Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Summary: Cornwall, 1783-1787. Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and family, only to find his father has died, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loved is engaged to another. But then he rescues a half-starved urchin girl and takes her home—an act which, it turns out, will alter his life.