What? There's not one comment about the "Poldark" series? That's disappointing.
For all of you lovers of literature and those with no patience for bad writing, get in line and buy these books, starting with "Ross Poldark". No better historical fiction has ever been written, I don't think, with the possible exception of Dorothy Dunnett's "The Game of Kings". You'll lose yourself in these books. Winston Graham is a master. You'll love these characters like members of your own family. You'll go back and re-read these books year after year--they're that good.