait to watch it! Still reading my way through the books first...and enjoying every page!

The four books listed here are books #8-12 of the series. I had review copies of all 5 novels and read them cover to cover. Binge read them, to be honest. I love the characters...the setting....the history. I had to stop periodically and look some things up as I'm not familiar with the time period or history of Cornwall at all. The one problem with reviewing books is that I'm under a deadline. With historical fiction or family sagas, I like to take my time and let the story sink in and savor the characters. But with five books to read, and not having read the first books in the series beforehand, I was a bit lost in names, places, etc. The story was enough to carry me through! I loved every book!

I'm backtracking now and reading the series from the start....and I will re-read these books when I come back around to them. I will have an even better understanding of the characters and history during my second reading! And then I can watch the television show. I'm curious which books it has already covered and which ones are upcoming -- whether it stays true to the books or goes off course, etc.

Great books! I highly recommend this series to any readers who enjoy historical fiction, family sagas, and just history in general!

Love, love, love! :) Here are some extra exclamation points in case I did not make it clear that I enjoy this series: !!!!!!!!

**I read review copies of these novels from St Martins Press via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.) ( )
  JuliW | Nov 22, 2020 |
The ten year gap between books is not a good thing. [b:The Angry Tide|4724317|The Angry Tide (Poldark, #7)|Winston Graham|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1264370075s/4724317.jpg|364847] ends with such a wrapping of stories that I wanted some followup, especially on the Carne brothers. This one took a very long time to pique my interest about the children (although I could do with more Geoffrey Charles) and gave me no reason to care about Stephen. It picked up in the last quarter, but I want more of the characters I've liked in this whole time! ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
A continuation of the Poldark family saga. Jeremy and Clowance are growing up - how will they develop and will their love lives turn out well? ( )
  justmum | Apr 22, 2019 |
Some may object to the mini-flashbacks in this book. I did not since I am picking up the series again after not reading it for 6 months so the flashbacks refreshed my memory.

I really enjoy this series which is now entering a phase of the grown up children as well as traditional fights between the Poldark and Warleggan families.

The introduction of the "stranger"-Stephen Carrington adds some spice to the story as you try to figure out if this fellow is a good guy or something more sinister.

The writing by Graham is impeccable of course. ( )
  Lynxear | Jun 7, 2018 |
This book jumps ahead 10 years in the lives of the Poldark family and deposits us in 1810-11. The Poldark children are rapidly becoming adults: Jeremy is an engineering enthusiast, particularly fascinated with the potential of steam power, while Clowance is learning to navigate society and figuring out what she wants from her life (and eventual husband). And the youngest, Isabella-Rose, is eight and full of enthusiasm and life.

Ross becomes more involved in Parliament, particularly as the question of George III’s health becomes more urgent and the need for a regency looms closer. Napoleon is still wreaking havoc on the continent, and Ross sees some action in the Peninsular Wars (at long last making me grateful for having read The Gun, by C.S. Forester). Demelza comes to terms with approaching middle age, and George Warleggan takes tentative steps toward a new business venture.

This book is not as action-packed as some other installments have been, but it is a good comfortable book to read. Ross is almost maddeningly self-aware in this one (particularly in his conversations with Jeremy), and Dwight is perhaps a bit too gifted with 20th-century hindsight when it comes to diagnosing George III’s health problems, but with a setting as rich as this one, such points are easy to forgive.

On a personal note, I enjoyed the inclusion of a character called Henry Harvey; we have some Harveys in our family tree, and Henry is a common name in that branch of the family. He does appear to be a real person, but I’m not sure he’s an actual ancestor of mine. Still, it’s nice to pretend ;) ( )
  rabbitprincess | Dec 5, 2017 |
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The Poldark family awaits the return of Ross from his mission to Wellington's army in Portugal. But their ordered existence ends with Jeremy Poldark's dramatic rescue of a stranger from the sea. Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives. For Clowance and Jeremy in particular, the children of Ross and Demelza, Stephen's advent is the key to a new world-- one of both love and danger.

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