in Cheshire with her lovely family and a cat that thinks it's a dog. She spends her days cycling and willing baked cakes to rise, is a trained linguist and loves to travel. Samantha has sold over 80 short stories to mainstream women's magazines. Her bestselling
summer novel, Game of Scones, won the Love Stories Awards 2015 Best Romantic Ebook category.
Why I love Poldark
The newly adapted series of the Poldark books has taken the world –and me – by storm. I’m always
intrigued by books or films or TV shows that capture the public’s imagination - hence my 2013 debut Doubting Abbey! So what is it exactly, about this historical romance series that
has captured my heart? Okay. Let’s start with the obvious: Ross Poldark is the most swoon-worthy hero ever. Partly because of the actor who plays him, the very lovely Aidan Turner. His dark, swarthy looks fit the part well – the dangerous raven
eyes, the shoulder length black bed-hair. And who could forget his six-pack in that iconic grass-cutting scene? His whole demeanour and look promises the adventurous... the romantic... everything that appeals to the busy modern woman who, perhaps, longs just
once to break her scheduled, sensible routine.
It is the writing of the character, though, that I feel really catches my attention. Ross Poldark is loyal and has integrity – he wants to see justice done. Yet at the same time he has
impulsive side that is really appealing. And he is passionate – his emotions are caught between two women, Elizabeth and Demelza. It isn’t difficult to see why, in my new novel Breakfast Under a Cornish Sun, Kate Golightly thinks a Poldark look-alike will impress her old school nemesis at a wedding.
The location, as well, draws me into the series.
Cornwall is rugged and with its history and accent almost seems like a separate entity, inside England. If I think of say Margate or Blackpool or other English seaside resorts, sticks of rock and Kiss-Me-Quick hats come to mind. Whereas Cornwall inspires images
of ferocious waves, jagged cliff edges, lush sea life and beautiful sunsets. And again, this appeals to me, as a modern woman, because a lot of my life is distanced from nature. It indulges my fantasy of running away from the rat race, into the wilds, and
connecting with what really matters.
Finally the plot draws me into the show and the many emotions displayed that are totally relatable today. Ross caught between two women. Unrequited love. The pain of putting duty before desire. The devastation
of a child’s death. The indignation against injustice. All of these themes make us care about the characters and long for the next episode to come along as quickly as possible.
The irony is – as a rule –
I’m not a big fan of historical stories. But I think the joy of Downton Abbey and Poldark is that they portray difficulties in life that people still experience today. Bereavement. Loss of a job. Unfulfilled ambition. We can relate them to our own lives
whilst, at the same time, enjoying a different time period.