THE LOVING CUP (Poldark Saga #10) by Winston Graham
Published; June 1st 1996, Pan Macmillan (First published in 1984)
Cornwall 1813. A silver cup lies half-forgotten in a dank cave, amongst a pile of stolen goods. Yet the tiny vessel and its inscription Amor gignit amorem haunts the lives of the still-feuding Poldark and Warleggan families, as Ross, Demelza and the ambitious and powerful Sir George Warleggan watch their children make the decisions that will shape their destinies.
In the closing years of the wars against Napoleon, for Jeremy and Clowance, and for arrogant, cynical Valentine Warleggan, these are troubled and momentous times . . .
Book 10 of the series and I am beginning to wonder what I will do without these characters whose lives have become intwined with mine.
THE LOVING CUP starts with Geofrey Charles returning home with his new Spanish wife. As he introduces her to his friends and family we see a genuine love and affection between the pair. Although they only appear a little in this book I feel like we will see alot more of these in the last two books.
Ross and Demeleza again take a back seat to their children in this installment. As both Jeremy and Clowance try to adjust to the decisions they have made – Jeremy having to deal with the consequences of the robbery and Clowance trying to get over Stephen we do see them both settle and happy at the end of The Loving Cup.
George and Valentine both appear as usual and our hatred continues to burn and we see Valentine in a different light which does not do him any favours. I feel we will see lots more of them both in the remaining books as Stephen Carrington signed a deal with the devil.
I really enjoyed being lost inside The Poldarks lives and the Cornwall in which they reside. Being set in the 1800s we get taken back to a past that I didn’t know much about. Winston does a fantastic job of using real life historic events alongside the fiction he writes. It adds an element of truth to the story.
I love how I can never predict which path each of our characters will take. Winston constantly surprises me with each page and I am always intrigued to see where the story will end up. Although the books are long they are far from boring and I am excited to see what happens and how the stories will end.